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Ruben Amaro defines the concept of "day-to-day"

Sep 10, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

I got nothing against Ruben Amaro Jr. or MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki — they both do a fine job — but this exchange between them regarding Jimmy Rollins’ hamstring injury pretty much explains why I think media access to baseball teams is overrated:

“He’s better today,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “I’m
not sure when he’s going to play, but he’s better. We don’t think it’s a
long-term issue.”

Any chance he plays Friday against the New York Mets at Citi Field?

“It’s possible, but he could miss the whole weekend,” Amaro said. “He
could play [Friday]. He could play Saturday. He could play Sunday or
Monday. I don’t know yet.”

That’s basically the definition of day-to-day, which is what the Phillies declared Rollins to begin with via a simple statement.  I know everyone has a job to do and everything, but it strikes me that 90% of official, sanctioned team-reporter interaction consists of the team not really saying anything about anything. All of the good stuff comes from unofficial chatter, anonymous sources and the like.

Makes me feel for both the beat writers who have to try and get something out of that brick wall and team personnel who get asked the same thing all the time.

  1. matt - Sep 10, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Right on Craig. This si why whenever Im watching a sports reporter , roundtable type of show or listening to a sports radio show I always turn it off when either a team official or player is coming on. All your going to get is GM speak and player speak. Every once in a while a player might slip up and reveal some juicy clubhouse goings on, but 999 times out of a 1000 you get nothing but the same 10 or so sentences that tell you absolutely nothing. As a phillies fan, Amaro is especially famous locally for intentionally being vague with reporters to the point that he makes it a game. He’ll put a smile and and say something to the effect of “I know the answer to your question, but I’m not telling you”. He strikes me as a younger GM who still likes the cameras around and likes getting the questions even when he knows he isn’t going to answer any of them. Give him 5 more years before he becomes old and bitter and just says no comment to everything.

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