A New Season

Fantasy Assembly has been running since September of 2013. We’ve seen a lot of ups and downs over the years, but I am extremely proud of the job our crew has done, producing fresh fantasy content multiple times per day. Nothing is going to change there; it’s just me that is stepping away.

I am forever grateful for the past three and a half years, for the privilege of seeing so many visitors to our site every day. I thank each one of you for helping us realize our dreams. All we wanted was to share our fantasy knowledge, and you were gracious in accepting it.

I have a bunch of thank yous that I must say before I walk away. 

First off, It has been an honour (I can use Canadian spelling again!) working side by side with Jim Finch over the years. We often had different ideas, but that’s what made us an excellent partnership. I always respected Jim’s fantasy advice and his skills as a player, but his ability to organize and run this site is something that has been fun to witness.

He is a tireless worker, spending more hours per day, every day, on fantasy baseball than is probably healthy. Jim was always in charge; my leaving just makes it more formal I suppose. I assure you that no beats will be skipped in my absence. If I were concerned for one second, I would probably stay. Thanks for everything Jim – you are a class act and just a wonder-kid at running this site. Maybe an older wonder-kid, one who doesn’t leap tall buildings anymore. Maybe one who walks (slowly) around them. You get the idea – keep up the great work Jim, you are exceptionally talented!

I want to thank our team of writers for allowing me to join them here, both past and present.

Special thanks to Kevin Jebens who is a great friend who has been with us since our early message board days preceding this site. Kevin has not only done a lot of editing for me, but he’s pushed me to be a better writer. I feel like I’m letting him down by leaving before actually getting good at it, but he’s such a super guy that I know he will forgive me.

I’d also like to thank Andy Germani who I met on this site, for working with me on prospect rankings the last two years. Andy will continue the prospect coverage here, doing a bang-up job as always. I had so much fun working with Andy on our rankings that I may come back to help next year.

It’s a great team here, and I will never skip reading everything. Even Neil’s golf DFS pieces will continue to be a weekly read; even if I don’t understand any of it. I just appreciate the excellent work that everyone does here.

I would be remiss if I didn’t send out a few industry thank yous. First off, to Goose from Fantasy Rundown for sending so many readers our way. I remember his first tweet like it was yesterday:

I thought our little site was going to blow up as I watched our site stats page go crazy. Your help over the years encouraged us to do more and to be better. With all of our new readers, we had to if we wanted to keep them. You provide a phenomenal service, and I am so thankful for all that you have done for us. I was a huge fan before, and I will always be one; just one who is forever indebted to you as well.

The privilege of “meeting” other fantasy writers was truly something. From our first encounters with Ray Guilfoyle (hell of a guy) to the friendly advice we received from Doug Anderson. The Baseball Prospectus Annual Prospect Mock Draft was just a thrill to be a part of, as was a fantasy pod with Greg Jewett and Tim King. There are so many great people in this industry, and I’m thankful to everyone who I got in contact with. Thank you for treating me so kind.

I’d like to specifically mention and thank Bret Sayre of Baseball Prospectus, who probably isn’t aware of the role he played motivating me to start this website. You see, Bret rejected my attempt to join his team at The Dynasty Guru in early 2013. I’m really not a writer, and he caught that loud and clear. Over time, I’d like to think I got a little better, but as a skilled editor, Bret no doubt recognized my shortcomings.

Writing that trial piece put the bug in me, though, and I wasn’t going to let go of it at the first sign of adversity. I teamed up with Jim, Kevin, and Tommy Landseadel, and the rest, as they say, is history. I’ve been lucky to have quite a few dealings with Bret Sayre over the years, and can say with certainty that a) he was right – I’m not cut out for writing, and b) he is a fantastic guy whom I respect an awful lot.

What’s next for me? I don’t know. I just couldn’t keep up anymore, and it wasn’t for lack of trying. I want to focus on my family, my business and my home. Jim and Andy have extended the olive branch to come back for rankings next year, and I may do that. It was my favourite feature to be a part of. All of it has certainly been a fun ride, but it’s time for me to get off.

There is a season for everything, and I now need to spend less time on fantasy baseball. As fantastic as it has been, not all relationships are meant to last forever.

I sincerely thank everyone for helping make Fantasy Assembly a huge success, and for making us a part of your daily routines.

With highest regards,
Paul Hartman

Paul Hartman

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Fantasy Baseball player since 1987. Creator of Fantasy Assembly, yet just fortunate enough to be a part of it.