What Is Good Reporting?

On April 23, 2024 Cody Bellinger suffered a rib fracture making a catch in the Center Field Ivy at Wrigley Field. According to a few articles I read including this one by R.J. Anderson on CBSSports.com Bellinger was expected to miss close to two months. Nope. He returned for the Chicago Cubs as Designated Hitter in the opening game against the San Diego Padres on May 6, 2024. This means he missed only two weeks. Today’s article is short rant about how the media misinforms fans and what causes their misinformation since misinformation of any sort frustrates me.

R.J. Anderson cited Baseball Prospectus’ explaining that their recovery database suggests indicates, “players who suffer a fractured rib tend to miss more than 50 days on average.” My frustration here is that within 18 hours before R.J Anderson published his article Bellinger publicly said, “Honestly didn’t feel much at first,” Bellinger said. “As the innings went on, I started to get a little more uncomfortable. It was nothing serious. It’s a very dull pain, even now, which is a good sign. But at first, I didn’t feel anything.” (Source: ClutchPoints, 3/24/2024 3:45pm ET).

Why is this frustrating you ask? Simple. It is false reporting because while Cody did spend two weeks on the IL Anderson was not taking into considering what the player himself had publicly said when talking about the news.

Here’s the thing folks: I know many people, including myself, who misspeak sometimes giving false information. That said, Anderson’s article was written over an hour after many other articles, including the one by Jason Patt at ClutchPoints which quoted Bellinger himself saying the injury was not as bad as it looked during the game.

At the end of the day, this is not the first time in my life I have been overly frustrated by misinformation given by the media. I am sure it also wont be the last. However, the big media outlets need to consider their sources. Don’t misunderstand me here… Citing Baseball Prospectus’ like Anderson did is fine however he should have also been quoting Bellinger in his article who made it clear he was expecting to be back long before the expected two month timeframe.

With that… it’s time for the media to start doing a better job of reporting the news.

If you cannot play with them, then root for them.

 

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