Friday, July 31, 2009

Nothing to report on Roy Halladay

And yet, ESPN continues to report that nothing is going on in the Halladay sweepstakes. Today's article:

Jays still open to offers for Halladay

Boy that reporting by Buster Olney really blew me away there. Teams are still interested in acquiring arguably the best pitcher in baseball!? Shocker. Let's check out many times ESPN has had a report that there was nothing new to report on Doc being traded. A search of Halladay reveals the following going back:

July 30th: Olney writes the article above & Gammons has a video saying he doesn't think the ace will be traded

July 29th: Buster writes another article titled 'Jays not close to trading Halladay,' Rob Neyer writes a blog entry on how the Jays need to be 'wowed' to trade him,

July 28th: Rob Neyer writes a blog post entitled 'Our Kingdom for a Halladay,' I would appreciate the Shakespeare reference a lot more if he didn't follow it up by the next day copy/pasting his ideas.

July 27th: Jason Stark reports that 'trade talks are not going well' between the Jays and Phillies...seems to me like trade talks weren't going well between the Jays and anybody. If trade talks were going well I would think Halladay would have been traded or am I crazy?

July 26th: Jason Stark reports that the Jays rejected the latest Phillies offer.

Just to recap: We've gone back only 5 days and there seem to be no new developments in who is getting Roy Halladay. The Phillies obviously knew they weren't going to get Doc without giving up at least one of their 2 top pitching prospects (J.A. Happ and Kyle Drabek) and that was the straw that broke the camel's back. This takes one article to explain that. However, ESPN pinpoints on a few particular stories and then magnifies them to biblical proportions. This is how we end up seeing a new Halladay article everyday even though that article is as worthy of being read as the last 10 Eddie Murphy movies have been worthy of a view from anyone over 5 years old. Could Buster Olney not think of an interesting topic today so he dipped into one of the stories he knew he could bank on ESPN being satisfied with?

I think the coverage of Roy Halladay's trade talks is an ESPNfail, but boy he does seem like a swell guy.


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