Sunday, December 10, 2006

Still more weirdness from the SF Chronicle

Bruce Jenkins has written a column that's just about as irrational and stupid as anything you can find in a big city paper these days -- laden with insults to Bonds, Sabean and any Giants fan who has the temerity to cheer for the team -- and declaring the 2007 season is over a full two months before pitchers and catchers report to Scottsdale.

Let's get to the point, which is -- Bruce Jenkins HATES Barry Bonds. He asserts that the Bonds signing "makes no baseball sense" and "will stifle the more pressing needs" even though Bonds had the top onbase percentage in MLB last year. I guess that Bruce is a big Todd Linden fan but it's impossible to tell what's actually going on in Bruce's fevered brain other than pure rage. Oddly enough, it's not the steroid issue -- Jenkins believes that McGwire should be in the Hall of Fame.

If you knew nothing about the 2006 season and then read this column, you'd be excused for thinking that it was Bonds who was the chief culprit for the team's lousy performance. But was it really Bonds who blew save after save last year? Was it Bonds who batted leadoff with a .325 OBP? Was it Bonds who played a whole season at 3B with a .281 OBP? Was it Bonds who got $9 million last year to get bombed as a starter over and over?

Frankly, I'm going to stop analyzing Jenkins other than simply saying he's a pathetic excuse for a journalist and that the Chronicle -- given its aggressive reporting on the Bonds legal front -- has badly abused its readers by not even bothering to give the appearance of rational, unbiased coverage of the Giants.

I've said repeatedly, it's no wonder that Chronicle is losing circulation as its shreds its reputation as a reliable source for news and analysis.


Blogger allfrank said...

I saw that jenkins article, too. It was completely irrational and hysterical. It lacked any semblance of analysis and was completely intellectually dishonest. I am really surprised a reporter in a major American newspaper could print an article which was nothing more than a diatribe, a venting of his own personal prejudices and hatreds. Definitely not respected journalism.
I am enjoying your blog, even if I don't comment much.

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