Buzz Baloney

I’m not crazy … there wasn’t this much “buzz” last winter, nor any other winter before. On the one hand it’s fun, on the other it can be annoying. I’ll stand by my theory that the “buzz machine” of traditional media has been turned on full blast due to the great success of fan blogs — particularly the outstanding job done by Matt Cerrone at MetsBlog. The newspapers and magazines have FINALLY caught on to the fact that the majority of people who read sports check their favorite blog first, so the best way to grab eyeballs is to get a linkback to their story on MetsBlog.

Matt, we applaud you sincerely for becoming the most important internet media outlet regarding the Mets. You have done and continue to do a fine job.

The side effect is that the “professional” writers are spinning up nutty stories as fast as they can dream them up — the more outrageous, the better, since those will have the better chance of getting picked up. Oh, and they want to be the “first” with the story as well — rarely does the second source make it to the blog posts. Which is a problem, since it seems the majority are actually manufactured opinions or rumors not checked for validity. Can’t blame them, though, since they’re losing their readership. Bottom line is the eyeballs, not the facts. But the term “buzz” now encompasses rumors, conjecture, and truth — how are we to tell what’s what?

I should have started this a few weeks ago, but better late than never. Beginning now, we’ll keep a selective log of the “buzz” here: Buzz Baloney. Once spring training starts in February 2008, we’ll go back and see which of the pundits were most reliable.

Part of the fun of baseball is keeping score, right?

If you see something that you think should be added to the Buzz Baloney list, drop me a line through the contact page. Thanks.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.