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November 28, 2011

BP Unfiltered

Organizational Announcement

by Kevin Goldstein

When Nate Silver walked away from the corner office at Baseball Prospectus to focus on his rock star career in the realm of politics, I stepped in to fill the void left as Managing Partner. I always saw it as a temporary thing, designed to hold down the fort until we found someone better.

That took some time, but I'm happy to announce that I'll be stepping down as Managing Partner, effective immediately, with Joe Hamrahi taking the helm. This will allow me to focus more on creating content (which I'm better at) and allow Joe to focus on running the company (which he's better at). Joe has served as our CFO for some time now, while also serving in the same capacity for a major public relations firm in Manhattan. During his time with us, he's already played a crucial role in several business arrangements for our company, Prospectus Entertainment Ventures, and is also the man behind our incredibly successful ballpark events in Tampa, Kansas City and New York, as well as our parternship and involvement in SABR day.
I'm thrilled to make this announcement of Joe as the new Managing Partner and President/CEO of PEV. It's a time-consuming job that often cut into my ability to provide as much content as I want to you, the readers and subscribers, while at the same time, Joe has already begun some new initiatives that will help to make our future even brighter. So while I take a deep breath, a big word of both congratulations and appreciation to Joe for taking over the helm. I'm more excited for our future than ever, and much of that is because I know that the company is in better hands than it was.

Kevin Goldstein is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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Does this mean we'll get our Top 150 25-and-under list this winter? C'mon KG, what else is there to do in Dekalb?

Nov 28, 2011 12:45 PM
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Good wishes to all concerned, and congratulations to Joe.

Nov 28, 2011 12:47 PM
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Scott Gilroy

Congrats to Joe, one of BP's unsung talents and a good guy.

Nov 28, 2011 16:19 PM
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Congrats to Joe, and I am excited for more content from "Sarge"

Nov 28, 2011 12:47 PM
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Congrats, Joe!

Nov 28, 2011 12:48 PM
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Cool, sounds good

Nov 28, 2011 12:56 PM
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Cory Schwartz

Great news, congrats all around!

Nov 28, 2011 13:05 PM
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John Douglass

Congrats, Joe! I assume KG will now have time for Twitter?

Nov 28, 2011 13:37 PM
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Richard Bergstrom

Congrats to Joe and I'm glad KG's getting more time which has probably already been reappropriated to the annual and prospect articles... I hope

And I say I hope, because I'd like things to settle down a bit with Baseball Prospectus's brand. There've been a lot of people "stepping back" over the year. In addition, the "Wayback Machines" 3xweek, Baseball ProGUESTUs articles and the "A version of this story appeared on ESPN" makes me wonder how much of what I'm paying for is an _exclusive_ part of the BP brand.

From my point of view, I love Jaffe and KG's articles. New-stuff-wise, I love Mike Fast's work and the discussions it's brought about. But I guess I'm concerned that I'm seeing a bit less BP-exclusive variety. I can't honestly tell who is still an active writer or not for BP or is in seclusion working on either the annual or the sequel to "Between the Numbers"

So I ask myself things like: Should I just buy an ESPN Insider account (*shivers*)? Should I just use the free access to the archives? Buy the sequel to "Between the Numbers?" instead of having a subscription? What am I paying for?

Granted, we're only talking $35 a year and not something real expensive like a smartphone contract and at this point I'm not serious about cancelling my subscription, but I thought I'd raise the concern anyway.

Nov 28, 2011 15:23 PM
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BP staff member Joe Hamrahi
BP staff

Thank you Kevin and everyone else for the well wishes!

Richard...your points are well received, and I assure you, Kevin is and will remain a huge part of Baseball Prospectus. Remember that in addition to writing regularly, Kevin also spends hours each week recording and perfecting the Up & In podcast while also appearing for 3 hours each week on MLB Roundtrip with Baseball Prospectus on SiriusXM.

We'll have more about our 2012 content soon, but you can rest assured that Kevin, Jay, Steven, Mike Fast, etc. will continue to be integral parts of BP. We'll also look to add some bright new minds as we've done in the past...people like Jason Parks and Derek Carty who have made huge contributions to the site this year.

Like I said, we'll have more to talk about later, but get ready for some new features, cool new wrinkles, and plenty of baseball analysis. However, if you ever, ever want to share your thoughts or concerns or make any suggestions, please email me at jhamrahi at baseballprospectus.com. I promise I answer every email I receive, and I truly value customer feedback. I'll be happy to discuss this and any other issue with you.

Nov 28, 2011 18:19 PM
Richard Bergstrom

Thanks for the offer Joe. One of the many things I've appreciated about BP is that the writers are great at interacting with us subscribers and even emails to BP's customer service are returned promptly and enthusiastically. I'm not really one to listen to podcasts (and to be honest, I'm not a junkie for minor league info), but I love KG's articles about the minor leagues anyway. Sorry if I made my concerns a bit more public than might be appropriate, but sometimes it's best to have the community as a sounding board to know whether I'm seeing something that others are seeing or whether it's just something my mind's muddling up. It seems, at least, that some others feel the same way so it might be a flag that BP might want to keep an eye on.

Dec 02, 2011 19:32 PM
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BP staff member Joe Hamrahi
BP staff

Please...no need to apologize. I'm glad you posted your thoughts. We want to understand reader concerns and interests. We'll be asking for feedback more often than in the past, from both the public and from people within the game. It will help BP become the best it can be and give our readers what they want to see.

Dec 03, 2011 10:36 AM

Joe, congrats!

I will pass along here my number one request: the ability to search the comments. I've asked for this for ages and Dave Pease and others tell me it's in the pipeline but it never happens.

The comment section is a wonderful feature but I sure can't remember when I posted comments, and without the search feature, it blunts the ability to have a dialog. I'd love to see who responded to my comments, if anyone, and maybe follow up.


Dec 04, 2011 13:10 PM
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Richard Bergstrom

Agreed. Usually I give up talking about articles after a few days pass because they'll scroll off the main page.

Dec 05, 2011 01:44 AM
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BP staff member Joe Hamrahi
BP staff

Thanks. Let me see what I can do regarding the comments.

Dec 05, 2011 20:43 PM

Mazal tov to you, Joe. You have a big fedora to fill. As for you, Sarge, I hope this means a 4-hour marathon podcast 2x weekly? Thanks for all your work over the years, guys!

Nov 28, 2011 21:02 PM
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I am thinking special sausage made guest appearance. Similar to annual project, I am always interested in hearing how that operates. My profession in no way correlates which is why it's interesting to me.

Nov 29, 2011 10:54 AM
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KG, you've done a great job providing content even while performing your role as a "suit". I can't imagine the hours you have dedicated to this site since Nate left. I look forward to your continuing (visible) contributions. I appreciate your modesty regarding your role as MP, but rest assured that BP has only continued its improvement during your tenure.

Bigger picture: Yes, some very good writers have left over time, and are missed. Still, if I were stumbling upon this site for the first time, with no sense of its history, I would be very impressed with the product, for both its width and its depth.

Congrats, Joe. You have the rare advantage of inheriting a good team. I look forward to seeing even more progress.

Nov 29, 2011 14:52 PM
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Great news. Out of pure curiosity, and knowing you probably can't answer, I would like to know why this didn't happen sooner. Thanks.

Nov 30, 2011 12:43 PM
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BP staff member Joe Hamrahi
BP staff

The best answer I can give you Matt is that timing is everything. We all have busy schedules, other obligations, families, etc. Changing responsibilities and taking on new ones takes compromises and consideration.

I wish I could give you a better answer. I will tell you that I'm looking forward to the challenge and pumped up to give Kevin more opportunities to do the things he loves most.

Nov 30, 2011 14:14 PM

"This will allow me to focus more on creating content ..."

= this will make BP a better product

Dec 01, 2011 07:09 AM
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