This panel speaks to me personally as someone who straddles the line between a blog and newspaper, and captures the industry-wide fears I've experienced first-hand. Belts are being tightened in newsrooms all over the country as operating costs soar, readership dwindles, and with it, the advertising revenue that keeps the press rolling. The Rocky Mountain News became the latest paper to stop the presses today, with more shutdowns pending if papers can't restructure their debt. Newspapers have also been forced to reevaluate their online practices, including and what they give away from free, at risk of losing new readers and choking off alternate revenue streams.
But you know all this. This weekend, I will begin the process of preparing Beerleaguer for the season, a site largely fueled by the first-hand reporting supplied by many of the news outlets that are in jeopardy. With a heavy heart, it's a time to reevaluate the practices here, to take the moral high road perhaps, and produce even more original content, while shying away from the aggregate copy and paste practice popularized by more and more blogs every day. While sites like those may experience the short-term benefit, credibility, hard work and quality will triumph in the end, and that's the road I will continue to follow. I can't promise that Beerleaguer will be your one-stop shop for Phillies news, but I can promise you a great read, and good company.
Eaton released: The Phillies finally cut bait with Adam Eaton, according to the team Web site, releasing the right-hander with a full season remaining on his contract. The Phils will still parcel out $8.5 million of their payroll to the 31-year-old, who pitched himself out of the rotation the last two seasons. Eaton was not expected to make the club, and said he’d refuse a minor league assignment if offered one.
Today: Andrew Carpenter gets the start when the Phillies visit the Reds in Sarasota. First pitch is 1:05. I'm intrigued by Carpenter.