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Rockabilly
08-19-2008, 03:59 PM
for baseball stories or rumors

My choice would be Jayson Stark

doublem23
08-19-2008, 04:00 PM
doublem23

The Milkman
08-19-2008, 04:02 PM
The only ESPNers I don't mind are Stark and Olney...everyone else is awful. Too bad Karl Ravich isn't allowed to form an opinion; I'd like to see what he has to say instead of defering to all the idiots.

bigsoxfan420
08-19-2008, 04:04 PM
Bruce Levine (and no this is not supposed to be in teal). He is knowledgeable, gets interviews, is funny and is local.

Eddo144
08-19-2008, 04:23 PM
I don't know if I'd call Joe Posnanski an expert, but he's the best writer out there.

Steve Stone is excellent. Rob Neyer is very good.

Stark is OK; too often he gets caught up in the 'it-just-happened-it-must-be-the-greatest-ever' hype (case in point: this year's All Star game).

Just about everyone else at ESPN is terrible, just spouting cliched crap because - gasp! - they're not real experts, but just former players.

The writers at The Hardball Times are good. BP has its moments.

Optipessimism
08-19-2008, 04:25 PM
Scott Merkin, the Sox beat writer.

This guy never gets any credit. He doesn't stir **** up like Cowley, he doesn't report things that have not happened or will not happen like the rumor guys, he doesn't refer to the 2005 Sox bench players as "scrubs" like Bruce Levine, he doesn't bash the Sox incessantly or harbor stupid grudges like the Windsock and Carol Slezak do, he doesn't rely on sabermetrics as his be-all, end-all like Dayn Perry does, he doesn't look for racial motives in everything like Scoop Jackson does, nor does he drastically overrate players like Phil Rogers does. Scott Merkin just does his ****ing job exactly the way he's supposed to do it. Other journalists should follow his lead.

Sports journalism can certainly afford to exchange a bit of flair for accuracy and accountability.

hellview
08-19-2008, 04:25 PM
Tim Kurtjun(however you spell it)

And Satan, but he's an expert on everything.

Rockabilly
08-19-2008, 04:28 PM
Steve Stone would be my 2nd choice.. I also like Harold Reynolds

FedEx227
08-19-2008, 04:35 PM
Bruce Levine (and no this is not supposed to be in teal). He is knowledgeable, gets interviews, is funny and is local.

Except he's about equal to someone on here posting a conversation overheard at an airport only he reports it as 100% fact/sent to Buddy's office.

turners56
08-19-2008, 04:36 PM
Jessie Rodgers!

On a serious note, definitely Steve Stone.

DSpivack
08-19-2008, 04:59 PM
I actually like Peter Gammons.

kobo
08-19-2008, 05:07 PM
I actually like Peter Gammons.
Same here.

gobears1987
08-19-2008, 05:38 PM
Steve Stone

FarWestChicago
08-19-2008, 08:13 PM
Lip.

gregoriop
08-19-2008, 08:40 PM
Tim Kurkjian still talks about baseball with the excitement of a child, and that is not a bad thing at all. You can definitely tell he loves the game and I like listening to him.

soxwon
08-19-2008, 08:42 PM
unequivetably Da REverand.

Daver
08-19-2008, 08:48 PM
munchman33.

It's hard to find humorous entertainment like that anywhere these days.

getonbckthr
08-19-2008, 08:53 PM
I would love to spend a whole day with Hawk, Stone, Kurkjian and Gammons. Talk about an education.

hose
08-19-2008, 10:13 PM
local- Stone, Cowley, Gonzo, Dan Plesac

national- Tim Kurkjian

nccwsfan
08-19-2008, 10:14 PM
Ken Rosenthal nationally, Steve Stone locally.

johnnyg83
08-19-2008, 10:38 PM
Stone and Kurkijan ...

and I've done a 180 on Steve Phillips.

Save McCuddy's
08-19-2008, 10:43 PM
Stone Pony

roylestillman
08-19-2008, 11:08 PM
local- Stone, Cowley, Gonzo, Dan Plesac

national- Tim Kurkjian

I agree on the national side

Locally I go with Dave Van Dyke. Gonzo just strikes me as a guy that just reports on press conferences and releases. I never remember him breaking a story.

soxfanreggie
08-20-2008, 12:23 AM
Steve Stone-1
Tim Kurkijan-2

Nellie_Fox
08-20-2008, 12:28 AM
... and I've done a 180 on Steve Phillips.Which leaves you where?

RedHeadPaleHoser
08-20-2008, 06:25 AM
Locally - Steve Stone.

Nationally - Ken Rosenthal and Steve Phillips. I think he (Phillips) gets a bums rap because he's on ESPN.

Bucky F. Dent
08-20-2008, 06:57 AM
Stone, Merkin, and Gammons.

BringBackBlkJack
08-20-2008, 07:57 AM
I respect Steve Phillips' opinion. Of course, anyone's going to look like a genius sitting next to John Kruk.

Over By There
08-20-2008, 08:08 AM
Daver beat me to my sarcastic comment. In seriousness, I have loved listening to Stone on the radio this year. He's such a pro, and he's made Farmer so much more listenable, IMO. Also, in terms of columnists, I really like John Donovan at SI.

mccoydp
08-20-2008, 08:43 AM
I have two: Hawk and D.J.

I depend on them for all of my baseball insight and stories of yesteryear.

PennStater98r
08-20-2008, 09:14 AM
1 Stoney
2 Rob Neyer

palehozenychicty
08-20-2008, 09:22 AM
National: J. Donovan
Chicago: Merkin

Cangelosi CF
08-20-2008, 10:00 AM
I actually like Peter Gammons.

IIRC he seems a lot less pedantic and snotty than before.

South Side Irish
08-20-2008, 10:15 AM
I have two: Hawk and D.J.

I depend on them for all of my baseball insight and stories of yesteryear.

Quick - how much does a maple bat cost?

beasly213
08-20-2008, 10:28 AM
I used to love Steve Stone as an analysit but since joining the White Sox I think he has become a tad baised towards them. Not that I don't like that I just need my analysits to be completely unbiased.

So my new pick. Peter Gammons.

doublem23
08-20-2008, 10:55 AM
So my new pick. Peter Gammons.

You think Peter Gammons is unbiased? I've got some nice oceanfront property here in Central Illinois that you might be interested in, then.

OTOH, what's wrong with bias? How are these guys supposedly better by pretending to be what their not?

hi im skot
08-20-2008, 12:36 PM
No love for otis?

mccoydp
08-20-2008, 12:39 PM
Quick - how much does a maple bat cost?

I'll have to check my archives. The answer is mixed in with the origins of the batting glove, and stories about Yaz.

I debated whether or not I should teal my response; I came to the conclusion that the absurdity of my statement would be obvious.

So I tag it with this instead: :redneck

pythons007
08-20-2008, 12:49 PM
How can anyone in their right might like Bruce Levine!?!?! If it isn't Cubs it isn't important. He is wrong more times than he is right with his moronic information.

With that being said, I like Mike North and Mike Murphy they are awesome!

popilius
08-20-2008, 03:38 PM
John Kuenster, the editor of Baseball Digest.

:gulp:

hose
08-20-2008, 03:56 PM
National: J. Donovan
Chicago: Merkin

I should have had Merk on my list...I knew I forgot someone

russ99
08-20-2008, 07:42 PM
Scott Merkin, the Sox beat writer.

This guy never gets any credit. He doesn't stir **** up like Cowley, he doesn't report things that have not happened or will not happen like the rumor guys, he doesn't refer to the 2005 Sox bench players as "scrubs" like Bruce Levine, he doesn't bash the Sox incessantly or harbor stupid grudges like the Windsock and Carol Slezak do, he doesn't rely on sabermetrics as his be-all, end-all like Dayn Perry does, he doesn't look for racial motives in everything like Scoop Jackson does, nor does he drastically overrate players like Phil Rogers does. Scott Merkin just does his ****ing job exactly the way he's supposed to do it. Other journalists should follow his lead.

Sports journalism can certainly afford to exchange a bit of flair for accuracy and accountability.

Heck yeah! Merkin's great.

All the rest of them are idiots, stirring up the dirt to either self-promote themselves and/or sell papers or ads, well - except for Ken Rosenthal. The guy has solid info and he's never biased. Grudgingly, I also have respect for Gammons, even though he's a national reporter but also a Red Sox homer.

Close to half of Kurkjian's articles are about the Cubs, so I rate him only slightly higher than Phil "Mr. Cub" Rogers. Neyer's books are awesome, his day-to-day sportswriting much less so.

BadBobbyJenks
08-20-2008, 07:50 PM
I used to love Steve Stone as an analysit but since joining the White Sox I think he has become a tad baised towards them. Not that I don't like that I just need my analysits to be completely unbiased.

So my new pick. Peter Gammons.

I like Gammons, but come on he wears Red Sox pajamas.

I like Stoney, Neyer, Buster (mainly just because of the blog with all the links for news of every team) and Jim Callis.