There are a few changes going on at the Hardball Times. You probably already know that Craig Calcaterra has closed down his Shysterball blog and moved onto a gig at NBC Sports’ Circling the Bases. If you use RSS feeds, you can follow Craig in this one. We’ll miss Craig dearly, but we’re happy for him, too. Good luck, buddy!
The Shysterball blog is no longer in our navigation menu, but we’ll keep the Shysterball archives up as long as there is a THT. There’s a link in the right-hand column of the home page.
We’ve also made a big decision about the THT’s statistics: we’re not going to have them next year. Stats are expensive and, truth be told, we’ll never be as good as Fangraphs and Baseball Reference (though I was always proud of our stats layout and their succinct “story telling.”)
So we’ve made an agreement with Fangraphs in which we will feature each other on our sites. You may have already noticed that we now sport a Fangraphs player search function in the left-hand column, where our own player search function used to sit. And we plan to feature more Fangraphs features in the future.
I think this is a win/win/win situation, for THT, Fangraphs and you. Each site gets to focus on what it does best, giving you the best baseball content possible. And I’m looking forward to deepening our already-strong relationship with David Appelman and everyone at Fangraphs.
There will be more news to come, including a new product rollout in a month or two as well as other new features. So keep your eyes peeled and ears open as you continue to enjoy the content of THT, THT Fantasy and THT Live.