“I always tell young broadcasters, ‘You want to matter? Then get hate
mail.’ If you get hate mail, it means you’re cutting through. It means
you’re pissing people off. It means you sound different. So I’ve always
had my own style, which is brutal honesty. I’ve never spent too much
time worrying about hurt feelings.”
— Colin Cowherd, explaining his theory behind becoming a sports media God.
That ain’t how Vin Scully did it. But even if young sportscasters don’t aspire to Scullian heights, the least they can do, I think, is to approach issues in a reasonable matter and try their best to explain them to and discuss them fans in a manner that it both entertaining and enlightening.
But maybe that’s crazy talk. Maybe you’re better off taking positions that are devoid of thought and which are calculated simply to piss people off. There’s good ratings in that stuff.
For my part I always come back to my favorite Kurt Vonnegut quote: “We are who we pretend to be. So be careful what you pretend to be.”
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.
Veteran Omar Infante has spent the overwhelming majority of his career as an infielder, but the Tigers plan to give him some playing time in center field this spring. The Tigers’ center field situation is still murky and adding more versatility would increase Infante’s odds of making the roster.
Infante, 35, signed a minor league deal with the Tigers in December. He played 39 games for the Royals last season, batting .239/.279/.321 in 149 plate appearances while playing second base exclusively. Infante last played in the outfield in 2010 with the Braves, and last played center field specifically in ’09 with the Braves.
The Tigers currently have Mikie Mahtook, Tyler Collins, and JaCoby Jones at the top of their center field depth chart. It is not what one would call “optimal.”