Farewell, ATM Reports (and "Thanks," Lee!)

Sunday, May 14 2006 @ 04:52 PM EDT

Contributed by: Mick Doherty

If you subscribe to Lee Sinins' ATM (Around the Majors) Report daily (multiple) e-mail newsletter, then you know this already. If you don't, you may not understand the enormity of it. But in yesterday's ATM Report, as recorded here in ATM's blog archive, Sinins announced, "I have decided to submit my resignation from the ATM reports, effective immediately."

I don't know Sinins, have never met him -- we have exchanged a very few baseball/Web-related e-mails -- but this occasion demands two things: (1) that as a subscriber I take a moment to express how disappointing -- while understandable, certainly -- this is; and (2) that as a baseball fan, we take a moment to say "Thanks, Lee."

Not all is lost, however ...

... as Sinins himself followed his long explanatory e-mail with another short note that read thus:

Given that Sinins reported that he figured he was working about 30 hours a week on the ATM Reports for a return of about a dollar an hour, the fact that hs ISN'T disappearing is in and of itself surprisingly good news.

I admit, I am one of the readers who drove Sinins away. As he wrote in his resignation e-mail, "People on the list are speaking very loudly with their wallets that the reports are not worth supporting [through purchase of Sinins' Complete Baseball Encyclopedia]. It may have taken me a while to get the message, but I've got it. Whether or not you had supported me, I hope you enjoyed the reports. It is time to move on."

I can't speak on behalf of every reader, Lee, but I certainly enjoyed them; in fact, I looked forward to them every day. But if it's time to move on, you need to make that call; accept our "thank you" and, as they like to say here in Toronto, touch 'em all.