Blogger=Forbidden

by Bill Ferris on February 16, 2007 · 1 comment

in Blogs & Journalism

The folks at Bleed Cubbie Blue point out that one of the SB Nation sites, Halo’s Heaven, was completely denied access to team personnel for interviews. What’s a little bizarre about this is that MLBAM has supposedly set policies forbidding teams from interacting with bloggers.

There are a couple things to consider here. First, does MLBAM actually have this kind of authority? I don’t entirely understand the relationship, but I don’t think they’re really in a position to govern how a team’s media relations department chooses to function. That’s what makes me think that the Angels may have just been giving Halos Heaven a kiss off. Not to mention the fact that individual teams seem to have some different policies in regard to level of access and cooperation with the blog-o-sphere.

Goatriders got in touch with someone from MLB who stated that there isn’t a specific edict to shut bloggers out so make of it what you will.

But let’s pretend it is true, at least that MLB doesn’t want team’s talking to bloggers. It is certainly understandable that MLB wouldn’t want to open the door to all bloggers. But a unilateral decision clearly isn’t the way to go. I would hope that most teams at least have an idea of the prominent sites covering their teams. A case by case evaluation wouldn’t be that difficult would it?

And mind you I’m not even advocating for credentials, just some sort of access. Be it attending a free agent press conference signing, or a 15 minute phone interview with a team exec, or even cheesy offseason photo-ops, these are all great opportunities for MLB and teams to test the waters. They’re also an opportunity for bloggers to show they won’t abuse the access that they are granted.

Face it bloggers, most of us aren’t journalists and there is no editorial process for our work. I don’t know that we belong in a clubhouse and I can entirely understand MLB’s apprehension. But that doesn’t mean that we as bloggers aren’t capable of acting and writing in a professional way. And if teams don’t already have a handle on which sites would be candidates for some access, then they are already missing the boat.