Meet the Team

Sox On 35th is proud to have a dedicated, diverse, and passionate group of writers who love to use their knowledge of the Chicago White Sox to create engaging content for fans of all ages.

Joe Binder | Founder & Owner

My name is Joe Binder, and I am originally from South Central Pennsylvania. Thanks to the name of my little league team along with the 2005 World Series run, I have been a diehard White Sox fan from an early age. I graduated from Seton Hall University in 2020 with a degree in Visual and Sound Media and a Sports Media minor. It was during my freshman year when I founded Sox On 35th, and I now have the pleasure of overseeing all operations while working with our talented staff. Come sit back, relax, and strap it down with us!

Twitter: @JoeBinder

Jordan Lazowski | Editor-in-Chief

I joined Sox On 35th from Ireland back in 2017 and now serve as the Editor-in-Chief for this incredible page. I’m a 2019 graduate from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in Applied Mathematics and Economics. This, along with being a 3x #SoxMath Finals Runner-Up, is likely why I’ve been given the title of “resident nerd” of the page. I look forward to bringing you analytical and thought-provoking content for years to come. Go Sox!

Twitter: @jlazowski14

Brandon Anderson | Creative Director

My name is Brandon Anderson, but people know me as “Bson.” I’m the Creative Director for this amazing blog. On top of my graphic design, I also do some video work and photography for our page. I’m currently the youngest person on our team’s roster, which I take great pride in. I like to think I’ve been a bright spot in the White Sox rebuild by giving people something visually pleasing to take their minds off of the on-field product. I’m currently attending Columbia College Chicago in the south loop of, well, Chicago. I’m usually at games so don’t be afraid to say hello and share some baseball stories. And always, Go Sox!

Twitter: @bsonnn4

Nik Gaur | Managing Editor

My name is Nikhil (Nik) Gaur and I have contributed to Sox On 35th since 2017. I am also a lifelong White Sox fan living in Chicago, originally from the western suburbs. I enjoy monitoring the minor league system, evaluating new metrics, and writing about the development of the team’s core pieces. I am excited to continue to provide content on what is becoming such an entertaining team!

Twitter: @Gaur_Nik

Nicole Reitz | Managing Editor

My name is Nicole Reitz and I am from Northwest Indiana. I am currently a senior at IUPUI in Indianapolis studying sports journalism. Thanks to my dad, I have been a diehard Sox fan since I was born. My favorite players growing up were always Mark Buehrle and Paul Konerko but today my love belongs to Tim Anderson and Lance Lynn. I am so excited to provide content for this amazing website. As always, Go Sox!

Twitter: @nicolereitz02

Tim Moran | Senior Contributor

A lifelong White Sox fan growing up in Palatine, Illinois, I’ve been a writer about the South Siders and other sports teams for over seven years now. Currently, I am living in Chicago after graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in computer science. There, my first-year Resident Assistant was coincidentally our own Jordan Lazowski. Like many others, my favorite player growing up was Paul Konerko, but now that honor belongs to the King of Swag, Tim Anderson.

Twitter: @TimTheMoran

Adam Kaplan | Senior Contributor

Despite growing up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, my dad smartly raised me as a White Sox fan, but I truly fell in love with the team during the magical 2005 World Series run. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and my law degree from Northern Illinois University. It was during this time where I started writing about sports and honed my skills. I now spend my days back in the Northwest burbs doing my best to make sure my two sons love the White Sox as much as I do. I’m currently failing.

Twitter: @MillennialSox

Joe Ruffalo | Multimedia Creator

Growing up in Northwest Indiana, my interest in baseball and Content creation started after attending my first White Sox home game back in 2002. Since then, my love for both has only continued to grow. I strive to document the organization’s significant moments for Sox On 35th and bring fans closer to the game through all my visual coverage. Hope to see you around the ballpark!

Twitter: @jruff96

Duke Coughlin | Contributor

My name is Duke Coughlin. I’ve been covering the White Sox in an official capacity for almost three years now, but I’ve been following the team my entire life. I was born in Wisconsin and raised with Bridgeport values. Expect plenty of deep dives and hot takes. I love pitching duels, home runs, and Ricobene steaks. Mark Buehrle is a Hall of Famer.

I’m honored to join such an incredible staff here at Sox On 35th and can’t wait to get started!

Twitter: @ThatPodGuyDuke

Michael Suareo | Contributor

My name is Michael Suareo, and I have been a diehard Sox fan since my grandpa took me to my first game when I was 6 years old. I currently live in the Western Suburbs with my fiancé and our dog Whiskey. I graduated from Carthage College with a degree in marketing, and I am currently attending Dominican University part-time in pursuit of my MBA while working in digital marketing. My favorite player on the White Sox today is Eloy, but my all-time favorite player will always be Frank Thomas.

Twitter: @MSuareo

Noah Phalen | Contributor

I’ve been a Sox fan since I was a little kid. My dad always had the games on and that’s what really sparked my interest in baseball. In fact, I became so into baseball that I decided I wanted to make a career out of it. I recently graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in Sport Management and my dream job would be to either work for the White Sox or be a sports agent. I decided to start blogging about the Sox because of my passion for the team and my desire to share it with others.

Twitter: @Noahs_ark_2x2

Justin Salgado | Contributor

My name’s Justin Salgado, but my friends call me Sal. I’m from Northwest Indiana, I graduated from Purdue University Northwest with a civil engineering degree in 2018. I’ve always loved the White Sox, tailgating on the weekends with friends and family is one of my favorite things to do in the summertime. Sports betting and analytics in sports have always been of interest to me, and I’m excited to be able to contribute to this great team!

Twitter: @SalgadoJustin

Tommy Gross | Contributor

My name is Tommy Gross. I’m from the northwest suburbs and I’m currently majoring in mathematical economics at Marquette University. I’m obsessed with stats. I’ve been a White Sox fan for as long as I can remember. In kindergarten, my teacher called me Konerko because I wore his jersey so much to school. I’m also an avid fan of Aaron Bummer and Yoan Moncada. 

Twitter: @tommy_gro

Dwayne Banks Jr | Photographer

My name is Dwayne Banks Jr, and I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. Being ingrained into the White Sox fandom by my dad, I can say that the White Sox (and baseball) are part of my DNA. I recently graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in History and double minors in African American Studies and Political Science. During my tenure at Illinois State University, I pursued photography and videography and it has translated into a passion. I am looking forward to contributing to an amazing, dedicated, and talented team such as Sox on 35th and obtaining a career with the Chicago White Sox and MLB one day. As always, Go Sox!

Twitter: @dshooter_

Brian Barry | Contributor

Born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago (Oak Lawn), and I’ve been a diehard Sox fan my whole life. I graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati (2019) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and a Business Analytics Minor. I’ve always enjoyed writing and look forward to combining that with my passion for the Southsiders.

Twitter: @barryb1221

Nico Andrade | Contributor

Hey everyone, I’m Nico Andrade! I am currently in college and a lifelong White Sox fan. I grew up going to games with Mom and Dad before eventually falling in love with the sport. Some may consider me a nerd, but that is who I am! I am really excited to be a part of a talented staff here at Sox On 35th! I can’t wait to bring you all the best Sox coverage around.

Twitter: @andrade26bc

Thatcher Zalewski | Contributor

My name is Thatcher Zalewski and I’ve been a White Sox fan my whole life. I’m currently attending Bradley University with a major in Sports Communications. I’m at a lot of games so if you ever see me, say hello! I can’t wait to share my work with you all and hope you enjoy!

Twitter: @tzalewski25

Matt Cotner | Contributor

My name is Matt Cotner and I graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2022 with a degree in Economics and Political Science. I am originally from northwest Indiana and have always been a White Sox fan. My favorite player as a kid was Mark Buehrle. I love watching and debating just about any sport, and am very excited to contribute to Sox on 35th!

Twitter: @mattcot17