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Saturday, April 18, 2009

King Kaufman: Newspaper crisis means MLB plays in secret

Much like a Joe ‘King’ Carrasco backflip ...King lands on his feet.

I wonder how long MLB and most of its teams will keep using the “press box space” excuse when denying credentials to online writers.

Rawitch also points out that the loss of newspaper writers affects radio and TV stations that, in Antonen’s words, “need fodder from newspaper accounts of the games and notes.”

This of course is a microcosm of the larger crisis in journalism. Without newspapers, there simply isn’t enough raw information. I mean, I’m really having trouble following this baseball season so far, aren’t you? There just isn’t enough information out there. Never mind radio and TV stations. Won’t somebody please think of the bloggers?

My first thought when I saw Rawitch’s I.D. as a Dodgers exec was I was just wondering whether they were still in the league.” With so many newspaper reporters dropping off the beat, it’s like baseball’s being played in secret.

What are we all going to do with only three beat reporters writing that Shlabotnik scored from second on Casey’s single, instead of 12? How can we really understand the game, I mean really get to the bottom of it, if Shlabotnik’s postgame quote — “I saw Casey hit it and I just ran” — is only scribbled in three notebooks, not a dozen?

Repoz Posted: April 18, 2009 at 04:34 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. frannyzoo Posted: April 18, 2009 at 05:31 PM (#3143608)
This will be my only chance to mention the time I saw Carrasco and the Crowns at the County Fairgrounds in Denton, Texas, circa 1981, at a "Fight Night" in which those 18 and above could buy an unlimited beer ticket for $5.00 and drink copiously while watching various fraternity members bash the living bejesus out of each other in sketchily sanctioned boxing matches amid drunken heckling and rampant pogoing to the pugilism/music.

Life before lawyers and "liability" was a fun, if sometimes shorter, experience.
   2. Frisco Cali Posted: April 18, 2009 at 06:28 PM (#3143640)
Very funny....

I’m sparing you the links to those pages because they include the eye-assaulting bright green background that until recently all BBWAA pages sported. Note to BBWAA: Maybe you’re losing members because you’ve blinded the ones who’ve checked your site?
   3. Srul Itza Posted: April 18, 2009 at 06:41 PM (#3143645)
I just went to the BBWAA site, and clicked on awards.

They list the MVP, Cy Young, ROY and MOY from 2003 to 2008. For awards earlier than that, they have a line that says: For awards prior to 2003, go here., with "here" being a link to baseball reference.

Something about that just struck as both cool, that they use BB-REF, and douchey, that they don't bother to name it on their site.
   4. Iwakuma Chameleon (jonathan) Posted: April 18, 2009 at 07:47 PM (#3143744)
There is value to the day in-day out reporting those beat writers perform, though. I mean I get his overall point, but I hope he's not also trying to belittle what the newspapermen have been doing. Without those guys, we get no trade rumors, no injury details, etc. etc.

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