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Top MLB beat writers?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by The Franchise, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. icoverbucks

    icoverbucks Member

    In Hal's defense, he had a mild stroke I believe about 2-3 years ago. It was a situation where the paper had one of the people on the desk drive him to and from the stadium for the home games. Not sure if that situation has improved (or even if that's medically possible). But for him to continue at the pace he has almost unabated by that is what is truly amazing to me.

    I would agree with the "end of thread" comment.

    I'll go one better. In the dictionary next to "beat writer," they have his picture. He's in the HoF and still churning last I checked.
  2. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    For the record, Mizzou, wasn't it Tim Belcher who did that? I agree, though, that was a great story.
  3. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    Hal McCoy's the only person I've ever been awestruck to be around -- and ever will be -- in a press box. You could have filed a column alone on how every writer there looked out for him -- "Heads up, Hal!" -- when a line foul came into the box. And how he went back to scoring his game, almost completely blind, just as he had scored tens of thousands of games to then.
  4. luckyducky

    luckyducky Guest

    FUNNY. As in, I can see Larry doing that. No idea if he stopped.
  5. gauchoguy16

    gauchoguy16 Member

    I have always enjoyed reading Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times. He is a solid reporter and writer. He has done a fine job over the years and always provides insight.
  6. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Hal McCoy, Dayton Daily News... enough said
    Tracy Ringolsby, Rocky Mountain News... GREAT stuff
    Bob Dutton, KC Star... knowledgeable writer stuck covering B-grade team
    Mark Gonzales... always liked his work in Arizona and Chicago
  7. HoopsMcCann

    HoopsMcCann Active Member

    when did the royals get upgraded to a b?
  8. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Just being generous, I guess. ;D
  9. HoopsMcCann

    HoopsMcCann Active Member

  10. Dutton does a great job...always makes following the Royals entertaining, and I thought that was impossible.
  11. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Tracy, by his own admission, isn't much of a writer. His strong suit has always been his information, which is extensive. He knows who's in the Devil Rays farm system, and he doesn't have much need to know.

    That said, he's kind of jumped the shark for me since "Moneyball" came out. Tracy loves his relationship with all the old-school scouts (The cup spitters who say things like, "I don't need no goddamn radar gun to know that a sumbitch can th'ow hard"). In his zeal to protect those hardheads, Tracy has gone too far the other way, denigrating any evaluation method that doesn't fall into the realm of what's acceptable to the old school.
  12. Pig Vomit

    Pig Vomit New Member

    Ringolsby is a hell of a reporter, but I know fifth graders who can write better.
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