Joe Werner continues to provide further evidence that Jim Bouton was right when he wrote, “You spend your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.”
As a lifelong Indians fan, Werner’s lived and died multiple times over. First with the original revival of Cleveland baseball in the mid 90s, then languishing through the lean years before having his hopes dashed again in recent seasons.
All along the way, though, he’s heard two of the greatest radio voices in the game: Herb Score and Tom Hamilton. Despite his youth at the time, he proudly — and somewhat embarrassingly — remembers falling asleep with his arms clutched around a portable radio as Score made his last radio call during Game 7 of the 1997 World Series.
Werner continues to submerse himself in the game he passionately loves; be it on the playing field, in the dugout coaching the next generation, or writing about it.
After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, he began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. But the lure of Cleveland baseball, as it always does, brought him back to ItsPronouncedLajaway.com, an opportunity he’s incredibly thankful for.
Werner has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal.
On a more personal note, he enjoys the finest craft beers (and some of the not so finest), reading, working out, and donating his time with children from less than ideal backgrounds.
He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.