No, that paper is not likely biased against your team

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Nearly every fan has thought, at one time or another, that a reporter or a newspaper or a website is biased against his or her team. What they tend to forget is that their own baseline isn’t “fairness” but “bias in favor of the team I like.” If you love your guys, someone treating them objectively (i.e. criticizing them sometimes) is, to your un-objective mind, bias. It’s why people who watch Fox News think that channel is “fair and balanced.” Indeed, if you lean a certain way and the whole world leans with you, everything does look balanced indeed.

Not even the smartest or most insightful on this topic are above it. Not even someone who, for professional purposes, is supposed to know how the media works. Like, say, a journalism professor. A journalism professor who wrote in to the New York Times to complain about how they cover the Yankees WAY too much and don’t give enough ink to the Mets.

Since a journalism professor’s claim of media bias understandably carries more weight than other people, the Times researched the claim. The results?

. . . we dug in a bit, taking a look at coverage over the past five days since Mr. Robins wrote and Mr. Stallman responded. The results are a fairly close call, but the Mets squeak it out with nine articles over seven for the Yankees.

I think most bias claims would be resolved this way. With very few exceptions, the media doesn’t care about your team and isn’t out to get them. They print what’s newsworthy, what people are generally talking about and, of course, what sells papers. Their dislike of your team doesn’t even rate. Mostly because you’re imagining it.


Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.