It really doesn’t mean that much in the grand scheme of things. One calendar year is not that impressive. Life spans are much greater, careers span much longer, and most websites will simply see it as a stepping stone.
In all reality, this site sees it as the same. A stepping stone. The plans for this site go far beyond one year and we honestly plan to be around for a very long time. All in all, though, this first year was a pretty good one.
While we had been working for over a week to get the site ready for public eyes, it was on July 11th of 2010 that I wrote the post that welcomed the world to our little corner of the internet. I-70 Baseball was open for business and our writers started bringing their voice to a grand stage.
We provided opinions and coverage of the two teams, the Royals and Cardinals, over the last half of the 2010 season. During the off-season, we would provide some unique coverage of the two franchises. We would open our own “Hall Of Legends” and induct Whitey Herzog, Dan Quisenberry, Danny Jackson, Reggie Sanders, and Darrel Porter as players that had an impact on both franchises in their careers. We also “retired” the number 20 in honor of Lou Brock and Frank White.
Before the Hall Of Legends would take shape, former editor Matt Kelsey would breathe life into a series of articles dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of the World Series that gave this site it’s name.
It was not just the former editor that came up with a series of articles during the off-season, however. Our current editor, Angela Weinhold, penned a history of the St. Louis Cardinals in five year increments in a series titled “The Cardinals In Time” which you can also find in our exclusives area.
Our team of writers has evolved over the year and features many different voices today than it did then. The year ahead promises more in depth coverage from our team of writers, as well as a major expansion of the site’s coverage that will feature many new writers during the season.
All in all, I would like to take the time to thank our readers. Our readership, followers, and attention has grown exponentially over the first year and we hope to grow even further into the future. We hope our readers will continue to enjoy the voices that bring you stories that range from classics, to minor leagues, to the two featured teams themselves.
Here’s to a great first year and many more to come.
Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball as well as the Assignment Editor for BaseballDigest.com.
He is the host of I-70 Radio, hosted every week on BlogTalkRadio.com.
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