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Great moments in reporters quoting anonymous scouts

May 18, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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Reporters are quoting anonymous scouts with more and more frequency, often substituting scouts’ opinions for actual analysis and conveniently using them to drive specific storylines.

All of which leads to some amusing series of events.

For instance, yesterday afternoon Jon Heyman of SI.com tweeted:

And then last night, just hours later, this happened:

Not bad for a guy who “looks 40″ (and is actually 35).

  1. yankeesfanlen - May 18, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Obviously, an anonymous commenter advised Heyman to Leave ARod Alone.

  2. largebill - May 18, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Looks can be deceiving. Heck, Pujols looked 40 as a rookie. That is why when selling alcohol were told to ID anyone who looks under 30.

  3. b7p19 - May 18, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    “A-rod stinks”? How do these guys expect to gain the respect of readers with comments like that? He sounds like a overreactive fan not a baseball expert.

    • b7p19 - May 18, 2011 at 12:16 PM

      Also, someone tell this idiot that a .340 OBP and .490 SLG isn’t too bad for a slumping third baseman that “stinks.”

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 18, 2011 at 2:15 PM

        Maybe if we all stop giving Heyman the time of day, he’ll go away. Can’t stay employed as a writer if no one pays you any attention.

  4. heyblueyoustink - May 18, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Maybe he was merely commenting that A-Rod’s personal hygiene could use some work? The numbers representing his “bathing average”?

    • jamie54 - May 18, 2011 at 1:49 PM

      Nice one blue.

  5. Steve A - May 18, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Apparently, this has been a hard breakup for Boras.

  6. addictedzone - May 18, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    It was a very poor use of the English language. He could have said he was a schmuck, an idiot, or a lowlife and had support, but A-Rod doesn’t stink.

  7. randomdigits - May 18, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Jeter sure has been trucking along since he had his two homer game.

  8. patsandsox - May 18, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    To me its just headline grabbing post. If you put out something outrageous about a great player everyone is going to read it

  9. jimbo1949 - May 18, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Finally recovering from his oblique strain?

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