By David Scott
Boston Sports Media Watch

Scott’s Shots has confirmed that Boston Herald sportswriter Jeff Horrigan (mostly Red Sox) will be leaving the paper on Septembeer 10. Horrigan confirmed in a Friday phone interview that his wife, Katie, has taken a job as a public health administrator at Children’s Hospital in her hometown of Milwaukee.

“This is strictly a lifestyle decision,” said the popular, amiable and soft-spoken Horrigan, who has been at the Herald for nine years. “I’m looking in to a non-journalism job in Wisconsin and to be honest, I want to be a better father (to 11-month old, Sadie) and a better husband. It’s hard when you’re leaving in the morning and Sadie is crying in hysterics, wondering if I’ll be gone for another 7 or ten days on the road?”

Horrigan, who is heavily involved in the Hot Stove, Cool Music events confirmed that he is looking into a “non-journalism” job that will utilize his great passion for music. “I follow the music industry as close as the baseball industry,” said Horrigan, 45.

The departure from Hank Hryniewicz’s staff means the sports desk has now lost Rob Bradford, Tony Massarotti and Horrigan in the course of the Summer.

“Jeff handed in his resignation on Wednesday. He’ll be working with us up until Sept. 10,” Hank Herald confirmed via email. “We will be filling the vacancy and our search for replacements for Rob Bradford’s slot, Tony Massarotti’s slot and now Jeff Horrigan’s slot continue.”

Horrigan echoed the sentiments of Bradford and Massarotti upon their departures from Wingo Way. “The toughest thing is to leave Hank,” Horrigan said. “He’s a human being, and he sees US (his employees) as people, not cogs in the system. He was kind of laughing when I told him and he said, ‘At this point, nothing surprises me anymore.’”

The move will leave Michael Silverman, John Tomase (who is sliding over from the Patriots’ beat) and likely Steve Buckley on the Sox beat for the stretch drive and the possible playoffs. Meanwhile, the main competitors at the Boston Globe and upstart are beefing up their Sox coverage as Massarotti adds considerable Sox punch to the Globies and Bradford and Alex Speier give a formidable one-two on Fenway happenings.

Hryniewicz, who seems to thrive on being the scrappy underdog and doing battle with all comers, simply plows ahead.

“It truly means a lot to hear that my staff trusts in me to get things done,” said Hank Herald. “I have every confidence that the Herald, and particularly the sports department, will come out of this stronger and will continue to set the standard for sports coverage, analysis and opinion in this sports-crazed city…. and I say sports-crazed in the most positive sense.”

• You can not miss this absolutely terrific takedown of Jay Mariotti penned by Roger Ebert. I’m still not hearing any legitimate talk of Mariotti landing in Boston and at this point people just seem to be putting logical old relationships together – none of which would have the cash or resources to afford the widely disliked Mariotti.

David Scott writes from a seaside shanty on the shores of Hull, Mass. and can be reached at shotsATbostonsportsmediaDOTcom.

Scott’s first book, with Memphis Coach John Calipari, is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2009.