On The Colorado Rockies’ Beat: Twitter And The Trade Deadline

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Jun 27, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager T. Collins (10) during the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies and the rest of Major League Baseball are experiencing something new at the trade deadline: Twitter.

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Terry Collins isn’t exactly a, uh, progressive or forward-thinking manager. At least not in terms of technology. And I have a funny feeling that if here were to manage the Colorado Rockies, some of the bloggers here and elsewhere that cover the team would take some kind of perverse enjoyment at hating him.

(Or maybe we’d love him? He makes for a hell of a post game press conference, get off my lawn attitude aside.)

Anyways, the reason I have this post up is this interview right here, which if you haven’t seen it yet (or if you haven’t been following baseball?) is about the near Wilmer Flores for Carlos Gomez (and a bunch of other pieces) trade between the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers that didn’t go through.

Collins is here speaking specifically about Flores, who was crying on the field Wednesday night after he thought he got traded to Milwaukee during a game:

So there are a few interesting things about that post game presser, not the least of which is Collins’ crodgetty (sp?) old guy routine, of course.

Look, Terry, about this idea of the trade deadline — and baseball in general — being ruined by Twitter and cell phones and technology… Where the hell have you been, man?

Twitter started in 2006, and it’s now 2015. You’ve gone through three, four, five, maybe six massive trade deadlines on Twitter in the last several years, and it’s not as though suddenly right now, in July of 2015, people are on their phones at ball games or rumors are flying around on social media soooo much more than they had been in, say, July of 2014.

But no, really, where’d that come from? Are you mad because it affected one of your players?

Twitter and social media had literally nothing to do with one of his players; those guys don’t have phones in the dugout and by league rule they are not allowed to be on phones during the game, so if Flores found out from somebody on Twitter, you don’t need to blast social media, Collins, you need to blow up your own organization’s handlers.

It’s as if Collins doesn’t understand that agents, players, ex-teammates, friends, everybody has always talked to and around players during the trade deadline.

But now that phones are out, and people have access to computers and social media, now that talk is a problem, right Terry? Please.

Hey, Twitter is an easy thing to blame. Not because Twitter is worthy of blame; it’s worth no more or no less blame than any other method of communication passed down throughout history.

Did we blame the ancient Anasazi for painting on caves? (No, really, did we? Because communication is communication, deal with it Terry.) But because anybody can use it. It’s the non-exclusivity, right?

Anyways, this is actually related to the Colorado Rockies. Whereas the Mets and Flores were the subject of trade rumors all night long before the trade, nobody saw Troy Tulowitzki‘s departure coming until literally the minute that it happened. Jeff Bridich may have screwed up some stuff at the deadline, but he got it right with a tight ship.

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