About Mike Ashmore
Mike Ashmore is a 29-year-old sportswriter who covers the Trenton Thunder for the Hunterdon County Democrat, a weekly paper based in Central New Jersey. Starting in 2010, he’s also contributed regularly to The Trentonian and was entrusted to cover the Derek Jeter and Brad Lidge/Shane Victorino dual rehabs for them, as well as the Andy Pettitte tune-up start. Ashmore is in his tenth year of covering professional sports, and his seventh season as a Thunder beat writer.
He started this blog in January of 2008 as a way to provide daily coverage of the team and to supplement his weekly print coverage.
Ashmore first attended a Thunder game with his Little League team in 1995, and started regularly following the team in 1999. He attended over 30 Thunder games as a fan before starting his career in sports in 2003, first covering that year’s Trenton Baseball Hall of Fame Induction as a photographer. Ashmore spent two more seasons in the photo box before being named the new minor league sportswriter for the Democrat early in 2006.
He also serves as the Democrat’s beat writer for the Atlantic League’s Somerset Patriots, is the national alumni feature writer for ECHL.com and is The Trentonian’s beat writer for their Trenton Titans coverage as well as their national hockey writer. He also covered the ECHL’s Trenton Devils for three seasons before they folded and wrote for the SIFL’s Trenton Steel for their lone season in 2011, traveling with the team to all road games.
Ashmore has covered over 1,100 professional games and interviewed everyone from World Series and Super Bowl MVP’s to NASCAR champions and NBA MVP’s. He’s covered six championship teams, three cycles, three no-hitters, a triple play and has interviewed over 450 Major League Baseball players, including 11 Hall of Famers.
He’s also covered eight different MLB teams on occasion, including the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals. Ashmore covered the 2011 MLB All-Star Game, as well as six MLB playoff series in his career (2009 ALDS, 2010 ALDS, 2010 ALCS, 2011 ALDS, 2012 ALDS, 2012 ALCS), and two Futures Games (2008 and 2011).
In addition, Ashmore has covered the New York Rangers, New York Giants, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Boston Bruins, Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Nashville Predators, the UFC and countless minor league teams, as well as the NCAA’s Princeton Tigers men’s hockey team and 2012 AHL All-Star Game in Atlantic City.
Ashmore most recently covered the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals in both Newark and Los Angeles for both The Trentonian and Los Angeles Daily News. He also covered the previous three rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Newark and Manhattan for ECHL.com and The Trentonian. He is currently covering the MLB Postseason for them.
He’s been interviewed on WFAN three times, his videos have been seen on MLB Network as well as ESPN’s Baseball Tonight (including his name being mentioned by Steve Berthiaume on the July 27, 2012 show) and ESPN2′s “Dan Le Batard Is Highly Questionable” and his name and photos have appeared anywhere from The New York Times to MLB.com. His byline has also been seen on NBA.com, The Star-Ledger and the Times Union (Albany, NY) to name a few. He co-hosted a sports talk radio show on WDVR and in addition to appearing on countless pre and post-game radio shows, has previously provided color analysis for Atlantic League games on WCTC.
He can be reached via e-mail at mashmore98 AT gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter: @mashmore98 and view his popular YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/mashmore98