March 14, 2004

Putting an end to all the ass tickling, once and for all

Well, it's time to reveal my little secret.

For the past several months, I've been working with a group of 11 other baseball writers on a new project. Today, the project goes live.

The website is called The Hardball Times and you can find it at

THT will feature tons of new content each weekday, including articles, stats, graphs, a blog, and all sorts of other interesting stuff. There will be articles by Yours Truly, as well as work from:

- Alex Belth

- Craig Burley

- Joe Dimino

- Robert Dudek

- Ben Jacobs

- Vinay Kumar

- Larry Mahnken

- Matthew Namee

- Bryan Smith

- Studes

- Steve Treder

Everyone who reads this blog probably knows just about all of those guys pretty well. It's a great group of writers and I'm really excited about the whole thing. Our plan is to provide quality baseball writing that is intelligent, interesting, entertaining and, perhaps best of all, completely free of charge.

The whole idea started way back in December. I was chatting with Matthew Namee (who happens to be Bill James' research assistant) and we talked about how we'd like to start up a new website, with a good group of writers. Slowly but surely, things started to move along. Now we're a couple weeks from Opening Day, and here we are!

So, that's the short version of the story. Putting together something like this has been a lot harder than I imagined, but it's been worth it. I tried to make sure, first and foremost, that The Hardball Times was a site that I would enjoy going to on an everyday basis. I think we've accomplished that.

Some of you may be wondering what is going to happen to this blog. To be honest, I'm not 100% sure. What I am sure of is that the blog will remain here and I will continuing writing on it. As for what type of writing and how often, I think I'll just have to see what happens. For now, I can assure you that there will be another entry here tomorrow.

If you have any questions or comments about any of this, you know where to find me. In fact, I would love it if everyone would check out the new site, kick the tires a bit, and e-mail me with some comments/questions/suggestions.

Oh, I almost forgot. My long-awaited Top 50 Prospects article is up and ready for mass consumption over at THT, along with several other good articles.

See ya there...

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