Another Chicago Tribune writer is leaving for another very high traffic website. A source within the Tribune Company told me recently that long time baseball columnist and national baseball writer Phil Rogers is leaving the Trib for MLB.com
First, we had news of Vaughn McClure leaving the Midwest’s most prominent newspaper for a high profile “digital medium” or “digital platform” (that’s cliched corporatespeak for “a website.”)
Now Rogers departs for the primary internet home for baseball.
I’m assuming that Paul Sullivan will sort of slide into the role left vacant now by Phil Rogers. Now we know why Sullvan left the Chicago Cubs beat. Replaced by former White Sox beat writer Mark Gonzalez.
The new position will serve Rogers well. He is very close with important people at the highest levels of Major League Baseball, and has had a distinguished writing career in Chicago.
Very nice guy too. Phil Rogers was at my table for the Ring Lardner Awards at the Union League Club this past April. The only topics I remember him discussing were: soccer, golf and the World Baseball Classic.
If you like those sporting events then more power to you, but to me, those three topics are pretty much Ambien, Restoril and Lunesta. Which speaks to what a great communicator Phil Rogers is. He somehow held my attention while discussing topics that are about as interesting as a Tom Brady interview.
Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan and 1620 The Zone, he also writes for Chicago Now. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) and Facebook
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