On the first day of the MLB Winter Meetings we get our first real news story. I am happy to announce that Jon Weisman, proprietor of Dodger Thoughts, has just been hired by the Dodgers to be their Director of Digital and Print Content.
As you may know, Dodger Thoughts is the granddaddy of all Dodger blogs. It was also the most influential. In the early days of blogging and fan-centered websites, Dodger Thoughts stood alone. It was the voice of reason, and become the quintessential online voice for the fan. Jon's insights into Dodger Baseball and the game became a daily must read. I also want to say that Jon's website was the inspiration for this blog. Without it there might not have been a Blue Heaven website.
From Jon's website Dodger Thoughts:
I’ll feel safe using Vin Scully (my new colleague!) as my role model. I’ll consider it my job, as an employee of the Dodgers, to inform and to entertain, in service of the organization. You can be sure I’ll be taking that responsibility very seriously. But don’t worry – we’ll have plenty of fun along the way. There’ll be no shortage of insights or stories, great and small.Next season is going to be a blast. I look forward to reading more from you.
From a Dodgers press release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the hiring of veteran Los Angeles writer and editor Jon Weisman as Director, Digital and Print Content.
In the newly created role, Weisman will be responsible for creating and producing original digital content for the club's website, as well as overseeing all of the Dodgers' publications, including Dodgers Magazine, and integrating them online.
In 2002, Weisman founded the independent website "Dodger Thoughts," which emerged as a leading voice covering the Dodgers. For his efforts on the site, Los Angeles Magazine named him one of the five most influential people in sports in 2006. "Dodger Thoughts" was subsequently hosted by both the Los Angeles Times and ESPNLA.com in the past decade.
Weisman is also an accomplished author and, in 2009, he published the book "100 Things Dodgers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die," a comprehensive take on the franchise's history and culture.
Weisman began his sportswriting career in 1986 and has written news, features, opinion and analysis for such media outlets as the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, Pasadena Star-News, ESPN.com, SI.com, NBC Sports, Baseball Prospectus, The Hardball Times and Sports on Earth.
Most recently, Weisman spent seven years at Variety, where he was senior editor focused on film and television, including the intersection of sports and entertainment. He has also had more than a dozen live-action and animation television scripts produced.
Weisman is a native of Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and three children.
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