Source: Yong Kim on Philly.com's Twitter account
Aces and catchers will hold their first official workout tomorrow, but many of them took to the field today.
A number of the beat writers have already recapped the events, which included mandatory physicals for pitchers and catchers.
On if his [Rich Dubee's] job is easier with ace-laden rotation: "I was going to bring a recliner to spring training, but I figured I better stay on my feet for a little while. There's still work to be done."
Ry Law (only because I don't feel like spelling out his name all season long) also talked about Chase Utley being on Facebook, which we told you about a few weeks ago. Seems like Chasey is for realsies with this thing. Might be a PR person doing the updating, but Chase is the last person we would have expected to see posting pictures like this (posted on Thursday)… Perhaps the nine figure contracts given to Howard, Lee, and Werth have incented Chase to grow his brand a bit.
David Hale of Delaware Online (who keeps a tremendous blog of factoids that might not otherwise find their way into print):
Most oddly surreal moment of the morning: A random guy walked into the locker room and was stopped by a Phillies employee, who asked which media outlet he was with. “I’m not with anyone,” he said. “I’m just going to use the restroom.” I suppose it beats stopping at a McDonalds.
Hale also mentions that Chase was the only (regular) position player in attendance today.
Jimmy Rollins was not seen today, but he has been using the facilities in Clearwater over the last week. Why is that noteworthy? Well, Rollins almost never shows up before the mandatory date for position players.
A few Phillies officials made a point of noting Rollins' early arrival. One of them was hitting coach Greg Gross, who said he was surprised to see Rollins so early. He said Rollins appears to be in great shape.
Of course, there should be no shortage of motivation for Rollins, who is entering a contract year.
Ah yes, the "he showed up to Spring Training a week early so he must really care" story of the year. Next level Spring Training maneuver from Rollins.
All of those recaps are worth a read today.
There's also a shit ton of national press already in Clearwater. Buster Olney was there doing a live shot on ESPN, a writer from Sports Illustrated is tailing the team, and cameras captured Roy Halladay taking off his shoes. It has begun, folks.
That's it. Most of the players went to a golf tournament in the afternoon. Life ain't easy in the FLA.
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John Smallwood, not a journalist who you might immediately relate to new media, gave perhaps the most fair and accurate opinion on what happened yesterday with the John Gruden rumors.
The story went from former Eagle Kyle Eckel's Facebook page, to a small TV station in Missouri (the reporter is from the Philly area), to Bleacher Report, to other Eagles blogs, and then had to be checked on by beat writers, who ultimately disproved the story before the Eagles issued their statement, which firmly denied the report.
Instead of taking to Twitter and his column to bash social media, blogs, and Twitter, the way so many other journalists will do today, Smallwood acknowledged the advantages of what we and so many others do. But he also pointed out the one area that has yet to be defined: What sorts of checks and balances are in place to deter folks in their basement, me, from spreading rumors based on little fact? [Philly.com]
But understand that traditional journalists have rules to follow, and there are penalties for breaking them.
A libel or slander suit is a powerful incentive for news organization to do their due diligence to confirm and reconfirm their facts.
But a loss of credibility with the people who trust us to deliver factual information is the greatest check and balance.
What are the rules for blogs or social networking?
I hate to get all smart and shit, but there was a concept during the Cold War called M.A.D., Mutual Assured Destruction, which basically deterred both the United States and the Soviet Union from launching nuclear attacks, simply because both sides could absorb the blow and retaliate.
The same principle applies here.
A journalist can't be completely reckless in reporting because, lawsuits aside, credibility is a difficult thing to regain once it's lost. Someone in my position, who isn't close to that level but does do this for a living, still has a lot to lose by being completely reckless- like, my job. Albeit one which I don't wear pants to.
But what is the drawback for someone with a hobby blog, popular Facebook page, or a Bleacher Report account? There is none. At least, not yet. And that sucks.
Now back to your regularly sheduled snark and pictures of Jeff Carter staring at blonde puck bunnies.
Last night’s live blog was rather lively, considering the start time and the fact that the Phillies were being no-hit. Read it after the jump. Lots of Larry King and Rihanna (?) talk too.
If you haven’t heard already, Philadelphia is now requiring bloggers to pay a $300 “business privilege license”, regardless of whether or not their blogs actually make any money. It's essentially forcing folks to register websites that have any ads on them, as a business. The story, which originated last week in the City Paper, has now shown up on NBCPhiladelphia.com and national sites like Mashable.
The fee, which applies to any for profit activities in the city, requires anyone who has a blog with the potential to earn revenue, to pay a one-time $300 tax to the city (or $50 a year)- on top of any earnings taxes they would normally pay. The problem is that this includes small hobby blogs, that are closer to Facebook pages than they are businesses. Sites like ours (which, by the way, isn’t affected because we are registered outside the city limits), that do generate ad revenue, are ideal candidates for this type of tax, whether or not you agree with those sorts of business fees. The city, however, is generalizing a very broad industry by lumping in "blogs." Blogs range from someone’s personal site that rants on daily thoughts, all the way up to sites like ours that sell ad space and to large media conglomerates like Deadspin. A flat $300 fee is hardly fair. It is a misguided attempt by an archaic city government to generalize a very broad industry, with a tax that shows a fundamental misunderstanding of what blogs are.