Detroit Tigers beat writer, The Athletic (2019 – present)

Michigan football beat writer, The Athletic (fall 2018)

Oklahoma Sooners beat writer, Tulsa World (2016-2018)

Internships: (2016 Chicago Cubs, 2015 Texas Rangers); Star Tribune; The Oklahoman; Amarillo Globe-News.

Notable honors

  • 2016 APSE Beat Writer of the Year (75,000 & under circulation)
  • 2017 APSE Top 10 Beat Writer
  • APSE Explanatory Writing Top 10 3x
  • 2015 Best College Features Writer, Society for Features Journalism
  • First place, sports writing, Hearst Journalism Awards (2016)
  • Runner-up, Hearst National Writing Championship, 2015 & 2016

About me

I was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas, home of Cadillac Ranch, dust storms and the 72-ounce steak. I graduated from Oklahoma State University, home of neon palm trees, bacon-cheese fries and red-dirt music. I’m writing about baseball and chasing other stories up in Detroit now, and if we’re not talking about BABIP or wRC+, the best stories combine people and their dreams, places and their histories, communities and the hopes and fears that shape us all.

Contact me: 806-367-1874, @CodyStavenhagen,


Golden boy? Pariah? This is what makes A.J. Hinch tick, The Athletic

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Bob Stoops Rides Away, Tulsa World

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Chasing Billy Sims, Tulsa World

Tulsa World file photo

Beyond Perfect: Armando Galarraga, 10 years after the call, The Athletic

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The last night at Tiger Stadium, The Athletic


Al Kaline, an unlikely friendship and a lasting message, The Athletic

(Courtesy of Connor Perry)

Big George: From the projects to the Pistons, Shea Patterson’s grandfather changed the course of his family’s story, The Athletic

Saving Hamtramck Stadium: A Negro League ballpark, a changing community and a fight to reclaim history, The Athletic

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For baseball legends and families, memorabilia can be a blessing and a burden, The Athletic

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The dreams of Al Avila, The Athletic

(Courtesy of Paul Mainieri)

The joyous, hopeful, breakable, complicated return of Miguel Cabrera, The Athletic

LAKELAND, FLORIDA – MARCH 07: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers plays first base in the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during the Grapefruit League spring training game at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 07, 2019 in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The Curious Case of Gordon Beckham, The Athletic

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – APRIL 14: Gordon Beckham #29 of the Detroit Tigers rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning of the game on April 14, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Mike Hessman can’t quit the minors, The Athletic

Courtesy, Toledo Mud Hens

Shea Patterson, Jim Harbaugh and Ann Arbor’s Rising Pulse, The Athletic

Oct 6, 2018; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Shea Patterson (2) leaves the field after the game against Maryland Terrapins at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Meet Greg Kinney, the man in charge of Michigan’s football history, The Athletic

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From East Lansing to Ann Arbor, a search for the heart of a rivalry, The Athletic

The School that Shaped Dax Hill, The Athletic

Cody Stavenhagen/The Athletic

The Burdens of Trae Young, Tulsa World

Twice arrested on domestic violence complaints, OU’s Dede Westbrook took a complicated route to stardom, Tulsa World

Ian Maule/Tulsa World

Out of the Shadows, Tulsa World

Ian Maule/Tulsa World

In small-town Oklahoma, a bastion for global baseball dreams, Tulsa World

Emma Howells/Tulsa World

And then there was a football game, The O’Colly

Charles Fowler Holds On, The O’Colly

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