November 23, 2020
Having presided over the world's premier ballhawking website for over a decade, the time has come to pass the torch along to the next leader of our great community. It is with both sadness and optimism for the future that I announce today that I have made the very difficult decision to put myGameBalls.com up for sale.
This is something I've been considering for several years but just haven't been able to let go of the reins of the project I dreamed up after first coming across Zack Hample's blog in 2009. But now I've come to the realization that the website won't live up to its potential unless I step aside and hand it over to someone with a strong vision for the future of ballhawking and the resources to make it happen.
Simply put, I've gotten to the point where I just don't have the time and energy available to devote to running a website of this magnitude. Keeping up with all the emails and social media messages, maintaining the database for both MLB and MiLB, uploading the game schedule, organizing BallhawkFest, troubleshooting technical issues, overseeing the awards voting process, and countless other tasks that pop up have proven to be too much for me to keep up with. You've probably noticed that after we just completed selecting our 2020 Ballhawk of the Year, I still haven't posted the recap for the *2019* Ballhawk of the Year. With two young children to care for and a very demanding full time job as a software engineer, the free time needed to run myGameBalls.com just isn't there.
While it's sad to have to give up on something I've poured so much time and energy into for over 10 years, I'm excited to see what a new "Commissioner" can do to grow the website and the ballhawking hobby over the coming years. There are countless possibilities for new enhancements and features. Mobile capabilities could really explode, perhaps incorporating an app that allows for logging your snags in real time with GPS tracking. News articles could return to the days of 2010-2012 when stories about ballhawking accomplishments were posted weekly. Commemorative baseball collecting, which has exploded over the past few years, could be incorporated into the site. The site layout could be improved and redesigned, and pages that are clunky or slow could be given a performance boost. The overall feel of the site could take on more of a social media feel, with the ability to message friends, post polls, and debate issues.
The possibilities are endless for anyone willing to make an investment in this community. And of course with that investment comes a big opportunity to monetize site traffic and pull in a sizable monthly income.
Please check out the official listing on Websites For Sale By Owner here:
If you or someone you know may be interested in becoming the new owner of myGameBalls.com, please reach out to me on Twitter at @myGameBalls.
Thanks so much to all the many friends I've made and those who've supported this project over the past decade. I still plan to be involved in the community as much as I possibly can, enjoying the banter on Twitter, ballhawking a few times per year, attending BallhawkFest, and possibly even helping out the new owner with a few things here and there. Once again, I can't wait to see what the future holds for our community.
Alan Schuster is a contributing columnist to myGameBalls.com.