To say that I have enjoyed covering the beautiful game of baseball would be a massive understatement. Few occupations in life have brought me the kind of joy that baseball reporting has. So, it is with some measure of sadness that I announce that I will be stepping down from my duties as the Bless You Boys (and SB Nation) reporter after this homestand.
I have accepted a full-time position with a design group and will be stepping out of the baseball world from a regular reporting standpoint to fulfill my new duties. On occasion, I'll have time to write, but it won't be in any consistent basis. I'm not sure what the future holds in terms of writing after this season, but you'll still see me around Bless You Boys from time to time, and on Twitter because puns and laughter are important in life.
The staff at BYB have been extremely supportive and they do a fantastic job in every aspect. Regardless of whether it’s on-site or remotely, I know that the entire team will continue to bring Tigers fans quality coverage of the team in a way no other site can. They are the best group of any that I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside.
Quite simply: they rock at it because they love the team. But also, they aren’t afraid to properly analyze and critique every situation, regardless of their personal opinions. Every addition we make to the staff is done so with the confidence that it will give BYB an even better angle for the fans. They are a tireless and hardworking group.
As for me: I will cover Wednesday's game from Comerica Park as usual. After that, my reporting is obviously uncertain because of other commitments. As much fun as this game is to cover, sadly, it did not offer any kind of meaningful financial stability, and I had to make a difficult decision after exhausting all options available to me.
So, I want to thank everyone who has been so gracious with me over the last three-plus years as I grew as a reporter and writer. Thank you to the BYB and SB Nation MLB staffs for putting up with my bad jokes. Thank you to the MLB players and the various front offices for your patience and the countless interviews. And thank you to every beat writer and reporter who mentored me or were there for me when I needed someone.
Life doesn’t always give you what you want, but sometimes it’s what is needed for growth. In stepping down, I’m reminded that no matter how long you watch or cover baseball you learn something new. That’s one of the things I have always found so enthralling about baseball.
Truly, though, I’m excited to begin this next part of my adventure, and I can’t wait to see what unfolds. In some ways, this isn’t goodbye. It’s just, until next time.
Because baseball stories never sleep.