Friday, March 31, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

I was thumbing through the dead tree version of SI, which feature this year’s MLB preview. One of the stories names “20 to Watch” in major league baseball this season, including players and non-players.

One of those “to watch” is Anna Benson, wife of former Mets’ pitcher Kris Benson (now with the Orioles).

SI may have pulled the trigger too soon, as OTB reported yesterday: Anna Benson Files for Divorce.

Of course, I guess from pure soap opera-appeal, and depending on the nature of the divorce, Anna may continue to make more news than her soon-to-be-ex-husband.

(I may have now exhausted my baseball-blogging for the season).

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4 Responses to “Watching Benson”

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    1. Rigo Says:

      “as OTB reported yesterday:”

      FYI: AP writer David Ginsburg reported the story–OTB just re-posted Ginsburg’s story.

    2. Dr. Steven Taylor Says:

      Would you prefer “noted”?

      I find this kind of comment to be rather nit-picky, not to mention unnecessary.

    3. Rigo Says:

      Not trying to be nit-picky. However, given all of the commentary by both journalists and bloggers regarding the relationship between the two, it seems necessary to acknowledge the fundamental differences between actual reporting and commentary.

      In fact, you’ve made this point yourself, Steven, a few weeks ago:

      “Bloggers frequently like to view themselves as the eventual replacement for the MSM, a notion which is, of course, absurd for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that most of what the blogosphere comments upon is information gleaned from MSM sources.”

      Calling something “reporting” implies original journalistic work. As you indicated yourself, bloggers, such as the poster at OTB rely on “information gleaned from MSM sources.”

      Reiterating this fact, I believe, will help blogging get a fair shake in the MSM as well as contribute to a sense by journalists that blogging is actually advantageous to their enterprise, rather than competing.

    4. Dr. Steven Taylor Says:

      All fair enough–and sometimes comments/e-mial come across harsher than intended. Word choice does matter–although I will confess it is such a throw-away story that I was hardly choosing my words as carefully as I otherwise might.

      In all honesty, I was tired and grumpy when I read your comment, and reacted as I did.


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