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Friday, June 12, 2009
Funny this comes up, why just last night Belth, Berg, Salfino and I were discussing this very matter…but then I spilled greasy Beer Can Game Hen juices on my lap. And I forgot everything. Sorry.
And that’s where we’re at. This is not about journalists “protecting their turf’’ against bloggers. We have some excellent bloggers in Seattle, who write all kinds of interesting statistical analysis, some correct and some a little out there. But it’s a good blogoshpere. And still, there is a serious distrust of these bloggers by players and teams themselves because of the accountability factor. Anyone can take shots from a distance. But can you look someone in the eye? And that’s what it boils down to.
Local bloggers have tried to gain access to the Mariners clubhouse. I’m obviously not out of touch with the local blogosphere. I see where it is, where it’s going, and as local BBWAA chairperson, I’m not entirely opposed to limited access even though some of my bretheren are. But there would have to be limits. In no way would I ever open the floodgates and let everyone with a “dot.com’’ address into specialized “press’’ areas as some sports have contemplated. I’d like to see some kind of formal training involved. Some bloggers are highly passionate and dedicated and might be considered “journalists’’ had they ever obtained some type of formal training. Heck, in the right circumstance, I might even hold the journalism classes for them, my past experience as a college lecturer being of use in this case.
But there is a training that has to occur. You either learn it in school, or learn it on-the-job at a paper before going out in the field. Or from me. But you have to get some training before you head out there. That way, you don’t embarrass yourself nationally, as this blogger just did, or risk ruining a ballplayer’s reputation when you may not be right.
Again, can you look somebody in the eye? It’s as simple as that.
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