Recent posts from various blogs (including this one) have included teasers that mention the inclusion of Cole Hamels in a possible trade. That bit of info comes from an article in the NY Daily News by Mark Feinsand. He wrote this in his column:
According to one source: “Don't rule out them including Cole Hamels.”That's it. Basically, some guy who obviously isn’t in any way connected with the Phillies because he calls them “them,” tells some other guy about a trade possibility that he completely fabricated. The other guy happens to be a sportswriter so he writes about this imaginary trade scenario in his column. He calls the guy a “source,” thereby successfully making one random person’s random opinion appears to be “insider information.”
I’ve finally learned the difference between a blogger and a “legitimate” sports writer. The blogger creates or propagates baseless rumors so people will read. The “legitimate” sports writer creates or propagates baseless rumors so people will read, but attributes the opinions to “sources” so they appear to be, well, legitimate. Brilliant!
In other hot stove news:
According to a source, “the Yankees could trade Sabathia to the Phils.” One source tells me that Cliff Lee “is interested in being the next football coach at Notre Dame.” Another source indicates that “Carlos Ruiz may have visa issues and could be stuck in Panama for the start of the season.”
If anyone has any "sources" please let us know because we would love to report some breaking Hot Stove news on this site. Thanks.