Michael Baldwin

Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978.

Mike's first job was sports editor of the Seminole Producer before moving on to the Edmond Sun as sports editor from 1979-1982. He has covered many beats, starting with high school sports. He has also covered OU, OSU and Thunder in addition to the Dallas Cowboys while living in Dallas from 1994-2001 while with The Oklahoman.

Mike and his family live in Edmond where he continues to work in the field of his passion, Sports.

Top Stories

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: El Paso trims hot RedHawks

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    After returning home from a successful West Coast road trip, the RedHawks lost 2-1 to El Paso Wednesday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: RedHawks in the thick of division pennant race

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Despite a 2-1 loss to the El Paso Chihuahuas on Wednesday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, the RedHawks opened their final homestand of the regular season involved in a pennant race.

  • Fantasy football preview 2014: Underrated players

    By Mike Baldwin | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    *Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton threw for 4,300 yards and 33 touchdowns but still isn’t one of the first 12 quarterbacks selected in most drafts. *San Diego WR Keenan Allen will be a star. Would be a huge get in the third round. *Carolina QB Cam Newton was the No. 6 fantasy QB two years ago. Newton’s running TDs understandably dipped, but he threw for a career-high 24 TDs *RB Maurice Jones-Drew is 29, but if he lasts until the fifth or sixth round snatch him up quickly. Oakland isn’t a huge upgrade but it’s an upgrade. *RB Ben Tate played well as Arian Foster’s understudy in Houston. Tate is now the starter in Cleveland. *St. Louis’ defense/special teams led the NFL in sacks (56) and scored five TDs

  • Fantasy football preview 2014: Top 50 NFL fantasy players

    BY MIKE BALDWIN | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Fantasy owners who fall into the trap that running backs aren’t as valuable this year as in previous seasons are misguided.

  • Fantasy football preview 2014: Top 50 wide receivers

    BY MIKE BALDWIN | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Depth is good at wide receiver, but if you can land one of the top six or seven wideouts, it’s worth a second-round pick. Grab at least two from the top 17 on this list by Rounds 5 or 6 and you should be in good shape. 1. Demaryius Thomas, Denver ($42): Peyton Manning’s favorite target and Manning threw for 55 TDs last season. 2. Dez Bryant, Dallas ($38): The Cowboys will need to score a ton of points. 3. Calvin Johnson, Detroit ($37): Higher on most boards. Megatron’s a beast but not enough TDs. 4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati ($32): An absolute monster (98 receptions, 1,426 yards, 11 TDs). 5. Julio Jones, Atlanta ($32): One of the league’s rising stars before he was injured last year. 6.

  • Fantasy football preview 2014: Top 50 running backs

    BY MIKE BALDWIN | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Finding the right running back is half the battle. First-round picks can get injured or fail to meet expectations, so there aren’t any sure things.

  • Fantasy football preview 2014: Top 20 tight ends

    BY MIKE BALDWIN | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Depth is so good that there’s no need to panic to fill your tight end slot.

  • Fantasy football preview 2014: Sleeper picks

    By Mike Baldwin | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    *St. Louis QB Sam Bradford could challenge to crack the top 12 if he’s healthy and finally puts it together. The Rams methodically have put a few weapons around him. *RB Rashad Jennings compiled fantasy-worthy numbers in Oakland and now gets a shot as the Giants’ feature back. *No longer in Chicago, QB Josh McCown, who played well filling in for injured Jay Cutler, is Tampa Bay’s starter. *WR Kelvin Benjamin (Carolina) compiled solid stats (50 catches, seven TDs) as a rookie that should only improve. *Detroit TE Eric Ebron is on nearly everyone’s sleeper list for a reason. *TE Ladarius Green must share time with Antonio Gates in the Chargers’ high-octane offense, but Green might compile

  • Fantasy football preview 2014: Overrated players

    By Mike Baldwin | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    *Calvin Johnson overrated? Megatron, without question, is the best receiver in the NFL but he’s constantly double- and triple-teamed and has scored “only” 17 TDs the past two years. Megatron is a stud but debatable if he’s worthy of a first-round pick. *San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick threw for only 3,200 and 21 TDs. His legs give him potential, but Kaepernick is outscored nearly every week by opposing QBs, indicating he’s not a slam-dunk starter. *New England QB Tom Brady makes top 10 lists because of his remarkable career but is coming off a 25-TD season. It could be a sign Brady, 36, is inching towards retirement, but Brady also could bounce back with 30-plus TDs. You make the call.

  • Fantasy football preview 2014: Top 32 quarterbacks

    By Mike Baldwin | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    Quarterbacks score the most points, but it’s a gamble to select a quarterback early.

  • Fantasy football preview 2014: Top 20 kickers

    BY MIKE BALDWIN | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    No kicker deserves going higher than the final round. Wait until the very end to fill your kicker slot.

  • Fantasy football preview 2014: Why you shouldn't take a quarterback until the sixth or seventh round

    By Mike Baldwin | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    The wait-on-a-QB strategy allows you to concentrate in other areas regardless of which quarterbacks are selected because the strategy is based on the theory that there are at least 18 NFL quarterbacks with “starter” potential.

  • Fantasy football preview 2014: Oklahoma ties

    By Mike Baldwin | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    If a fantasy football owner was allowed to own territorial rights to all players with Oklahoma ties, that team would be one of the favorites to win the title. Loaded with star power, three Oklahomans routinely are among the first-rounders, which is what would give you a huge edge. Three first-round quality players would be invaluable. Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson is a top-three overall pick. Cowboys lightning rod Dez Bryant is one of the top two or three receivers in fantasy football. In some leagues Dallas’ DeMarco Murray is being selected in the first round, definitely a top-10 running back. You’d be set at receiver with Bryant, Denver’s Wes Welker and Kenny Stills rising the depth chart in New

  • Fantasy football preview 2014: Potential bargain-bin pickups

    By Mike Baldwin | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    *Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 4,261 yards and 28 touchdowns but still isn’t being drafted as a starter. *TE Martellus Bennett provides steady production (759 yards, 5 TDs). *Miami RB Lamar Miller rarely gets in the end zone but Miller rushed for 709 yards last season and also caught 26 passes *Philadelphia RB Darren Sproles slumped miserably last season (4 TDs) but he still had 71 catches a year ago, which puts Sproles in the upside bargain bin this year with a new team. *You could get lucky and land Indy WR Reggie Wayne in the late rounds, which would be a no-risk potential bonanza. *Kansas City QB Alex Smith (23 TD passes) benefits from Jamaal Charles turning short passes into long TD

  • Fantasy football preview 2014: Top 20 defenses/special teams

    BY MIKE BALDWIN | Updated: Sat, Aug 16, 2014

    It’s probably wise to be one of the first owners to fill your defense/special teams slot in Rounds 10 or 11, although there is good depth so you won’t be penalized for waiting.

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: Kevin Chapman excelling in closer role for OKC

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    Named the RedHawks Pitcher of the Month in July, Chapman is 9-for-9 in save opportunities.

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: Closer Kevin Chapman shares OKC's favorite bullpen pranks

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    Bullpen shenanigans are part of baseball, ranging from setting a teammate’s shoe on fire to dumping a cup of water on a teammate’s head. Closer Kevin Chapman said the RedHawks’ bullpen trotted out something new this season.

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: Mike Olt continues to haunt OKC pitching, leads Iowa to 10-2 win

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    Olt’s homer, his third in two games, capped a four-run first inning. The Cubs tacked on five insurance runs in the eighth on five hits and two walks off three OKC relievers.

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: Preston Tucker's bat might be the key to reaching the majors

    By Mike Baldwin | Updated: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    “For me, I’m going to have to hit my way to the big leagues,” Tucker said. “I’m not an exceptional defender or an exceptional base-runner.”

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks: OKC wins on Joe Sclafani's walk-off grand slam

    Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Joe Sclafani crushed a walk-off grand slam in the ninth to lift the Oklahoma City RedHawks to a 9-6 win over the Iowa Cubs on Saturday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The RedHawks trailed 6-4 entering the ninth but scored five runs off Iowa’s Marcus Hatley, who failed to record an out. Matt Duffy, Carlos Perez and Ruben Sosa singled to load the bases. Jonathan Villar drew a bases loaded walk to draw OKC to within 6-5. Sclafani followed with his first RedHawks homer. With the win, the RedHawks closed to within two games of the Cubs in the PCL American Northern division. Led by two home runs from Mike Olt, Iowa went up 6-4 in the eighth on Olt’s second homer.