Thursday, November 03, 2005

The Globe Writers

Is Shaugnessy responsible for Theo leaving? It's a complicated question, but the short answer is no.

When it comes to whether or not 'shank' should have written the article on Sunday that everyone is blaming for Theo's decision to leave, I don't think there's a question. He had a source who was offering one side of a story. While I know that some reporters have filters when it comes to writing articles about who or what, it's still not their responsibility to 'cover up' for the greater good (especially since we're talking about sports).

No, it's whoever leaked the information to the globe about the contract negotiations. If Theo can't trust that private discussions are going to remain private, then I can't blame him for leaving. If someone leaks information to the press (for whatever reason), when you are trying to negotiate with players in the future, it just makes things harder on the GM.

As for the Globe being minor owners in the Red Sox and their relationship with the Red Sox mgmt, I haven't seen anything wrong with that, yet. I can imagine that such a relationship can be complicated, but I haven't seen anything that is inappropriate about it either. Some of the Globe writers have been very critical of the team, so I don't think there's a conflict of interest being influential on the writers or editors. Mind, I don't write for the Globe and I don't know what happens behind closed doors, but I don't think so.

If anything does happen, then I think they should be hammered for it. But nothing has happened, yet.


Lisa said...

Good for Theo for leaving. I'm sure he will have no problem finding another job right away if that's what he wants to do. I just wonder how it got to this point between Theo and Red Sox ownership. Any ideas who the Sox should get to replace him?

Mike said...

That's a very good question. Where do they go from here and one I hope to talk about in the next couple of days. Unfortunately for the Sox, they're really having a big shakeup. It's not just Theo leaving, but several of their key people are going to have to be replaced.