Former Baseball Player Doug Glanville Opens Up About Race, Sports During a Pandemic, and His Transition to a New Career

This ex-baseball player is using his background to bring understanding and advocate for change.

Doug Glanville, a baseball analyst and ex-MLB player
(Image credit: Photograph by Christopher Beauchamp. Shot at Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford, Conn.)
  • Who: Doug Glanville, age 49
  • Occupation: Baseball analyst and ex-MLB player
  • Where: Bloomfield, Conn.

What was your path to becoming a baseball analyst? When I was playing, I always had a good relationship with the press and was fascinated by their work—and I love writing. So it made sense when my career ended in 2005 that I would explore commentary. I was writing a column in the New York Times called “Head for Home” that explored life in baseball. Eventually, I got noticed by other national media, and ESPN hired me. I believed I could have a voice on the social aspect of sports. I saw a purpose behind it, driven by change and advocacy and understanding.

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Mark became editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine in July 2017. Prior to becoming editor, he was the Money and Living sections editor and, before that, the automotive writer. He has also been editor of as well as the magazine's managing editor, assistant managing editor and chief copy editor. Mark has also served as president of the Washington Automotive Press Association. In 1990 he was nominated for a National Magazine Award. Mark earned a B.A. from University of Virginia and an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. Mark lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, and they spend as much time as possible in their Glen Arbor, Mich., vacation home.