Monday, May 30, 2011
Farewell, THTPosted by Derek Carty at 2:00am
I can't believe it's been four years already, THTF readers. I can still vividly remember the rush of excitement when I received my first e-mail from THT, asking me to start a fantasy section for them. I had been writing at a small, independent blog at the time and couldn't believe that I had received such an e-mail after just two months. THT was my favorite site at the time, and I was ecstatic that I'd now have the opportunity to be such a big part of it.
Over the past four years, THT Fantasy has grown from a one-man operation to a full-blown site with a full staff of writers and the readership to match. And that, right there, is the reason I'm so grateful to THT for giving me that opportunity four years ago: the readers. I am so thankful to THT for giving me the opportunity to write for such an amazing, intelligent audience. I love that you guys ask questions and challenge us writers, and I'm glad that I could be there to help when you've e-mailed or IMed me with questions.
It saddens me to be leaving THT because it was the site that gave me my start, that first gave me the opportunity to write for a large audience. I have many fond memories at THT, and I will miss it dearly. I want to express my utmost thanks to Dave Studeman and David Gassko, the two men responsible for bringing me to THT in the first place. I also want to thank my incredible staff of writers who have helped make THT such a great place for fantasy analysis. And finally, again, I want to thank the readers, because without you, THT Fantasy doesn't exist — and neither does Derek Carty, the fantasy writer.
If you're looking for me, you can now find my work at Baseball Prospectus. I'll also continue to write at FanDuel and CardRunners. This past week, I began a series at CR looking at the value and reliability of closers, which I think should be very interesting. The first article in the series looks at how likely a closer is to keep his job the entire season. Additionally, you can keep track of everything I'm doing at DerekCarty.com or follow me on Facebook or Twitter.
Before I leave, I'd like to say thank you once more to the wonderful crew at The Hardball Times and to the amazing readers. I've absolutely loved my time here, and I will cherish these memories forever.
Derek Carty, 23, has also been published by NBC's Rotoworld, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, and USA Today. This season, he'll be contributing to FanDuel and will be linking to all of his work at DerekCarty.com. In his three years competing in expert leagues, he has won 2 titles with 4 top three finishes, including a LABR NL title in 2009, making him the youngest person to ever win a major expert league title. Derek is a proud graduate of the MLB Scouting Bureau's Scout Development Program and is a firm believer in the importance of combining stats and scouting. He welcomes questions via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.