Sep 10, 2010, 9:12 AM EST
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
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.
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- Trea Turner’s agent is unhappy his client is in limbo after trade to Nationals 48
- Nexen Heroes accept Jung-Ho Kang posting fee from unidentified MLB team 35
- Giants acquire Casey McGehee from the Marlins 16
- The Padres have given their fans something to talk about. Which is badly needed in San Diego. 64
- Justin Upton traded to the Padres for three prospects 79
- Bud Selig will get a $6 million a year pension. Which is obscene. (145)
- The United States will seek to normalize relations with Cuba (144)
- Rays, Padres, Nationals agree to 11-player trade (97)
- Chase Headley signs a four-year deal with the Yankees worth at least $52 million. (95)
- St. Petersburg City Council votes down deal to allow Rays to look for new stadium site (90)