Doug Glanville

Douglas Metunwa Glanville (born August 25, 1970) is an American former professional baseball outfielder who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and Texas Rangers. He is also a broadcast color analyst for baseball, currently working with Marquee Sports Network and ESPN, and a contributor to The Athletic.

Doug Glanville
Glanville in 2022
Center fielder
Born: (1970-08-25) August 25, 1970
Hackensack, New Jersey, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 9, 1996, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 2004, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Batting average.277
Home runs59
Runs batted in333

In 1999, Glanville batted .325, and placed second in the National League (NL) to Luis Gonzalez in hits, with 204. He was also known for his exceptional defense, having attained double-digit outfield assists on three occasions. Glanville also ended his career going 293 consecutive games without a fielding error.[1] In the 11th inning of Game 3 of the 2003 NL Championship Series, he hit the game-winning triple for the Cubs.

In 2005, with no immediate prospects of joining an MLB roster, Glanville signed a one-day minor league contract with the Phillies, then retired, having collected exactly 1,100 career hits. He stated he wanted to leave baseball wearing the uniform of the team that he grew up as a fan of, and to which he gave most of his playing career.

Glanville is also a consultant with Baseball Factory, a high-school player development program, and writes guest columns for The New York Times and on baseball and sports in general.[2] On April 1, 2010, he joined ESPN as a baseball color analyst. While at ESPN, Glanville appeared on Wednesday Night Baseball and contributed to Baseball Tonight, ESPN Radio,, and ESPN The Magazine.[3] On April 27, 2017, it was revealed that he was to be among the many layoffs ESPN had made.[4] He was hired by NBC Sports Chicago the following year.[5] ESPN re-hired Glanville on March 28, 2019.[6]

Glanville is currently teaching at the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education.[7]


Glanville grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey,[8] where he attended Teaneck High School, graduating in 1988.[9] His mother was a math teacher and his father a psychiatrist. He was a childhood friend of future basketball coach Lawrence Frank.[10]

Glanville attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in systems engineering.[11] He is one of only five Penn alumni to play in Major League Baseball since 1951, and the first African-American Ivy League graduate to play in the majors.[12] In 1990, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League, and received the league's Outstanding Pro Prospect award.[13]

He is an avid MMOG (Massively multiplayer online game) player along with former teammate Curt Schilling.[14]

Glanville played center field for the Indios de Mayagüez for 2 seasons, in his first season he was named MVP of the Puerto Rico Winter League over Roberto Alomar. Doug Glanville will be best remembered for his 1999 season in which he batted .325 and hit 11 homers while driving in 73 runs and stealing 34 bases.[15]

Business activities

After leaving baseball, Glanville served as managing partner for Metropolitan Development.[16]

Currently, Glanville is President of GK Alliance, LLC, a Glen Ellyn, Illinois-based company providing intellectual capital for start-up and emerging companies.[17] In his role with GK Alliance, he serves as Director, New Business Initiative for both James Romes Consulting[18] and MechTechnologies,[19] and President of Glanville-Koshul Homes.[20]

Writing activities

Since January 2008, Glanville has been writing articles for The New York Times. On May 9, 2009, Glanville wrote an op-ed article in The New York Times regarding his choice to not use steroids during his baseball days. The article compared the decision to Neo's choosing between blue and red pills in the movie The Matrix. Glanville wrote that thoughts of his mother kept him from abusing PEDs. In an online blog article of January 21, 2010, Glanville responded to Mark McGwire's admission that he used steroids.[21]

Glanville's book The Game From Where I Stand (ISBN 0805091599) was published by Times Books in May 2010.[22] Buzz Bissinger called it "a book of uncommon grace and elegance...filled with insight and a certain kind of poetry."[23] In April 2014, Glanville wrote an article in The Atlantic on a racial-profiling experience.[24]

See also

  • List of Major League Baseball career stolen bases leaders


  1. "Doug Glanville #6 CF". ESPN MLB Player Statistics.
  2. "Articles by Doug Glanville". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  3. "Doug Glanville Joins ESPN as Baseball Analyst". Archived from the original on 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
  4. Glasspiegel, Ryan (2017-04-27). "Doug Glanville, Dallas Braden, and Raúl Ibañez Out at ESPN". The Big Lead. Retrieved 2017-04-30.
  5. "NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2018 Cubs season-long, multi-platform coverage details - NBC Sports Chicago". 28 March 2018.
  6. "Retired MLB Player, Baseball Analyst and Insider, Doug Glanville Returns to ESPN". PR Newswire. March 28, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  7. Jones, Stefanie Dion (2019-09-09). "Doug Glanville | Neag School of Education". Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  8. Baseball is not only field for Yankees' Glanville, San Francisco Chronicle, February 27, 2005. "Glanville had grown up in Teaneck, N.J., idolizing the Phillies' rangy center fielder, Garry Maddox."
  9. Philadelphia vs. New York Mets, USA Today, September 1, 2002. Accessed December 12, 2007. "'Playing in the rain today felt like playing on the ballfields at Teaneck,' said Glanville, who played at Teaneck High School in New Jersey."
  10. Doug Glanville (August 5, 2011). "Revisiting my Little League roots". ESPN. Retrieved January 18, 2021. I was part of a championship team in an undefeated season as a member of the Jets with my teammate, now Detroit Pistons head coach, Lawrence Frank.
  11. Ivy League Sports Archived November 9, 2004, at the Wayback Machine
  12. Glanville, Doug. "Glanville: On Jackie Robinson Day, the work continues". The Athletic. Retrieved 2019-04-15.
  13. "Season all-stars". Barnstable Patriot. Barnstable, MA. August 16, 1990. p. 9.
  15. "Doug Glanville".
  16. Kepner, Tyler (24 February 2005). "Still in Demand, Glanville Takes Yankee Option". The New York Times.
  17. "Index of /".
  18. James Romes Consulting – About Us Archived August 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  19. "The Team".
  20. GK Homes Archived September 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  21. Glanville, Doug (21 January 2010). "Seeing Is Disbelieving". The New York Times.
  22. "On Doug Glanville and his book, 'The Game from Where I Stand'".
  23. Publishers Weekly March 8, 2010, p24.
  24. Glanville, Doug (2014-04-14). "I Was Racially Profiled in My Own Driveway". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
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