A’s drop their media shield for all-star players – is it dollars and cents or is it ‘why bother?’

15/07/2014 § Leave a comment

Scott Kazmir is playing tour captain to his A’s posse in Minneapolis.

A lovely little tidbit from the All Star Game: the A’s sent just the players to Minneapolis. No PR flacks. No trainers. No handlers. Nada.

From the Chronicle’s Susan Slusser:

With no A’s club officials – no PR person, travel secretary, translator, etc. – going with the large All-Star traveling party, three-time All-Star Scott Kazmir is unofficially in charge. Oakland is sending Kazmir, Sean Doolittle, Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss, Yoenis C├ęspedes, Derek Norris and nonplaying National League All-Star Jeff Samardzija.

Director of team travel Mickey Morabito gave Kazmir the phone numbers for everything, including the bus scheduled to meet their charter at the airport in Minneapolis on Sunday evening.

There’s two angles on this: 1. Billy Beane figures his players are adult enough to be able to handle a three-day trip. And he’s got some notion of how journalism works; 2. A’s owner Lew Wolff doesn’t really care about his team and pinches his pennies so tight, this is what you get.

Given the on-going brouhaha about the team’s lease at decrepit O.co Coliseum (there’s a vote on Wednesday to secure the team there for another decade), most are taking the latter tack. As a journalist who has to deal with sometimes aggravatingly tight-lipped sports teams, I’d like to believe it’s the former. That would be refreshing. We’ve landed in a world where every comment is managed for fear of spin. Of course, the spin happens anyway. That’s why I’d like to believe this is a case of Beane saying, ‘who really cares in the end, what they want to write gets written anyway.’


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