Big Market bias is real, Aaron Judge is not the face of baseball
Opinion by Tim Shirer
There has been a lot of talk recently in the national media, mainly ESPN, FOX and MLB Network that Aaron Judge is the new face of baseball. Let me say something first before I give my opinion on who is the face of baseball. I think Aaron Judge, from what I have seen and heard is a nice young man and a good baseball player.
With that being said, Aaron Judge is not the new face of baseball. The only reason at all that the media is saying this is because he plays for the New York Yankees. Media outlets like the three mentioned above, constantly kiss the derrieres of the Big Market teams. So therefore, Judge naturally is their favorite player right now. They have completely forgotten who the real faces of baseball are.
In my opinion if there is only one or maybe two faces of baseball and they are Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. They are the two best players in baseball and the funny thing is, both of them are younger than the current Big Market Darling Judge.
There is no doubt in my mind if Judge played for the Cleveland Indians or the Milwaukee Brewers there would be no way these people would say he’s the face of baseball even if he had the exact same stats that he is putting up this season for the Yankees.
It’s the usual suspects calling Judge the face of baseball, guys like Christopher Russo, Joe Buck and pretty much everyone that works at ESPN. The other guy at MLB Network who is constantly praising any player who plays for a big market team is Harrold Reynolds. Reynolds played for his entire career in small market Seattle. It makes zero sense that he has become a big market ass kisser and besides that, he has become an analyst that is hard to listen to in almost every program he is on, on the MLB Network. He never gives an insightful analysis. He is constantly stating the obvious. He keeps his job because he constantly praises the Yankees, Red Sox and Mets. The three franchises the MLB Network seems to love the most.
Big mouth know it all Christopher Russo leads off nearly every episode of his daily talk show on MLB Network “High Heat” with talk about the Yankees, Red Sox or Mets. I’ve tweeted at him a few times to let him know what I think of his big market bias, he doesn’t like it very much.
But getting back to the face or faces of baseball. If Judge is a face of baseball he is one of many. Harper and Trout are still at the top. They are still phenomenal ball players and aren’t even as good as they could be yet. So, to take that title away from them is completely wrong. But I think there are many faces of baseball right now and the Indians have a couple of them, Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez are dynamic players that young people love and can identify with. Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa are two others. Not to mention Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo.
So, the fact that the guys and networks that only recognize the big market teams and players that play for them would anoint Aaron Judge the new face of the game is very typical of what sports has become in the 2010’s. Complete and total bias, no real journalist integrity at any of those networks when it comes to fair reporting or covering of baseball. I guess I should just get used to it, because it probably isn’t going to change anytime soon.
POSTED 07/17/2016 00:01