I was sad to see this on Facebook this morning, from John Sickels:
I am retiring from baseball.
The pandemic has put a lot of things in perspective for me. There are no minors to write about, which means no money coming in. And I realized that the only thing keeping me connected to the game was money and that aspect of my career had grown stagnant in recent years.
As an analyst, I was one of the pioneers, starting on-line baseball analysis back in 1996. I was at the top of the game for a long time and am proud of that. But nowadays, there are lots of people doing this work, and the best of them do it better than I do.
It is time for me to clear the field and leave it to people who are the innovators. I'm a dinosaur nowadays, and I want to go out on my own terms rather than just fading away. The universe is telling me it is time.