Phil Rogers is in his third decade covering major league baseball, and has done it for the Tribune since 1997. He covered Sammy Sosa's major league debut and first interviewed Magglio Ordonez when he was in Triple-A. As the Tribune's national baseball writer, his responsibility is to cover the business of baseball, the commissioner's office, the 30 major league teams and everything else served with rosin and pine tar. He always keeps one eye on the minor leagues and an ear to trade rumors, looking for The Next Big Thing.
He's written two books, including "Say It's So,'' a narrative on how the 2005 White Sox were put together and came together to form Chicago's first championship team since 1917.
He looked ahead to a career as a baseball journalist while serving as a backup center fielder-second baseman for Denton (TX) High School.