Keyser: Against baseball’s transactional scoop mongering

From Hannah Keyser at Yahoo! Sports on December 20, 2019:

Several years of snooze-worthy winter meetings finally gave way this offseason to a flurry of activity. Teams spent their time in San Diego snatching up top-tier free agents and discussing trades, leaving members of the media scrambling to beat each other to scoops that were about to be rendered moot either by each other or the teams themselves. And I wish that wasn’t how this all worked. 

The frenzy around who-plays-where rumors and the people who tweet them has become one of the foundational features of the sports media landscape. And it’s impossible to criticize the reporters who traffic in transactions, even as collateral damage, without warranting accusations of un-self-aware jealousy. I didn’t break the Gerrit Cole news — couldn’t if I tried — but then again, do you remember who did? And even if he (it was a he, wasn’t it?) hadn’t, Cole would still be a New York Yankee. The Yankees themselves would be more than thrilled to tell you about it. Maybe not last week, but certainly this week. Definitely before they play any more baseball games.

What’s so bad about that?

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Originally published: December 20, 2019. Last Updated: December 20, 2019.