Monday, August 1, 2011

Grading the Media

We can all give Ed Wade an incomplete, or at least a C- (B+ on the Pence deal, F- on the Bourn deal), but what about the Media? Let's give them a grade, eh? Now, we won't grade them on accuracy, as we - the bourgeois - have no idea the multitude of angles, the disinformation intentionally being sent out by teams, etc.

Houston Media - Incomplete

I have a problem with the fact that we had to turn to national writers to get news and rumors about the Astros. Richard Justice didn't have anything until 1:46pm Sunday. We'll call it incomplete because someone was talking to the media - it may have just not been the Astros.

This will obviously be something to work on with Crane and whomever he brings in at GM.

Ken Rosenthal: A

No one hit the rumors harder than Rosenthal. Via Twitter, or Fox Sports' Trade Buzz website, Rosenthal had up to date - and what turned out to be mostly accurate - information before anyone else. And where it seems like everyone else had a wonderful time slamming the Astros, Rosenthal at least tried to keep an even perspective for Houston.

Jon Paul Morosi: A-

He didn't have the rumor volume that Rosenthal had, but had a lot of good information.

David O'Brien: B+

The Braves' beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he turned out to be extremely accurate in his read on the Bourn deal (a deal would mean the Jordan Schafer era is over, etc.)

Joel Sherman: B+

Coming up on our radar screen because of the Yankees' rumored interest in Wandy Rodriguez, Sherman did a solid, solid job of keeping his followers on Twitter abreast of what the Yankees were up to. (Nothing, it turns out.)

Jerry Crasnick: B

In reference to the Astros, didn't have a whole lot of information on the deadline, but what he had was solid.

Buster Olney: B-

Olney also had a lot of good information, but it's our completely uninformed opinion that he got worked over by the Braves on Saturday morning in reference to the Pence-to-Phillies deal. Knocked down a notch for his little joke about the Astros getting realigned to the PCL - for which Bud Norris called him out.

Jon Heyman: D

Of course we're sensitive to this as we took the snide remarks about the organization personally, but Heyman acted more like an irresponsible blogger for his comments and retweets about Ed Wade and the Astros. It's one thing to be an ass-clown as a blogger, but as a nationally-respected journalist, to have this list attributed to you is indefensible. Had a lot of good information overshadowed (for us) by his perceived glee at Ed Wade's moves.


Anonymous said...

For some reason, Justice did not think this was the biggest story on his beat all weekend. He was worried about the Texans, Keith Olbermann, etc., and did not do much reporting. Tags and Allyson are house reporters and thus not allowed to jump the gun. I follow MLB reporters from lots of teams, and almost all of them have actual reporters trying to break stuff who are far more aggressive than we have. I end up getting news on us from others, which is not good. This was a transformative weekend for the franchise. We either signed up to be the Pirates for the next 20 years or made significant inroads towards digging out of the present mess. It's hard to say which, and, until Allyson had the good sense to call the prospects expert, nobody in Houston was providing any useful information. Jus sayin.

John Royal said...

I thought the Buster Olney realignment tweet was funny.

Anonymous said...

Where's the "like" button for Anonymous' summary?

Warren said...

Justice has always been weak. From one extreme to the other on every player, manager, and owner. The Chronicle is a rag when it comes to sports reporting. The Houston sports media in general has been sorry for years, print, tv, and radio. Pallilo is the best on radio, I like tim melton on 13, and Berman has an occassional scoop. Having followed the sports media in Houston for 50 years. the current state is compososed of butt kissers. They talk tough but when they get someone in front of them they toss soft balls with weak followup like they are afraid they will get no more interviews if they offend. Watch the first interview with Crane when it comes and you will see what i mean. As far as national media on the trades. overall not much better. All over the map without much accuracy until the deal was done. Pence to Philadelphia. If you could not see that one coming from the start you have no credibilty as a reporter.