UPDATE: It’s official: Neyer has signed on with SB Nation.
Rob Neyer announced on his blog today that he is hanging up his blogging spikes.
Today, I hand off this space to whoever’s next. I don’t know yet who is next, but I’m highly confident that this blog and the SweetSpot Network will soon be in excellent hands.
Meanwhile, I’ll be around. The kids tell me it’s all about search these days. You won’t have to search real hard to find me, if you want.
Happy trails, until we meet again.
Reactions to the legendary writer’s announcement were swift and heartfelt. There are too many to link to, and too many good odes would be left by the wayside. Suffice it to say that this writer feels the same way about Neyer — his writing and his contributions to the Sabermetric community.
It meant the world to me when I opened up my Gmail account in late September of 2009 to find Neyer reaching out to me, even going so far as to compliment my work, inviting me to join his SweetSpot blog network. I joined a team of bloggers whose work I had long admired and have watched as others joined the team. There is no doubt in my mind that Neyer bringing me into his blog network also helped bring me the opportunity to write for Baseball Prospectus.
As to what Neyer’s departure means for the SweetSpot network — nothing will change as far as I know. Someone will be given the unenviable task of filling Neyer’s shoes. How the new guy or gal chooses to run the ship remains to be seen but I imagine it will be with the same lax leash that Neyer used. So the content here will remain the same.
I wish the best of luck to Rob in his future endeavors and I sincerely hope he sticks around in the Internet baseball community. Feel free to leave your compliments and well-wishes for Rob in the comments below. I’m sure he’ll take a lap around the blogs before the night is over.
Tango thinks Neyer will be moving onto MLB Network. I’m skeptical, but would nonetheless be thrilled if this were the case. The level of analysis on that channel could use a real pick-me-up and Neyer would provide just that.