Quote of the Day II: Colin Cowherd wants you to hate him

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“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.”

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.