Two months ago, I took a break from baseball writing to help relocate our family of six from Georgia to upstate New York. We sold and purchased a new home, packed eight U-Boxes without any help from movers and drove the 940 miles to a sleepy suburb outside of Rochester.
With ROTOscouting still in its infancy, I took a job in education because we stretched the budget to move into a “dream home” we want to raise our children in. As the family settled into a routine, after school hours became filled with family gatherings, games of ping pong in the basement with my son and many a craft beer tasting with the father-in-law. It was a level of contentment I hadn’t felt in years.
And with my job being 99.9% computer-based, the last thing I wanted to do was return home and read MLB rumors or prospect anything on the laptop.
In Georgia, my social life revolved around baseball. It was traveling with Chris Blessing to Asheville, North Carolina for a couple of games and brewery visits. It was hanging out with Ethan Purser in Rome. All of my friends shared the common connection of baseball.
My baseball existence in New York will involve little league and hot dog specials before Auburn Doubledays games with my kids.
For parts of seven seasons, I’ve covered baseball prospects for a handful of media outlets, as well as my own endeavors. Unfortunately, writing about the sport I love hasn’t proved financially viable as a business. At the end of the day, I have a family of six and responsibilities to them.
Knowing this, I’ve decided to take an indefinite hiatus from writing to focus on career and family.
My hope is ROTOscouting readers and subscribers will support the decision. I understand how lucky I’ve been to meet many great people because of baseball and have always felt an obligation to those who believed my work has value.
Now to the business side of things….
ROTOscouting uses Tinypass.com as a third party subscription service. I’ve contacted them for assistance with suspending/canceling subscriptions. Current subscribers can log into their accounts at Tinypass.com and cancel on their own as well to ensure no further billing occurs.
Plus, the paywall has been taken down for the time being, so all ROTOscouting pieces are free. For subscribers, I’ve been promised no charges will occur while pieces are available for free.
I also want to offer refunds to current subscribers who’ve stuck with me over the past couple of months while I’ve been MIA. Please use the contact form to make the refund request and be sure to include Paypal information and the email address of your Tinypass account.
Once again, thanks for the support over the past seven years. It has been an exciting ride. Please keep in touch as I consider you all brothers (and sisters) in baseball.
— Mike Newman
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