About Me

Ashley is a freelance sportswriter based in Oakland, CA. Her work has appeared online and in print with FanSided, SB Nation, USA Today Sports, and Baseball Prospectus, among others. She recently finished writing her first book and is looking forward to taking on new and challenging projects in the next year.

After a failed stint with the Cha-Cha Mermaids, a perennially losing intramural college softball team based in Santa Barbara, Calif., Ashley turned her attention to less athletic pursuits and began a self-taught education in sports writing in 2010. Her love for the Seattle Mariners, underdog narratives, and quality ballpark bacon-wrapped hot dogs has sustained her through six losing seasons, a pair of perfect games, and the arrival and departure of one Munenori Kawasaki.

Questions, concerns, and general inquires can be addressed to ashley.g.varela@gmail.com.