December 7, 2004
Some of you may have noticed that I haven't been my typical, Gleeman-length self for the last couple weeks, taking a few more days off than usual at The Hardball Times. The reason is that whenever the end of a semester nears, the amount of papers and quizzes and tests teachers assign go way up, and the amount of stress in my life goes through the roof. In other words, it's sometimes tough to find the time or energy to write 2,500 words on what the Twins might do with Corey Koskie this time of year.
Luckily, this semester ends in about two weeks, which means I should be back in my groove here and at THT before the end of the month. Until then, you'll just have to bear with me while I go through some days with very little content ... like today. In the meantime, we have a bunch of good stuff from people other than me over at THT, which you should definitely check out every day.
In fact, I got an e-mail from a reader the other day that expresses one of my biggest fears:
With the Winter Meetings fast approaching, are you going to analyze the free agent "Meat Market" position by position the way you did last year? That was thoroughly enjoyable and would be much appreciated if you did it again.
One of the problems with writing on a semi-daily basis at two different websites is that you run the risk of people only visiting one. Now, I'm not saying my writing here or at THT is the most brilliant stuff out there, but I do put a lot of time and effort into my columns and blog entries. And now I come to find out that someone who is clearly a longtime, loyal reader of this blog hasn't been checking out THT on anything resembling a regular basis.
That's not Scott's fault, of course, since he's free to visit whatever websites he wants, but it bothers me that I spent what was a very long time putting together a seven-part series on this offseason's free agents ("The Meat Market"), only to have it be ignored by someone who was very interested in reading it. At the end of each entry here, I always point you to the articles that appear at THT ("Today at The Hardball Times"), but obviously that's not enough in some cases. I'm not sure what else I can do, but it really does bug me.
And on that note ...
Today at The Hardball Times:
- Re-Imagining the Big Zone Sixties, Part 2: 1966-1968 (by Steve Treder)
- A Difference of Opinion (by Larry Mahnken)