Feb 17, 2012, 04:55AM

“Bleacher Report” Isn’t a Website for True Baseball Fans

An absolute, and maddening, waste of time.

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The founders of Bleacher Report

If you’re looking for hot stove information, go anywhere but Bleacher Report. The site masquerades as an intelligent, article-driven sports hub, but it’s really just a pretty collection of unedited blog posts. If you take any of their commentaries seriously, you’ll end up thinking that the Royals “have a legitimate shot to win 96 games” or that “the Mariners could get decent prospects out of an Ichiro Suzuki trade.”

The spelling/grammar mistakes and elementary writing abound on Bleacher Report, but the number of wrong facts is astounding. On any given day, you can count on the “writers” at Bleacher Report to call Cody Ross the best remaining free agent outfielder or insist that Jim Edmonds is still a star for the Cardinals.

The worst, though, is the site’s opinion pieces. Bleacher Report publishes so many ludicrous and absurd stories that give readers the wrong idea. In the world of Bleacher Report, the Marlins want to trade Hanley Ramirez once a week, and here’s something interesting: they don’t want too much in return. Yesterday’s possible landing spots for the “troubled shortstop” includes the nearly prospect-barren Red Sox, the financially-strapped Rays, and the division rivals Braves. Forget the fact that the Marlins have a new stadium and are making a push for contention this year; it’ll all work out as long as they get some quality youngsters. Joel Reuter writes “third-base prospect Will Middlebrooks seems like a good place for the package to start.” He later says that the Red Sox “would likely try to shy away from sending any of their young low-level talent” in any potential deal, i.e. Boston’s only prospects with upside. But apparently including a mix of Ryan Lavarnway, Bryce Brentz, Junichi Tazawa, Lars Anderson (who was almost traded for Rich Harden last summer; that should say something about his talent), and Felix Doubrant would be enough for the Marlins to surrender their franchise player.

The Rays, of course, wouldn’t have to part with much either, mainly because other teams feel so bad about their payroll situation. A potential Hanley deal would be pro bono: anything to help out other Floridians. 

 In an article about top prospect Trevor Bauer, Matt Trueblood, a regular contributor, writes: “Bauer, the Diamondbacks' top pick in last year's June draft, is already a part of the plans going forward… Arizona would love to trade for a bit of help somewhere at midseason, since they're clearly building for the now, but Bauer is off the table.” 

Well, Mark, did you ever consider that the young righty is “off the table” because he’s not even allowed to be on it? Bauer signed with the D-Backs last August as the third overall pick in the 2011 rule 4 draft, and that means he can’t be traded until a year from then. Unless he’s included as a player-to-be-named-later (and he wouldn’t be named until much later), the former UCLA star won’t be moved.

But after sifting through all the garbage, there is news to be found, it just happens to be old and out of context. Bleacher Report is actually good for one thing, though: a laugh. Incredulous reader, click on the link at the top, the headline might just read, “Possible landing spots for Bryce Harper and why the Nationals don’t need him.” Bleacher Report sucks. 

  • From there, the Red Sox would likely try to shy away from sending any of their young low-level talent and instead could use some combination of guys who could help right away. Like Ryan Lavarnway, Bryce Brentz, Lars Anderson, Felix Doubront and Junichi Tazawa.

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  • Apparently your comment system can't handle quotation marks since it cut off everything before and after my quoted section, so I'm going to have to try again...

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  • This is a pretty lazy and poorly supported argument for such an aggressive critique. Your examples in the intro aren't linked, because you made them all up. Did you make them up because you couldn't find anything legitimate to back up this notion/vendetta you have? That's just lazy and unfair, Booker. How would you like someone to make sweeping exaggerations to critique your writing? Well, I don't have to with this one. Basically, your main criticism is that Joel Reuter, without trying to argue that it is likely to happen other than noting Boston is among the possible destinations, linked to a report from Buster Olney that the Sox and Marlins have had actual discussions about Ramirez. All he did was say the Sox would likely start with Middlebrooks, which makes sense since Baseball America rates him as Boston's top prospect and he's a third baseman, and then said the Sox would likely *try to* shy away from trading someone like Bogaerts, which I doubt you'd disagree with. Read what he actually wrote. Reuter is not saying this is going to happen or is likely to make the Marlins bite. He's saying what he thinks the Sox would *try,* and I think his reading is accurate and fair. Hanley reportedly doesn't want to play third base, and his value is at an all-time low. The Sox have a top third base prospect. If there was a trade, Middlebrooks would likely be involved. Totally reasonable. As for Trueblood, you defeated your own argument off the bat. Know how these same Diamondbacks got Tyler Skaggs? They traded for him a year after he was drafted, at midseason, as a player to be named later. THE SAME EXACT SCENARIO YOU ARE BEING DISMISSIVE ABOUT. Get over yourself. It's become such a fad to rip on Bleacher Report by reading through a bunch of stories to find something to exclaim about, but there's a lot of good stuff there, and good stuff for baseball fans. They have King Kaufman. You think he doesn't care about having good baseball coverage? They've added some good writers and are probably going to add more. Full disclosure: I write there once in a blue moon. But the spelling and grammar has been much cleaner over the past couple years and seems to get better every few months, and I've seen their editing process first-hand. Sure, the site's not perfect, especially considering the crazy amount of writers there, but I see errors on plenty of sites by professional journalists. Go to any newspaper's sports blog section and you'll really find unedited copy since they don't pay people to copy edit for content that doesn't appear in print. Go to Grantland or any other blog site. (Case in point: You spelled Felix Doubront's name wrong, and there are other copy issues in your post/rant here.) Most of B/R's stories are pretty clean these days, including this Reuter one. I just think you're being pretty unfair here. They're not perfect, but this post is not persuasive at all. You can try to find better examples, but it would honestly be a bit pathetic for you to spend hours hunting around to do that. Stop being Captain Cynical and cut these writers some slack. I like posting there, and it bugs me when people try to be snotty like this. Ease up, man.

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  • Wow, the comment system can't even support line breaks. Amazing. Just ditch it for Disqus.

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  • Why would anybody write about something if there's no chance of it happening? You said it yourself, Hanley's value is at an all-time low, so why would they ditch him now? And in any theoretical trade discussions, Xander Bogaerts would be the first name to pop up. Middlebrooks would be included, too, but Bogaerts, Cecchini, and Jacobs would be the meat of the deal. That wouldn't even be enough. If Hanley were on the table, teams would be at the ready to surrender their top prospects. The Sox wouldn't be able to compete. The Rays would NOT be able to afford him, so why even include them in the article? To fill up space? "The Royals could win 96 games": http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1062134-mlb-free-agency-2012-best-and-worst-case-scenarios-for-each-mlb-team#/articles/1062134-mlb-free-agency-2012-best-and-worst-case-scenarios-for-each-mlb-team/page/13 The Mariners could get decent prospects for Ichiro: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1065454-seattle-mariners-why-trading-ichiro-is-their-best-way-to-build-for-future And I apologize for the misspelling, that's inexcusable.

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  • You'd think that you'd double- or triple-check your own writing for grammar mistakes if you're going to call out others: "The worst, though, [ARE] the site’s opinion pieces"; "Yesterday’s possible landing spots for the 'troubled shortstop' [INCLUDE]"; "financially-strapped" shouldn't be hyphenated; "But after sifting through all the garbage, there is news to be found, it just happens to be old and out of context" is an utter disaster of a sentence (among many others, but that's the best example); and, lastly, you have absolutely no fucking idea how to use a semicolon (or a comma, for that matter).

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