Bryan Price needs an education on role of media

By now, you’ve probably read or heard Bryan Price’s rant at C. Trent Rosecrans. Obviously, the Reds need to hire a good media consultant to work with him. Allow me to suggest my good friend, Kevin Sullivan.

Loved this tweet:

Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post weighed in with a column. He writes:

Now, no beat writer is doing his/her job if he/she isn’t sending out that info in real time – whether it comes from the manager or not. Providing instant information is part of the job. Wait till after the game, and you’re nine innings late, and your readers are poorly served.

Later, he writes:

This is a key point: All reporters can ask of the people they cover – managers, general managers and players – is that they don’t lie. There are times (and this instance might be an example) in which not providing the whole truth is understandable because there are real competitive advantages at stake.

But having the media know whether a player is available or not – particularly after-the-fact – can work in a manager’s favor, at least in the court of public opinion. Devin Mesaraco is a right-handed hitter who clubbed 25 homers a year ago. If the opponent brings in a left-handed reliever in the late innings of a close game, and Mesaraco does not get off the bench to pinch hit, well, Reds fans might wonder why, and Price would be best served by saying, “He’s injured and wasn’t available in that situation.”



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