Site news: Dan Connolly leaving BaltimoreBaseball.com; Rich Dubroff taking over as lead Orioles writer - BaltimoreBaseball.com
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Site news: Dan Connolly leaving BaltimoreBaseball.com; Rich Dubroff taking over as lead Orioles writer

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Apparently, Oriole players aren’t the only ones changing employers this month.

It’s happening in the press box, too.

Effective today, I’m leaving BaltimoreBaseball.com, the website I co-created with internet advertising executive Steve Cockey in March 2016.

That’s the most bittersweet sentence I’ve written in my career.

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Walking away from this site is exceptionally difficult. The good news, though, is that I’m not leaving the Orioles beat or my seat at Camden Yards. Just switching media entities.

This week, hopefully in the next couple days, I’ll be able to officially announce where I’m going, what I’m doing and how you can access my future pieces, including Connolly’s Tap Room at another location (with better bathrooms and barstools; same bad swill and jokes).

While I’ll be elsewhere, I’m ecstatic to announce BaltimoreBaseball.com will continue to thrive with another longtime Orioles reporter: Rich Dubroff, who has covered the club full-time since 2011 and handled a bulk of BaltimoreBaseball.com’s spring training coverage the past two years.

I know the site is in good hands with Rich and the other tremendous people who helped build this crazy idea Steve and I had into a daily website that focuses on the Orioles, the minors, colleges, high schools and all things baseball in this area.

I’m so proud of the content we provided here and the community that we built. When we started, I wanted to make it a point to interact with readers, but I never thought I would enjoy it as much as I did. The readers and listeners and viewers are what has made this site so much fun.

Frankly, it’s the best job I’ve ever had in journalism.

So why leave?

Well, my next opportunity will be focused solely on writing, without the added responsibilities of managing a website. I won’t have to schedule staff or edit stories or assign ideas. Just write.

The bottom line here is that I loved my time with BaltimoreBaseball.com, loved working with Steve and the staff and loved interacting with the readers.

Thankfully, the site will continue – and keep growing — with Rich steering the ship.

And I’ll be tackling a new challenge.

It’s a win-win, I think, in a season that hasn’t had a whole lot of Ws.

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64 Comments

64 Comments

  1. Creatively09

    July 16, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Congrats Dan and Rich, though Dan, you’ll most certainly be missed. I hope Rich will be able to keep up the “Jersey of the Day” feature, as well as I look forward to Dan’s daily grades of the National Anthem renditions. If Dan is going where I think he may be going, hopefully my subscription to that entity is already active. My only question is if Rich will be honoring the many various drink chips I’ve accumulated?

    Cheers fellows!

    • Dan Connolly

      July 16, 2018 at 9:12 am

      Thanks 09. I don’t think Rich realized how many free drink chips are out there. Enough to board up the joint. However, in my new spot we will reopen the Tap Room and honor it all. And the fake leaky toilet will finally be fixed.

    • Rich Dubroff

      July 16, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      Yes, Creatively09, “Jersey of the Game” continues!

  2. bobbymac824

    July 16, 2018 at 7:29 am

    So you’re retiring then! Congrats and enjoy your leisure time whilst you enthrall us with more precise verbiage as the long summer comes to a fitting conclusion. I look forward to the improved product and Rich’s continued excellent work here! Have fun during the All Star Break! Bahamas?

    So when does Paul Folk get a promotion? 😉

    • Dan Connolly

      July 16, 2018 at 9:14 am

      I tried to retire. At times I look — and feel — retirement age. But my birth certificate doesn’t lie. And my wife and kids don’t like me that much. And my golf game sucks. So back to the grind very soon.

  3. boss61

    July 16, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Yeah Dan – Wow congrats and all the best. You, personally, are why I am here. I do enjoy Rich’s tweets and occasional appearances on the radio so I won’t abandon ship. I too will badly miss the National Anthem critiques. Do fill us in when you can! Good luck always!

    • Dan Connolly

      July 16, 2018 at 9:14 am

      Hold tight Boss. Will be News soon and hopefully you’ll want to join me in the new gig and stay loyal here.

      • boss61

        July 16, 2018 at 10:49 am

        If it is The Athletic, as I have long suspected, I already am a paid subscriber (and you are welcome). Make Ken Rosenthal hate the O’s less, OK? His negativism sometimes taints his reporting I feel.

        And I will be along to critique Anthem performers?!?!

  4. pzinder

    July 16, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Thanks, Dan. I’ll miss you on this site, one of my daily obsessions. Do please announce where you’re headed when you can so that I can bookmark another mandatory O’s site. Thanks again.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 16, 2018 at 9:16 am

      Absolutely will. Hope a lot of people here join me — and also continue to come back here, too. The content will be varied enough for readers to do both.

  5. 33rd Street

    July 16, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Hopefully it won’t be at MASN State Run Media LOL.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 16, 2018 at 9:17 am

      Yeah, I don’t think they’d want me.

  6. Grand Strand Bird Fan

    July 16, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Good luck. I really enjoyed the way you managed the format. You interacted with posters and reigned in a few along the way. Also, provided a lot of information about the minors and MD baseball. Take care.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 16, 2018 at 9:18 am

      Thank you Grand Stand. Hope you stick with both entities when the dust settles. Your opinions were always welcomed and reasoned even if we didn’t agree 100 percent of the time.

  7. garyintheloo

    July 16, 2018 at 9:10 am

    This was a fun experience and I really appreciated the interaction with your readers. Enjoy a great transitions and I will try to follow you at The Atheletic.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 16, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Thank you. No comment. Sounds good.

  8. Dblack2508

    July 16, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Congratulations Dan, I hope we will still be able to interact with you. I have read Rich on occasion and I am sure he will be just fine. Welcome Rich!

    • Dan Connolly

      July 16, 2018 at 9:20 am

      Thanks DB. Always appreciated your comments. And the interaction component is definitely something I want to continue.

  9. Rusty Trumbo

    July 16, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Will def follow to your new gig – I sincerely hope it’s not MASN

    • Dan Connolly

      July 16, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      Hope you do. And no worries there.

  10. trevise-en

    July 16, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Congratulations to both Dan and Rich. I just relatively recently discovered this site and it’s already become a part of my daily Orioles experience, so I’m sorry to see that your leaving Dan. Hopefully I’ll have access to your landing spot, of which I think I may have an idea, and if that’s so, it would most certainly be a great thing.

    I also agree with the earlier commenter about a promotion for Paul, yet with his current ‘divided commitment’ it’s nice to find him in two spots during my daily trek around the Orioles blogosphere.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 16, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      I’m glad you found us and keep coming around daily and commenting. And check my new gig out when it becomes official.

  11. Wade Warren

    July 16, 2018 at 10:12 am

    sad to see you go Dan that Rich is a sneaky son of a gun. He once told me the Orioles would call Rubber Arm Warren but guess what I never got a call. Goodluck in your future Dan

    • Dan Connolly

      July 16, 2018 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks Wade. Not going far. Keep tabs on me. Always appreciate your passion.

    • Wade Warren

      July 16, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      hey Dan Serously we need to have a few Yuengling’s sometime

    • Dan Connolly

      July 17, 2018 at 12:26 am

      If I ever slow down. Between work and the kids I can’t tell ya the last time I went out with a friend for beers.

  12. GooseLu

    July 16, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Dan: thanks for building such a great site. Will you still have the radio show?

    • Dan Connolly

      July 16, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      Good question, Goose. Yes I will. Even keeping the name for now. You’ll be able I hear it on WOYK’s website if you aren’t in York. And working on the possibility of podcasts.

  13. Major Award

    July 16, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Wishing you the best of success in your new endeavor, Dan. This site has been a godsend, due in large part to your writing talents as well as those of other contributors. You’ve managed to attract a legion of articulate, insightful and respectful fans, a rarity in any social medium. I will continue to patronize this site and look forward to reading your columns/essays/articles at the new job. I hope you’ll continue hosting the Hot Stove Talk in York in January or February. Cheers!

    • Dan Connolly

      July 16, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks so much. And absolutely still planning for the Hot Stove Talk.

  14. Bancells Moustache

    July 16, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Interested to see what kind of prospect haul we get back from the Connolly deal. His athleticism has faded a bit but he’s has been the face of the franchise for years, and any number of contending sites could use his veteran presence. Just look at the mentoring he has done for Folkemer and Jones. It’s a shame, everyone really wanted to see him retire with BaltimoreBaseball.com but hey, the business side of baseball (websites) is never fun. We’ll just have to content ourselves with memories of his biggest moments. I mean, who can forget the “JUST SIGN JON JAY FOR CHRIST’S SAKE!!” campaign of 2018. That was a big league performer getting it done with his back against the wall. I look forward to attending the ceremony when his byline is retired and placed out in left field.

    • Steve Cockey

      July 16, 2018 at 10:42 am

      You crack me up, Richie. I hope you’ll continue to follow both places. There will be plenty of great and varied content to go around.

    • Major Award

      July 16, 2018 at 1:14 pm

      That’s funny stuff. Couldn’t agree more. I’m even willing to forgive (but not forget) Dan’s prediction a few months before the start of the 2017 season that Ubaldo Jimenez was going to have a good year.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 16, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      My legacy: Ubaldo and Jon Jay. Seriously, guys, really appreciate all the feedback. The Tap Room won’t be the same if the Stache doesn’t drop in.

  15. DauerPower

    July 16, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Will miss you Dan but have faith Rich and Paul will continue to feed us beleaguered wOes fans great content.
    All the best on your new endeavor.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 16, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks, DP. And I agree with your assessment. Should still be a great site.

  16. pjclark4

    July 16, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Really happy to hear you aren’t leaving the beat, Dan! Love the site and have always loved your writing. Good luck in the next endeavor!

    • Dan Connolly

      July 16, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks PJ. You haven’t gotten rid of me yet — unless you all want to be, of course.

  17. SpinMaster

    July 16, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Dan: Sorry to see you leave the site but I know you are leaving it in good hands. I have always enjoyed your writing dating back to your days at the Sunpapers. You “told it like it was” and continued that here. Good luck with the new endeavor.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 16, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks Spin. Much appreciated.

  18. JerseyOsFan

    July 16, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Dan: Key is… as long as it’s better for you and you are happy with the decision. All the best in your new job…

    • Dan Connolly

      July 16, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      I am. But it will be hard to beat this job. Two great choices for me.

  19. TxBirdFan

    July 16, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Congrats Dan and Rich! I echo many of the previous sentiments. Living in Texas isn’t easy for an Orioles fan but checking in with Dan and BB everyday made it immensely easier. Most people would be jumping to a front runner (pick a team – any team) but true to character it doesn’t sound like you’re abandoning ship entirely. Best of luck in your new endeavors.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 16, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks Tex. Have always liked the give-and-take with you. My pleasure.

  20. Orial

    July 16, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Sorry to see you go Dan. You were a fixture. Thanks for the insight,humor,history,AND letting me pick your brain. Good luck,will be looking for you in your new venture.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 16, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      Has been a pleasure O. Always great convos — agree or disagree. Hope we don’t lost that.

  21. 54orioles

    July 16, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Goodbye and keep the faith. I often did not agree with you or you with me but it was a lot of fun hearing your opinions.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 17, 2018 at 12:05 am

      54: I loved my interactions with you. We certainly didn’t always agree. But that’s what makes this fun. I enjoyed your insight. Hope I’ll get more of it at some point.

  22. arrpeebee

    July 16, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Dan! You can’t leave, all the plants are going to die!

    Sorry, I watched “Stripes” the other day.

    Loved lurking here & finally getting on board to comment. Looking forward to seeing what you have to say next, wherever that may be. And if it *is* that paywall site everyone is mentioning, well you might just be enough to convince me to pony up.

    Now, how to explain the charge on the credit card to the wife…

    • Dan Connolly

      July 17, 2018 at 12:10 am

      Arrr: Great Stripes reference. Maybe you should be Big Toe when you follow me to that other land. I’ll write your wife a note excusing you for the credit card charge.

  23. GSISDANNO

    July 16, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Dan, thanks for everything with your site. with the team struggling, I am sure it has been difficult for you to come up with fresh ideas. Good luck.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 17, 2018 at 12:11 am

      Thank you. Always enjoyed your comments too.

  24. Big bird 64

    July 16, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Dan, hello and good-bye. I just joined the tap room recently and have enjoyed it immensely. Good writing is so hard to find. I eagerly await your new landing spot. All best luck.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 17, 2018 at 12:11 am

      Thanks Big Bird: glad you found this site. Would love to have ya expand further, too.

  25. 5brooks5

    July 16, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Good luck on your new opportunity, I’m sure it will work out well. Thanks for your insight these past few years, it’s been fun to watch as the site has taken shape. Well done! On another note, getting to know you … just a little, reminds me of what a good judge of character your co-creator is, but I’ve known that for about 32 years.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 17, 2018 at 12:28 am

      Really good man. We were both cynical and we both took a chance. Worked out great. He must’ve been raised well.

  26. Mau

    July 16, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Damn. Now you’re going to make me go to 2 different sites to get O’s news. See you on the other side, Dan. Thanks for your work here.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 17, 2018 at 12:29 am

      Thank you, Mau. We’ll try to make it worth your while to go to two.

  27. Eldersburg Enigma

    July 16, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    I ran across this news on Twitter and actually felt upset. But reading the comments here have reassured me that this is a win-win situation. Rich is a good writer, and a good dude. And it’s time to buy into that subscription site. More content and more viewpoints, along with access to national voices, is a good thing. Congratulations, Dan! I’m sure taking the severance offer from The Sun and launching this site was not the easiest road, and yet you’ve built a loyal following that will immediately result in a subscriber boost in your new gig. Well done, sir. By the way, just for the record, I’ve not once been awarded a drink chip.

    • Dan Connolly

      July 17, 2018 at 12:31 am

      Thanks EE. And it is mind-blowing you never got a drink chip. Would’ve thought you’d be one of the leaders. We’ll have to rectify that.

  28. Ezrine Tire Award

    July 16, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Dude I never was able to garner a drink chip hit me with a gimme before you go!

    • Dan Connolly

      July 17, 2018 at 12:32 am

      Blows my mind you never got one either. Hold that thought. Will be more opportunities.

  29. BunkerFan

    July 17, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Damn Dan! I’ve really enjoyed your columns and the way you take care to respond to each and every poster. Nobody in the business does that.

    Trade Rumors has you going with Manny to the Phils for Eflin, De Los Santos, and retired Camden Courier sportswriter, Dave Tucker. Is that right?

    Good luck, Rich! Dan’s set the bar pretty high.

  30. jjosport

    July 17, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Too both of you, I wish you success. To say I am surprised is putting it mildly since I sat next to one of you and in front of the other on Sunday without a word. I look forward to sitting in front/next to or in the same building with either or both you in just two weeks. JJO

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