This is the 1,415th article that will be published on The Point of Pittsburgh, or TPOP as we quickly started calling it after realizing that was a lot to say and type.?? It will also be the last.
I pretty much stated why TPOP is going away in the announcement article at the start of September.?? In short, my time to dedicate to the site is shrinking with a passel of kids and activities, plus a job that demands more and more of my time.?? To take TPOP to the next level would require a significant increase in time and monetary resources to produce podcasts, short videos, and daily written content.
Remember the beginning of this month??? Simpler times.?? Back before we knew about how Felipe Vazquez spent his free time.?? Back before the drudgery of watching this team muddle through the final month of baseball.?? And back before it looked like 2020 will basically be status quo for this directionless franchise called the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Unfortunately, a month ago Jason Rollison was also still alive.?? After finding out that he had Stage 4 kidney cancer in August, he shed his mortal coil last week and shocked the Pirates’ baseball community with his untimely passing.?? He and I co-edited two Pirate Guide books in 2018 and 2019, with fantastic writing contributions from a variety of writers.?? It was a pleasure to work with him on those books that we were proud to produce.
He was 38.?? I’m 43 and I’ve found myself in a stage of questioning my own mortality since my little girl was born 4 years ago.?? As you hold a newborn, you think about how old you’ll be at various milestones of her life.?? When she graduates college I’ll be 61.?? When she’s 30, I’ll be 69.?? I like to think I’m in reasonably good health, but you never know.
Jason Rollison’s passing led to an outpouring of support and well wishes.?? He was pretty much universally loved in the online community for his analytical work and his optimistic, jovial manner of dealing with people, even ones that he had issues with.?? Me, I’m different.?? I don’t like many people, so if someone is going to come at me for my work, I’m not going to be pleasant in response.?? How many other online-only writers besides Jason would get this treatment?
??? Alex Stumpf (@AlexJStumpf) September 24, 2019
Jason Rollison made an impact.?? Well-deserved.
I don’t know if TPOP will have made an impact after we go.?? Quite frankly, it’s not for me to decide.?? I know we had a very loyal readership, both here and in the social media sphere, but once the lights dim how will we be remembered a year from now??? Five years?
Impact is an important part of a legacy.?? From the TPOP writers’ tree, we have Joe Douglas in the Pirates’ baseball quantitative analysis department and Alex Stumpf writing now for DK Sports Pittsburgh.?? I’m very proud of both of them.?? That’s success to me.
But I hope that if you’re reading this that you carry forth the TPOP mentality of trying to raise the level of discourse in baseball analysis.?? Demand that your favorite sites, no matter how mainstream, get away from overvaluing pitcher wins and RBIs (or plus/minus and goalie wins, if you’re a hockey reader) and start to incorporate more of a sabermetric-tinged feel to their writing.
Or even better, start your own site that will do these things.?? Make a pod, make short videos, write content that no one else will write.?? Find an angel investor or go the Patreon method once you build it up.?? That’s how legacies are defined, by the impact they have moving forward.
Again, Steve and I would like to thank everyone who wrote for us and everyone who read our work over the years.?? Not all of the 1,415 articles were great, I’m sure, but I’d like to think that the vast majority of them were.?? In the words of the greatest Buddhist philosopher of our times, Keanu Reeves, I’ll leave you all with this: