If you’re keeping score at home

DMZ · January 19, 2010 at 10:00 am · Filed Under Mariners 

National news organizations, specifically Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, have nearly run the table this off-season. The M’s aren’t talking to the local press (the one exception being USSM Endorsed Larry Stone).

Move Broken by
Felix Hernandez contact Keith Law, ESPN
Franklin Gutierrez extension Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Casey Kotchman-Bill Hall trade Chris Crawford, Prospect Insider/Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Brandon League-Brandon Morrow trade Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Milton Bradley-Carlos Silva trade Larry Stone, Seattle Times
Cliff Lee Blockbuster I’m going with Rosenthal here, though this timeline gets really confusing quickly. Rosenthal & Morosi of Fox Sports had the trade, and then later they have the teams and details.
Chone Figgins deal Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Ken Griffey, Jr. re-signs Larry Stone, Seattle Times

Update: You can raise the count to two if you wish to count Geoff Baker reporting Aardsma’s 1y deal.
Update update: As others note, Brock & Salk actually scooped Baker.
Update update update: added Griffey


59 Responses to “If you’re keeping score at home”

  1. dchappelle on January 19th, 2010 4:28 pm

    Tough to be a reporter… isn’t this post a little bit of a slap in the face of our local media? Sure, it’s all true, but hopefully we don’t lose any more of our local reporters.

  2. DRFelix on January 19th, 2010 4:54 pm


  3. DRFelix on January 19th, 2010 4:56 pm

    [it wasn’t, but you posted it in the actual relevant thread anyway]

  4. Techno_Viking- on January 19th, 2010 4:56 pm

    Tough to be a reporter… isn’t this post a little bit of a slap in the face of our local media? Sure, it’s all true, but hopefully we don’t lose any more of our local reporters.

    I know I’d be pissed, especially if I was Baker. It kinda makes me sad 🙁 …. kinda

  5. Dave.S on January 19th, 2010 7:53 pm


  6. TomC on January 19th, 2010 7:55 pm


    It’s a valuable perspective that she offers, and it’s not one that the fans of many other teams regularly get (from what I’ve seen). We should feel lucky to have her.

    Amen to that. I have never been very impressed with the competition to break a story a few minutes before it is announced publicly anyway. Ms. Drayer’s ability to get stories that would otherwise go unreported/undiscovered is far more valuable to me.

  7. joser on January 20th, 2010 5:09 am

    Have I mentioned, joser, just how much I enjoy your comments? You consistently crack me up.

    I don’t know if you have or not (I’m not good at keeping track of who said what, and am always surprised when people do that with my comments). But thank-you: I have little ability to do actual baseball analysis so I fall back on wit and a thesaurus.

    If the USSM crew ever recruit a commenter to become an author, I hope it’s joser that they recruit.

    Cough. Ok, now this is getting silly. I suspect that Felix contract giddiness is infecting everyone, and we’re all going to wake up in the morning with a metaphorical empty bottle, splitting headache, and dead hooker.

    That may be metaphorical for some of us, anyway.

    I appreciate the compliment, and I’m glad I can entertain some of you some of the time, but this right here is about the most I do. I’m not even amusing in real life as far as I know, and I don’t think I could initiate an article. At best I could do goofy imitation analysis. It’s like those old westerns: Dave and Derek are the nameless drifters with the fast draw and sketchy pasts, who fortuitously arrive just in time to protect the town from the desperadoes. When the final showdown happens there’s always a town drunk with a rifle who shoots at something and misses…and when that happens there’s a guy in a recording studio making the fake pu-tui noises for the ricochet. I’m that guy.

  8. davepaisley on January 20th, 2010 6:46 am

    Of course, “guy currently on team avoids arbitration by signing for a couple of million bucks” is hardly a national press-worthy move.

    So the local press gets the re-signs and the arb-avoiding moves, but anything involving other teams – not so much.

    Baker may be better than what we had before, but he’s getting quite tiresome now with his transparent attempts to manufacture news and/or controversy.

  9. Paul B on January 20th, 2010 7:32 am

    To customize twitter feeds on breaking news, I stole Dave’s idea and created my own list for Northwest baseball news from the reporters and bloggers I want to follow. I suppose if I wanted to catch news items a few seconds earlier I could follow some of the National writers (like the ones on the table at the top of this blog post) but I don’t need up to the second news.

    I have removed a couple of the feeds that Dave has on his page, and I added about three that he does not have. Completely personal preference of course, but now when I want to get my update of NW baseball tweets, I can just ping that web page.

    It’s an idea for anyone like me who wants to just see tweets on the web periodically and not all the time on a smart phone.

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