Best Sportswriter

Terry Pluto

This Akron Beacon Journal sportswriter is one of the most prolific reporters on any beat. In the past five years, he's penned eight books. His latest, Dealing: The Cleveland Indians' New Ballgame: Inside the Front Office and the Process of Rebuilding a Contender, is a typically well-researched volume about Tribe General Manager Mark Shapiro's controversial scrapping of name-brand players and the young guys who replaced them. In his ABJ columns, Pluto -- who's been nominated for a pair of Pulitzers -- does more than just rattle off stats; he puts the numbers in perspective. What sets him apart from his peers is his flair for nuance. His 1994 book, The Curse of Rocky Colavito: A Loving Look at a Thirty-Year Slump, captured exactly what it's like to be a long-suffering Cleveland sports fan. Pluto's suffered along with us.