Updated: August 12, 2011 8:56AM
National Baseball Columnist Chris De Luca began covering major-league baseball in 1986 and was a beat writer covering the San Diego Padres from 1988 to 1994. He has also served as sports editor of the Monterey County Herald and executive sports editor of the Contra Costa Times. He has been a contributor to the National Sports Daily, Sporting News and Newsweek magazine. During a newspaper career that began in 1982, De Luca worked for the Sacramento Bee, San Diego Union, Los Angeles Times, Escondido Times-Advocate, Monterey County Herald and Contra Costa Times before joining the Sun-Times in 1996.