Is Newspaper Baseball Coverage Dead?

I have a question for FanGraphs readers. Have you noticed a drop in newspaper coverage for your local Major League Baseball team in 2010? I’d love to hear from at least one person (in the comments section) who follows each MLB team through the printed form.

As many of you know, I live in Ontario, Canada. The baseball market in Canada is unique because we have just one MLB team (although Seattle and Detroit are close cousins). As such, the coverage of the Toronto Blue Jays is truly a national thing. We have four national papers located in Toronto: The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, The Globe and Mail, and The National Post.

According to a report by the Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA), the average daily readerships for these four newspapers in 2009 were (rounded down): The Star (314,000), The Sun (143,000), The Globe (315,000), The Post (156,500). We all know newspapers are struggling. Cuts are being made almost daily as newspapers struggle to survive. Unfortunately, the sports sections around both the U.S. and Canada have seen significant cuts in most markets. Toronto is no different. I started to notice a real drop-off in Blue Jays coverage in ’09. It seems worse in 2010. So, I took to the online sports sections for each of the four Toronto papers to see if I’m correct… or just imagining things.

*For full disclosure, I used to work in the newspaper field as a reporter, editor and photographer. While training to be a journalist, I worked as a copy person for a mid-market TorStar paper, and I spent more than five years writing for Sun Media newspapers. I even had a Jays article published on The Sun’s Web sports section two years ago. It was supposed to be a weekly column, but The Sun cut its freelance budget soon after and my gig was one of those chopped.

It’s Saturday around noon when I check the sites. The Star’s baseball section’s lead article is from the Jays’ last win in Texas. It’s more than 24 hours old. The most recent game report (Friday afternoon’s Game 1 against Baltimore) is the sixth story down. All the ones above it are 24 hours or more old. Two articles are 48 hours old, one is 72 hours old. Nine baseball articles were posted on April 5, opening day (six were Jays related). It went downhill from there, including just one for Friday and no new articles for the Saturday Web page.

The Sun had 10 articles posted on April 5, but nothing new for Saturday. However, two articles were posted after the Jays’ win in Baltimore on Friday. The Globe appears to have upped its general coverage of Major League Baseball. There are numerous wire pieces from around baseball. Again, though, nothing for April 10, and one article reacting to the Jays’ win in Baltimore on April 9. The Post is also enjoying the cheaper wire stories. There are 10 stories featured on the main baseball page – none on the Jays. The lead story is that Cliff Lee will be out until May. The Jays? Oh, wait… I found a small header on the far right – “Blue Jays spoil Orioles’ home opener” – and it’s a link to… another Web site? No original Jays material at this paper.

I think we get the point. And I know the Jays are not the biggest draw in the world in Canada… but part of the reason for that is the lack of passionate (and intelligent) coverage. With all the extra coverage around the ‘Net, game reports are pretty much covered by places like ESPN, FoxSports, and MLB.com. What newspapers should be focusing on is features, interesting angles and even teams’ up-and-coming minor league stars. With apologies to the baseball columnists in Toronto, I haven’t read a truly interesting or inspired column in a year or more. Their Q&A articles, which seem to be rather popular, are usually bland and misinformed.

The cheapest way for some newspapers (especially those operating in small or mid-sized markets) to get some footing back for their sports pages is to embrace the online writer (I dislike the term blogger; there are too many negative connotations). Hiring a writer or two off the Internet would be both cheap and it could really infuse some life back into the baseball coverage. Sure, there are some lousy and unreliable baseball writers online, but there are also some great ones that produce insightful and clean copy. The exact same can be said for sports columnists in the newspaper world.

Major national sports media outlets like ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and FoxSports have embraced the online writers. You can find them all over their Web pages. Newspapers need to realize that passionate and informed “bloggers” are not going away. You cannot beat us, and we cannot beat you. The best scenario for everyone involved (especially the readers) is to join together. Otherwise, there will be no winners. Only losers.

Oh, and if you’re wondering who I think the best baseball beat writer and the best baseball columnist in Canada are… It’s the same person on both accounts: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.




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Marc Hulet has been writing at FanGraphs since 2008. His work focuses on prospect analysis. Follow him on Twitter @marchulet.

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  1. gnomez says:

    The Evansville Courier & Press used to have solid coverage of the Cardinals, Cubs, and Reds, but now we only have a 3-page sports paper that has to share a section with technology and uses up 2 of those pages for high school sports. Now, we get three box scores a day – Cardinals, Reds, and the local Frontier League team, the Otters. Sad day for newspapers in general methinks.

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  2. JJ says:

    I couldn’t agree more. What the Chicago Tribune has been doing is posting a lot of quick, blog-style updates to supplant their usual game coverage. But I’d definitely rather see wire reports for recaps and have beat writers focus on a more interesting angle—whether that’s a feature story or following a story throughout a game and writing on that. That more feature-oriented approach is what’s being preached at the Mizzou school of journalism, but I can’t speak for other schools.

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  3. Josh Fisher says:

    Couldn’t have better things to say about the LA Times’ Dodgers coverage. Quick, accurate, open, and interactive. As a Dodgers-focused blogger–errr, online writer–, they’ve been much more engaging, communicative, and receptive than I would have expected.

    Josh
    DodgerDivorce.com

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  4. Bill says:

    I believe that the Denver Post does a good job in covering the Rockies, and it is fairly comprehensive. Their coverage of the rest of the major league teams leaves something to be desired. As for the other professional teams in Denver the Post does a good job also.

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  5. OTerry says:

    When Jeff Blair gets round to covering the Jays – he’s been shifted to a more general sports portfolio from last year, so he’s no longer on the beat – it’s of pretty good quality.

    The Globe & Mail does the best job of baseball coverage if you value signal over noise. At least all of the daily’s have beat writers who follow the team and were down south over the spring.

    What’s great about Toronto, and I’m sure this is true in most other major league cities, is the online non-corporate media/community. We have drunkjaysfans.com (hilarious, yet insightful, and prolific), Battersbox.ca, Mopupduty, Tao of Stieb, and so forth. And your right that Jordan Bastian is excellent, which is refreshing because most MLB.com writers are not. Never before have there been so many independent (and non-profitable) people writing, discussing and engaging with people about baseball.

    I think as long as there is a core of beat writers who do reporting, the online media (i.e. bloggers and the occasional superfan) can spin it off to create great content.

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  6. Hizouse says:

    I can’t say much about the actual newspaper, but the AJC’s online coverage has improved. David O’Brien, a solid beat guy, will now post 4-8 short items, including a preview of the “official” game story, per day on the ajc’s Braves blog. Plus there’s the Daily DOB for those who don’t need up to the minute coverage; the Daily DOB is basically a summary of the last few blog items and presumably is equivalent to the Notes (= everything not in the game story) article in the paper.

    I’m in Birmingham; the online baseball coverage of the Birmingham News is terrible (the whole website is terrible), but the MLB coverage in the actual paper has been a pleasant surprise. But that may say more about my low expectations than the paper.

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  7. PaulyOH says:

    With fewer and fewer resources, a lot of newspapers are going with the notion that they need to “own local news” because that’s the stuff readers can’t get anywhere else. Therefore, they devote resources to a small coverage area. Unless you live in an MLB city, it’s not likely your newspaper will staff MLB games, even if they are only an hour or so away.

    The dilemma sports departments face is how to define local sports. Is it stuff that actually happens in the town (high schools, small college)? Or is it stuff that more local people read about and talk about (a nearby MLB, NFL or major college sports team)? The problem with heavy high school sports is you reach a very limited, albeit passionate, fanbase. If you don’t go to the school, or have a strong connection, then you likely don’t care about the local high school football team.

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  8. Mitch says:

    The Baltimore Sun has actually enhanced its coverage this year. Not necessarily in the newspaper (which I haven’t read in years), but definitely online. They have finally assigned all their beat writers “blogging” duties, and that helps tremendously on the notes front. We get quotes, reactions, injury updates, rumors, etc. in much more real-time. I have no idea if this is a profitable strategy for the paper, but at least they are recognizing that their fans want to engage in coverage in a more real-time manner.

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    • JayCee says:

      I mentioned this downstream, I couldn’t agree more- the Sun is now at the top of the heap in Baseball coverage, and I’m certainly not an Orioles’ fan.

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  9. Tom says:

    Interesting look at the perspective of baseball beat writers and the newspaper cuts. Living in Chicago (White Sox fan), I can say it doesn’t feel like there’s been any sort of cut back from either the Trib or the Sun-Times.

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  10. Bill says:

    The Kansas City Star continues to do a very good job covering the Royals. I haven’t noticed any decline in the amount of coverage, although the commentary has gotten a little more negative. But that is deserved. Sam Mellinger replaced Joe Posnanski as the 2nd featured columnist (with Jason Whitlock), and while it’s impossible to replace Joe, Mellinger is doing a great job, especially with his Royals-related columns.

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    • geo says:

      Agree on The Star’s Royals coverage. There is a daily article from Bob Dutton covering the previous day’s game, plus another daily column they call the Notebook, which has four or five team tidbits. And once a week or so there is an additional feature commentary article by Sam Mellinger or a very occasional guest column by Joe Posnanski.

      The thing that truly impresses me about The Star, however, is that it still carries daily coverage of every team – not capsule game summaries, unfortunately, but we still get all box scores, a quick one-sentence blurb about all of yesterday’s games, and upcoming pitching matchups for everybody. Love it.

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  11. cje says:

    Post-Dispatch in St. Louis does a good job with two beat reporters, one national reporter, and three columnists who all spend a lot of time on the cardinals. As a cards fan who does not live in St. Louis, they do a solid job with providing information that you don’t get on a national level.

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    • flyerdog11 says:

      Just to expand on this, the PD has three beat writers who regularly do game reports and other news stories: the HOF’er Rick Hummel, the reliable Derrick Goold, and the often controversial Joe Strauss. Despite the fact that Strauss once kept the forums up until midnight for a piece of non-news (it was while we were waiting for Holliday to sign, so everyone was on edge for any info), the three of them collectively provide a nice depth of coverage for the Cards and baseball in general.

      They also have Bernie Miklasz, a general sports columnist who, being as he writes in St. Louis, spends a considerable amount of time covering the Cards as well.

      All four also regularly provide, shall we say, “real-time online updates” on Stltoday.com.

      And if you’re talking online, the Globe-Democrat recently relaunched as an online-only edition with longtime Cards writer (newspaper, books, anything) Rob Rains at the helm for the sports dept. and his son B.J. as a writer/reporter for the Cards. Not as big an operation as Stltoday/PD, but I’ll check in there every so often to see what they have to say too.

      All in all, pretty solid coverage from the local press here–though of course, St. Louis is one of the most baseball crazy towns in the country.

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    • gandriole says:

      The Post is really great. Derrick Goold’s blog, Birdland, has daily nuggets about each game and the Cardinals Beat blog has more newsy type updates. A new site, the Globe-Democrat has also started. I can’t imagine there’s many places outside of Boston/New York with more complete baseball coverage than St. Louis.

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  12. Bill says:

    The Pittsburgh Post Gazette seems to have kept things about the same for the time being in terms of baseball coverage. They really stepped things up online with a blog section that had tons of Pirates content each day, but they’re moving that blog over to a pay only section of the site on May 1.

    They haven’t come right out and said anything, but I’ve gotten the impression from some things that have been said that they’re having some trouble and baseball may be one of the first areas they look to cut due to the ridiculous amount of travel they’re paying for each year.

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  13. Dan says:

    As Larry the Liquidator said

    “This company is dead. I didn’t kill it. Don’t blame me. It was dead when I got here. It’s too late for prayers…You know why? New technologies. Obsolescence. We’re dead alright. We’re just not broke. And you know the surest way to go broke? Keep getting an increasing share of a shrinking market. Down the tubes. Slow but sure.

    You know, at one time there must’ve been dozens of companies makin’ buggy whips. And I’ll bet the last company around was the one that made the best goddamn buggy whip you ever saw. Now how would you have liked to have been a stockholder in that company? You invested in a business and this business is dead. Let’s have the intelligence, let’s have the decency to sign the death certificate, collect the insurance, and invest in something with a future.”

    Lookit, papers cannot compete with online providors of information, it’s too segmented. All they can do is cater to the segment which does not get their information online – pretty much the elderly. There are fewer and fewer of the papers catering to an ever-shrinking market. Down the tubes, slow but sure.

    So, to answer your question: Yes. It is a slow death, but the newspaper baseball coverage is dead. Nothing will keep it alive.

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    • Jason B says:

      +1 for the “Other People’s Money” reference. Solid, solid work, and ahead of its time in a lot of ways.

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    • snapper says:

      This really depends on the market.

      In NY, you have millions of people who commute by rail/subway. A newspaper is a vastly superior information delivery device to anything elctronic in that context.

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      • Rodney King says:

        Not if you have an iPhone app with easily accessible news stories (assuming you can get coverage in the subway in NYC, as you can here in Chicago)

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      • Bill says:

        No 3G coverage on the D.C. Metro. Pissed me off last week.

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      • JimNYC says:

        There’s no 3G service (actually, no service of any kind) in NYC subways, if you’re in the sections of the subways which are actually underground (all of Manhattan below Harlem, most of the outer boroughs close to Manhattan). People reading newspapers are a very common sight on the subways.

        And the newspaper coverage of baseball is absolutely fanatical. Especially for the tabloids (NY Post, Daily News, and Newsday), baseball coverage seems like it takes up about a third of the whole paper. The Times also has a great sports section with a lot of compelling articles.

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  14. Baron Samedi says:

    In general, Toronto sports “journalists” have a hard time disguising their contempt for the (vastly superior) blogs that will continue to poach readership until the old guard finally gives up and retires and/or goes out of business.

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  15. Brian547 says:

    The Washington Post has virtually eliminated coverage of the Nationals from their sports section. They did not even include a mention of Obama throwing out the first pitch on opening day last Sunday.

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    • Big Oil says:

      Mark Zuckerman has done a great job picking up the related slack with insightful analysis and commentary without missing too much of the facts of each game. It makes for very entertaining, short reads. Quality and quantity.

      http://natsinsider.blogspot.com/

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    • levnclf says:

      That and they cut their baseball coverage in the print in half. Instead of a two page spread with one page for each league they now have one shared page with press time being even earlier in the evening (more x’s in the standings for late games).

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  16. Michael says:

    I can’t say that I’ve read a actual article on a piece of paper in years. The internet boom to me has killed that, for the better if you ask me. I can now have a choice in what I want to read, more insightful analysis from sites such as Paul Cousineau’s DiaTribe blog or Tony Lastoria’s Indians Prospect Insider. This is way better for me an a baseball enthusiast. I am able to leave behind the grumbling paper media behind, who at least in Cleveland are trying to get readers to follow them by consistently bashing the team with the same ideas over and over. They are playing into their local fans emotions more than actually reporting or providing insightful analysis worth my attention.

    The funny part of it is, one of the local Cleveland papers (at least on the internet version…which is all I read), features quotes and stories from around the local blogoshpere. The entire content of the “articles” are to pull topics from the blogs to talk about.

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  17. T27 says:

    The Minneapolis Star Tribune continues to do a good job of covering the Twins in my opinion.

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    • MG Jim says:

      I think the jury’s still out on the Strib – we’re getting some pretty good angles from bloggers but the regulars are getting worse, in my opinion. I’m old enough to remember some great beat writers but not old enough to remember the poetic voices of the past. Here’s what I don’t like – Twins lose, they’re headed for oblivion…Twins win, they’re going to the WS. What kind of writing is that?

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  18. David A. says:

    From the New York Observer:

    http://www.observer.com/2010/media/press-boxed-wsj-adds-sports-beats-take-times

    “Whereas the News and the Post continue to cover games as if it were 1998—and God bless them for it!—The Times has changed its focus over the past year. Tom Jolly, The Times’ sports editor, has put more of an emphasis on features and trend stories rather than demanding that beat reporters stay with a team every waking moment. In the past few months, it hasn’t been uncommon for reporters at The Times to blow off an occasional Mets game, a Knicks practice or sessions at the Jets training camp.”

    This is where things should have been going all along. The AP/Rueters pool reporter — or whoever — can handle game recap duty, while everyone else embraces the featurist/columnist/blogger roles for their papers. It’s a lot easier to cover a team and provide real insight if you’re not concerned with the hassle of writing a game recap every single day, a form that so few can write well enough that they’d be missed if the local paper used the AP copy for the recap and paired it with the local writer’s daily column about the game and the team.

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  19. Matt J. says:

    Just to follow up on what Mitch said: I have to agree that if newspapers scaling down their baseball beat is a trend, the Baltimore Sun has to be an exception. Between Schmuck, Zrebiec, and to a lesser extent Connolly and Cowherd, there is more content than ever now. As Mitch points out, the fairly active “Orioles Insider” blog, as well as the writers’ personal blogs do a good job of keeping content on the Sun website current.

    That being said, I’m still partial to Camden Chat, Britt’s Bird Watch, Dempsey’s Army, and Camden Depot among others.

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  20. Tom B says:

    To answer you initial question, I haven’t noticed if the coverage has changed at all… because I don’t touch newspapers. The Yankee’s have one of the best blogs in the world(lohud) and a solid connection to the team in Sam Borden and CHad Jennings. The fact that they work for a newspaper is largely irrelevant to the coverage I see.

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  21. From a entire-league standpoint, the Washington Post has diluted coverage of baseball in general to the point where it’s a Nats game recap, Nats notes, and one page of SB-less boxscores and two-sentence game recaps. Needless to say, I stick with the online media for my info.

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  22. Max says:

    The Kansas City Star seems to have less coverage, but I’ve barely noticed because the slack has been filled by so many other sources – internet (Sam Mellinger and Joe Posnanski have excellent blogs, as does Rany Jazeryli. Greg Schaum at 610 has all sorts of good nuggets about Royals scouts and the minors), MLB.com, and the infiltration of sports talk radio in Kansas City.

    I still read the Star (online only) for a lot of reasons, but sports coverage hasn’t been one of the reasons for quite awhile now.

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  23. marc hulet says:

    Not to nitpick, but this is a great headline on the Globe and Mail’s expanded MLB coverage from the web site today: “Pedoia, Beltre pull BoSox over Royals”

    On April 10, the same site proclaimed: “Cubs Stubbs stops Reds.”

    The worst part is that at least one reader pointed out the error in the comments section on the day it was published and it has yet to be updated.

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    • Carligula says:

      The San Francisco Chronicle continues to provide excellent coverage of the A’s. Unfortunately they seem to be partnering with BleacherReport, perhaps indicating they want to outsource some of their content that way… BR is pretty dire.

      And Marc, it’s beyond arrogant for a FanGraphs writer to criticize anyone’s spelling or grammar. This is the worst-proofread site I have ever seen. And the “worst part” is that readers have REPEATEDLY offered to fix your (speaking of FanGraphs as “you” – you personally aren’t the worst offender) myriad mistakes, for free, and you have yet to take any of them up on it.

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  24. Llewdor says:

    While not really relevant to the central point of your piece, it is a bit of a stretch to call the Toronto Sun and Toronto Star “national” newspapers.

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  25. Brandon says:

    San Francisco Chronicle still representing the Giants well. They have even spun off a television show that cover the Giants from time to time.

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  26. rotofan says:

    Strange coincidence, Marc.

    Just last week I spoke with the national sports editor of Sun Media about starting a regular online column focused on baseball as I share your concern about the paucity of good baseball analysis and coverage. The challenge for me would be juggling it with my political/investigative gig. If I decide to get it off the ground, I’ll let you know.

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  27. KurtMensching says:

    I feel like the Detroit News maintained its coverage of the Tigers fine, but the Freep did not even try to fill the gap left by Jon Paul Morosi. They just seem to occasionally use general reports to fill in, otherwise they dropped the beat to one writer from two from what I can tell.

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  28. Benne says:

    The Seattle Times seems to be doing just fine–Geoff Baker and Larry Stone are solid columnists. The same can’t be said for my local paper, The Bellingham Herald, where the sports section is now crammed into two pages of box scores and AP excerpts surrounded by eyesore ads. It’s a real shame.

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  29. Rick says:

    Yes, it has decreased. But perhaps the more important questions is: does anybody care? What information do I get from standard coverage that I can’t get a better version of elsewhere? Meaningless platitudes? If I want to know how the game played out, I’ll look at the box score. If I want more of a story, I’ll watch the local news, SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, or MLB Tonight.

    Increasingly, it seems the beat writers are just editorializing. They’ve moved online and focused on quick hits. At that point, they offer a lower quality version of what I can find elsewhere on various fan-sites and forums or even the team’s twitter feed.

    It seems to be a microcosm of newspapers generally. The only area where they truly have a value-add at this point is short-term investigation journalism. The value of the beat-writer should be about getting meaningful inside information or interesting human interest stories.

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    • JimNYC says:

      I disagree on that. Yeah, if I just want to know what happened in a game, I can check the box score, but if I want in-depth interviews with particular players and blurbs from all 25 guys plus the coaching staff after every game, I either have to read the paper or listen to the entire hour long post-game on YES. You don’t get that on Sportscenter or from a box score.

      The Times today has a few thousand words on how all of the Yankees’ players feel about receiving their World Series rings yesterday, and pieces from Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford about giving them out to the players yesterday. To be honest, I’d rather read the transcript of an interview with Yogi Berra than watch a game any day, and you just don’t get that kind of stuff from blogs.

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  30. Missing the Point says:

    Gosh, this makes it sound like anyone can be a reporter. How insulting. And in my opinion, bloggers (I’ll call them that) DON’T want to cover the games or be reporters. They want to give analysis from afar. The analysis is, often, good and there are people with good opinions and information to share. That’s NOT about what covering a team is like. Most reporters, baseball beat writers in this case, are trained journalists, who know how to pursue a story, know how to develop sources, etc. These are two separate issues. There’s a need for more good baseball information, I’ll agree with that.

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  31. brianjd10 says:

    I haven’t noticed how of a change in the major NY papers. I believe that NY might be the exception though and will always have strong papers.

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    • JimNYC says:

      Probably. It’s also a factor of fan interest in NY; baseball is the biggest sport here (and in Boston), unlike most of the country, and fans are rabid to know everything from what Brett Gardner thinks about his role in the offense to what exactly J.J. Putz is up to to what type of restaurants and bars Curtis Granderson has been enjoying in Manhattan (I wholeheartedly admit that I am such a rabid fan). Unless you have access to the players (which most bloggers don’t), you won’t be getting that kind of information.

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  32. CJ says:

    Newspaper sports pages have a place in the on-line world. Most of those I read are fairly successful at attracting on-line readers. I suspect that 70% – 90% of “average fans”–and by that I’m eliminating the really avid fans like those of us who follow fangraphs, SBN, etc.–go the the major daily newspaper web site to find out the current news on their local baseball team. Most casual fans only want to read the high points, and go with the newspaper web site.

    However, many newspapers don’t understand that they should be concentrating on stories where they have an advantage over bloggers. For instance, beat reporters have daily access to team officials and extensive contacts with officials of other teams. I will actively search out newspaper articles which tell me what insiders are saying, whether it’s about trade ideas, changes to the major league team, or how the team evaluates minor leaguers. Maybe it’s because so many big city newspapers are monopolies, but I don’t get the impression that the reporters are working all that hard to get the “scoop” from inside the major league organization. When every big city had multiple daily newspapers, reporters were very competitive in getting the inside story first. That competition hasn’t existed in many big cities for a long time; and reporters don’t realize that they do have competition in the on-line world.

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  33. Alan Marshall says:

    I still subscribe to the Globe and Mail for various reasons, and the NY Times on Sunday. Despite spending too much time on the internet or listening to sports radio (I don’t want to get started on how bad most of the FAN in Toronto is!), I still enjoy reading Jeff Blair and Steven Brunt at my kitchen table while having my first cup of coffee in the morning. I also get to listen to these two many afternoons on the Fan’s Primetime Sports, which I enjoy.

    I think Bastien is okay, but there are many other places I make sure to check daily ahead of him, including this site, Baseball Reference and Hardball Times.

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  34. maqman says:

    The Mariners get pretty good local newspaper coverage, the Seattle Times and Tacoma News Tribune have beat reporters that do good jobs. The Post-Intelligencer is now no longer a newspaper as such but has become a strictly online news source. It will be interesting to see if Hearst can make that model work. The P-Is Ms coverage is as good online as it was in print, although they lost some staff. As a retired journalist, editor, publisher I must admit I didn’t see the demise of newspapers coming initially and I’m not so sure they can survive. I read the Times of London daily online but won’t when Rupert Murdoch starts charging £2 a week for the content. (I moved to England when I retired.) I don’t think that model will fly either. I think the 15-30 second compulsory ad exposure access requirement might work for some content providers.

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  35. JayCee says:

    The Newark Star-Ledger is circling the drain, and it’s a shame, because about 8 years ago it was a truly wonderful newspaper, in many ways the equal of the NYT.

    I’m going with the Baltimore Sun in the other direction. It’s a remarkable paper for baseball coverage. Nothing really close right now, including the now-lackey StL P-D which is remarkably overrated and living off its past laurels.

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  36. Ron Kaplan says:

    Don’t read the New York Daily News or New York Post much anymore, but I know they have more coverage than the Times. When the Yankees played their season opener — and LOST — the Times published a large photo of Curtis Granderson on Page One. When the Mets played their opener — and WON — there wasn’t even a small “reefer” at the bottom of the page.

    One problem I find is that the NY media seems to forget there are two teams in town. This is especially noticeable towards the end of the season, when game reports can shrink down to a small boxed item or, worse, an AP story.

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  37. Brian says:

    In Rhode Island, our biggest paper seems to be focusing more on minor league ball these days. Most of the Boston Red Sox coverage is taken straight from the AP with a couple of news and notes thrown in. But there’s always an article or two about how the Pawtucket Red Sox are doing.

    I don’t get the Herald or Globe, the two big papers in Boston, but I haven’t heard anything about their baseball coverage suffering.

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