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Long time Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has just announced that he’ll be signing a deal with the Atlanta Braves. Normally these announcements come from gossip girls like Jon Heyman or Bob Nightengale, but this time Kipnis broke the story himself.
Maybe this is how the players get back at the writers for voting in zero players on the Hall of Fame ballot? Or is it possible that the players weren’t covered the way they saw fit after a lengthy negotiation with the commissioner? Either way, it’s justice that baseball writers are back where they should be:
On a ship sailing to irrelevance.
Atlanta here we come! Excited to join the Braves organization this season! pic.twitter.com/3btCYpt3Fx— Jason Kipnis (@TheJK_Kid) February 15, 2021
Just a couple days ago, longtime Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner did the same thing. Instead of tweeting, Turner shared a TikTok that seemed to shadow Trevor Bauer’s announcement, which involved zero Bob Nightengale rumors.
Baseball writers were left with no choice but to tweet out old news that did nothing but inform baseball fans. After all, isn’t that what their job used to be? Now writers take turns texting and calling players to get the latest scoop. But what’s most notable is how often they share information they made up.
I guess the bright side of the players announcing their own news is that we no longer have to deal with rumors designed for clicks. Accuracy is no longer in question.
This is good for all sports–not just baseball
Is Kevin Durant or Mike Trout tired of how they’re portrayed in the media? Then stop associating with writers who do nothing to earn the information they receive. Every bit of a scoop pays dividends and spreads like wildfire in the streets of Twitter and Instagram that drives revenue. All that revenue leads to lucrative podcasts and face time on major sports networks like EPSN and Fox Sports.
Why reward writers bigger salaries or radio gigs when they fail players over and over again? These same writers glanced at this year’s Hall of Fame ballot and didn’t see a player worth baseball immortality. They don’t deserve to break stories. Baseball writers are losing the war to players because they forgot the fact that the players allowed them to be important in the first place.
Lucky for us, they’re taking that power right back.