Freelance Writing

I have been freelance writing for over 10 years. While most of my professional writing has been proprietary, most of my freelance work has been in baseball, general sports, music, humor, and professional wrestling.

You can find my not-so-serious writing here.

National Defense

From hurricanes to hacks — developing a unified cyber-disaster response - FloridaPolitics.com, 16 July 2019

Summary of Iranian Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) 34 - Medium.com, 28 May 2019

In Defense of Best Practices - War on the Rocks, 13 February 2019

National Security Goals and the Dancing Boys of Afghanistan, Strategy Bridge.com, 9 October 2015

Career Advice

LinkedIn.com, Six Job Hunt Lessons Learned From The Bachelor, 7 July 2015

LinkedIn.com, The three letter enemy keeping Veterans unemployed, 28 April 2015

LinkedIn.com, Lessons Learned in Business Communications, 19 April 2015


(Contributor) The Bus Leagues Experience: Minor League Baseball Through The Eyes Of Those Who Live It (Paperback only)

(Contributor) The Bus Leagues Experience: Volume 2 (Paperback only)

(Contributor) The Bus Leagues Experience: Volume 3 (Paperback) (Kindle)

The Best of Bus Leagues Baseball: The Collected Writings of Michael Lortz (edited by Brian Moynahan) (Paperback)

TampaBayBaseballMarket.com (Jan 2014 - Present) - A look at the Tampa Bay baseball market examining attendance, economics, demographics, and marketing strategies.

Minor League Baseball.com (April-May 2011) - Feature stories on players in the Florida State League

Fangraphs, Tampa Bay's Second Half Attendance , 30 June 2017

Fangraphs, What the Rays Can (and Can't) Learn From Local Minor League Attendance , 23 June 2017

Fangraphs, Can the Rays Ever Achieve League Average Attendance? , 14 June 2017

Fangraphs, Tampa Bay and the Millennial Challenge , 6 June 2017

Fangraphs, Tampa Bay's Attendance Problem , 2 June 2017

Fangraphs, Why Extending the Blue Jays Spring Training Location Isn’t In Tampa Bay’s Best Interest, 5 October 2016

Ben's Biz, Farewell to a Sea Cow, 7 September 2016

SaintPetersBlog.com, Is Tampa Bay a Major League Region or 4 Minor League Ones?, 17 May 2016

Fangraphs, The Complex Problem of Tampa Bay Baseball Distances and Demographics, 12 February 2016

Fangraphs, The Importance of the 30-minute Population Radius and MLB Attendance, 4 February 2015

Fangraphs, Looking at Attendance when Aces are Dealt, 27 July 2014

Ben's Biz, Winter Meetings Guest Post: The Outsider Becomes a Regular, 23 December 2013

Minor League Ball.com, Discovering the Minors on the Space Coast, 9 December 2013

The Hardball Times, FSU coach Mike Martin's puzzling record, 28 September 2012

DRaysBay.com, The Quest for 2 Million: 12 Ways to Help Market the Rays, 16 March 2012

DRaysBay.com, Does the Florida State League hurt Rays' Attendance?, 9 July 2013

Atlanta Magazine My Most Intriguing Brave - Chipper Jones, 13 November 2008

Atlanta Magazine My Favorite Braves Team - The 1977 Atlanta Braves, 31 October 2007

Sports Gone South Make Us Love: Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 21 June 2007

Sports Gone South Make Us Love: New York Mets, 7 March 2007

General Sports

The Shadow League LeBron James Enters The 36th Chamber To Better His Homeland, 26 July 2016

Posting and Toasting Could Ghostface Douglas be a fit in NY?, 5 June 2009

Deadspin.com NCAA First Round: (5) Florida State vs. (12) Wisconsin,  20 March 2009


Tampa Bay Times:

Tampa's DJ Sandman reflects on two decades of Tampa hip-hop (22 Jan 2014)

Artist of the Day: Nick Dessasore (20 Dec 2013)

Artist of the Day: J. Keyes (12 Aug 2013)

Artist of the Day: JRoc Jones (8 Aug 2013)

Tampa rapper aiming to launch Zulu Nation chapter (18 July 2013)

Review: Clutch unite metal fans old and new at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg (13 May 2013)

Artist of the Day: Nick Major (23 January 2012)
Six months after break-in, Tampa's Morrisound Recording is back on its feet (24 November 2011)

In Tampa Bay clubs, dubstep continues growing in popularity (19 August 2011)


Ridiculously Inconsistent Trickle of Consciousness Guest Blogger: Mike Lortz - An AfroTastic Wedding (26 November 2012)

SplitSider Bombing in Afghanistan (16 October 2012)

Tampa Bay Times: Interview with Tampa Comic and Author Artie Fletcher (16 December 2011)

Ridiculously Inconsistent Trickle of Consciousness Guest Blogger: Mike Lortz - The Inconsistent Value of Fries and a Coke  (28 November 2011)

Struggle Bus.com Praise The Lortz (10 February 2011)

Ridiculously Inconsistent Trickle of Consciousness Guest Blogger: Jordi Scrubbings - Hatred of Labels (19 November 2010)

Professional Wrestling

Fair to Flair.com Why Isis the Amazon Won't Make It In the WWE (23 March 2012)

The Wrestling Blog Guest Blog: The Disconnect of Writing About Wrestling (1 March 2012)

The Wrestling Blog Guest Blog: Why TNA Doesn't Fit in Orlando (12 February 2012)

The Wrestling Blog Guest Blog: An Interview With Sam Ford (30 September 2011)

The Wrestling Blog Guest Blog: Slammed is a Hit (25 August 2011)

The Wrestling Blog CM Punk, Social Media, and WWE's New Nightmare Era (18 August 2011)