Our Writers

Co-Owners and Writers

Steve Mancuso is a lifelong Reds fan who was a teenager during the Big Red Machine era. He’s been writing about the Reds for ten years, primarily at Redleg Nation. Steve’s fondest memories about the Reds include attending a couple 1975 World Series games, being at Homer Bailey’s second no-hitter and going nuts for Jay Bruce and Clinchmas. Steve was also at all three games of the 2012 NLDS, but it’s too soon to talk about that. Steve went to Princeton High School (same as Josh Harrison) and the University of Kentucky for college. He earned a Masters Degree in Economics at the University of Michigan and lived in Ann Arbor for nearly 20 years. He’s been back in the Cincinnati area for more than 10 years and is a Reds season ticket holder. Follow him on Twitter @spmancuso where 99.9% of his tweets are about the Reds.


Matt Wilkes got hooked on Reds baseball after attending his first game in Cinergy Field at 6 years old, and he hasn’t looked back. As a kid, he was often found imitating his favorite players — Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, Sean Casey, and Austin Kearns — in the backyard. When he finally went inside, he was leading the Reds to 162-0 seasons in MVP Baseball 2005 or keeping stats for whatever game was on TV. He started writing about baseball in 2014 and has become fascinated by analytics and all the new data in the game. Matt is also a graduate of The Ohio State University and currently lives in Columbus. Follow him on Twitter at @_MattWilkes.


Jordan Barhorst is a lifelong Reds fan whose first memories include walking across the bridge into Cincinnati to attend a game at Riverfront Stadium. He’s been with the team through it all over the last 25+ years, including spending every last dollar to his name on a front row ticket and a broom to bring to game 3 of the 2012 NLDS. We all know how that worked out. Jordan’s main interest in baseball is the team building aspect, including contracts, trade theory, and the ever evolving free agent market. When he isn’t writing about the Reds, Jordan is a web developer, wedding photographer, dungeon master, husband, father, and fantastic Twitter follow @jordanbarhorst.



Nick Carrington has loved the Reds since his youngest days. His father raised him on stories of the Big Red Machine, and some of Nick’s favorite memories involve listening to Marty Brenneman and Joe Nuxhall call games on the radio during warm summer nights. He has written about the Reds since December of 2014 and takes no responsibility for the team’s record during that span. Nick graduated from Cedarville University and earned a Master’s in Writing from Missouri State University. Soon, he will complete a PhD from Texas Tech. He currently teaches at Cedarville as an Assistant Professor of Professional Writing and is making sure his three sons know not to evaluate pitchers based on their wins. You can follow him on Twitter @ncarrington14 where he posts plenty of Reds stats when his kids let him.



Matthew Habel was born and mostly raised in Cincinnati and was always a Reds fan growing up. Ironically, he did not become die-hard until moving to Pittsburgh after college and experiencing the 2013 Wild Card game behind enemy lines. While the “Cueto Game” is one of the worst sports moments of his life, he became enamored with the analytics side of the game after reading Big Data Baseball and watching the Pirates organization end their postseason drought. He started writing for Redleg Nation in 2017 and has enjoyed continuously learning more about the sport. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon where he loves exploring the great outdoors. Find him on Twitter @MattadorHeyBull


Mike Maffie is a long-time Reds fan who also happens to have a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Labor Relations. He’s an Assistant Professor at Penn State University. We’re thrilled that Mike will write occasional “Strike Zone” posts at RC+ related to upcoming labor negotiations between the MLB and MLBPA. You can follow him on Twitter @maffiemd where he tweets mainly about Uber and labor relations.



Mike Hart is a Cincinnati native who grew up a huge Reds fan. He attributes his fandom to his Mom who, even in the lean years, would drop anything to go catch a Reds game with him. One of his fondest memories is sitting in the top row of Cinergy Field on a freezing October evening watching Al Leiter end the Reds 1999 season. While it wasn’t the result he wanted, it is still the most meaningful game that he has ever attended, and with the Reds’ recent embrace of analytics, he is hopeful that he will be able to attend another playoff game sometime soon. Mike went to Lakota West High School and then was a collegiate swimmer at Georgia Tech, where he received his Chemical Engineering degree. He currently lives in Columbus, but he is often down in Cincy to catch a game with his Mom. Find him on Twitter @mikehart7, where he is known to have some opinions about all Cincinnati sports.