Posted on April 21st, 2015 by TheSportsVirus
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Most of you have probably heard the rant by Reds Manager Bryan Price on Monday. Listen Here
Price is a good guy caught in a difficult situation. Everyone in the media knows he is very candid and accommodating. I found that out first hand when I hosted a baseball show on Sirius/XM Radio for five years. He would never hesitate to do an interview on my show and it was always an insightful conversation.
I was glad to see that he apologized for his language but not his message. You see, Price has a great point about the whole dynamic going on right now. Why do we need to know EVERYTHING that goes on with a baseball team RIGHT NOW? As fans, I don’t think we really do.
Price gets paid to try to win games and if the other team knows who he has available and who might not be able to switch-hit, etc. he is at a competitive disadvantage. Sure the play-by-play announcers should know about these injuries so they can understand why Price doesn’t use a certain player and the news will be broken at that time–much too late for the other team to react to it. The announcers need this information so that they are not criticizing the manager unfairly. The other team wouldn’t know about it BEFORE the game.
I’ll never forget my first year as a AAA announcer in Syracuse in 1996 when I didn’t bother to ask the manager about injuries. I was critical of him not using a pinch runner late in the game. It turned out that the player I thought could pinch run was not available because of a sore hamstring. From that day forward I always checked with the manager about availability. The difference then was that I would be saving that information for the broadcast, not tweeting it out three hours before the game.
Twitter can be a great tool for the media and fans to follow a team. But, I agree with Price that we don’t really have to know everything right away. Who cares if a certain reporter is the FIRST to get the scoop? As a fan, do you really care that much before the game? Can’t you wait for the game broadcast and game story? What’s the rush?
I’m sure that the timing of revealing injuries can be debated, but one point that Price made that you almost have to take his side on is player transactions. It’s a sensitive issue, and for a player to find out that he is going to the minors on Twitter is really a shame. Once again, why does a reporter have to jump the gun on that story?
I’m not expecting reporters to be shills for the team or the manager. Media members have a job to do and they have a lot of pressure from their bosses to get the story first. A Cincinnati reporter is not paid to help the Reds win. But, how about just making it a priority to get the story right and using some ethics not only in the report itself, but also in its timing? In the long run, working with the manager on this will help the journalist develop a great relationship that will lead to more inside stories and better journalism.
Lost in the array of F-Bombs in the Price rant is the fact that we should all think about the effect of the timing of standard reporting and social media reporting.
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Tags: Bryan Price, Cincinnati Reds, Major League Baseball