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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

There will always be room for Jamie Moyer

Nice article on the Hall of Amazing - and Neyer leaving SB Nation?

This is my last column for SB Nation, at least for a good little while….
At some point in the next couple of weeks, I’ll be writing about baseball again, and I hope you’ll find me again.

This is my last column for SB Nation, at least for a good little while. When I signed up three years ago, I wanted a different kind of adventure and that’s what I got. At various points along the way, I was blessed to work every day with Grant Brisbee, Jeff Sullivan, and Al Yellon; their passion and commitment continue to inspire me. My bosses were Tyler Bleszinski and Kevin Lockland, and both treated me better than I probably deserved.

Grant’s still around, of course; with him and Steve Goldman and Marc Normandin and Justin Bopp and all the other talented people covering baseball here, this site remains in wonderfully capable hands. I’m grateful to everyone above, and of course I’m forever grateful to you for reading. At some point in the next couple of weeks, I’ll be writing about baseball again, and I hope you’ll find me again.

Toolsy McClutch Posted: January 28, 2014 at 07:28 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili (TeddyF.Ballgame) Posted: January 28, 2014 at 10:28 PM (#4647782)
I feel like there's a really, really good piece of writing percolating underneath what's actually on the other end of this link. Which is worth reading, mind.

Wonder where Rob's going?
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 28, 2014 at 10:35 PM (#4647784)
Ezra Klein to take over his column at Vox Media, right?
   3. Monty Posted: January 28, 2014 at 10:43 PM (#4647786)
I'm going to speculate wildly that Rob's going to take some time off to write a book and then pop up at, say...Grantland. That feels plausible, right?
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 28, 2014 at 10:56 PM (#4647790)
I see a lot of negative comments about Al Yellon. Why do people not like him?
   5. Monty Posted: January 28, 2014 at 11:02 PM (#4647796)
Interestingly, Rob's the article where Rob put Bo Jackson in his Hall of Amazing was his last article for ESPN. Or possibly for the Sweet Spot blog. Anyway, I guess he likes to revisit the concept when he writes goodbye articles:

Whether you've been reading my ramblings since 1996 or just since last week, you have my profound, impossible-to-express-in-words gratitude. There is not a working writer on Earth who's more grateful than I for his readers. Without you, I would have nothing.

Today, I hand off this space to whoever's next. I don't know yet who is next, but I'm highly confident that this blog and the SweetSpot Network will soon be in excellent hands.

Meanwhile, I'll be around. The kids tell me it's all about search these days. You won't have to search real hard to find me, if you want.

Happy trails, until we meet again.
   6. Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: January 28, 2014 at 11:16 PM (#4647806)
I feel like there's a really, really good piece of writing percolating underneath what's actually on the other end of this link. Which is worth reading, mind.


The fact that he's not saying where he's going suggests to me that the parting is not particularly amicable.
   7. Howie Menckel Posted: January 29, 2014 at 12:03 AM (#4647814)

"The fact that he's not saying where he's going suggests to me that the parting is not particularly amicable."

maybe, but not necessarily how the biz works.

   8. Lassus Posted: January 29, 2014 at 05:44 PM (#4648270)
I hope Rob goes back to writing books, or long-form articles, which seem now to be part of some distant past, like Myspace.
   9. Toolsy McClutch Posted: January 29, 2014 at 06:19 PM (#4648292)
I'm starting to dislike Grantland more and more outside Zach Lowe, I think they should just rename it hubris.com and constantly talk about the Hills or Real World Hawaii all the time.
   10. God Posted: January 29, 2014 at 06:47 PM (#4648302)
It's a little weird that Rob left a good, highly stable job for one that was clearly riskier, and ended up leaving after less than three years.

He's not in Posnanski territory yet. In the space of -- what -- two or three years -- Joe went from the KC Star to Sports Illustrated to Sports on Earth to NBC. (Am I missing anything?) I don't really understand that as a career path. Particularly leaving SI for Sports on Earth, and then the mysterious departure from Sports on Earth. Did he quit because the site didn't quite turn out to be what they pitched it as? Did they not want him around anymore after the Paterno debacle? Never did quite figure that whole thing out.
   11. villageidiom Posted: January 29, 2014 at 09:08 PM (#4648376)
The fact that he's not saying where he's going suggests to me that the parting is not particularly amicable.
One could argue that the high road would be not using your old employer to advertise your new employer.
   12. madvillain Posted: January 29, 2014 at 09:21 PM (#4648379)
It's a little weird that Rob left a good, highly stable job for one that was clearly riskier, and ended up leaving after less than three years.


I think for a lot of people, what externally can be seen as a "good job" might not be that good to the person working it. Even a highly compensated position might have the warts of (especially for writers) heavy handed editorial control or a shitty working environment or any number of things that degrade quality of life more than the paycheck or exposure is worth.

That said, while I applaud Poz's and Neyers' willingness to step outside the traditional mediums of writing, it does seem like perhaps a case of "the grass is greener" as they haven't stuck very long at the new gigs either. Don't know what you've got till it's gone and all that.


I'm starting to dislike Grantland more and more outside Zach Lowe, I think they should just rename it hubris.com and constantly talk about the Hills or Real World Hawaii all the time.


Grantland's fine but I'd like a navigation option for "this article is primary about sports". To be fair, their header is "Sports and Pop Culture".

edit: Just clicked on Titus' NCAA rankings (I don't like Titus, he says a bunch of stupid #### about Michigan basketball) and of course he likens losing McGary and Michigan's 7-0 run to the top of the B1G to "the Ewing effect". My god dude, you don't have to slurp Simmons' long ago discredited stupid theory, just write about Michigan as Michigan. Beilein is a helluva damn coach and Nik Stauskus is playing like a top 5 pick, they would be a crapload better with a healthy McGary, did you watch the NCAA tourney last year?
   13. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: January 29, 2014 at 09:50 PM (#4648388)
The fact that he's not saying where he's going suggests to me that the parting is not particularly amicable.


Or he has a contract he's not allowed to talk about yet.
   14. Monty Posted: January 30, 2014 at 10:01 PM (#4649101)
Word on the street (meaning AwfulAnnouncing.com) is that Rob's going to Fox Sports.
   15. JJ1986 Posted: January 30, 2014 at 10:13 PM (#4649103)
I find FOX Sports website literally unreadable. Five layers of headers, a sidebar that takes up half the screen, prominent use of unreadable fonts, and the whole thing is too close to the left margin.

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