That's The Ballgame
The final pitch has been thrown. The last out made. The 2013 baseball season is over, at least for the four teams covered by the Midwest Diamond Report.
As we reported around Labor Day, the ballgame also is over for MDR, at least as a web site. You can read the reasons for its ending, and thanks, etc. in a column that announced the closing, called “The Bottom of the 9th” below.
In that column, I wrote that MDR will continue as a column/blog, monthly during the off-season and weekly during spring training and the regular season. Many of the same features that have appeared on the web site over its nine years will be included in the column/blog.
By continuing MDR as a column/blog, and still writing for Game Day, I won't have to step away entirely from a game I love or friends like those pictured above. One of the great things about covering a kids' game is you can continue to act like a kid.
The first monthly MDR will be distributed on Oct. 30. It will run on the last Wednesday of each month until it goes weekly in February.
Here’s how you can get the new MDR. If you’re on the current MDR Friends email list, you will get it sent to you. If you want to get on that list, send your email address to email@example.com.
MDR also will be posted on the existing Archives/Blog Quick Topic section of the site. That section will continue as a stand alone message board. The column/blog will be posted on my Facebook page and will be sent to David Bernacchi’s www.onwisconsinsports.com web site. Eventually, MDR also will be made a MLB.com blog.
All these will be free. However, if you want to make a $10 lifetime donation, you can send it to the address at the end of this note. Of that, $5 will go to the Wisconsin Sports Legacy Group Revive the Hall effort to restore and build the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. The MDR column/blog also will accept sponsorships. For more info on that, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most of the goodbyes were handled in the Bottom of the 9th column, but let me say again thanks to all of you who read the MDR web site, served as sponsors and contributed to it. You made it a fun journey and a rewarding chapter in a long sports journalism career.
The address for any donations or sponsorships is:
306 East State Street
Westby, WI 54667
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