Mike Sherman, Deputy Editor, Sports

Mike Sherman

Deputy Editor, Sports

I grew up in Savage, Md., listening to the Orioles pregame show at dinner time. My mom would say “if we hurry up with the dishes, we can be at the stadium for the first pitch,” and there we were. When the Colts won Super Bowl V, there we were, at Friendship Airport with 2,000 Colts fans in 19-degree temperature on a school night. We always had four newspapers at the house; two delivered (The Sun and Evening Sun) and two swapped with neighbors (The Washington Post and Star). The next best thing to a game was reading about it. I was raised on stories and have been blessed to tell them in places like Utica, N.Y., and Nashville and Oklahoma City and now Tampa Bay. I’ve been sports editor at the Times since August 2016.. When I’m not going to games or watching them, I like to be at the beach with my wife, four children and son-in-law, sharing stories. If you know a good one, call me at 727-893-8201 or email msherman@tampabay.com.

Who is the face of Tampa Bay sports?

From left, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos and Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier. [Photo illustration by Sean Kristoff-Jones]
The answer is up for debate given the recent departures of Evan Longoria and Gerald McCoy. Here are some candidates:

Rays fans react: How the Tampa Bay-Montreal split could work

Judging from this batch of reader responses, there are Rays fans who want to see Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg's Tampa Bay-Montreal split work, or at least be given a fair hearing. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
Letters to the sports editor: Responses from readers who accept the premise of Stuart Sternberg’s plan.

Rays fans react: Better ‘sister city’ plans

Tampa Bay Rays fans run through the pouring rain into the stadium to watch the game against the Texas Rangers on Friday, June 28, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times
Letters to the sports editor: Rays fans make plea for the team to remain in Tampa Bay full time, and offer suggestions for how to do it.

Rays fans react: No halfsies, Montréal

A group of Tampa Bay Rays fans carry signs around the stadium during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Monday, July 1, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)
Letters to the sports editor: Reader reactions to Stuart Sternberg’s plan ran through the stages of grief. Today’s theme is anger and denial.

Rays to fans: ‘We desperately want to stay in Tampa Bay’

Rays team presidents Matt Silverman, left, and Brian Auld, right, signed their names to an email sent to Rays fans and supporters Wednesday asking them to consider with an open mind a proposal to split seasons between Tampa Bay and Montreal. The proposal was announced Tuesday by Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
In an email message from its team presidents, the club asks fans to keep an open mind about the split season with Montreal proposal.