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Outside The Confines: When the hot stove burns

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In a rush to be first, reporters are dropping the ball.

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This past week we saw what can happen when reporters hurry too quickly (and also when teams leak information to said reporters before the deal is really finalized.)

There are few reporters in the baseball beat whose accuracy is respected as much as the likes of Ken Rosenthal and Jeff Passan, but even those who are so frequently right and so careful to vet their information can be wrong.

It was reported shortly after the Blue Jays signed George Springer that the Jays had also signed his teammate Michael Brantley, the reports seemed to suggest it was a done deal. But then, within hours, it was reported that Brantley had actually re-signed with the Houston Astros.

The embarrassing gaffe certainly put a bit of a smudge on reporter credibility, and perhaps should offer a moment for reporters to reflect on whether it matters more to be first or to be right.

Now onto the links!

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.