Please Welcome Peter Ha, Frederic Lardinois And New Co-Editor Alexia Tsotsis

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Sure, legends like Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle don’t play for the Yankees now, but the team hasn’t just survived the ups and downs over the years. Hate it or love it, the franchise attracts many of the best players in baseball today, and wins championships.

That’s TechCrunch, too.

Peter Ha is returning to us with a few very solid years of editing successes under his belt. He started out as a CrunchGear writer under John Biggs, back in 2006. He went on to found the Techland blog for Time and turned it into a growth story. Then he became the tech editor at The Daily, News Corp’s ambitious tablet project.

Here’s what his previous boss, editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo, has to say about the job he did: “Peter was one of the first editors hired at The Daily and his vision and leadership were instrumental in the creation of our excellent ‘Apps and Tech’ section. We thank him for his hard work, and wish him well in his new role.”

Starting in two weeks, Peter will be back at TechCrunch as our managing editor, working to organize the daily flood of stories we cover as well as develop new projects.

Frederic Lardinois has been developing his cred in the blogosphere, first with a great two and a half year run at ReadWriteWeb then an impressive stint with his own site, SiliconFilter.

While you may know him for his wide-ranging coverage of tech topics, his academic background is in English literature, history and Medieval Studies.

He officially started Monday but you may have noticed him sneaking in some ass-kicking last week. He’ll be using SiliconFilter as his personal site.

Alexia Tsotsis has stood by TechCrunch through both difficult and great times, and worked hard behind the scenes to build and motivate the team. And, she has the dramatic flair and fearlessness that has been a key part of TechCrunch’s success.

Our biggest long-term risk is losing this style, so Alexia is going to be joining me as co-editor, focusing on developing the team’s editorial voices.

Devin Coldewey has been working with TechCrunch since 2007, with savvy coverage of a broad range of technologies. Now he’s going to be moving on to cover consumer tech for MSNBC — but staying on as a contributor here. You can continue to expect more wonderful stories from him on this site, like his excellent Charge Of The Like Brigade.

We have a few more hires happening on the editorial and business sides, that we’ll be ready to announce in the next few weeks. But until then, it’s back to the hardcore startup coverage you’re addicted to.

And so ends our latest entry in the Drama category.

[Yankees photo via Amazon/Barewalls/whoever the original photographer was.]