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It’s been amazin’

After thirteen seasons, it’s time to say goodbye.

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I started writing about the Mets on the internet in 2003, on a blog I too-cleverly called SaberMets that very few people remember. It was about the Mets and sabermetrics and was not especially good, but it led directly to my being invited to run a new website called Amazin’ Avenue, part of the fledgling SportsBlogs Nation network, in 2005. Owing to a strange convergence of events, I happened to be simultaneously launching another website called MetsGeek along with seven of my fellow Mets bloggers at the time.

In the thirteen seasons since, MetsGeek has come and gone and SportsBlogs Nation became SB Nation, which in turn became what is now Vox Media. Along the way, Amazin’ Avenue has undergone several redesigns while countless talented people have had their work published here. We’ve written two books, hosted two R.A. Dickeyface contests, and figured prominently in one New York Times crossword puzzle. The Mets have appeared in three postseasons, made it to the NLCS twice, and lost one World Series.

Though I was the principle author here for a long time, most of my recent years have been spent as the managing editor, pitching in with a story when I had to but generally leaving the writing to other folks. I’ve been doing many things behind the scenes to keep the lights on while brighter and more passionate writers have become the featured authors. At any given time we may have two dozen people—all Mets fans—on staff at Amazin’ Avenue, quite a change from the early days when I wrote literally everything that got published here.

Before this gets too sentimental or self-indulgent, I will simply say that this is farewell. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have spent these many seasons together. Amazin’ Avenue has been a big part of my life for more than a decade, but I leave it in good hands; its best days surely lie ahead.

Whether you’ve been here since the beginning or you’ve just discovered the site today, thank you for coming and please enjoy your time here. I wish you all the very best.