Moving Forward

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!

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  1. Romus

    February 18, 2016 02:12 PM

    CL….I hope you do not enter free agency any time soon!

  2. bubba0101

    February 18, 2016 02:21 PM

    I love your work Corrine. I think the site is in good hands.

  3. Scuffy McGee

    February 18, 2016 06:59 PM


    It’s sad to see Bill go, but I’m excited that you’re stepping up. I’ve always found your writing pleasant, insightful, and (most importantly) interesting.


    Scuffy McGee
    A Typically Silent Reader

  4. WayneKerrins

    February 18, 2016 07:07 PM

    I think your writing has gone from strength to strength Corinne and is never, at least overtly, compromised by hang-ups, dogma or hubris.

  5. Finn

    February 18, 2016 09:46 PM

    Just keep doing what you’re doing and the CBA will be continue to be awesome. Congratulations, chief!

  6. Pete

    February 18, 2016 10:19 PM

    Congrats Corinne! I too am sad to see Bill go, but naming you the new editor-in-chief certainly lessens the sting. Your work has been unfailingly great from the start. I’m just worried some mega-acronym-sports-echo-chamber will snatch you away too.

  7. Michael C Lorah

    February 18, 2016 10:47 PM

    Congrats, Corrine. The site’s in good hands.

  8. Jim

    February 18, 2016 10:51 PM

    I started reading Crashburn Alley around the time Michael Baumann posted his first crashbag, and Corinne’s work has been some of the best ever offered here, IMO. Thanks and best of luck to Bill. I’m excited to see what Corinne has planned!

  9. Bob

    February 18, 2016 11:52 PM

    Corinne, love your work. Love all the crashburn contributors work. Any thoughts on making a crashburn podcast?

  10. Erich

    February 19, 2016 01:28 AM

    Phillies phans are blessed with some great sports writers, Corrine and Bill among them. Congrats to both of you, we shall expect great things!

  11. Gil

    February 19, 2016 09:20 AM

    Thank you.

    CA is a terrific place to read great writing about the Phillies.

    Looking forward to enjoyably learning from what you and all the great CA writers find useful and interesting about the 2016 season.

  12. Brian Dugan

    February 20, 2016 06:20 PM

    CA is in good hands. Any chance that the podcast comes back Corinne?

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