I was a reader of Crashburn Alley for years before I began writing here. I was drawn immediately to Bill Baer’s smart analysis and the way the sabermetric tenets he applied challenged my understanding of a sport I’ve loved for my entire life. It was at his recommendation that I first picked up a copy of the seminal sabermetric text The Book. This site was my gateway to the world of modern baseball analysis and much of the intellectual satisfaction and enjoyment I’ve found in pursuing a deeper understanding of baseball I owe directly to Bill.
I am extraordinarily happy for Bill and wish nothing but the best for him at his new full-time gig with NBC Sports. He has done fantastic work writing about baseball for years and no one is more deserving of a full-time gig than he. But I can’t deny that I also feel a selfish personal loss at his departure from Phillies-centric writing. Reading his work here has been an absolute pleasure and I will truly miss it going forward.
When Bill first brought me on board two seasons ago, I was a bit overwhelmed, intimidated even. The other members of the staff at the time were an absolutely brilliant group of writers — Michael Baumann, Paul Boye, Eric Longenhagen, and Ryan Sommers — a truly formidable collection of talent to join.
At the time, I set out to contribute to the smart and thoughtful dialogue on this site and two years later, my goal is the same: to write interesting and thoughtful pieces about Phillies baseball. That’s what Bill did on this site for years and it’s what we’ll continue to do in his absence.
I’d like to thank Bill for first bringing me on to write here and now for trusting me to take over the day-to-day management of the site as he moves on to bigger and better things. I would also like to thank the rest of our writing staff, Brad Engler and Adam Dembowitz, for continuing on with Crashburn for the upcoming season. I know I speak for both of them in saying we look forward to talking baseball with you all as we begin to usher in a new era of Phillies baseball. It’s an exciting time for baseball in Philadelphia and we can’t wait to write about whatever happens next.
Finally, I’d like to thank you, the readers. You’ve made me feel comfortable and welcome here from day one. I’ve learned a great deal and I’ve grown significantly as a writer. Thank you for being patient with me but also challenging me to keep improving.
The leadership has changed, but our mission remains the same. We will continue striving to be a destination for intelligent Phillies analysis and I hope you continue to keep us as a part of your baseball routine.
On to the 2016 season!