Shalin is a sportswriter for the Boston Hearld.
Shalin was a Rangers season ticket holder as a teenager, seats he owned well into the seventies, when he became a member of the fourth estate. He spent much of his early time in the profession covering hockey before moving on to baseball and college sports.
Rob Rains is the author or co-author of nine sports books, including "Mark McGwire: Home Run Hero" for St. Martin's Press. He also wrote "The St. Louis Cardinals: The 100th Anniversary History," as well as co-authored "Red: A Baseball Life" with Cardinal Hall of Famer, Red Schoendienst, and "Jack Buck: That's a Winner!" with broadcaster Jack Buck. A frequent contributor to "The Sporting News," Rains lives with his family in St. Louis.