When I started this blog in 2009, I was an unemployed baseball writer who had spent 12 years covering the Giants and A’s, so I had a lot to say about those teams and no place to say them.
Neither of which is the case now.
In September 2012, I got a job covering the Angels for the Orange County Register. Never thought I’d be working at a newspaper again, but here I am. It’s the job I always wanted. It took me a little longer than I’d hoped to get it, but better late than never, right?
That means there’s probably not too much happening with this blog. However, the internet being what it is, I’m sure folks will occasionally google into here if, say, they want to know what kind of an idiot would leave Edgar Martinez off his Hall of Fame ballot.
So, this little bio will tell you.
I have been covering major league baseball since 1997 in various capacities. I spent 12 seasons covering the Giants and A’s for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, long enough to win a few awards for stuff like this and become a Hall of Fame voter. Then I spent two years as a national baseball writer for AOL FanHouse.
In two years at FanHouse, we grew from nothing to being a major player in the sports media market. We covered everything. At the World Series, we had as many as six people writing and two more providing video content. Apparently, that was too much, though. The folks at AOL couldn’t figure out a way to generate enough revenue to cover what they were paying all of us. In January 2011, FanHouse was sold to the Sporting News, which wanted the name but not the employees. That left me and about 100 of my FanHouse colleagues out in the cold. FanHouse ceased operation on Feb. 28, 2011. (Let the record show that the final MLB story ever produced by FanHouse was my feature on the new-look Brewers. Bit of trivia there.)
That FanHouse job was probably the best job I’ll ever have in my life. Sigh.
After that, I took a job as editor of the Giants and A’s magazines. I did that for a season and a half, during which the team magazines were the best they’ve ever been. I think so anyway. While I enjoyed parts of that job, I am a journalist at heart, so I wanted to get back to covering baseball for an independent media outlet.
Miracle of miracles, that happened in September 2012. Now that I’m covering the Angels, I don’t have much to add to this blog, but I’ll keep it around, if for no other reason so I can remind myself why I didn’t vote for Edgar Martinez.