Passan is an iconic byline in American baseball coverage, and is a respected author and analyst who has spent nearly two decades reporting on professional baseball and its athletes. After graduating from Syracuse University, he landed his first baseball column in 2004 with Kansas City Star before you switch to Yahoo! Sports, where he was a leading MLB beat writer for 13 years.
In 2019, Passan left Yahoo! to join ESPN’s baseball coverage team, which he now serves as a field reporter, TV analyst and social media voice, and often sends MLB news to his more than 740,000 Twitter followers. Passan is also the author of New York Times best-selling book, The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports.
Baseball Night in Blacksburg, considered the formal kick-off to Tech’s spring season, provides an intimate setting where fans can meet and interact with 2022 Hokies less than a week before the gates at English Field officially open. Starting at. 14.30 and until kl. 17.30 guests are welcome to share a served dinner, drinks and a silent auction while hearing comments from the head coach John Szefc and special guest Jeff Passan.
Tickets for Baseball Night in Blacksburg are available for $ 75. Guests can also purchase tickets for $ 100 that include three free drink vouchers for the event’s cash bar, available to all guests of all ages.
Tables in the ballroom (which seats eight tickets, plus three drinks each) are available for $ 1000 on a first-come, first-served basis.
All proceeds from Blacksburg Baseball Night go to support the Virginia Tech baseball team and its continuous improvements to English Field at Atlantic Union Bank Park, as well as to the James C. Weaver Baseball Center. Previous banquets have supported the installation of artificial turf and extended dugouts, among other general overhauls and additions.
Jeff Passan will be the Hokies’ latest high-profile special guest, joining the names of notable speakers Cal Ripken, Jr. (2008), Mike Williams (2010), Billy Wagner (2011), Bobby Valentine (2012), Chuck Hartman (2014), Tim Kurkjian (2018), Ken Rosenthal (2020) and others.