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.
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.