In a blog post on Extra Bases, The Boston Globe’sAmalie Benjamin has announced that she is leaving the Red Sox beat.

New challenges, and a word of thanks

She makes it clear that she is not leaving the Globe, just the Red Sox beat, and will instead focus on “features and other daily duties in sports.”

As for the reasons for leaving the beat, which she describes as her dream job since high school, she writes:

But the daily grind of the beat — the hundreds of thousands of airline miles, the hundreds of hotel nights, the thousands of unhealthy meals — is over for me, a move that will allow me to report on the stories that are so important to me, and hopefully to you.

This sounds very much like what happened with Shira Springer, who toiled on the Celtics beat for a number of years (with some very bad teams) before moving off to another “features” type role. Hopefully we’ll get more from Benjamin than we’ve gotten from Springer over the last couple of years.

This opens up a spot on the Red Sox beat, which still has Peter Abraham as Red Sox reporter, and Nick Cafardo as national baseball writer.


6 thoughts on “Amalie Benjamin Moves Off Red Sox Beat

  1. Apparently the only qualification for being the Globe's national beat writer is having the cell phone numbers of the Hendricks brothers and JP Ricciardi.


  2. Baseball beat writer is a travel position. Those tend to be filled by younger employees who move into positions with less travel as they get married, have kids, buy a house etc… Not just in newspapers but in all jobs.

    It's too bad that she's not replacing Cafardo, send him into retirement


  3. I thought she did a diligent job as the beat writer. IIRC, her Game Notes usually had some items in there that showed she went around and asked questions, and didn't just re-type the club's daily PR handout like some others do.


  4. I don't understand how a paper like the Globe can afford to pay someone like Springer or Benjamin for a "features" role if their production is akin to Springer's.


  5. Once upon a time — pre-Internet/cable/blog/talk radio, etc. — being a beat reporter for ANY major league sports team was considered a plum gig. Now, it's probably one of the worst.

    Land a radio gig, write a little for some blog or for some Web-only outlet, pontificate a bit, cash your check(s), and call it a day. Or, just call yourself Felger.


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