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August 10, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Larry Stone takes on new challenge as Times sports columnist

Larry Stone, who has covered baseball for more than 20 years and has been The Seattle Times’ national baseball writer for the past 16, is stepping beyond the diamond.

Larry Stone Seattle Times sports columnistStone has been promoted to sports columnist, replacing Steve Kelley, who retired in January. His first column debuts Sunday, Aug. 25.

“It’s been a privilege to cover the Mariners from Ken Griffey Jr. to Felix Hernandez, and the national baseball scene from the steroids revelations to, well, the steroids revelations,” Stone said. “But after more than two decades of focusing on the diamond, and chronicling the Mariners’ ups and downs (mostly downs lately), I’m ready to expand my horizons. I can’t wait to dig into all aspects of Seattle sports.”

That’s good news for Seattle sports readers, who have read Larry’s intelligent and graceful writing since he arrived from the San Francisco Examiner in 1996. He spent his first year covering the Seahawks before moving to baseball the following season. His “Inside Pitch” page on Sundays has been must reading for any baseball fan in Seattle. Stone’s Baseball Power Rankings often included dart-to-the-heart uppercuts and laugh-out-loud one-liners.

Stone, though, has covered far more than baseball. He covered high-school sports and Central Washington University for the Yakima Herald-Republic, the Mariners at The Journal-American in Bellevue, and all Bay Area pro and college sports at the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat before moving to full-time baseball beat writer for The Examiner.

Stone contributed greatly to our Seahawks coverage during the NFL team’s remarkable playoff run last season, and has penned stories on the Huskies, Cougars and the Olympics, among many other things. As someone who has lived, worked and written in Washington for nearly a quarter century, he knows the Seattle and Pacific Northwest sports landscape but will also bring a national perspective to his column.

We’ll miss his weekly baseball page, but you can count on Larry weighing in from time to time on the Mariners, as well as the Huskies, Seahawks, Sounders and Storm. He’ll join forces with Jerry Brewer to give The Times a great one-two sports opinion punch.

I can’t wait to see what he’ll brings to his new column, starting Sunday. Aug. 25. If you have suggestions about what you’d like Larry to write about, email him directly at lstone@seattletimes.com or contact me at dshelton@seattletimes.com or 206-464-8284.

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