Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Kansas City's population will be decreasing by one Joe Posnanski

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2011 at 10:17 AM

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Posnanski is moving on.
​When the next Census is taken, one name will be conspicuously absent from the list around here. The latest newsletter from Rainy Day Books includes a bit of news about former Kansas City Star columnist (and current Sports Illustrated scribe) Joe Posnanski:

We wish Joe, Margo and family a safe and successful move to North Carolina this June.

While his heart has never really left his first hometown of Cleveland, he was the heartbeat of Kansas City for 13 years. It was his columns that introduced me to the city where my wife was from and let me into the world of an anguished and impassioned fanbase. Posnanski's writing resonated with me for one very simple reason: He hadn't lost his ability to believe that he was going to see something new and potentially magical at every sporting event he attended.



The move to North Carolina will likely be a bit of a homecoming for Posnanski, who began his career as a sportswriting intern at The Charlotte Observer. He'll return a bit more polished than the story he has often told of his second day on the job.

He's leaving town at a time when the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum badly needs friends. For a long while, he very well may have been that organization's best friend. I sincerely hope that distance won't cool his passion for the legacy of Buck O'Neil, but Posnanski's character suggests that I needn't worry.

When he left The Kansas City Star in 2009 to take a post with Sports Illustrated, I was happy for Posnanski because it meant the nation would get a chance to read his work, and he'd been given a reprieve from the Royals. Selfishly, I was sad that his attention would be elsewhere because his take was often the first and last word for me on the Kansas City sports scene. But I was comforted by the final sentences of his goodbye column:

And so the final question would be: If it has been so great, why leave? I guess there are two answers. The first is that I am taking the job of my dreams. And the second is that I'm not exactly leaving. I'll be around.
But come this time next month, Posnanski will no longer be around. He would tell you that it doesn't matter, that Kansas City will still be a great sports town with or without him. But for a man who has spent so much effort trying to convince us that he is an average Joe, the truth is that he is far from it. This is one loss that will stick with Kansas City fans for a long time.  

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