Sorry, no, actually, not the last thing
Dave said his would be the last post… but it’s not. Responding to this, specifically, from Baker’s post:
I’ve since been alerted to the fact that the U.S.S. Mariner blog is taking issue with me writing down what Silva said last night. They say he had a less effective sinker because that’s what the vertical drop charts show. And also, they point out that he had more flyouts last night than ground outs. They suggest I listened to Silva and wrote what he said because I’m afraid of losing clubhouse access. Yes, that’s right. I’m afraid of not having access to players that have been almost universally criticized in this space and by me on the radio at various times all year.
The money quote here:
They suggest I listened to Silva and wrote what he said because I’m afraid of losing clubhouse access.
This is absolutely not true.
It’s not there. Read Dave’s post. Tell me where in that post Dave accuses Baker of writing what Silva said because he’s afraid of losing clubhouse access?
It doesn’t. Dave’s point is that he wishes Baker would stop just repeating what players say when it’s clearly incorrect or of no value.
If you want to argue that there are comments that speculate on clubhouse access being a reason why reporters don’t openly contradict players and coaches on points like this, that’s entirely true.
But Baker’s post substantially misrepresents what Dave said in order to make it easily-dismissible. It’s a strawman attack, and it’s disappointing.