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Jean Segura will need plastic surgery after getting hit by Ryan Braun’s bat
As for swinging a bat on the top dugout step, Braun said, “I do my warmups every game so I’m actually surprised something doesn’t happen like that more often.”
This headline is extremely misleading.
It really doesn't matter. The damn Cardinals still will either win the NL Central or go further in the postseason.
Disagree. It's factual and tells what happened. If you want context, click on the damned thing.
News flash: it can be both factual and still extremely misleading.
Well, it could. But in this case it isn't.
If you say "accidentally", you are climbing into Braun's head and measuring intent. I think it's pretty clear that it was unintentional, but that is a judgment call.
Yes, it is, as demonstrated by multiple people just in this thread.
people inferring all sorts of things
Everyone who thinks the headline is misleading feels that it implies that Braun did it deliberately.
But again, it's the complete absence of editorializing that's causing this inference. The headline, as written, is factually indisputable.
If you asked the headline writer, he might very well say that he was trying to avoid any such inferences by writing it in a completely factual way, or that he couldn't imagine such an inference from what he'd written (I can say from experience, both mine and others in the business, that that which is inferred is not always that which was implied). This could be an example of that (I say could be because it's quite possible the headline writer was trying to dupe people).
All I can say with certainty is that I didn't infer that the incident was intentional when I read the headline.
As has already been pointed out, "Factually accurate" and "misleading" are not contradictory.
No one has said the headline writer was intentionally being misleading.
And other people did, which means the headline misled them. It is misleading, even if you personally were not misled.
No, just one thing. Everyone who thinks the headline is misleading feels that it implies that Braun did it deliberately.
I don't think Braun did this deliberately. But if something about Braun and Segura not getting along came out later, it wouldn't stun me. It's probably safest for the headline writer to stay away from intent-judging like that.
This is really an interesting strand. The headline, as written, is about as bland and straightforward as possible. It describes, without any added detail, observation or bias, exactly what happened - Ryan Braun hit Jean Segura with a bat in the dugout. Nothing extraneous. No opinions rendered or judgments made. Yet it's that very absence of opinion or extraneous content that has people inferring all sorts of things that are wildly off the mark from the incident in question. It's pretty fascinating, at least to me.
For those of you who didn't have that reaction to the headline, I bet it's because (like me) you knew this would be much bigger news if Braun had "attacked" Segura (the likely headline) -- you'd have heard about it already. I even considered that Repoz was having a lark and re-writing the headline for us.
To be fair, though, the headline is of the type "Nomar Garciaparra beats Mia Hamm with a nine-iron on the golf course; pulls muscle, in traction."
It's also the fact I can't remember a teammate ever taking a bat to another teammate
Frank Thomas on Dick Allen.
It's complete clickbait. SB Nation. Inside, the sub-headline uses the word "accidentally". Clickbait.
"Man slashes woman with knife on the upper east side."
SoSH is being predictably SoSHy. The headline is misleading.
"Nomar Garciaparra beats Mia Hamm with a nine-iron on the golf course; pulls muscle, in traction."
Though I think there's also some ground between accidental and intentional in a case like this. If Braun had just struck out, came back to the dugout and swung at a water cooler and also happened to hit Segura, that would kind of fall in between the two (which almost happened last year with Papi and Pedroia).
In terms of intent to hit Segura with a bat in the dugout, it would still be accidental.
If the surgery is performed by "slashing" with a scalpel, then it probably is newsworthy in the manner inferred from such a headline. Likewise if the headline uses the word "stabs" in place of it. A scalpel incision is not made by slash nor stab in a heart operation.
To chalk up both the actual incident and the hypothetical as accidental seems insufficient to me.
On the broadcast they showed Braun two innings later doing the exact thing while "in the hole". That tells me more about Braun's character than just about any of the steroid stuff. He's the man, and because he's the best hitter on the team, the whole world better just stay the #### out of his way.
in this case you have a player with a quirk in his prep routine. it's not harmless like a wade boggs eating chicken but it's something that can be managed and has been managed by the club throughout different managers and a myriad of teammates.
I suspect if you ask his teammates do they want an optimal braun at the plate hitting or a suboptimal braun at the plate they will take the former.
I do not remember seeing anyone else do that in all the years that I have been watching baseball
Went to the hospital and miraculously had no real damage.
I do not remember seeing anyone else do that in all the years that I have been watching baseball.
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