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We've come a long way at Baseball Prospectus since Baseball Prospectus 1996 hit a few dozen mailboxes across America and left readers–especially St. Louis Cardinals fans–wanting more. I joined BP in the summer of 1996, when Gary Huckabay wanted a website to support his new book. We were lucky enough to be online during the infancy of the World Wide Web–a term that has gone from cutting-edge to quaintly archaic during our tenure–and thanks to our Premium subscribers, we have been able to build a business around thinking and writing about baseball. Despite a shifting lineup of features and talent over the years, one thing has remained consistent: We've always put interesting and enlightening baseball content–stuff we'd want to read–over everything else.

Today, I'm excited to announce the next step in the development of Baseball Prospectus. Over the past few months, we've been in discussions with a group of baseball enthusiasts who think the same way we do about putting quality content at the top of the list. Late last week, we completed the sale of the company to this group, which is led by Jim Walsh.

Our discussions with Jim and company weren't the first we've had about selling to an outside party. But these talks differed in a lot of ways from the previous discussions; Jim and his partners were readers of the Annual and subscribers to the website from way back (we checked), and they knew what we were about. We didn't have to introduce our operation or explain our vision to them.

The new management team has a lot of experience, enthusiasm, and ideas, and you'll be hearing about all of that soon. But it's also important to highlight the things that will not be changing here at Baseball Prospectus. You've still got the same crack team of writers, editors, and researchers doing their best to occupy your free time. Sam Miller, Harry Pavlidis, Rob McQuown, Daniel Rathman, Russell A. Carleton, Doug Thorburn, the prospect team, the fantasy team, the podcasts, the transaction analyses, and everything else you love about this product will remain intact. We'll be working from the same playbook.

On behalf of everyone here at Baseball Prospectus, I want to thank you again for your readership and support over the years. It has been nearly 20 years (!!) since we started, and we've done some things none of us would have dreamed possible back then, and it is all due to you. I'm really looking forward to seeing what we do in the next 20.

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jfranco77
3/09
I thought you were going to say it was Clayton Kershaw
Schere
3/09
wow, big news! Congratulations! BTW, the Jim Walsh link just leads back to the BP front page. Was there something else you wanted to put there?
lyricalkiller
3/09
Hm, should direct you to his email address, which is jwalsh at baseballprospectus dot com. I'll just leave this here for everybody and remove the link.
dpease
3/09
The link should work now, thanks.
Justice
3/09
Great book and great website! Thanks for the great work!
nickgieschen
3/09
Congrats
morro089
3/09
Congrats! But now I'm going to selfishly ask if this affects the MLB.tv rebate? You announced it a few weeks ago on 'Effectively Wild' and I haven't seen anything official yet. Thanks and keep up the good work.
drscott46
3/09
Yeah, I was wondering this as well. I also sent an email to this end last week and haven't heard back.
ndevito1
3/09
I emailed the other day. According that that e-mail the CR person told me it was still happening and should be announced soon. Not sure if this changes anything but I can't imagine it would.
bloodface
3/09
What's the rebate? I must have missed it. Do you have a link?
kathywoolner
3/10
Just to clarify, it's not a rebate. We will pass along a coupon code for a 20% discount on a 2015 MLB.tv purchase as soon as it's available. We hope you'll stay tuned to BP for more details.
drscott46
3/10
Great, thank you for answering. I will hold off renewing my MLB.TV for the moment.
walrus0909
3/11
Only for the moment, though, I can't hold out much longer.
chrislakey
3/09
Congrats to all of you! Maybe they can develop a BP app :) Seriously, this is great news for all of you.
ckahrl
3/09
I'm really pleased that the torch has been passed to Jim, both for what this means for BP's future and for the tremendously talented team on the field today. This is a situation where everybody wins. Congratulations to all of you, and all of us.
MylesHandley
3/09
Your user ID is 11. That's freaking awesome. Basically, you are Rogers Hornsby. Does anyone with an ID in the single-digits post anymore?
MylesHandley
3/09
Apparently the Pease family are quasi-active (this post notwithstanding).
jpease
3/09
Hi Myles! This post is now officially BUZZING with Pease family activity. :-)
gweedoh565
3/09
Looks like Clay Davenport (7) also commented as recently as December 2013: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/i/7
Oleoay
3/10
Kinda curious if I still have the lead for most comments. Haven't been as active this last year.
jnewfry
3/10
I'm irrationally proud of my low 3 digit number
pizzacutter
3/09
It's probably not a good thing that my boss thinks I'm on crack.
pobothecat
3/10
crystal math
pizzacutter
3/10
WINNER!
jdg995
3/09
I've been in a Scoresheet keeper league with Jim for 14 years. Congratulations to him and to BP. Pretty awesome and exciting!
mdangelfan
3/09
Is that the Jim Walsh from Beverly Hills, Brenda and Brandon's dad?
rweiler
3/09
Before I read the article, I assumed that Clayton Kershaw had bought BP.
TylerMather
3/09
Congrats y'all!!
jsheehan
3/09
Posting just to find out what my user number is.
Clemente
3/09
Please be good to us.
yancyeaton
3/09
I'm now insecure about my user number. Great.
Oleoay
3/09
It's not your number but what you do with it that matters :) (Congrats BP!)
strayer
3/10
Keep elling yourself that, Doogie. And wow, I knew i'd been here a long time, but didn't realize just how long!
jgarber
3/09
I want my number too
jgarber
3/09
Oh, yeah, who is this Clayton Kershaw character that everyone is talking about?
klaw
3/09
I'm thrilled to hear this news, even though it ends any formal tie I had to BP. I got my start here, so it still holds a special place in my heart. I'm glad to hear of the new leadership team and the strong financial backing BP will have going forward. Plus you guys hired Chris Crawford, who I think is fantastic and will be very hard for me to replace. Cheers!
Satman50
3/09
Congrats to all!
dianagramr
3/10
Rikki don't lose that (BP) number?
Oleoay
3/10
Are we up to 8675309 yet?
therealn0d
3/10
Wrong song.
jfcross
3/10
Some seriously low BP numbers here! (Yes, I'm just posting to find out my number)
qwik3457bb
3/10
Congratulations. I guess.
mhmosher
3/10
Wow...it's cool just seeing all the alumni post in this thread!
woof755
3/10
Congrats! I will never forget the day Peter Gammons recommended you in an ESPN article. Been following ever since, though my premium membership took a hiatus when life got in the way.
Oleoay
3/10
And a thanks to Rob Neyer for pointing me here.
y2joelicho
3/11
I had the same lead in, props to Mr. Gammons.
jjaffe
3/10
It's an alumni reunion here! Congratulations to all sides on the sale, and best of luck to the new leadership team.
bmmcmahon
3/10
Ok now I'm posting to find out my number...
ivynora
3/10
sadly, me too.
NoHRTyner
3/10
Me also.
joalryan
3/10
Ditto
jmeasor
3/10
Soooo ... no one noticed their numbers before?
Guancous
3/10
It's been a while since we've seen it
kernan
3/10
Number check
ebjornstad
3/10
Check please
GreenvilleGent
3/10
word
djbrown
3/10
something about a number?
nzach54
3/11
Posting for my number
cswanso6
3/12
Check
aquavator44
3/13
yep.
GBSimons
4/08
Number check
dpatterson
3/10
What's my number?
dpatterson
3/10
After reading BP a few years back, I traded a lot to get Kershaw in my dynasty league. I had a good chuckle at today's line-up of articles. Now, I'm waiting for days dedicated to Bryant, Buxton, Syndergaard and Giolito. Thanks for the insight, BP!
TonyRiha
3/10
To celebrate the news I just re-upped my Super Premium. Now if, as a fan living in Asia, I could get an e-version of this year's book I'd be set ;)
JRockne
3/10
Can I buy someone's BP number?
andwoo
3/10
Congrats!!!!
dantroy
3/10
Looking forward to see what this new arrangement brings...and also to seeing what my # is.
jkeri
3/10
Hi everyone! Terrific news, thrilled to hear that the company, the site, and the book, will remain in good hands. BP has meant so much to me over the years, from the beginning when I would eagerly read Sheehan, Kahrl, Huckabay, Jazayerli, Davenport, Woolner, Wolverton et al, to the 4 years I was lucky enough to spend with this esteemed group, to seeing the next generation--Miller, Anderson, Lindbergh, many others--come up. Doubt I'll ever work with a more brilliant group of people than I did at Prospectus. A million mazel tovs to all.
jkeri
3/10
PS Dave Pease is a saint.
rynjor
3/10
Congrats to all who have made BP what it is today! And thanks for giving me a reason to check out my number, too.
ackbar
3/10
Congrats!
Ankiel66
3/10
Congrats to everyone! I'm just glad that BP will still be here with the same people I was used to seeing yesterday.
Sturza
3/10
Congratulations!
beegee73
3/10
Wow. Congrats!
kgoldstein
3/10
I think my numbers is pretty high actually. But congrats to all.
brownsugar
3/10
I'm surprised at how many people don't know their number. I have a face tattoo with mine.
mhmosher
3/10
Nice!
allthehardways
3/10
I'm happy for you at BP, all the hard work has paid off. I hope for all of us that the quality of what has been produced on this site continues. Congrats.
pcctx1
3/10
Congrats
AdinMiller
3/10
congratulations!
yadenr
3/10
Huzzah!
greexx
3/10
Good times here at BP!
howard
3/10
Congrats
Lassaller
3/10
Congratulations. Cheers to the old while looking forward to the new era.
ranyj
3/10
Just checking in, and concurring with the consensus. I'm proud and honored to have been there with BP from the beginning, and I'm excited to see what the future brings.
quackman
3/10
I hope the future brings you back this way, at least on occasion. I always enjoy your writing.
ranyj
3/10
Although apparently my number was *not* there from the beginning. :)
aschatz
3/10
Heh. Are we competing over who has low numbers? That's kind of neat.
shankr
3/10
Congratulations and best wishes
DSchmitz3
3/11
Nice!
coryschwartz
3/11
Congrats to all! Number check.
moody01
3/11
Sounds like a good thing, and certainly a great compliment to everyone who has contributed their time and energy to building BP. Now for the important part -- don't ever require re-registration. I use my low user number as a pick up line at bars. Hasn't worked yet, but someday!
Asinwreck
3/11
Wow, has it really been twenty years? Congratulations. Will a "Meet Jim Walsh" article arrive soon? Curious to see if the investment results in a site redesign or other additions to BP.
ccseverson
3/11
Very cool. Congrats.
marmour
3/11
Congratulations to all. I have written for both BP and Jim Walsh, and I wish their new arrangement nothing but success.
walbeck
3/12
Whew. The same week you move to new ownership, my other favorite (gigaom.com) goes out of business to its creditors. Here's to another 20+ years!
JoshShep50
3/12
As someone who proudly shares with friends that he once wrote for BP, I'm delighted to see it's in good hands. Keep up all the great work guys and gals. I truly believe the best part of BP is the community feel, and reading through the comments reinforces that belief.
beanpj
3/13
Kudos to all involved. Jim Walsh is a first rate baseball fan. Best wishes to all.
markpadden
3/15
Am I the only one here who has no idea who Jim Walsh is?