A Changing of the Guard

To avoid burying the lede: I will no longer be running or contributing to Crashburn Alley for the foreseeable future. And Crashburn Alley is not going away.

NBC was brave enough to take a chance on me several years ago, allowing me to cover baseball at HardballTalk with a handful of terrific baseball writers and tremendous people. Now, I will be writing there on a full-time basis, five days a week. Part of this agreement requires my full attention at NBC Sports, so I can no longer write here.

I started this site eight and a half years ago as a bored college student. Through some hard work and a hefty amount of luck, I have turned baseball writing into a career and I have you, dear readers, to thank. Many of you have been here for nearly the whole ride. You’ve read Bill Conlin’s email to me in which he said Hitler would’ve killed bloggers. I’ve highlighted some race and gender — among other — issues in baseball. There were some charts. We have watched the Phillies go from also-rans to world fuckin’ champions and back to also-rans. We watched baseball analysis leap from the dark ages into the age of enlightenment. I like to think myself and the other wonderful people who have written for this site at one point or another helped that somewhat.

Corinne Landrey has offered to step up and run the site in my absence, and I am supremely confident she will do an excellent job as the editor-in-chief. It doesn’t take any kind of a leap of faith, as her work here has been some of the best baseball writing around. Show her the same kind of love and support you have shown me throughout the years, and follow the crew on Twitter:

Adam and Brad will still be hangin’ around as well, and Corinne may bring others aboard in the near future.

I’ll still be watching the Phillies religiously with every bit of fanaticism as in years past. It will be weird for me to watch the Phillies without a designated place to discuss and analyze the team. I will miss posting here and discussing the Phillies with you all tremendously.

Feel free to contact me on Twitter or via email (crashburnalley at gmail dot com). I’ll be writing here. You can follow @HardballTalk and @NBCSports on Twitter for regular links to all of our work.

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  1. Romus

    February 18, 2016 07:53 AM

    BB….congratulations and good luck in your future endeavors.

    • Robbo

      February 18, 2016 08:11 AM

      Best of luck in your new endeavour. It’s your writing that brought me here and kept me reading. Corinne is a star – the site is in good hands!

  2. Tim

    February 18, 2016 08:42 AM

    Congrats, and thanks for leaving the site in good hands.

  3. Chris S.

    February 18, 2016 08:43 AM

    Bill, congrats on the new gig, wish you the best of luck!

  4. Tom G

    February 18, 2016 08:52 AM

    Fine! Leave us for the big city, the bright lights, the BIG BUCKS of mainstream selloutism! I’m good with that … really, I am.

    As long as you don’t turn into the kind of douche who wishes Hitler had come for the bloggers first.

    Good luck, Bill.

    And best of luck to Corinne. Remember, Corinne: Hitler’s still out there gunning for you.


    Mike Godwin, Esq.

  5. Carmine

    February 18, 2016 09:07 AM

    This site is the first place I check for Phillies news and analysis. Thanks for all you’ve to help make Phillies fandom more interesting (and somewhat less painful). As a Phillies fan living in the hostile territory of Washington, DC, Crashburn Alley is a lifeline. I am a great admirer of Corinne’s writing, so thanks for leaving it in good hands. I also appreciate your keeping things civil, a rare thing in the blogosphere. Good luck on your new endeavor.

  6. SJ Haack

    February 18, 2016 09:53 AM

    WILLIAM! You get back in this Alley right now! If you leave where am I going to read all of your baseball ramblings?

    Oh. Oh, you said where right in the post didn’t you. Well, have fun young man. Don’t make too much of a ruckus. We’ll miss you.

  7. Lazarus

    February 18, 2016 10:00 AM

    This site has been a favorite on every browser that I’ve used over the past 5 years. Congratulations on your new position!

  8. Gil

    February 18, 2016 10:39 AM

    Sincere congratulations and best wishes for continued fun and success. It is well-deserved!

  9. BJ

    February 18, 2016 10:41 AM

    Congrats on the job. You have proven yourself to be most knowledgeable and hard-working. You do us proud.

  10. Nik

    February 18, 2016 10:55 AM

    Good stuff Bill. Just make sure to rub it in into Calcaterra’s face every time the Phillies beat the Braves.

  11. Bob

    February 18, 2016 11:28 AM

    Congrats on the new gig, Bill. I will miss your commentary. But you left this blog in capable handles with Corinne.

  12. Rosemary

    February 18, 2016 11:48 AM

    Good luck in your new endeavor Bill. I know you will be an asset to NBC Sports. Love, Aunt Rosemary

  13. Balot

    February 18, 2016 11:56 AM

    I’ve been reading Crashburn religiously for the past four years, and it has undoubtedly enriched my life! Thank you for all you’ve created, and I’m excited for the contributions from the newly-appointed Corrine regime.

  14. pacman

    February 18, 2016 12:17 PM



  15. Brian

    February 18, 2016 12:33 PM

    Thanks so much, Bill!

  16. bubba0101

    February 18, 2016 02:21 PM

    Thanks Bill. I love your work.

  17. ASK

    February 18, 2016 04:26 PM


    Thanks and good luck.

  18. Faze21

    February 18, 2016 04:42 PM

    Good luck it’s been great times!

  19. Finn

    February 18, 2016 05:24 PM

    Jees…I’m kinda sad but congrats on the new job and I’ll continue to enjoy the writing on this site with Corinne as editor in chief.

  20. Uncle Rick

    February 18, 2016 07:39 PM

    Good luck Billy!

  21. Pete

    February 18, 2016 10:12 PM

    Bill, sad to see you go, but congrats on the well-deserved full-time gig. For the past eight years, this site, other than Hotmail, is literally the one site I open almost every day. It’s been a pure pleasure to read your work. It has fundamentally changed how I watch and relate to the game and the Phillies. All for the better, of course.

    One question: what’s NBC?

    • Pete

      February 18, 2016 10:25 PM

      Oh, one more thing, Bill. I expect to be a regular commenter on the site. For your comments, we’ll set your minimum word count at 1,000 words. Corinne, your first job as editor-in-chief will be to figure out a way to allow charts, graphs, video, etc. in the comments. (I think you see where I’m going with this.)

      • Pete

        February 18, 2016 10:28 PM

        Expect YOU to be a regular commenter

  22. Michael C Lorah

    February 18, 2016 10:45 PM

    Good luck, Bill!

  23. Bill Baer

    February 18, 2016 10:46 PM

    Thanks for all of your kind words. I would reply individually but I figured an all-encompassing comment will suffice. <3

  24. Norcalvol

    February 20, 2016 02:02 AM

    I’m sad and happy at the same time. And both of those emotions mean that something very positive has happened. You’ve earned your new opportunity, and you will do great.
    Proud of you.

  25. Bob

    February 23, 2016 05:02 PM

    Congratulations and good luck. I look forward to reading your work for nbc.

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