Today on ESPN's Outside The Lines, a blogger from MidwestSportsFans.com was in the studio to discuss this article he had written 2 days prior. The article, while filled with statistics and very well written, brought up the MLB's recent problems over performance enahcing drugs, and therefore argued that Ibanez's great start was going to be subject to speculation that he was using.
The article was brought into the public eye by a journalist at the Philadelphia Inquirer, who wrote this article in today's edition. Apparently, Ibanez was made aware of the blogger's post by a team representative and was quite angry. In addition to the blogger and the journalist, esteemed baseball writer Ken Rosenthal, who I deeply respect, was on the panel. Rosenthal, however, strongly sided against the blogger, and repeatedly called his article "irresponsible" and "unprofessional".
I wanted to get everybody's thoughts on this, as we all write posts on our beloved Cubs each and every day. I'm sure that every member of this year's team (save Ted Lilly, of course) wouldn't be 100% pleased to hear our thoughts about their play at any given time, but did this blogger cross the line? Part of the beauty of this country is our freedom of speech, and I personally didn't find anything wrong with his writings. He argued today that as sports fans we are entitled to be suspicious, considering all of the wrongdoings that have come to light in recent years.
Also, as a side note Al, what would you do in your position as site administrator/founder? Is there an "unwritten rule" about certain subjects that shouldn't be brought up, or are we encouraged to discuss whatever is on our minds as long as we do it in a way that this blogger did, complete with statistical analysis and lengthy research?