Hal McCoy, the Dayton Daily News’ Hall of Fame baseball writer covering the Cincinnati Reds, announced in his blog today that this will be his last season covering the Reds, because the Daily News no longer has the resources to staff them home and away.
McCoy has been covering the Reds for 37 years, the longest active tenure of covering a single team in the Major Leagues.
For Reds fans, McCoy is one of a handful of voices that is synonymous with the team.
His blog on the topic is moving reading, click here to read it.
Here’s how it begins:
The hammer fell today and it hurts like hell.
They’re putting the ol’ baseball scribe out to pasture and if there are teardrops on your screen, well, that’s from me, just an old softie.
My run is over – 37 years of bliss, doing a job that wasn’t a job. It was pure joy and pure fun.
And I wanted you, all my loyal readers and followers over the past 3 1/2 decades, to be the first to know. The run is nearly over.
The newspaper told me today that it will no longer cover the Cincinnati Reds the same way it has in the past, beginning next season. And don’t blame the paper. It is the economic times and we’re all suffering. They just can’t afford the more than a quarter of a million dollars a year to send me coast-to-coast.
The Dayton Daily News has been nothing but great to me. How many companies would keep a legally blind employee and furnish that employee with a driver and/or a car service to get him to and from games? The paper did that for me and it certainly didn’t have to do it.
The DDN didn’t have to do that, but it did and I’m so forever grateful, just as I am for the 37 years they permitted me to do what I love to do so much.