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March 2, 2012

BP Unfiltered

Thank You Steven Goldman

by Joe Hamrahi

I'd like to congratulate Steven Goldman on being named the lead baseball writer for Bleacher Report! As announced, today will be Steve's last official day with Baseball Prospectus.

Steven Goldman's name has been synonymous with BP for many years now and his accomplishments have been many. Not only has Steve written hundreds of great articles, he's edited Mind Game, It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over, and the soon to be released Extra Innings: More Baseball Between the Numbers. Of course, Steve has also been instrumental in the development of the Baseball Prospectus annual, either as editor or co-editor of the book from 2006-2011.

As Editor-in-Chief of BP over the past year, Steven has helped recruit some of our up and coming stars such as Jason Parks, Derek Carty, and Daniel Rathman. He's continued to develop the team of editors and even co-hosted MLB Roundtrip with Baseball Prospectus on SiriusXM MLB Network Radio each week with Kevin Goldstein.

Steve will leave a lasting mark on BP and his work surely will not be forgotten. And don't be surprised if you see a Steven Goldman article pop up on BP.com every once in a while!

We will announce some exciting news next week about our editorial succession plan, but today is about Steve, and only Steve.

Please join me in thanking Steve for his many contributions to Baseball Prospectus and wishing him all the best in his new position at Bleacher Report.



Joe Hamrahi is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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Congratulations, Steve!

Mar 02, 2012 05:41 AM
rating: 1
Cory Schwartz

Congrats and good luck Steve, and very classy farewell by you too, Joe.

Mar 02, 2012 05:50 AM
rating: 5

Oh crap! Say it ain't so, Steve!

I have enjoyed your writing since your first article. You will be missed. I hope BP finds a new source for the historical reach you are so gifted with.

Please keep teaming up with Sarge and Mike Ferrin on Sirius XM.

Mar 02, 2012 06:27 AM
rating: 6

Bleacher Report. Umm, that seems like a step down, I thought Bleacher Report was kind known as a joke, kind of the antithesis of BP. But what do I know.

Good luck.

Mar 02, 2012 06:42 AM
rating: 11

I look at it a much different way. If Bleacher Report is a site that caters to the "casual fan" if you will, then Steven's work will only help the casual fan become more educated and hopefully, see a new light into the game we all love.

Further educating an entire fandom can only be a good thing.

Mar 02, 2012 10:07 AM
rating: 11

Isn't Bleacher Report the one with all the horrible slideshows? Where absolutely everybody and his brother can and does post his own fanboy drivel? I sure hope the goal is for Steven to overhaul and improve it into something respectible.

Anyway, best of luck to you, Steven, and you will be missed.

Mar 02, 2012 10:24 AM
rating: 4

Of all of the BP departures over the years, this one truly has me floored.
Steve, your historical research and exemplary writing will be missed. Best of luck.

Mar 02, 2012 07:41 AM
rating: 8
Richard Bergstrom

Congrats Steve. You'll be missed.

Mar 02, 2012 09:55 AM
rating: -2
David Laurila

Best of luck with the new endeavor, Steve. Your work was always invaluable to BP.

Mar 02, 2012 07:52 AM
rating: -1

I'd like to suggest a farewell toast after the book signing on Monday. Pick a watering hole nearby, and I'll buy the first round.

Mar 02, 2012 09:52 AM
rating: -1
BP staff member Steven Goldman
BP staff

Thank you, Joe, this was very kind. And everyone else, I am humbled by all the nice things that have been said. As for the comments on Bleacher, I hope you will take my signing as an indication of the direction they plan on pursuing in the future.

Mar 02, 2012 10:56 AM
Brandon R. Warne

How many year deal did you get?

Mar 03, 2012 07:49 AM
rating: 0


Mar 02, 2012 11:12 AM
rating: 0

BP must pay like crap. Everyone keeps leaving, but everyone who leaves (except Will Carroll) says it was the best workplace and best coworkers they ever had.

Mar 02, 2012 19:12 PM
rating: 7

Another stunning loss. Is there a systemic problem forcing veterans to leave, or an organizational desire to keep people from being lifers? I just went to BleacherReport.com for the first time and it doesn't seem like I'll have time to figure out what's good there in the flood of content. Maybe Steve Goldman can whip it into shape. As for BP -- it's time to start an "Alumni Directory".

Mar 04, 2012 06:47 AM
rating: 0
BP staff member Joe Hamrahi
BP staff

I can assure you that there's not some master plan to get rid of people. There are many reasons people decide to make a change...to do something new, take on new challenges, become part of a bigger organization, take on more work, work less, and yes, even to accept a higher level of compensation. It's no different at BP than at any other company...except that we're in the public eye so everything gets magnified. We lose a few people every year just like everyone else. There's never been some sort of mass exodus that some people allude to. The company has been around for 15 years. People are bound to leave from time to time. In fact, there's a level of pride we take in the fact that places like Major League Baseball (and the Indians, Astros, Rays, Pirates, etc.) and industry forces such as ESPN and SI look to Baseball Prospectus for talent. What I feel is important is that we're able to replace great people with even more great people. Will the next person we hire be Steven Goldman? Probably not, but it doesn't mean that he or she won't be a star in his or her own right.

Mar 04, 2012 08:30 AM

It's just like every other business in the world. If you distinguish yourself, somebody else will try to pry you away. It's not a problem with Baseball Prospectus, it's a measurement of their high standards.

Mar 05, 2012 06:21 AM
rating: 4
BP staff member Joe Hamrahi
BP staff

Thank you. That's how we feel too, and we're not about to lower the bar. We will always strive to be the best.

Mar 05, 2012 06:23 AM

Mr. Goldman will definitely be missed. His writing had a unique element to it, weaving in the history of the game with present events. He also seemed to be genuinely receptive to readers of the site, which is one of the qualities that I have appreciated from most of the BP writers (and all of the current staff).

It seems like Bleacher Report has been trying to become more of a legitimate sports news source, what with the hiring of King Kaufman and more experienced writers for the various sports. The hiring of Steven is another step in that direction, and I hope they do well.

As far as writers leaving, it's true BP has lost some tremendously talented people (Steven, Marc Normandin, Joe Sheehan, Christina Kahrl). However, it doesn't seem so strange to me that some would leave to go to other outlets. Think about it: Tim Kurkjian, Buster Olney, Peter Gammons, and Jon Heyman are just a few prominent baseball writers who have jumped from one outlet to another.

The more important thing to me is that BP has continued to bring on talented writers in one role or another, including Mike Petriello, Jonathan Bernhardt, Larry Granillo, and a few others. It's great that the site is continuing to keep an eye out for talent, even when other talent is moving on to other opportunities.

Mar 04, 2012 10:24 AM
rating: 6

The website (and annuals) took great strides forward under Steven's stewardship -- best of luck to him at Bleacher Report. The pipeline of writing talent at BP is really exciting, so I've got zero concern for the brand's future. Everyone keep up the amazing work.

Mar 04, 2012 13:03 PM
rating: 1

Couldn't disagree more. As pointed out by numerous Amazon reviews, editorial quality went severely downhill under Goldman. Hopefully this will be addition by subtraction.

Apr 11, 2012 00:55 AM
rating: 0

I look forward to the day when BP announces that they have signed on Peter Gammons and Joe Morgan as featured writers. :)

Mar 06, 2012 12:04 PM
rating: 2
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