Jul 29 2008
By David Scott
Boston Sports Media Watch
Scott’s Shots is being told of some intriguing plans being undertaken by Boston Globe Sports Editor Joe Sullivan in an effort to bolster the department’s Red Sox coverage. With Gordon Edes in his final days as a Globie, Sullivan is said to be pursuing a full-time Red Sox Internet reporter in addition to a replacement for Edes’s predominantly print position.
A Monday afternoon email to Sullivan seeking comment on the potential moves was replied to on early Tuesday afternoon with these four words: “I cannot confirm that.” There don’t appear to be any listings at the Boston.com “Work Here” links – or any other logical sites.
However, one informed Boston sportswriter told Shots, “[The Globe] offered [the web job] to Edes, and have already interviewed another prominent (beat guy) in the Boston market.”
If true, the move to hire a “full-time” web person for the Sox would seem to indicate the Globe (a.k.a. Big Daddy New York Times and thus, Boston.com) are not going to wait and see what all the hub-bub at WEEI.com is about. Instead, Sullivan is apparently being proactive and going after an established name in the market to better his staff’s coverage of the ever-swirling Sox.
Efforts to confirm who the “prominent” Sox beat writer is were unsuccessful, but it’s logical to think that both the Herald’s Tony Massarotti and the Providence Journal’s Sean McAdam would be at the top of the pecking order. McAdam, especially, would probably have an urge for going if the things continue to go south at Belo.
Sullivan would seem to get more bang for his buck with Tony Mazz (adding to the Globe’s staff, detracting from Hank Hryniewicz’s) but McAdam brings a summer hot streak with him that has seen him in front of several Sox storylines.
Neither, for what it’s worth, have been bountiful bloggers in their current roles, but both have shown ability to be New Media savvy.
. . . One thought, for what it’s worth: With three months (max) left in the baseball season, Sullivan might be able to hire a local name for the short term (to blog and offer paper content) and wait until the season is over to find an Edes replacement. The local writer could then transition to the role of an Internet-only contributor once that hire is made. National candidatess will be more likely to make a switch once the grind of the season is over.
• If you really want to get into Boston Sports Media Fantasy Drafting, I’ll open the COMMENTS for suggestions on who else should be involved in the merry-go-round that was set off when Rob Bradford bolted to WEEI.com from the Herald. And because we’re the sporting kind, here’s an alphabetical list of names to start with, along with a pithy Shots comment or two:
Bill Ballou, Worcester Telegram – Ah, no. But he is on the beat and at a sister paper so he probably gets a courtesy call.
(LATE ADD:) Ian Browne, MLB.com – As a kind reader pointed out, I missed Browne on my original names-to-consider list. That just shows how dangerous this speculation is because Browne should be at the very top of Sullivan’s list.
In my defense, I will say there are inherent issues that go along with writing for a league-run site and I’ve never fully embraced the writers at sites like MLB.com,NBA.com or NFL.com.
That’s short-sighted on my part and I’m working through it. Thanks for keeping me honest, kind reader.
Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe – No idea how to read the Globe’s comfort-level with Benjamin. If they were overly confident in her, they probably wouldn’t be looking for two Sox writers to replace one.)
Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe – We sense Cafardo is in the slowing-down portion of his career and probably not looking to get back in the grind with a 7-day, 24-hours per day, 365 days that a Web and/or beat job would require. He’s of better use as Sox/Pats utility man.
Jeff Goldberg, Hartford Courant – Having taken the Courant’s buyout, Goldberg is done at end of Sox season with the HC, so timing could be on his side.
Joe Haggerty, Metro Boston – His TV and radio workloads have blossomed in recent months, so he’s going to be able to get the brand name of the Globe/Boston.com out there and do it with a high level of familiarity to fans. That’s no small part of a potential web-only hire.
Bob Hohler, Boston Globe – See: Cafardo, Nick
Jeff Horrigan, Boston Herald – The forgotten man much too often in this town, Horrigan always strikes us a Herald Guy through thick, thin and everything in between. His brother does get reps at Globe Mag so there’s a connection of sorts, but we’d still guess the “H” in Horrigan’s name stands for Herald.
Michael Silverman, Boston Herald – If we were forced to put this list in order of who will benefit most from a Globe snatching of Tony Mazz, we’d go with Silverman. Regardless, he’s got to be high on the Globe’s list for one spot or the other.
Alex Speier, Union Leader and also Herald Contributor – He’s got a full-time job, so he’d be a longshot we’d guess. But he’d be an interesting presence on the Web if his personality were allowed to seep in. [Disclaimer: Shots co-hosted a radio show once with Speier and we've been a devoted fan ever since.]
• We keep forgetting to mention that it looks like Frank Dell’apa has moved into his new position of Celtics beat man. Marc Spears was promoted previously to an NBA columnist role, the spot vacated by Peter May.
. . . The new Sunday notes set-up at the Globe is less than riveting. It’s also less information, taking up less space. Not sure what the point of that is, but we sense there’s a whole lot of tinkering going on on Mo. Blvd.
David Scott writes from a seaside shanty on the shores of Hull, Mass. and can be reached at shotsATbostonsportsmediaDOTcom.
Scott’s first book, with Memphis Coach John Calipari, is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2009.