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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Public Editor: Provocative Bryce Harper ‘choke’ blog post draws critics’ ire

Presenting the Kansas City Star ombudsman:

Twitter is the most negative corner of the Internet, in my opinion. Its short bursts of 140 characters tend to be long on outrage, and media sources are constant targets. ...

I reached out to Lee [Judge], who it should be noted has also been a political cartoonist for The Star for some 30 years. He’s well accustomed to expressing provocative opinions, sometimes in blunt language. His reply, in which he stands by what he wrote:

Judging the Royals is an inside look at big league baseball; it not only deals with how the game is played, it also reveals some of the game’s unwritten rules. In today’s column I said that if Jonathan Papelbon wanted to choke Bryce Harper, he should have done it in private. Ballplayers have scuffles and arguments more often than fans know, but those scuffles and arguments are supposed to take place out of the public eye. Whether fans like it or not, baseball players throw at each other, do takeout slides on each other and sometimes fight with each other. When they do those things, there’s a right way to do it and that’s what today’s column was about.

My own opinion is that a blog may be a place for frank ruminations on these sorts of topics, and I find some of the Twitter hand-wringing disingenuously genteel. You hear stuff far less considered than this every day on sports talk radio and — for crying out loud — from well-known voices on Twitter itself.

JE (Jason) Posted: September 29, 2015 at 07:36 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, choking, dumbass, jonathan papelbon, journalism, newspapers

Thursday, July 23, 2015


A measured response from the New York Daily News.

Bote Man sez $/yr not yr/$$ Posted: July 23, 2015 at 02:19 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: media, mets, nationals, newspapers

Monday, June 08, 2015

SB Nation: Newspaper celebrates MLB’s first amphibious pitcher

One if [he pitches] by land, two if by sea…

Look, everyone is excited about Pat Venditte. But we can’t be too busy to fact-check things like “the word for someone who can use both hands equally well.”

JE (Jason) Posted: June 08, 2015 at 09:35 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: ambidextrous, newspapers, oakland a's, pat venditte



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