Announcement about the Future of Crashburn Alley

The Phillies are on the verge of completing a cycle of disappointment that started in October 2011. Throughout the Phillies’ tough rebuild and the glory years that preceded it, Crashburn Alley has been a stalwart of the Phillies community. Unfortunately I have not had the time to continue the legacy put forward by years of excellence. After speaking with Bill Baer, we have decided that Crashburn Alley will be coming to an end this summer.

Looking back on the history of the site, it is hard not see its impact on baseball as a whole. The alumni of this site are full time writers, analysts, and employees of major league teams. It has been an honor to run Crashburn the past year and a half, and I am thankful to Bill for giving me the opportunity and to Eric Chesterton for reaching out to me to take his place. I must thank former writers and editors who have been great sounding boards and fonts of advice and guidance. Additionally, I would like to thank the current writers for a fun time here, and for their insight and willingness to jump onto difficult and interesting topics. Lastly, a big thanks to the readers and the community here, as well as all of you who donated last summer to keep it running.

Bill asked me to include his final thanks and thoughts on the end of the site

Thank you for the support through the years. It has been rewarding to have seen so many talented people use Crashburn Alley as a launching pad for their careers. I learned so much not just from the writers but by the readers as well. Crashburn Alley was a tremendous source of pride for me, which is why I’m so sad to shut it down. But given the circumstances, it just makes sense. Perhaps some day it’ll come back again. In the meantime, please continue to support the writers elsewhere.Bill Baer

Going forward Bill will be keeping the website name, and I will be working on creating an archive of the writing that will continue to be accessible. As for where to continue to find good writing, here is where you can find the work of notable former writers.

Bill Baer – Hardball Talk

Michael Baumann – The Ringer

Paul Boye – The Good Phight (also their twitter account)

Corrine Landry – Philadelphia Phillies

Spencer Bingol – Boston Red Sox

Eric Chesterton – Cut4

Eric Longenhagen – Fangraphs

Ben Harris – The Athletic

You can also follow the current writers on twitter: Brad Engler, Adam Dembowitz, Michael Schickling, Tim Guenther, and myself

Once again thank you all for reading this site.

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  1. JettMartinez

    July 17, 2018 10:23 AM

    This is a sad end to an amazing era. I first started using twitter to follow Phillies beat writers to get breaking news during the Cliff Lee mystery team signing. That quickly lead me to the Crashburn writers of the day, including Bill Baer who kindly pointed me to the resources I needed to begin to understand analytics. I don’t think there’s a writer who’s blossoming career I followed with more interest (and amusement) then Michael Baumann. I even bought his book! And no one has provided insight to the Phillies developmental systems like Matt Winkelman.
    To all Crashburn Alley writes, editors, and managers past and present, thank you for what you’ve brought to the Philadelphia Baseball community and best of luck in your future endeavors!

  2. Dan

    July 17, 2018 11:12 AM

    Just wanted to leave a big hearty thank you to all of the excellent writers who contributed to this site over the years. Growing up I was always fond of numbers and statistics in baseball, however that was before the Moneyball era, so I had no idea how to apply that information to help me get a better understanding of the Phillies. Places like this site not only helped me to figure out why things where going a certain way for the Phillies, but also enhanced my appreciation for and broadened my love of the game.

    Thanks and good luck on all of your future endeavors.

  3. Kurdt Kobeyn

    July 17, 2018 12:36 PM

    This is a sad development since visiting this site is part of my daily routine. To bad that CA will no longer around when the Phillies start winning again.

    Thanks for all the good reporting and good luck to all!!

  4. Chris S.

    July 17, 2018 01:39 PM

    This site has been part of my daily routine for the last few years and I am sad to see that it will no longer be here for Phillies news. Thanks to all the writers past and present for your hard work. It is easy to see why so many have moved on to bigger and greater things as you could always tell there was a passion to their writing. This site will be missed.

  5. Whitey

    July 17, 2018 02:58 PM


    Get woke, go broke.

  6. JB Allen

    July 17, 2018 08:09 PM

    Thanks, everybody!

  7. CP

    July 18, 2018 12:50 PM

    sorry to see your site go. always enjoyed the articles. thanks for the work over the years.

  8. awh

    July 18, 2018 07:34 PM

    Very sad day. Enjoyed the site.

  9. Andrew Cleveland Alexander

    July 19, 2018 02:56 PM

    I’m very sad to see the site go as well, and I guess it’s symbolic of something else: the era of the baseball blog (and the blog in general) is kind of over. The good news is that newspapers and sports-centric websites have kind of filled the void places like this once occupied–the Phillies beat reporters do a lot more game analysis and interaction with fans today. The bad news is that a lot of that writing and interaction happens on Twitter and other social media sites, which means the publications that employ those people aren’t capturing the ad revenue. Which reminds me–I’ve been meaning to subscribe to The Athletic. Today is as good a day as any to start paying for the information I like to consume.

  10. Pete

    July 19, 2018 10:46 PM

    Very sad to see this. I moved to China in February 2008 and CrashburnAlley become a daily stop from that time. I too was analytics-illiterate when I discovered this site and learned a tremendous amount from Bill Baer, the other writers and some fantastic commenters who enhanced my appreciation of the game. But if it has to end, then there couldn’t be a better reason for it — this site has launched the writers on to bigger (but not better, imho) things. Good luck everyone!

  11. Eric

    July 21, 2018 09:11 AM

    Sad to hear it, but I’m grateful for the fond memories of having followed this blog for a decade. I started reading Crashburn during the 2007 season, which I guess was its first year–and it’s largely thanks to this site that I came on to the world of advanced statistics and learned that, contrary to the huffing of a lot of baseball writers at the time, a better analytical lens could actually *enhance* my enjoyment of the game.

    Thank you, Bill, Matt, Corinne, Baumann, and all the rest for sharing your thoughts with us over the years and teaching us all a little more about the game we already loved.

  12. Brad

    July 22, 2018 04:18 PM

    This great site helped to get me through some rough patches long ago, and I’ve never stopped reading it. Thanks for being a sane voice in an industry that is so often over-the-top. And good luck to all of the current and former writers.

  13. Tim

    July 24, 2018 09:56 AM

    Thanks for a bunch of great reads, and introducing me to some great writers that I’ve followed to their new destinations.