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