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Must-Click Link: Inside the mind of a Yankees beat writer

Aug 24, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger is, in my view, the best Yankees beat writer there is and is one of the best beat writers in all of Major League Baseball.

I like his temperament. I like that he always manages to be even-handed while not checking his brain or his opinions at the door.  He’s smart and he’s fair and his writing is informed by a curiosity about and appreciation of the game that has long left the writing of many other beats, if indeed they ever had it.

Today Moshe Mandel of The Yankee Analysts has a lengthy and highly informative Q&A with Carig that sheds a huge amount of light on the way a good beat writer approaches his or her job.  It’s required reading for anyone who ever plans on criticizing someone in the media. And criticism is totally fair game according to Carig. The point is to know what the hell these guys do before you rip them.

Just fantastic reading if you care at all about baseball media.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Aug 24, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Wow! That’s a great interview even though I will admit I read Carig regularly for his insight, and enjoy Moshe on Twitter. The Q&A is very mature and acknowledges the beautiful fact that we can now follow baseball through many narratives and make our judgments with a more considered view than even 10 years ago.

  2. Brian Murphy - Aug 24, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    “I learned how to write the first eight paragraphs of a story in my head during the car ride back to the office, so when I sat down at the computer I needed only two minutes to put it on paper. That allowed me to use the left over five minutes before deadline to write the rest.”

    I’ve been through J-school and have spent time working on deadline, but that description taken as a word-for-word, minute-for-minute truth is simply freaky.

    Great stuff.

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