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


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.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.