Bryan Price still doesn’t understand the media’s job

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Reds’ manager Bryan Price sat down with USA Today’s Bob Nightengale and talked about his profanity-laden tirade against the media back in late April. He’s apologetic about the language he used and the fact that the thing went viral, but he still seems not to understand that the substance of his rant — how dare the media report the facts it learns about the Reds! — was divorced from reality. Price:

“Hey, I understand the media aren’t Reds employees,” Price said. “I totally understand the argument. It’s just from my side of it, I want less information coming out of our clubhouse than more.

“I have a great deal of respect for the job the media has to do, but with the media trying to get as much information from the clubhouse and get it out to the populace, there are conflicting motivations. It would just be nice to make it work where everyone was a winner. We almost compete against each other at times.

You don’t “compete against each other.” You have totally different jobs. There is no “everyone is a winner” scenario unless you see information being published as a “loss.” And if you see such a thing as a loss, you’re focusing too much on crap that really shouldn’t matter to you. It’d be just as silly for a reporter to talk about the outcome of a game being a “win” or a “loss” for him. You shouldn’t care about the former, the media shouldn’t care about the latter.

Oh well. Go to the article for that stuff. Stay for Price lamenting that, unlike when he was young, players these days showboat and celebrate and act all silly whereas he and his contemporaries played the game the right way.

In other news, Bryan Price is three years younger than Rickey Henderson.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.