April 3, 2012

“Gleeman and The Geek” #35: Scholarships and Access

This week's episode of "Gleeman and The Geek" was recorded at Wild Boar in Hopkins and our special guest was the St. Paul Pioneer Press' new Twins beat reporter, Ben Goessling. Topics included the Opening Day roster, what Drew Butera losing his "scholarship" means for the bench, how injuries shaped the pitching staff, Trevor Plouffe's ever-changing role, Justin Morneau's new position, reporters versus bloggers, and writing about Joe Mauer.

Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 35

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  1. Aaron, you were very diplomatic regarding MSM. Maybe we have your NBC affiliation to thank (blame) for that? (I don’t really think that.)

    I don’t get either local newspaper, I don’t watch the local news and I don’t follow any of their “reporters” on their blogs or twitter. I gave that folly up long ago. Their fetters are undeniable. Access is the one that has been zeroed in on but it also includes pressure, both overt and tacit or, perhaps, recognized and unrecognized, from editors, publishers, management, ownership and advertisers. Self-censorship is the most powerful form. Any ambitious employee knows and caters to his audience and, by audience, i don’t mean readers, listeners or viewers.

    Most inside info gleaned from players, coaches or management is guarded, cliched and/or propagandistic and therefore useless. I don’t need the occasional scoop that a player has been sent down to the minors five minutes after it happens. I’ll hear about it during the next game or in your blog or someone else’s blog later.

    By all that, I mean to say to you and other bloggers, “Keep up the good work.”

    Comment by curt — April 3, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

  2. Ben was a GREAT guest. Must have him on again – before he learns to hate you guys :-). I’ll also have to echo one of the reviewers on I tunes that when you do have a guest, you should give them a little more latitude to speak their opinion. Ask them more questions and let them give full responses. Also turn John’s mike down or move it farther away from him. He is way louder than everyone else. Keep up the great podcast. Looking forward to listening to you during the season.

    Comment by Ron — April 3, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

  3. G&TG is my favorite podcast; you gentlemen are doing an excellent job.

    I would echo the comments that suggest you might let your guests speak more. Let them complete a thought; don’t interrupt while they are mid-sentence; avoid recasting their thoughts in your own words. Ben was an outstanding guest and I look forward to hearing him join you again.

    Aaron and John, you each carry a presence that is engaging and professional. Keep it rolling. Thank you.

    Comment by Tracy — April 5, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

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