Baseball Toaster — home to many a fine blog such as Cardboard Gods, Dodger Thoughts, and the Griddle — has ceased to be:
If you’ve been paying attention lately, you’ve noticed that Baseball Toaster has had a bunch of its knobs and switches and dials and wires fall off in recent months. Today, with the largest part of our engine leaving to join the Los Angeles Times, we are officially sending the Toaster to the scrap heap.
We’ll leave the casing intact–the archives for the blogs that are not being redirected elsewhere will remain online here indefinitely. But after tomorrow, we will cease publishing new blog entries. A few days after that, we will close up comments. The Toaster will then be left here, frozen in time, a snapshot of an era that has passed, until it one day finally rusts away.
There is some good news in all of this. For one thing, in the course of all of this weirdness, Jon Weisman’s Dodger Thoughts has adopted the Good Doctor’s advice and has turned pro. I think Jon himself puts it best when he says “Blogs have come a long way in the past seven years, from being something that nearly no one had heard of, to being a dirty word, to slowly being considered part of the solution rather than part of the problem.” There are problems with the L.A. Times’ baseball coverage, and Weisman is a great first step towards fixing them.
There is also sadness, in that Bob Timmerman has decided to end his always entertaining and often weird Griddle blog. Bob is tall and hates Ohio, but he’s good people, so it will be sad to see him go. The Toaster’s Master of Ceremonies Ken Arneson is also hanging it up, as is Cubs Town’s Derek Smart. No more Score Bard, either, though I’m guessing he’ll still show up over at Think Factory from time to time.
Many of the other Toaster blogs will continue, just at different locations (details here). ShysterBall readers will be most interested in the fate of Cardboard Gods. Thankfully, Josh has picked up right where he left off, with a particularly poignant post about beginnings and endings and blogs and all of the stuff we love him for. It’s funny: you read a handful of Josh’s posts and you’re ready to call the suicide hotline for him, but when you sit back and think about his entire body of work, you realize that he’s far more of a survivor than any of the rest of us are. He’s going to probably be the last one left to turn out the lights when baseball blogging goes the way of stereoscopes and nickelodeons.
Anyway, when beer-thirty rolls around your neck of the woods this afternoon (or morning), be sure to pour some on the ground for the Toaster. Good stuff happened there, and it always, always looked great.