The main MLB portal at Yahoo Sports is mainly compromised of a feed consisting of stories from national outlets, newspapers, and NBC-affiliated local sites. Incredibly, it’s about to get even less interesting.
On Tuesday, Yahoo MLB writers Tim Brown and Mike Oz announced they’d no longer be with the company.
So, just got off the phone with the boss. The good news is, my golf game is about to get much better. The better news is, I get to see what else is out there for me. Strange days. I've been so lucky. Thanks for everything. See you out there. Be well. Be kind. And keep going.
— Tim Brown (@ByTimBrown) February 2, 2021
For nearly eight years at @YahooSports, I had a lot of fun — whether it was opening baseball cards with stars or helping along young writers.
Just found out today is my last day. I was really lucky to do this. Thanks to all of you who followed along.
On to the next …
— Mike Oz (@mikeoz) February 2, 2021
The lone remaining “MLB expert” at Yahoo is Hannah Keyser.
Yahoo has been slashing the staff at its sports sites over the last few years. It attempted to launch a subscription-based Mets app in 2019, but that plan never got off the ground and all the writers were let go. Long-time editor Kevin Kaduk was laid off around the same time. A year ago, the site’s entire UK editorial team was let go.
It’s disappointing to see Yahoo’s MLB coverage continue to dwindle. Since Jeff Passan left for ESPN more than two years ago, it seems like there hasn’t been much desire from Yahoo to build its MLB coverage back up. Yahoo’s focus has seemingly been directed towards cultivating its relationship with the NFL (shocker) and its sports betting ventures, and while that’s all well and good, talented individuals are losing their jobs. Wherever Brown and Oz land, it’ll be Yahoo’s loss and their new employers’ gain.