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Mainstream Media Follies

It seems many MSM writers and editors today don't bother to check facts, and make invalid assumptions without getting all the information. One such item appeared in Paul Hagen's column, reprinted by the San Jose Mercury-News from the Philadelphia Daily News:

Strange week in Cleveland: Rookie closer Fausto Carmona blew the first three save opportunities of his career, all on walkoff hits. Victor Martinez stepped to the plate in first inning Saturday, tapped his bat on the plate... and watched it break. And it was discovered that the media guide lists Indiana-born reliever Tom Mastny as being from Indonesia.

Well, no, no, Paul, that's not right. Mastny is listed as being BORN in Indonesia, not "from" Indonesia, and thanks to some enterprising SABR members, who contacted Mastny's father (who does, in fact, live in Indiana), it was confirmed that Mastny was, in fact, born in East Bontang, Indonesia.

I'm puzzled as to why anyone would doubt the source (likely the family) of a ballplayer who says he was born in an exotic foreign country. Most likely, Mastny's family was either working or traveling in Indonesia when he was born, then returned to their home in Indiana where he grew up.

That makes Hagen's column even more disturbing. Mastny never claimed to be "from" Indonesia, only to be born there. And it's also clearly wrong that Mastny is "Indiana-born". It greatly bothers me that a longtime baseball writer like Hagen, who is a member of the BBWAA and likely a Hall of Fame voter, would put something like this in one of his articles without bothering to check facts.

Is this the sort of person we want to have voting for the Hall of Fame? Or even writing about baseball?

Frankly, I'm appalled.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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