Posted By Jeff Fletcher on July 22, 2011 1:44 pm
I loved my old job. Really absolutely loved it. For 50 weeks out of the year, it was awesome. The other two — these two — it wasn’t. The weeks leading up to the trade deadline seem like baseball heaven to everyone who loves to sit back and watch the rumors and speculation fly across his computer screen. For those people responsible for reporting such rumors, not so much. At least, that’s how it felt to me.
See, no baseball executive worth a damn is going to honestly tell anyone in the media anything of substance, on the record or off the record, about his trade plans. Why would he? So where does all that stuff come from? It comes from third parties. Exec from Team A thinks Teams B and C are working on something. Of course, he doesn’t know. GMs don’t tell each other their plans, either. Even worse, a scout from team A hears that B and C are working on something. Most GMs know their scouts spend too much time in press boxes gabbing with other scouts and media members for them to be trusted with any high-level organizational secrets.
What I found during my two years as a national baseball writer was that my sources fit into two categories: those who knew something, and those would talk. And there was no overlap among those groups.
I hated the fact that I was obligated to feed the public’s third for trade ruomrs, even though I knew most of it was a bunch of crap. The fact that Team A is interested in Player X is not really news, because teams are “interested” in dozens of players. The fact that Team A has talked to Team B about Player X is also not news, because those conversations happen all the time when a deal is not even remotely close.
This year, though, I don’t have to worry about it. I’ll let all of my colleagues still in the baseball media beat their heads against the wall trying to figure out what 30 GMs are up to, and I’ll sit back like the rest of you, reading twitter and waiting to see what’s going to happen.
I’m particularly interested in what the Giants are going to do, because Giants magazine is probably going to have to spring into action to produce a nice big feature on, say, Carlos Beltran if he shows up in black and orange over the next week. Meantime, I’ve also got to write the story that’s going to appear in the magazine if no significant new players are added. So I’d really like the Giants to do something big. Soon.