Chron's Richard Justice Leaves for New Job

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Richard Justice leaves the Chron.
Richard Justice, the Houston Chronicle sports columnist who might have the highest profile at the paper, is leaving after 11 years to write for MLB.com, the online service of Major League Baseball.

"MLB.com made me a great offer. It's a place of such energy," he told Hair Balls. "I've been wrestling with it for weeks."

Justice is well-known in the sports world -- he worked for the Washington Post before coming to Houston -- and makes regular appearances on national radio and TV shows. (Often defending to the death MLB commissioner Bud Selig, fwiw.)

Justice says his move is no reflection on the Chronicle, which has just experienced another round of layoffs.

"I love newspapers and especially the Chronicle," he said. "[Chron editor] Jeff Cohen has been incredible to me."

MLB.com has been hiring beat writers and some big names for both national columnist slots and regular coverage of individual teams. Brian McTaggart left the Chron Astros beat to write for the site.

Since it's affiliated with the business it covers, there has been some grumbling about whether it can be truly independent and aggressive, but generally the coverage is respected.


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28 comments
James Bell
James Bell

Good riddance. MLB can have him. Justice has always had an over-inflated sense of his own abilities and importance and it came through in everything he wrote on every subject. 

I won't miss him.

Junctarheel
Junctarheel

I never liked RJ's defense of the commisioner, but his writing was interesting and fun to follow.  I think he was too intelligent for most of the Houston folk who tried to read his column.  I'll enjoy following him at mlb.com.  You deserved better than Houston Richard.

Blade68
Blade68

He will not be missed....and what is MLB.com thinking about hiring a guy who admittedly was knee deep in the PED infused baseball locker rooms of the nineties and just happened to miss it.  At least we can hope for a more balanced and nuanced look at sports with this flip-flopping wind bag gone...as if bankruptcy, mud slides, earthquakes, Arnold and the Kardashians weren't enough, now California has to endure this?  Maybe the Mayans were on to something.

Bill Bedgood
Bill Bedgood

I, for one will miss him.  He made me laugh with his writing.  I liked the sense of humor in his articles.

Shecky
Shecky

Guess I'll never read anything by this hack "writer" since I rarely go to the MLB website.  My complaint with him?  He would say anything just to have something to fill up his space with.  He'd say something on Sunday, then contradict it on Monday.  He knew it, too, but hey, at least the space got filled, right?  Better to say something contradictory than to say nothing at all.

Mary Urech Stallings
Mary Urech Stallings

'...Chronicle, which has just experienced another round of layoffs."

Could you elaborate on that???

robert r
robert r

Justice is a Selig brown noser who needed to be run out of Houston anyway.

Wyatt
Wyatt

A so-so writer who morphed into a professional troll. Yeah, see you later, Justice.

Famijoly
Famijoly

I knew it!  As a former "toy department" hacker myself, I knew in my gut there had to be something in the wind when Richard failed the integrity smell test time and time and time again during these past several months in his writings on the sale of the Astros and their transfer from the National League to the American League. 

At least now, we'll know that Richard will be on MLB's payroll, legitimately, when he churns out propaganda for Commissioner BS.

mollusk
mollusk

There's grumbling about whether Justice can be truly independent and aggressive anyway, so he might as well go to a house organ.

123
123

good no more unwarranted bash the Longhorn columns 

Jeff
Jeff

His reward for  his pro consorting with the enemy Mr. Crane articles and pro AL stories has payed off.

Without a doubt the sleaziest, gross and unsophisticated sports writer/reporter I have ever meant and that includes Milo

RIcky B
RIcky B

good no more UT, Mack Brown slurping columns in Houston Chronicle.  On another note this may be the death nail to my chronicle home delivery subscription.  Chronicle has to be one of the poorest written papers in the USA

Pat Galvin
Pat Galvin

Agreed.  I don't think the guy is capable of writing a column without calling somebody stupid.  Obviously, mlb.com only hires geniuses disguised as sportswriters.

tim
tim

Absolutely no reason to read the Chronicle anymore. What a disaster it's become. The writing is awful.

Pat Galvin
Pat Galvin

Huh... I miss him so bad it took me a month to realize that he was gone!

Tim
Tim

And it's "paid" off, not "payed."Jesus, we're a dumb society.

FotoBoy
FotoBoy

Uh, Ricky, I believe the term is "death knell..." Speaking of things poorly written  :-)

JimmyDeanSnausages
JimmyDeanSnausages

Lol @ RIcky B... Nice attempt at sounding intelligent, but it's "death knell", not "death nail". Stop trying to use big words, you might hurt yourself.

Hugh Ramsey
Hugh Ramsey

He was just as likely to shit on the Longhorns, to drive clicks or whatever.

Wyatt
Wyatt

Should I take that to mean you don't think I'm a so-so writer? Also, I don't think you have a particularly good grasp of the subtleties of what real trolling actually is. You say it like it's a value judgment, instead of a technique to get laughs or attention.

doublebro
doublebro

Wait.....what?!?!.....RJ isn't with the chronicle anymore? haha...who cares.

rvisual
rvisual

Took me 3 months. And I actually kind of liked the guy's writing.   

Wyatt
Wyatt

Well, explain it to me then. Because it seems more like you're one of the folks who picked up that buzz word via some mainstream outlet and doesn't quite understand the meaning. In fact, you're sort of embarrassing yourself, like a dad trying to impress his son by commenting that mom's spaghetti tastes "wicked dope." Please visit 4chan.org for more information.

And cue your substance-free response: "I'm the one embarrassing myself? LOL look in the mirror," or something along those lines.

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