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On second thought, maybe Dodgers aren't into Jose Guillen

Aug 11, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

Remember yesterday, when Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported that the Dodgers “have strong interest in Jose Guillen for a part-time role”?
Well, today Ken Gurnick of MLB.com writes:

Dodgers interest in Kansas City outfielder Jose Guillen is believed to be lukewarm at best, despite an Internet report that the interest was strong.

I don’t mean to pick on Gurnick because there’s no reason to doubt his report and as I wrote yesterday the Dodgers would be smart not to have much interest in Guillen, but the phrasing of that sentence is a pet peeve of mine.
If a report is good enough to follow up on and respond to, then it’s good enough to properly source. Calling it “an internet report” is just a way to dismiss it as unimportant, but clearly Rojas and ESPN Deportes are far from some random website and even if they were it’s silly to respond to a report when you’re not even willing to say who did the reporting.
After all, since Gurnick works for MLB.com anything he writes could technically just be called “an internet report” too. But what would be the point of that?

  1. Philip P - Aug 11, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Good, the Dodgers are best to stick with internal options (Jay Gibbons, Xavier Paul) than someone the likes of Guillen. Even if he is not bad for the clubhouse, he is not likley to contribute enough to trump what they have already. If they were able to make a move for someone significant like Adam Dunn, that would be a no brainer but it is also most certainly a non starter too.

  2. turf24 - Aug 11, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Could not agree more craig, this happens all the time with sports stories and the funny thing is ESPN usually are the one dismissing stories as internet rumors or attempting to pass a story off as their own after getting it from the web. I believe this happened with http://www.profootballtalk.com several times.

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