So, I’ve landed.
Sorry to be vague about my announcement Monday, but it is now official. I have left BaltimoreBaseball.com to join The Athletic Baltimore as its Orioles writer.
If you are a sports fan and aren’t familiar with The Athletic, well, you should be. It is one-stop shopping for the sports fan. There is national coverage of all the primary sports – including Ken Rosenthal and Jayson Stark on baseball — and localized coverage of most professional teams.
Until today, The Athletic didn’t have a Baltimore bureau. That has changed. Joining me is my old Sun buddy Jeff Zrebiec, who will be covering the Ravens. I couldn’t be more excited to get the band back together.
There also will be plenty of University of Maryland coverage led by Patrick Stevens, who I jokingly refer to as a college basketball savant (though Patrick is an all-sports savant, to be fair).
Yes, it is a subscription-only, no-ads site. But we’re not talking a lot of money here. If you use the Baltimore launch link, you can get it for $3.49 per month for the first year – a 30 percent discount. That’s like the cost of a beer (non-fake beer) per month.
Now, there is also a ton of great free sites out there for Orioles’ coverage – and I, of course, am partial to this one. My buddy Rich Dubroff has taken over and he already has provided some good insight on Manny Machado and his time at the All-Star Game festivities and the resurgence of Nick Markakis.
BaltimoreBaseball.com will continue to flourish under Rich and Steve Cockey, and that excites me. But if you wanna check my stuff out — including the occasional Connolly’s Tap Room — well, that would be fantastic, too.
Regardless, I wanted to write one last piece letting you know where I’ve gone and to thank everyone again. If this is the end, it’s been a blast.