Then we came to the end
Written by Jon Shields on February 11, 2013 @ 06:44AM      Jump To Comments

The time has come for me to board up Pro Ball NW step away from the world of baseball writing after five Seattle Mariners seasons.

This is a decision thatís been a long time coming and is literally years in the making but still made with a heavy heart. This site has been a major part of my identity since I started it as a 19-year-old in 2007 and it will be strange to be without it for the first time in my adult life. Now 25, itís time for me to close this chapter as I give my full attention to other priorities and pursuits.

There are hundreds of people I would love to acknowledge before I step away but I'll keep it short.

The stalwarts of the Mariners blogosphere: Jason Churchill, Dave Cameron and Jeff Sullivan. Jason's help to me over the years cannot be overstated; he's been a tremendous ally and aide, and even served as a primary reference for my current job. Dave and Jeff continue to set the standard in the Mariners blogosphere, have always been good to me, and provided many opportunities for me at their sites and beyond. Having Dave invite me to join the incredibly talented writing staff behind the 2010 Maple Street Press project remains one of my highlights as a member of this community.

Interacting with the Mariners beat has always been a great experience. Shannon Drayer, Larry Stone and Ryan Divish have been especially good to me. Thanks so much for everything.

I'd have been lost long ago without the dozens of talented individuals who have joined me to author this site. Special shout outs to Patrick Whealton, who inspired me to start blogging, Scott Weber, who was one of my early supporters and remains a good friend, Rob Turkel and Conor Dowley, who were great right hand men and stepped up big time for the site in times of need, and of course Brendan Gawlowski, who has been the best co-pilot I could have asked for over the past year and a half.

Most importantly, the readers. Whether you only stumbled upon the site a month ago or have stuck with me since the early days, thank you so much. The BBT/PBNW community has always been incredibly supportive of me and I will treasure the discussion, kind words, and lasting friendships forged. You've brought a lot to my life. Itís been a pleasure.

Iíve interacted with so many great people over the past five years that I've neglected to mention. Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart. Itís been a lot of fun and one of the great learning experiences of my young life.

Go Mariners,

Jon Shields