The bad news:
I will be away from the blog next week. Mike G. will be handling both the American League and the National League next week while I discuss fantasy baseball with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and the rest of the characters at Disney. I hope you miss me.
The long term news:
I wanted to hold this until later in the year, but this part of the post wrote itself over the last couple of days. So here it is. I have decided to hang up the fantasy cleats at the end of the year. I have now hit a quarter-century of playing fantasy baseball in one form or another, and I finally reached a burnout point. Family always comes first, and with my youngest son now playing every sport under the sun, along with the activities of my two older kids, the time to devote to fantasy baseball is diminished considerably. Add to that my real job, as well as my quickly increasing time devoted to volunteer work for veterans here in the Philadelphia area, and, well, my addictive and obsessive personality will not let me play the fantasy game at half-speed.
What does this mean for RotoThinkTank? For this year, absolutely nothing…you will have to put up with me two to three times per week like you do now. For the long term, not a lot – this blog is, always has been, and always will be defined by Mike Gianella. He birthed it, he is the brains behind it, and he will continue it in whatever form he thinks is worthwhile. I only hope I teach someone as much about something as he taught me about fantasy baseball. He is such a good friend, and I thank him for the opportunity to write for you here for the past several years. And I will reappear from time to time as relevant topics arise.
Finally, thank you to all of you who follow us here. I enjoy writing generally, but your positive feedback and your poignant questions are the lifeblood of the pieces I write. I will miss you most.
Let me leave you with this quote, as it is one of my favorites, particularly being a lawyer. Bill Veeck, thank you for this one: "Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off."