Baseball writers love staying in Marriotts

Getty Images

People say a lot of things about baseball writers and the baseball writing lifestyle. They say that baseball writers love Bruce Springsteen. That they like to wear Dockers, preferably pleated ones. That they are all addicted to Diet Coke. That, if they’re gonna quote a movie, that movie will be at LEAST ten years old. If you spend a lot of time on Twitter following baseball scribes, you’ve heard all of these, I’m sure.

To be clear, they are generalizations. I know at least two baseball writers who don’t like Springsteen and who prefer jeans to Dockers. But just two. Otherwise, it’s 100% accurate. It’s not nice to stereotype.

Another thing you hear about baseball writers is that they all stay in Marriotts. This is 100% true with no exceptions. They’re always in Marriotts, mostly because of the points thing and how much travel they have to do. And, with anything people have to spend half of their life doing, they’re prone to become somewhat obsessive about it.

Evidence of that is this article by Joe Lemire, detailing just how crazily into the Marriott Lifestyle sports writers are. It’s an amazing article, with a dozen anecdotes showing you just how far these ink-stained wretches will go to get some Marriott points. Like the one about the sportswriter once booked a second room because the rate was so low on his first room that he wasn’t earning any points. Which, whoa.

Just some slice of life stuff you don’t think much about every day.

Max Fried loses to Braves in salary arbitration

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried lost to the Atlanta Braves in salary arbitration and will make $13.5 million in the upcoming season instead of his $15 million request.

Mark Burstein, Fredric Horowitz and Jeanne Vonhof issued their decision a day after hearing arguments.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year in arbitration instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal.

He followed former Atlanta teammate Dansby Swanson in going to a hearing in consecutive years. Swanson, a shortstop, lost in 2021 and won last year, then signed a seven-year, $177 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.

The last player to win hearings in consecutive years was pitcher Trevor Bauer against Cleveland in 2018 and 2019.

Fried, a 29-year-old left-hander, went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In 2021, Fried pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.