Pete Abraham is Leaving LoHud

From Pete Abraham:

I was hoping to keep this quiet another day or two so I could compose my thoughts. But that’s not possible these days.

So here it is: I’m leaving The Journal News after nearly 10 years and going to work for The Boston Globe.

I’ll be covering baseball — yes, the Red Sox — and blogging for Boston.com. The Globe approached me in August, right around the time my newspaper was going through some painful restructuring that you all heard about.

But that was incidental. For many years now, my life has been my job. I covered the UConn basketball team for 13 seasons for The Norwich (Conn.) Bulletin and then the Mets and Yankees for the The Journal News. It was tremendous fun to work for a small paper and then to move up a step on the chain.

Now I get a chance to move up again and live closer to my family. I’m the oldest child in my family and my mom and dad are retired. It means a lot to me to be around them and other members of my family. For years, they’ve been imploring me to come home and now seems like a good time.

But it wasn’t an easy call. I have literally not slept for 48 hours pondering this decision. The Journal News has treated me better than I had any right to expect and tried very hard to convince me to stay. I also really, really love covering the Yankees. It has been the highlight of my professional career. I’m close friends with several other beat writers, too. We try to beat each other’s brains out in the paper, but it always has been with a sense of camaraderie and great respect.

Then there are you guys. This blog was the first by a beat writer in the New York market when it started in 2006 and it’s here today because of your loyalty and your passion for the Yankees. I sort of feel like a circus ringmaster at times, trying to hold it all together. It has been a tremendous ride and I thank you for letting me part of your baseball experience. If I find an audience half as good in Boston, I’ll be thrilled.

If there was a way to work for a larger paper and to advance professionally while still covering the Yankees, I would have really had a dilemma. But you don’t need me to tell you what is going on in the newspaper business. The Globe offered me a great opportunity and, frankly, I would have been foolish not to take it.

I’m sure some of you will accuse me of being a traitor because I’ll be covering the Red Sox. But I consider the regulars here to be my friends. Some of you I have met, some not. Regardless, I hope you can understand why I’m doing this and — who knows? — maybe someday I’ll be back covering the Yankees.

Whether you care to believe this or not, beat writers don’t root for teams. Our teams are our papers. We root for good stories and perhaps for certain people we meet along the way. This is a decision that I made for personal and professional reasons and I hope you can understand that.

I have two weeks left and I’m not going to waver in my commitment to get you as much news as I can on the Yankees.

As always, thanks for reading.

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I have been assured by my bosses at The Journal News that they remain committed to Yankees coverage. They are already compiling a list of candidates to replace me. The only thing that will change here is the loss of my ugly mug, and that’s an upgrade. So don’t worry about that.

That Abraham is leaving right before the Yankees’ October run is especially disappointing, for there is no question that his blog would have been brimming to say the very least.  However, one can only hope that a terrific writer such as Sam Borden can step in, cover the Yanks, and maintain the kind of good, well-updated blog that Pete did.  Borden or anyone else will have big shoes to fill, for when it comes down to beat writer blogging, no one comes close to Pete Abraham, period.  He’s in a league by himself.

I personally owe Pete a big thanks for allowing me to guest blog this past January.  It is something unusually unselfish he did for us everyday Yankees bloggers, something he surely didn’t have to do.  Many sincere thanks, Pete.

A good part of what made Pete’s blog so great is that it has been a gateway to scores of other Yankees blogs, some of which I may not have encountered otherwise.  That alone helped make it terrific.  Another side of Abraham I always appreciated was his humor.  He could often be downright hilarious and, given its centrality to my humor, his knack for sarcasm was on the money.

Yet what has really set Pete apart is his tireless, thorough, and excellent coverage of the Yankees.  I always, always get my lineups from him, usually well before the start of the game.  He filled his pre-game posts with incredibly useful information about players’ injuries, status, roster moves, players’ and managers’ commentaries, and news from around baseball and sports.  When it comes to Yankees and sports blogging, I have not seen a single beat writer in any sport come close to matching Pete Abraham, period.  In conversations with Frank the Sage, I have frequently referred to Pete as the best beat writer of the Yankees.  It remains to be seen who can take take that moniker now.

If Red Sox fans through the Globe get half the attentive, insightful, tireless coverage of the Sox from Abraham as we Yankees fans have had of New York, they should consider themselves fortunate indeed.

You will be missed more than you know, Pete.

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Published in: on September 17, 2009 at 6:59 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. What bad news his site is like my home page. Im gonna miss it allot the wit, fun, jokes, updates all that Jazz. I’m not a fan of his dislike for Arod and he can be obnoxious sometimes but he will be sadley missed. I can’t fault him for taking the offer who would newspapers are doing down hill but im not gonna lie its going to be hard to take with him writing for the enermy. I will follow him to see how he goes but it will be weird to see how he does I don’t know how Boston.com do there site I’m guessing it will be different to how Abe does his work on lohud.

  2. Add on to that I really hope someone replace him and liek him on the ball at every second with Yankee news. I don’t get access to Baseball radio or tv all I had was his site I hope someone does it and the Journal News don’t drop the blog.


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