I have decided to discontinue the DNJT podcast.
The last two years have been difficult following a bi-weekly production schedule during the MLB season. While I never missed a self-imposed deadline, there were a few close calls.
When I started DNJT, I only worked part-time. So there was plenty of time to work on the show. Over the years, the number of working hours from real-life jobs have increased, as have my adult responsibilities. I love making episodes about baseball and the Blue Jays, but it can never be at the top of my priority list.
It would be a grave error in judgement to put this podcast – which obviously never generated any revenue – ahead of earning a salary, paying bills and taking care of loved ones. Yes, it would be awesome if DNJT led to a relationship with Sportsnet or TSN. But I knew that was a billion-to-one long shot. So in the end, it is and continues to be a really fun hobby.
While the podcast in its current form is stopping, the website will continue. I intend on writing more and trying out a couple of things. I’ll also do an occasional podcast episode if an opportunity presents itself.
And now…time for some self-indulging:
It’s pleasing knowing I was able to produce five baseball seasons worth of episodes.
When DNJT premiered on April 5, 2012, the Jays’ starting rotation ultimately consisted of Rickey Romero, Brandon Morrow, Henderson Alvarez, Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison. The hot-button issue at the time was whether Eric Thames was a better option in left field than Travis Snider.
Since then, there have been blockbuster trades, the rise of Edwin Encarnacion’s stardom, exciting youngsters like Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez, Josh Donaldson’s MVP performance, winning streaks, bat flips and two thrilling playoff runs after a 22-year hiatus.
So thank you to all those who appeared on the show and a huge THANK YOU to those who took time to listen to an episode, whether it was one or several.
Time to start a new chapter.