Finnigan’s replacement, Geoff Baker
Finnigan’s departure date hasn’t been announced, which means Rizzs gets to shower him with compliments every game, but his rumored (confirmed?) replacement is Toronto Star columnist Geoff Baker. Baker’s already off the Star’s list of columnists, which hints it’ll happen soon. That also makes finding past articles harder. At times like this, I wish I had Lexis-Nexis access* but fortunately, the Blue Jays have a lovely blog, the Batter’s Box and I can point to some of their stuff. Here’s a short profile piece.
Baker’s written an anti-stathead screed (everyone was doing it) but this bit with Baker on stat geekery offers a more interesting view.
He may be most famous for the controversy his June 28, 2003 “White Jays” article sparked. Check out “Whitest team in the majors” if you’re interested.
More recently, much of the Shea Hillenbrand coverage (in which his teammates slagged him as a horrible person they were glad to be rid of and praised him as a popular and pleasant guy to have around) was Baker’s.
In any event, I’ll spare everyone a repeat rant on why replacing Finnigan with almost anyone is good for local sports coverage (though it pales compared to the looming 1-paper disaster). I’m happy to hear it’s Baker, though, as he’s written pieces critical of the local team, and Finnigan… uh… has not done that so much as the opposite.
And hey, Geoff, if you’re reading, drop us a line, we can do a Q&A, introduce you to the crowd.
* would have been handy for the book, too. Aren’t they local? Please tell me someone there reads USSM and wants us to use their outstanding research tools. We offer endorsements and frequent credits.