A triumph of politics over baseball--"The Classic"
- "The international flavor has been underscored for the 2009 event by the choices of sites for first-round play. Tokyo,
- Toronto and San Juan, Puerto Rico, will host the first round,"....
- It's worse now than this Washington Post story reported a year ago:
- The threats and violence have sown fear across the journalistic spectrum. While crime reporters are common targets,
- sportswriters have been kidnapped by drug cartel hit men upset over coverage of their favorite soccer teams.
Feature reporters have been kidnapped, too, though the reasons are more mysterious. In the case of TV Azteca, colleagues suggested López might have been targeted because he had boasted about knowing the locations of executions and proudly told a colleague that he had twice been kidnapped -- for him it was a badge of honor."...
- From Washington Post, "Mexico's Journalists Feel Heavy Hand of Violence," by Manuel Roig-Franzia, 5/30/07
- P.S. The late Doug Pappas had the initiative to look behind stories from MLB, but sadly he is deceased. No one has replaced him although numerous sites discuss the business of baseball. Some may have a financial connection with MLB or hopes of one.
- One reason Mr. Pappas has not been replaced is the "landscape" explanation, ie, everybody likes Bud now, therefore no one wants to point out that the Emperor Has No Clothes:
- From BizofBaseball.com, 5/21/07 by Maury Brown. "Remembering Doug Pappas."