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T.J. Simers is apparently done at the L.A. Times

Aug 27, 2013, 1:53 PM EDT

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We’ve taken many a shot at T.J. Simers over the years. And for good reason, as he’s taken many a shot — often extremely cheap shots — at ballplayers. It’s his shtick and he often does it with a wink, but it wears way, way worse when he’s using that shtick to attack undeserving targets like Marcus Thames than when he’s speaking Truth to Power or whatever it is he’s often credited with doing by his fans.

But whether you love Simers or love to hate him, you may not have him to kick around anymore. He’s been absent from the pages of the L.A. Times for pushing three months now and Mark Heisler writes today that Simers is likely on his way out.

The reason on the surface, the column notes, could be an ethical issue in which he based a column on his daughter and Dwight Howard having a free-throw contest days before it was announced that a TV comedy revolving around Simers and his daughter was in the works. The column goes on to suspect, however, that there may be deeper issues at play here in that Simers has a history of butting heads with the increasingly annoying L.A. Times hierarchy.

Heisler — who worked with Simers at the Times for years and provides all kinds of delicious backstory for those of you who like newspaper politics — uses the Simers story to launch into some thoughts about Simers’ role and the role of newspapers in today’s new media age.  For all the interesting backstory, I think Heisler’s views about what Simers specifically and newspapers in general mean in the grand scheme of things are a bit anachronistic. Maybe newspapers are now being run by shortsighted, bottom-line-obsessed micromanagers and maybe that is a shame (I think it probably is). But to suggest that Simers’ departure is illustrative of the evolution of media is wrong. Great newspapermen from the past would’ve been just as wise to kick him to the curb as the empty suits are today.

To put it another way: maybe Simers is being pushed out for the wrong reasons, but it certainly is the right thing.

  1. drewsylvania - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    People are butt-heads?

  2. heyblueyoustink - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    So, we should or should not go out for ice cream now?

    • Old Gator - Aug 27, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      I don’t much care. Casola’s Pizzeria has a new ice cream concession and last week I tasted their Salvadoran coffee mocha fudge chip swirl. If T J Simers didn’t exist it would have been necessary to invent him. I am going out for ice cream. Period.

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        That sounds good, I just don’t know if that flavor jives with a pizza joint so much. Que Cera!

  3. mgflolox - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of Simers. For God knows what reason, there has always been an extremely high demand for “professional assholes” within all various forms of the media.

    • Old Gator - Aug 27, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      Yep. And resistant strains of plague still crop up occasionally in places like Tirana and Goa.

  4. modellforprez - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    so no biggie. Just tell ya Boy simers that the NBC sports talk is hiring.

  5. bfunk1978 - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Let’s apply that ending logic to recent stories and we end up with:

    To put it another way: maybe A-Rod is being pushed out for the wrong reasons, but it certainly is the right thing.

  6. TheMorningStar - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Who?

  7. shackdelrio - Aug 27, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    You could tell him to apply for a job at the NBC Sports Network. But like most of us, he probably doesn’t know what it is.

  8. 50bowman - Aug 27, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Glad to see him go. I read the Times every morning and it got to the point where I just skipped page 2 to avoid his blabbering. Surprised he lasted this long. His articles were literally pointless.

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    • heyblueyoustink - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      Only if you offer great way to loose moneys.

  10. Tick - Aug 27, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Well, if he’s morally repugnant, lives off of schtick and has no real skill as a journalist, he’d be a perfect fit for ESPN. All he needs to do is work on some catch phrases.

  11. yahmule - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Here’s the show premise I pitched to a couple production companies. You take a rotating cast of “sports personalities” such as Simers, Marriotti, Cowherd, LeBetard and you waterboard them for 60 minutes.

  12. gloccamorra - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    So the LA Times publisher finally realized those pictures he had were photoshopped?

  13. eatitfanboy - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    What’s a “newspaper”?

  14. 4d3fect - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Hateful prick, that he’s gone (one can only hope) from large-scale publishing is unfortunately an unanticipated consequence of a bureaucracy attempting to save itself. Otherwise, insignificant.

  15. 4d3fect - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    And while I’m thinking about this (not that often thank Og) why couldn’t they get rid of Plaschke while they’re at it?

  16. deaninajijic - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Hated him when I lived in L.A. Read him a couple of Times on the net and still thought he was a jerk.

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