John Hunt Bio
John started working at USA Today in 1991 on the agate desk. He compiled stats and answered the phone calls of the first generation of Rotisserie geeks.
He became the fantasy columnist for USA TODAY Baseball Weekly, and became one of the most widely read columnists in the industry during his tenure (1993-2006). Everyone knew that Wednesday was the day to read Hunt in BW.
His clear and unadorned prose was perfect for conveying information and introducing concepts that had perhaps not been introduced popularly before. His discussions of things like the Age 27 performance spike brought such discussions to the national stage and increased the visibility of the game immensely.
And his handling of the LABR leagues for many years promoted scores of fantasy writers, built the business across multiple platforms and created a somewhat stable benchmark during the 90s, leading to the establishment of some of today’s most venerable fantasy names. His bid prices, however, were far more entertaining than they were useful, but no one ever seemed to count on him for prices. It was his words that were valued.
It became widely known that a mention by John in one of his Fantasy Insider columns was enough to get you onto the map, so writers and industry vendors were constantly jockeying for blurbs in his columns.
John founded the first national experts competition (LABR — the League of Alternative Baseball Reality) in 1994 and won four titles.
He now covers the Oregon State Beavers for The Oregonian in Portland.