When baseball teams are hot, they hate to take a day off, but since that is the schedule and the games mean nothing, they’re back at it today.
The coming year of baseball reading and watching will be different for many fans of the Mariners.
The Times is in the process of disappearing behind their pay per wall. It is possible to subscribe for home delivery and you get to see everything electronically. The print paper you receive in my experience in Kitsap will be at least a day behind any news, so no games in the past few days of any sport. But if you just use it for the garbage can or to start fires and then get online, maybe it makes sense.
The Tacoma News Tribune is also behind a pay per wall, but at this point lets you see the blogs, such as Ryan Divish’s, which is good. Some video and game coverage. The Sun picks up their game coverage online and print. Divish is good and knows the game.
If you don’t want to spend the money on the Times, Geoff Baker is what you will miss. He works harder at this than anyone else and though he sometimes goes off track he pulls himself back into it shortly. The Times like many newspapers struggles with this new world of the internet, which is approaching seventeen years or so. They may or may not make it.
There is Sports Press Northwest, which despite Art Thiel’s book about the Mariners does not provide any baseball coverage that you can not get better through the Sun. Art is a good read and covers all the dirt there is fit to print.
I have to give thanks to Chuck Stark for letting me do this for a couple of years. I absolutely irritated the hell out of him, but he let me do it. My intention when I started was to use approachable sabermetric tools to contrast some of the stuff that was written about the Mariners in the local press and blogs and describe what was actually happening rather than to repeat what the ownership or manager or gm might be saying. My financial background was also useful when considering the potential sale of the team and new media deals. Once again thanks to Chuck. I wrote some stuff for him as Mr. Know it All and Peabody is a further Rocky and Bullwinkle homage.
As part of that I criticized those writers that acted as a puppet so as to bring light to those soft efforts. That caused consternation from those writers, who after all do not want their efforts to be criticized. There have been complaints and the fraternity of reporters are not to be trifled with.
The new sports editor suggested that I not write about other’s work in a critical fashion as they are colleagues. That I am not an employee of the paper and a blogger made me wonder, am I a sportswriter and where is my credential? His criticism of me completely misses the point of blogs, but he went further and remarked that I could not write for spit either, which without getting ugly is kind of funny if you follow me.
Following these guidelines is something I tried for the past few months and it’s not something I want to do any further.
I have really enjoyed doing this and I’ve had some great response from folks which I am also thankful for. Fair winds and calm waters.