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Tales of a burned-out baseball writer

Dec 10, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Tony Jackson has covered baseball for two decades, including gigs as the Dodgers beat reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News and ESPN Los Angeles, but now he’s hanging up the keyboard after a brief run as an independent blogger:

After all these years, I simply have had my fill of covering baseball. I used to think I wanted to do it until I dropped dead of old age. But it isn’t fun anymore, and to be honest with you (and with myself), it really hasn’t been for the past several years. To the outsider, this probably looks like a glamorous job, and you know, to some extent, it is. But it’s also an exhausting, all-encompassing job, one from which you can never quite break free, even in the offseason.

With another birthday coming up in a few weeks, I have decided that I want to spend the rest of my life, well, having a life, and that is a luxury you don’t really enjoy on the baseball beat. Too many 6 a.m. flights after night games, too many late-night meals, too many airport meals, too many hotel meals, too many days when I dragged myself to the ballpark in a zombie-like state, too many pounds packed on seemingly every season because there usually isn’t enough time to go to the gym and even when there is time, there is almost NEVER enough energy. It catches up with you after a while, especially as you get older, and it can make you get older more quickly than you’re supposed to.

Read the whole thing, because it’s compelling, interesting stuff. Best of luck to Tony in whatever he decides to do next.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Good luck to him. There’s a line around the block of people willing and eager to take a ride on that experience.

    Self included.

  2. aphillieated - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Isn’t that Sarge’s hat?

  3. nymets4ever - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Poor baby

  4. spursareold - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Wow. So you found out it’s a job.

    Why do we need to know why you’re leaving the business? Just shut down your blog and go away. This pathetic bid for attention is pittiable, and can only make future employers shy away from you, since you either appear to dislike hard work, or actually do.

    • forsch31 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      If you actually had reading comprehension skills, you’d notice he did it for nearly 20 years. And considering he’s closing the blog with this post (hence, the goodbye and the explanation for it, since his readers had been asking where he had gone), he’s obviously not bidding for attention.

      Next time you attempt to climb on that soapbox, maybe you should make sure you actually read what you’re criticizing.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        If we forced people to read the attached stories before commenting, i’d say 50% of the comments would disappear.

      • raysfan1 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Only 50%?

      • racksie - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        Actually I think people do read the things they comment on. They just really do lack the comprehension skills, and have fundamental ignorance about life in general to see an issue from a different angle. Like, sometimes people really get burnt out by their job, and want to move on to a healthier life style.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        I think some people are just ignorant asshats striving pathetically for attention.

    • Patrick R. - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      I was a huge fan of the blog and followed it with regularity. You must not be familiar with the medium, otherwise you’d understand that familiarity with the reader is a crucial component.

      You may want to go back to getting your news from stone tablets.

  5. Bob - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    “spursareold – Dec 10, 2013 at 1:06 PM
    Wow. So you found out it’s a job.

    Why do we need to know why you’re leaving the business? Just shut down your blog and go away. This pathetic bid for attention is pittiable, and can only make future employers shy away from you, since you either appear to dislike hard work, or actually do.”

    And if you stuck your name on your post, you would have no future employers, just based on your use of the word “pittiable” (not a word).

    Congrats to Tony for moving on to something else. Working in sports has its advantages, but it also has its minuses, too.

    • spursareold - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      Wow. You both show that you don’t know how to directly respond to my post and that you will stoop to spelling flames in one post. That’s just pitiable.

      Kudos.

  6. yahmule - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    The part about being a sportswriter that must be really fun is having a person half your age roll their eyes at your question and grunt something unintelligible, then begin lancing a boil two inches from their scrotum.

    Good luck, Tony. No sense doing a job you don’t like if you have options. Baseball will still be around if you change your mind and find the passion rekindled some day.

    • forsch31 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      In a recent chat, a reader asked St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Derrick Goold what a typical day is like for him. It was mind-blowing, and I used be a reporter about 20 years ago. The business has definitely changed.

  7. glsmithassociates - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Don’t listen to haters Tony, best of luck in what ever you do.

  8. stampofdisapproval - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    I remember when Tony covered the Dodgers. I emailed him a couple of times with questions and comments. He always made the time to reply back. Best of luck, Tony. You and your work will be missed.

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