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Legends On Deck

Our Team


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Founder/Executive Editor/Site Photographer

David Conde



David is the Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®. He was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com. Legends on Deck was created for the passionate fans of the game to have a place to read about their favorite baseball teams. The site was also created for people who had a talent to write or even take photographs and have the platform to share. The passion of following the Minor Leagues can be seen all over the site as the players journey’s are what what drives the LOD team to share their content. David’s passion is making available a site that people can have fun sharing and reading.

Senior Editor

Brian Koss

Brian grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, MI where he spent his childhood playing organized baseball, pick-up games, collecting baseball cards, listening to his grandfather’s stories about the 1930s Pittsburgh Pirates, drafting fantasy baseball teams and attending Tigers games. His dad, who coached his teams, weaved family trips around ballpark visits. A diehard Detroit Tigers (and Lions) fan, Brian and his wife (a Real Estate team) are raising their two children near Orlando. Brian helps coach his daughter’s tee-ball team, working to pass along his love of the game.

Official Site Photographer

Mathew Carper

Mathew is from Butler, Indiana and grew up listening to the Cleveland Indians on a radio he bought when he was ten at a garage sale. It was the only station he could get on the radio, so he became an avid fan. He wrestled all through high school and most of college. He attended Tri-State University to become a math teacher and graduated with two different degrees. He’s been a mechanic for the last 14 years and is now living his dream as a sports photographer.

You can also reach out to Mathew at mcarper@legendsondeck.com

Contributing Writers

Benny Bam

Benny Bam is a Producer of many mediums in additon to being the founder of Angels Baseball Addicts. Known best as host of sports talk show Halo💥Heat.

His Authorship portfolio includes HighonPoems.com, HaloHangout.com, Secret Life of Poets, and Unscripted Script. “BAM” is a content creator and analyst moonlighting as a virtual jack of all trades in the sports & creative writing landscapes.

John Calvagno

John is a contributor for Legends on Deck. A Red Sox fan and Minor league enthusiast, he’s usually writing about minor league baseball on his own blog – Notes from the Sally.John also loves Bruins hockey and Syracuse basketball.
John is married with two grown daughters and lives in Asheville, NC.
you can find John on Twitter @SALNotes

Steven Cardona

Steven is a graduate of the University of South Florida. He has an immense love and passion for the game of baseball. He’s previously worked with the Minnesota Twins affiliate, Fort Myers Miracle, as a Public Relations intern. He worked for two years with the New York Mets as an American Culture Instructor at the Mets Academy in the Dominican Republic. He now works in the Miami Marlins Front Office.

Myleigh Carper

The 12 year old, Myleigh Carper, grew up with a love of baseball. Her father has always enjoyed taking her to baseball games causing Myleigh, to develop her desire to play the sport. Her father, Mathew Carper, quickly became a well known photographer for his favorite minor league team. Because of this, Myleigh was given the opportunity to meet the players and learn what it took to be at the point in their careers they are at today.

Jeffrey Francis

Jeffrey was born on April 29th, 1961, in Nassau, Bahamas to Rejoiner Ann Rolle and Jerome James Francis Etienne.

Married to Andrea G. Rolle-Francis, they have two daughters; Janae Latoya Francis, a graduate of Allegany College of Maryland, and Jessica Lee Francis a graduate Potomac State College West Virginia University in Kyser West Virginia.

Jeffrey was coaching the sport of baseball from 1980 at the age of 18 years old because he loved the sport as a kid. He started listening to the game over the radio out of Miami Florida in the late 60s and in the early 70s started playing the game locally in various local leagues right up to the premier senior league; a league where all of the current Bahamian minor leaguers played.

In 1982, Jeffrey had an invite to a three day tryout with the New York Yankees in Hollywood Florida, which was an awesome experience that is lasting a life time memory for him.

Jeffrey has been following the Bahamian baseball players in the minor leagues since 1999 with Angelo Burrows, but found greater interest with the signing of Antoan Richardson in 2005. He also writes a year end review on their play on his Facebook page, Baseball Bahamas, and he has a website with the same name. He has a great following and would love to expose the baseball players to a bigger worldwide audience.

He has a good relationship with all the players because he personally coached most of them.

His favorite MLB Team is the Detroit Tigers from 1969.

Jon Harder

Jon was born in Queens and now resides in New Jersey. He is a die-hard Mets fan and believes HoJo should be in the Mets Hall of Fame. Not only is Jon a contributing writer on Legends On Deck, but he also is the founder of @HardwayHQ, host of the #TheHardwayPodcast and somewhat plays Air Hockey on http://HardwayHQ.com. You can follow Jon on Twitter @TheJonHarder

Kevin Larkin

Kevin Larkin has been going to all kinds of baseball amateur and professional since 1969. When asked he says he is a baseball fan who likes the Yankees. He was a police officer for 24 years in his home town of Barrington Massachusetts and helped on investigating most major crimes including murder, plane crashes and automobile crashes. He was certified as an expert witness in accident reconstruction and investigated almost 90 fatal automobile accidents. After retiring from the police force he renewed a love for baseball and as of now has authored three books on the subject: Baseball in the Bay State, Gehrig:Game by Game and Baseball in the Berkshires. He has authored articles for SABR and helps out there with research whenever possible. He has a coloection of almost 700 baseball books and enjoys pre 1900 and post 1900 baseball as well as the Black Sox Scandal and learning about the Negro Leagues. He also writes a column for CNY Baseball and loves giving back to the sport which has given him so much.

Antonio Puesan

Antonio José Silva Puesán is known professionally as Antonio Puesán, a Dominican raised baseball analyst, writer, TV & Radio personality based in Miami, Florida. He is a specialized baseball analyst for “El Locker Room 1050” on Rafael Bello, a Radio Sports Talk show for ESPN Deportes Radio 1050 AM New York. Puesán is also known as a digital creative strategist in the digital marketing business specially with sports brands and events in social media.

Early on he was a Creative and Art Director experienced in creating graphic lines and brand communication, a teamwork builder and developing skills necessary to lead a creative team with strength and inspiration, while encouraged with the passion for developing brands and concepts defined. He is a professional with fresh ideas and goals for improvement in constant renovation.

He is also a former Kansas City Royals Minor League Pitcher playing from 1993 to 1995.

Mark TrueBlood

Mark K. Trueblood is an American free lance sports journalist from West Palm Beach, FL. He’s an avid baseball enthusiast and lifelong fan of the Chicago White Sox. He later added the St Louis Cardinals to his cheer list upon residing in the Gateway City in 1998. “It’s a natural fit being the fan of two teams that are huge rivals of the Chicago Cubs.” Since 2008, he has written feature and op-ed articles covering the NFL, college football (NCAA, NAIA), high school football and Adult Amateur Minor League (semi-pro) football for the following online publications: PigSkinReport.com, MinorLeagueFootballNews.com, and AmateurFootballDigest.com. He was inducted into the Minor League Football Hall of Fame as a journalist/broadcaster in Las Vegas on December 2nd of 2016, and is a member in good standing with the National Sports Media Association (NSMA).

 

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