New Bedford, Mass. native and New York Yankees beat writer Peter Abraham is leaving his post at The Journal News after nearly 10 years and taking on every Boston sports journalists dream, being the newest recruit at The Boston Globe covering the Boston Red Sox.
Abraham announced the news on The LoHud Yankees Blog around 7 p.m. Thursday night and said that it was not an easy decision for him.
From his blog:
"But it wasn't an easy call. I have literally not slept for 48 hours pondering this decision. The Journal News has treated me better than I had any right to expect and tried very hard to convince me to stay. I also really, really love covering the Yankees."
Abraham will not only write about the Sox in print, but also blog on Boston.com. At The Journal News he covered the Yankees and New York Mets. Prior to that, he was the beat writer for UConn basketball for The Norwich (Conn.) Bulletin for 13 seasons.
The UMass-Amherst graduate got his first gig part-time at The Standard Times covering high school sports back in the day.
That is actually very interesting, a Mass. native who loves covering the Yankees and will now be covering his hometown team. What will readers think of this?
And if Abraham is coming aboard, does this mean someone else is leaving?
Amalie Benjamin? Adam Kilgore?
Certainly it can't be Nick Cafardo or Tony Massarotti.
My bet is Adam Kilgore because I doubt they are creating another new position unless things are being shift around because of the latest departure in Mike Reiss.
I guess we will see within the next two weeks.
It's been quite the changing of the guard over the last year and a half at the Globe. Here are all of the big moves since April of 2008:
Marc J. Spears - leaves Denver Post goes to Globe; leaves Globe goes to Yahoo! Sports
Tony Massarotti - leaves Boston Herald goes to Boston Globe/Boston.com
Chad Finn - promoted from copy editor to Boston.com blogger
Ken Fratus - (asst. sports editor) takes buyout goes to ESPN in Bristol, Conn.
Reid Laymance - (senior asst. sports editor) takes buyout goes to St. Louis Post Dispatch
Boston Red Sox
Gordon Edes - leaves Globe goes to Yahoo! Sports
Amalie Benjamin - promoted to beat writer
Adam Kilgore - leaves Washington Post goes to Globe
New England Patriots
Mike Reiss - leaves Globe goes to ESPNBoston.com
That's what happens when you intern during all of this, you actually remember it all unfolding in front of your eyes and continue to cover it afterwards.
Editor's note: This post is also on Sox & Dawgs.