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Friday, December 22, 2017

TBL: MLB Officials Complain to Upper ESPN Management About Dan Le Batard-Rob Manfred Interview

Yeah, these were most certainly not Mike & Mike softball questions…

Le Batard, who was scheduled for time off today and all of next week, opened his radio show Thursday by saying, “It might be the last show of the year, or it might just be the last show forever, because this has been unpleasant.”

He admitted that his tone was bad and that he was too emotional — he has had an emotional week since his friend and boss John Skipper resigned abruptly Monday, citing substance addiction– and that he should have just stuck to facts as opposed to pounding the table: “ESPN has a partnership with baseball and when you do something like that in public it doesn’t feel like being a very good partner. Rob Manfred is pretty used to safe spaces with his interviews. He’s probably never done an interview quite like that.”

Bill Simmons’ largest problems with ESPN management notably came when he called Roger Goodell a liar, and Skipper made the decision not to renew his contract the day after Simmons went on the Dan Patrick Show and said that Goodell lacked testicular fortitude. Scott Van Pelt was once suspended by ESPN for criticizing former MLB commissioner Bud Selig.

Nevertheless, Le Batard said he did the job he was entrusted to do by this company. “We’re trying to do journalism but [there’s a] conflict of interest that ESPN has between business and journalism and entertainment all the time.”

Le Batard said that what he is most worried about is that if this present rebuild fails, the Miami fanbase will be scapegoated for it and the team is going to move away like the Expos did from Montreal.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Fangraphs: Mets (Shouldn’t) Blow It

Will Wilpons have made off with fans’ goodwill?

It gets worse. Joel Sherman reported that the team was planning to put forth a lower payroll in 2018, perhaps around $135 million. If David Wright’s salary is a part of that calculus, that means the Mets plan to be one of the 10 lowest spenders in baseball next season. It’s easy to look at what the Marlins are doing with regard to their payroll and call it an embarrassment. What the Mets are doing is arguably worse. The franchise put out a winning product for a couple years and now appear willing to pocket the goodwill the fanbase has shown. The team has been outspent by the Kansas City Royals over the last four seasons and it looks like that won’t change in 2018, either, even as Kansas City enters what’s likely to be a rebuilding phase.

Gerald Bostock Posted: December 20, 2017 at 12:48 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, payroll

 

 

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