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Thom Loverro

Thom Loverro

Thom Loverro has been a professional journalist since 1977, working for a number of newspapers, including eight years as a news editor and reporter for The Baltimore Sun, where he covered government, politics, and crime. He moved into sports writing when he joined The Washington Times in 1992. He moved to The Washington Examiner as a sports columnist in 2009 and returned to The Washington Times in 2013, where he is currently the lead sports columnist.

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Washington Nationals' Josiah Gray pitches during the team's spring training baseball workout, Tuesday, March 15, 2022, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

LOVERRO: Gray wears being a Black starter in majors ‘with pride’

Gray, 24, doesn't presume he has a job in the rotation -- he called it a "potential spot." And there is nothing official yet. But it's likely Gray could be the third or fourth starter in the Nationals' rotation for 2022. If so, he will have the eyes of a city with a strong Black community fixed on him. Published March 16, 2022

National League's Juan Soto, of the Washington Nationals, laughs during the first round of the MLB All Star baseball Home Run Derby, Monday, July 12, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/Gabriel Christus) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Soto stays grounded as the face of the Nationals’ franchise

It is challenging for Soto to stay grounded as he appears to be, given his rising star status as one of the game's elite players, sometimes compared to Ted Williams. Soto is 23, and there are young players in that clubhouse, some of whom are even older than him, who look at him like that -- a superstar. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said it Sunday -- this is Soto's team. Published March 14, 2022

Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera looks on from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Terrance Williams)

LOVERRO: Countdown on Rivera’s job begins with Wentz trade

You can start the countdown now for Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera. Start the clock the moment Carson Wentz puts on a Commanders jersey at a press conference and tells everyone how he is looking forward to playing for the coach. Tick, tick, baby -- the job countdown will commence. Published March 10, 2022

Washington Football Team safety Deshazor Everett (22) stands on the sidelines during the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Landover, Md. Baltimore won 37-3. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Everett’s future being kept under wraps by Commanders

I didn't learn anything about the only active franchise player, from what I can determine, who has ever been criminally charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 80-year history of the team. I didn't learn why Everett, with Rivera's quest to change the culture, is still on the team. Published March 7, 2022

FILE - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces the start of the fourth round of the NFL football draft in Cleveland, in this Saturday, May 1, 2021, file photo. Training camps are opening on time in preparation for the 2021 season after the league navigated through a pandemic to play an entire schedule and the Super Bowl in 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

LOVERRO: Goodell and the women running interference for the NFL owners

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has recruited another one of his cheerleaders to protect "The Shield" -- former federal prosecutor Mary Jo White -- to investigate the latest sexual misconduct allegations against Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder that emerged from the recent House Oversight Committee roundtable. Published February 22, 2022

The main parking lot at the Los Angeles Angels Tempe Diablo Stadium remains closed as pitchers and catchers are not starting spring training workouts as scheduled as the Major League Baseball lockout enters its 77th day and will prevent pitchers and catchers from taking the field for the first time since October in Tempe, Ariz., Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Labor strife leaves fans numb to universal DH approval

There was a time when the debate about the designated hitter in baseball was as passionate and bitter as the divide over COVID-19 vaccines. You picked your friends based on whether or not they thought the refusal to adopt the DH by the National League had been handed down from Mount Sinai, or if they looked upon the American League's embrace of the designated hitter as blasphemy. Published February 16, 2022

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at a news conference Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

LOVERRO: Goodell is big on promises, short on delivery

Roger Goodell's time running the NFL has been a reign that reeks of hypocrisy -- particularly when Goodell is forced to address the sins of the league when it comes to the treatment of minorities and women. But the stench has been perfumed by the $15 billion in annual revenue and high ratings in the barren wasteland of network television. Published February 10, 2022

Dan and Tanya Snyder, co-owner and co-CEOs of the Washington Commanders, pose for photos after unveiling their NFL football team's new identity, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, in Landover, Md. The new name comes 18 months after the once-storied franchise dropped its old moniker following decades of criticism that it was offensive to Native Americans. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) ** FILE **

LOVERRO: NFL’s ‘investigation’ of Washington was a sham from the start

Last week, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a roundtable with some former employees of the local NFL franchise, now known as the Washington Commanders, and before that, the Washington Football Team (and before that, the Washington Redskins). When the roundtable was over, the list of embarrassing allegations against owner Dan Snyder and his organization was longer than the line of Commanders fans looking to get new gear at Ghost Town Field. Published February 8, 2022

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2007, file photo, Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Landover, Md. The Washington Football Team plans to retire late safety Sean Taylor's number before its upcoming game against Kansas City. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

LOVERRO: Indian advocates suggest new use for Washington’s discarded helmet logo

The Washington Football Team -- now the Washington Commanders -- certainly has no more use for its old Redskins Indian head helmet logo. So Donald Wetzel is asking the team to give the trademarked symbol -- a striking and dignified design that his Indian grandfather helped create -- back to the people it was intended to honor. Published February 2, 2022

San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds celebrates after hitting his 756th career home run against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning of their baseball game in San Francisco, on Aug. 7, 2007. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and David Ortiz appear to be the only players with a chance at Hall of Fame enshrinement when results are unveiled Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, with Ortiz most likely to get in on his first try. Bonds and Clemens are each in their 10th and final turns under consideration by voters from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, file) **FILE**

LOVERRO: A generation learns the truth with Bonds, Clemens left out of Hall of Fame

The Cheated Generation finally got handed the check Tuesday. Their heroes, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, were passed over by baseball writers for the National Baseball Hall of Fame for the 10th and final time -- and it was like that moment when the mark realizes he's just been scammed: Pain. Anger. Lingering disbelief and delusion. Published January 26, 2022