Joe Sheehan's last
article was today
There have been a few great opportunities in my sports career, and writing for Baseball Prospectus was one of them. It pushed me each week to come up with the best work I could do, and I got to work with some incredibly talented writers and researchers.
One of those was Joe Sheehan. Joe was always pushing BP to be the best and brightest, and to take on the establishment when it needed to be. He was tough on me (I recall getting a name wrong in the ownership group for the Sonics, who were bound for relocation to Oklahoma City in a Basketball Prospectus piece, and he let me know I did more than slip-up), but I was always grateful to have worked with him.
Today, Joe is a free agent. His contract was not renewed with Baseball Prospectus. As he said, “No hard feelings or recriminations, just two entities doing business.” He ended with his annual Prospectus Today column on trying to project a team’s win/loss record and runs scored and allowed for the upcoming season (see Retrospective on Runs and Records). It will be odd to read BP without Joe contributing. Much like Nate Silver leaving for endeavors in politics, the loss is far greater than someone like me who was only there for a moment. Joe helped define BP. Baseball Prospectus will continue on without Joe, but it will be far different. The recent staff changes that have come to BP have not been small ones (there had been on-going rumors of another high profile writer who has been with the outlet for a considerable period leaving, but that may have changed. Sources at BP say that there will be big column on Monday addressing BP's future). Baseball Prospectus will remain, but for this writer, it will seem odd not to have Joe in the fold.
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