About

Bleacher Nation is one of the most popular Chicago Cubs news, rumors, and analysis sites on the Internet, home to some 25,000 visitors a day. On any given day, those visitors view 60,000 pages, leave hundreds of comments, and give the site a genuine community feel. To date, the site’s busiest month came in July 2013, when it was home to more than 1.1 million visitors, viewing more than 3.55 million pages.

Bleacher Nation has been mentioned on ESPN.com, Yahoo.com, CBSSports.com, Deadspin.com, and 670 The Score, among many others. ESPN’s Wayne Drehs called it a “must follow,” featuring “news, info, rumors and intelligent analysis.”

Bleacher Nation is also a widely-followed member of the Cubs’ social media sphere, with over 28,000 followers on Twitter and 6800 fans on Facebook, and features a podcast with a listenership of 2000. The Bleacher Nation community also came together to raise more than $12,000 for Make-A-Wish in July, 2013.

Bleacher Nation is written and edited by Brett Taylor, who started the site in December 2008. In March 2012, Bleacher Nation added a Minor League Editor, Luke Blaize.

A little more about Brett (slightly douchey “headshot” to the right) from a July 2011 post, when he made the transition from lawyer to full-time blogger:

I was one of those college kids who was adequately-good-at/moderately-interested-in a variety of things, and so, when it came time to graduate, I took the path of least resistance: more school. Law school, to be precise. I enjoyed writing, as well as the construction and meaning of language, so joining a profession whose frequent purpose is to debate the meaning of the word “the” made some sense to me. And, whatever your idealistic notions when entering law school, if you do well enough to join a large law firm at the end of your three years, you do. So I did.

While there were many things I enjoyed about the practice of law, in time I learned it wasn’t for me. The hours were miserable, the stress was constant, and planning for the future was nearly impossible. Worse, I didn’t like the effect it was having on me as a person. I sometimes joked that I was paid to be a professional asshole, and, too often, the joke proved more accurate than I cared to admit.

So, when my family circumstances changed earlier this year (including the addition of the world’s newest and most ardent Cubs fan (she has no choice in the matter)), it was time to move on. It was time to be more present at home – not just in time spent, but in actual, engaged presence. It was time to get my life back in order.

And along with becoming a full-time dad, I decided to give writing a more concerted go. Bleacher Nation has always been a hobby of mine – something I did in my spare time for fun. But now I’d like to make it something more. I’d like to make it a job.

Sounds like an awesome guy. (Modest, too.) Selected works include:

If It Takes Forever: Mortality, the Chicago Cubs, and a Person Named Steve

Ryne Sandberg Was Not Welcomed Back as Manager At AAA Iowa

On the Close of the Jim Hendry Era: Losing a Friend, Gaining a GM

The Two Ryan Dempster Trades, and How We’ll Remember the Man

Fare Better, Carlos

Managing Expectations and the Meaning of Confidence

The End of the Milton Bradley Era: A Portrait of the Player as a Young Man

The 2012 Cubs Convention: I Came, I Saw, I Squealed

Contact Brett here.

Feel free to make fun of him for this:

20 responses to “About”

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  2. Joe Cartwright

    Things Brett could’ve said before that picture was taken/ picture captions:
    “Now is not the time for big changes!”
    “2012 world series anyone?”
    “Mike Quade is an all-star!”
    “Feet taste good!”
    “This message has been approved by Brett Taylor and the BN community.”
    “Chik-fil-aaaaaaaaaaaa!”
    “Just wait ’til next year!”
    “Brett Taylor: your friendly neighborhood Ace”
    “At least we’re not the Astros!”
    “I’m only a semi-professional asshole.”
    That’s all I could come up with …..for now. I don’t particularly like the last one though.

  3. Section503

    Avid Cubs fan diving into the Cubs Twitter & Facebook Universe. BleacherNation can’t be beat – keep doing what you do! Thanks!

    1. Scotti

      Luke and Brett are OK but I’m the engine that runs this place…

  4. Alou Stew

    Where are you from Brett?

  5. Alou Stew

    Forgive me if you have answered this a million times, but how the intense Cub love?

  6. Alou Stew

    Absolutely.
    That’s awesome. Thanks. Bleacher Nation is the best. Thanks for all you do.

  7. SM

    Theo Epstien and the Ricketts family have only proven that they are losers that could not attract quality free agents and negotiate with a small time alderman to fix Wrigley Field,

    As the Cubs continue to lose they always point fingers – we have a rebuild plan- they lose without class and that is worriesome.

  8. Luke Jett

    Hey Brett! It’s Luke again. Could I have Sahadev email address to ask if he would jump on my friends and my podcast? Thanks a bunch for helping us out too. It means a lot.

  9. papad1945

    The season sucked and cub fans suck. So, I guess I suck. It’s a _itch being a cub fan. When will get it right. I’m 68 years old. Hurry up.

  10. Tony

    Grady Sizemore seems like the comeback type of player that this front office would be interested in signing to a minor league contract this year. Thoughts?

  11. BlackJeep

    Brett, I just want to say thank you for what you do. I was a lost cubs fan wandering the internet in search of my daily dose of Cubs, but only finding disappointment. I found BN and now I rarely feel the need to go anywhere else. I think the only thing I’ve disagreed with up to now is your choice of karaoke music. Stoked you’ve found success doing what you want to do and helping legions of the faithful at the same time. Keep it up!

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  13. Abe Froman

    Did you use Google Translate to post this?

  14. Abe Froman

    Not sure what happened but I swear I was responding to another comment here, maybe I posted in the wrong place.

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