Baker On Twitter
Geoff Baker has a pretty good piece on the rise of the power of Twitter as a hub for rumor mongering and its effect on how teams interact, especially at the winter meetings. The piece is good, but I want to focus on a Zduriencik quote that is sort of related:
“We’ll share it,” he said. “A lot of it’s just rumors, dialogue from people in the lobby. I chuckle sometimes on a couple of the names I hear [linked to the Mariners]. I’ll go, ‘That’s funny.’ And then a day or two later, I’ll get a call from that agent and I’ll go, ‘Ah-ha!’ ”
Zduriencik says this happens far more often than people think.
“If you really think about it, you have to create a market,” Zduriencik said. “So, how do you create a market? You create it by, if I talk to you, talk to you and I talk to you, then I can go tell you, ‘Hey, I just talked to three general managers.’ Which I did. I’m just creating my own market. That’s what it does. And it spurs action.”
This is one of the reasons why I pitch logic tests for rumors. Agents, and teams to a lesser extent, push this kind of false information all the time, trying to put themselves in better bargaining position. Keep this in mind when you hear stuff about a certain team being linked to a player who just doesn’t make any sense for that team – the reporter may be acting on information that he was given for the sole purpose of creating a market.