Meet the Team

John Conniff

Publisher

John grew up in Poway and has written for MadFriars since 2004. He has written articles for Baseball America, FoxSports San Diego, the El Paso Times, San Antonio Express-News, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette and Pacific Daily News in addition to appearing on numerous radio programs and podcasts.

He can also break down the best places to eat for all four of the affiliates.  There is no best place to eat in Peoria, Arizona.

Twitter: @JohnConniff

David Jay                       

Associate Publisher/Editor

David has written for MadFriars since 2005, has published articles in Baseball America, written a monthly column for FoxSports San Diego and appeared on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He may be best known on the island of Guam for his photos of Trae Santos that appeared in the Pacific Daily News.

Twitter:  @dmjay

Ben Davey                        

Writer

Ben has written for MadFriars since 2011 and for FoxSports San Diego. People find his baseball writing much easier to comprehend than his lesson plans for his day job teaching AP Chemistry.

Twitter: @BenDaveySD

Kevin Charity           

Writer

Kevin has written for MadFriars since 2015 along with feature articles for FoxSports San Diego.  The East County native was a frequent – and popular – guest on the 5.5 Podcast when it existed. Kevin has also appeared regularly on the Ben and Woods Show on 97.3 The Fan. Contrary to popular belief, former Padres farmhand Rocky Gale does not have a restraining order against him.

Twitter: @madfriarskevin

Mark Wilkens

Writer

Born in San Diego and raised in Escondido, Mark now calls Phoenix home. Prior to MadFriars, Mark had multiple articles featured on Bleacher Report and SI.com covering the Padres, Angels and Clippers.

Twitter: @markfwilkens

 

Ryan Payne

Writer

Ryan has written for MadFriars since 2020. Life our publisher, he was born and raised in East County. He is a former athlete who played wheelchair basketball for 16 years before transitioning into a high school coaching role. He has a healthy(?) obsession with all things prospects, analytics and statistics.

Twitter: @ryanpayne32

 

Travis Barnett               

Contributor/Webmaster

Travis was a columnist for Pirates Prospects and co-founded Padres Prospectus prior to joining MadFriars. As you can see by the new design and structure of the site, he brought much needed technical expertise that has been greatly appreciated. His ability to teach the old dogs some new tricks makes up for him being the only MadFriar who is not originally from America’s Finest City.

Twitter:  @tabarnett89

Marcus Pond            

Contributor

Marcus is the one member of the MadFriars staff which Poway High School will proudly claim. Based in Texas, he was previously a co-founder and writer for Padres Prospectus. For his day job, Marcus works with first graders which has proved invaluable in preparing him to deal with David.

Twitter:  @marcusSDTX