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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Brian Kenny IS Will McAvoy.
Kenny, Tom Verducci, John Hart, and Al Leiter went through not just the present, but the past of steroid use and investigation. Leiter’s revelation that MLB’s testing policy essentially ignored guys who didn’t appear obvious users was stunning for a network owned by a league. Verducci brought journalistic credibility to the proceedings, and Hart brought an executive perspective. They also had an edge over ESPN in that they sent a reporter—Jon Morosi—to the ballpark. MLB Network has its foibles, and it still trips and falls over a lot of this “old school vs. new school” debate nonsense, but I felt like MLB Net was speaking to me like not only a baseball fan, but a reasonable adult.
Conversely, there was ESPN. [...]
Wrong role, Buster?
[Barry] Larkin, a Hall of Famer in his third season at ESPN, took a somewhat similar position to the one I espoused earlier—that Braun’s statement was not satisfactory—but went about it in the wrong way. He demanded “answers” and “specifics” seemingly dozens of times. He seemed completely baffled by the entire situation, and he sounded in over his head. Curt Schilling similarly was gasping for air, but spent much of his time railing against Braun for his misdeeds. One man repeatedly calling for specifics, and another just being angry, doesn’t make for good or compelling television.
Then, perhaps worst of all, you had Ravech’s one-on-one with ESPN reporter Buster Olney, who more or less spent his time on the air making a laundry list of people and entities that Braun needs to apologize to. Everyone from the Arizona Diamondbacks (whom Braun, it appears, performed against in the 2011 NLDS while on PEDs) to people in Milwaukee who had eaten at Braun’s restaurant.
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