Friday, March 07, 2014

Classic Media

I don't know what's worse, when some media phuck screws up, or when every other media source picks up the screw-up without checking it out first.

In the stupidest story of the spring, in which the Marlins are mad* because of which Red Sox players came to play at their park today, some guy from some Florida paper wrote:

Seven of the club’s starting nine position players Thursday do not have so much as one major league plate appearance. The only two with any big league time were outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (95 at-bats) and catcher Ryan Lavarnway (269 at-bats).

One of our starters was Brandon Snyder, a guy who has played in parts of the past four seasons in the major leagues, including 52 plate appearances with the Red Sox in 2013. But other sources ran with the story without so much as glancing at the lineup:


That lineup is pretty ugly. Only Ryan Lavarnway and Jackie Bradley Jr. have any major league experience

USA Today:

The Red Sox’s lineup only featured two players with any sort of big league experience

Miami New Times (who, to their credit, call the Marlins pathetic for worrying about all of this):

the Red Sox showed up with a lineup devoid of star power and with only two players in the starting line up who have actual major league experience

GiveMe Sport:

The Red Sox fielded only two players with any major league experience in Ryan Lavarnway and Jackie Bradley Jr.

* says they're not mad after all...but also note that

Just two of the position players in the starting lineup -- Jackie Bradley Jr. and Ryan Lavarnway -- had previously appeared in big league games.


The way they put it almost could be considered correct since Snyder was the DH, but if you're not going to include the DH as a position player, shouldn't you include the pitcher, Webster, who also has major league experience? The way the original article words it is "starting nine position players." If you admit there are nine, you have to include either the pitcher or the DH. But the four articles I quote above the MLB one just say "lineup" anyway.


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