To all of you who have found InsidethePark.com through links, advertisements, word of mouth, by accident, or one of countless other ways, I can hardly express how much I appreciate the community you have helped create at the site over the past year. We wouldn't be where we are now if it wasn't for you all.
Where we've come from 12 short months ago truly is unbelievable, going from a
good idea on paper, to one of the most popular Seattle Mariners web
sites on the internet today. As publisher, sometimes I just sit back with
amazement, wondering exactly where this thing will go if it continues to grow at
the pace it has thus far. Thanks once, thanks twice, thanks 100 times to those
of you who made it possible.
Let me explain the vision of InsidethePark.com and the thought processes that
have gone into it since day one.
It all began back in early May of last year when I put my domain name to use and
signed on with TheInsiders, taking over the Mariners team site on the network
hoping for the best but fearing the worst. Having recently graduated from the
University of Washington at the time, I knew I had the ability to write and the
love of baseball to start something great. What I didn't know, though, was
how well of a reception it would get.
I envisioned creating a site that covered not just the big league Mariners, but
one that reported on Seattle's minor league affiliates like no one else; getting the inside scoop, talking to the top names in the organization, making
contacts with announcers and beat writers.
So what happened? Well, being a publisher for the first time, I admittedly had
to do a lot of work on the fly. As a writer by nature, I came in pretty
inexperienced in other areas, namely management and graphic design.
Here I was, the publisher of a new site, without any writers or contacts
anywhere in the organization. Overwhelmed initially, that changed in a big way
as the season wore on.
Jason A. Churchill joined us in late May, bringing his unparalleled knowledge of the
M's organization. He's become a staple on the site ever since. That got
the ball rolling. E-mails started to roll in with requests to write for the
site. Interest grew. The name started to get out.
That was great, but without credentials to anywhere besides Triple-A Tacoma and
Single-A Everett, our coverage through the end of the 2003 season was limited
mostly to game summaries and opinion pieces. Not bad, but not exactly what the
vision called for.
Lacking was the coverage of the minors, and I knew we needed to make changes.
So during the offseason I went to work. I gained credentials to all five of the
M's minor league teams, an all-access pass of sorts to cover the teams as
closely as I had first imagined. Then the next task was finding interns. With
help from internet job posting sites and the good folks at each of the
affiliates, we hired on the tremendous group we have today:
Triple-A Tacoma; Sean Duade
Double-A San Antonio: Joe Weiss and Joe Ruiz
High-A Inland Empire: Jonathan Bianchet
Mid-A Wisconsin: Kevin Damask, Nick Saeger, Brad Hartmann, Dan Larson
Low-A Everett: Jamie Cobb
Two others, Ian Levin and Joseph Yencich have earned their keep in short time as
well, excelling in weekly roles with the site.
What these fine youngsters, mostly college students earning credit at their
respective colleges, have meant to the site this season, even while the
Mariners continue to plummet in the AL West standings, can't be overlooked.
They've helped InsidethePark take a step to the next level, and for that I
thank each of them.
That's the good news. The bad news is that lost in it all has been our
coverage of the Mariners themselves, and for that I apologize. Major League
Baseball simply doesn't credential web sites that aren't a part of one of
the major media markets today, so until now we've used our time trying to
utilize our time in a place where we could best spend it. And thanks to our
credentials in the minor leagues, that's where we've focused our attention
through the first month-and-a-half of the 2004 season.
We are still looking for quality writers with a passion for the Mariners, people
willing to take time out of their day, week after week, to contribute to the
site. Until we have enough trusted writers where we don't have to worry about
being spread too thin, however, we believe our time is best spent in the minors.
So keep us bookmarked, check back daily, tell your friends about us, join us on
the message boards and remain patient with any changes that may take place in
the coming months. We are here for you the fans and want to report on the
information you can't find anywhere else. We're commited to doing that for
this season and beyond.
Feel free to contact me or anyone else on staff with suggestions; we take them
to heart, and welcome any that you may have.
Phone: (206) 313-6737
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