Thanks to David Gassko’s leadership and Bryan Donovan’s coding skills, we added things like a Sparkline generator and WPA Inquirer. Cool player and team stats. We had fly ball percentages and other batted ball stats before anyone else. Team standings with graphs.
Craig Calcaterra had his own blog here for a while. One year, we ran a subscription service called the Batted Ball Reports. Harry Pavlidis had his own THT Dispatch blog for a short time. We added THT Links a few years ago. We published 10 Hardball Times Annuals, a few Season Previews, a bullpen book and a third base book.
All that time, the basic look and feel of the site never wavered from our original design.
Well, that’s about to change. Sometime early next week, we are going to roll out a new version of the Hardball Times. New logo, new layout, new formats. We’re also going to refocus on the things that we’re most known for. From now on, we’ll feature just one new article a day. The topics will be similar to what we feature now: Insight, Analysis, History, sometimes humor, maybe some fiction or poetry. But just one a day.
THT Live will still be here. So will THT Links. Many of our special features, such as the WPA Inquirer, will be on the new site (though it may not be there right away). All of the old articles will still be here. We’re just taking a moment to step back, rethink how we approach what we do, and do it better.
We’ll let you know more about the site when the rollout occurs. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy the offseason, poke around the old site if you’re feeling nostalgic (I know I am) and, if you’re like me, give a little thanks to the nearly 300 people who have contributed over 15,000 articles and the readers and bots who have generated 190 million page hits.
Something new to this site comes.