Andrew Baggarly

San Francisco Giants players reportedly boycotting beat writer

Sergio Romo San Francisco Giants 2014 Spring Training

Via Henry Schulman:

Pagan was not immediately available for comment. Before Bochy spoke, Pagan abruptly cut short a group interview because of the presence of one beat reporter whom he and other players say they will boycott, angry over something he wrote.

Apparently the team has decided en masse that they won’t speak to any members of the media if Andrew Baggarly is present. Multiple sources have told me his report about an argument in the clubhouse between Sergio Romo and Shawon Dunston precipitated this “boycott.”

The Giants entered Dodger Stadium prepared to fight with their backs against the wall. Prior to batting practice, though, they were turning on each other.

Multiple sources confirmed that right-hander Sergio Romo and coach Shawon Dunston exchanged heated words with raised voices, causing Bruce Bochy to emerge from his office to intervene. The air was cleared – as was the clubhouse – but Romo stretched with teammates a few minutes later and remained available to pitch in Monday night’s series opener, sources said.

Baggarly has covered the Giants beat since the mid-2000s, starting with the Bay Area News Group before moving to CSN Bay Area in 2012. He also wrote A Band of Misfits, a book about the 2010 World Series team.

Baggarly caused a bit of a disturbance in the Giants clubhouse during the 2012 season when he asked Melky Cabrera whether he had flunked a drug test and would be forced to serve a 50-game suspension. He even went as far as to write a public apology to Cabrera, who was suspended about two weeks later.

Baggarly’s story appears to be the only thing written about the Romo/Dunston flap. (Correction: The Los Angeles Times wrote about it here.) However, I saw this tweet from Malaika Bobino — who’s credentialed by the Giants, 49ers and other teams — about 20 minutes before Baggarly’s report.

It would appear that something happened in the clubhouse before Monday’s game. Are the Giants upset about the way that it was reported, or that it was reported at all?

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SidFloyd
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Steve, I think they’re upset about something else which was written in the Baggarly piece, which after clicking your link, seems to have since been removed. It was a paragraph mentioning Romo being involved in some incident at an airport, which had nothing to do with the incident in the clubhouse.

Eric
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Eric

Looking for a chip for the shoulder! Fight, Giants! Time to get all Peavy going into the playoffs, its you against them…

Sunset Boy
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Sunset Boy

Baggarly works for CSN Bay Area, 30% of which is owned by the San Francisco Giants, whose players are now boycotting one of their own. Its like the snake eating its own tail. I love it.

TSL
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TSL

Probably that it was reported at all.
I will tip my hat to Baggarly for reporting this story.
The way I see it, the SF Giants have grown accustomed to good press for too long.

If the shoe fits, wear it.

Otis Byrd III
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Wow, that’s kind of messed up, but in a way, I guess you can’t blame the Giants. Sometimes he does say things that probably shouldn’t be mentioned in his columns, like I guess when he was talking about the local media’s perception of Pablo and/or Latin American players and he mentioned Krueger’s 2005 rant.

Otis Byrd III
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@TSL Yeah, you’re right. The Giants have grown accustomed to good press probably for too long. It seems like since 2010 they’ve controlled how they are covered on KNBR and locally in general. When they won the 2 titles they had their right to do this in a sense, but even in times when they played poorly or someone questions a Giants decision like Damon Bruce for instance, they face repercussions. I always do go back to Damon Bruce though and how he was demoted to 1050 in 2010. That of course was before the Giants won the WS that year, but we… Read more »
Otis Byrd III
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Sunset Boy Now that you mentioned it, yeah, that is the interesting thing in all this.

T
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Otis Byrd III Nose to the grindstone, Giants.

Slam
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It would be hard to be a beat writer because if you travel with a team, you see 10 things a day and 3 of them you cannot report on ( 99.9997% of pro athletes cheat on their wives), 3 things are iffy, and 4 things you can easily put in your daily column (“Hey, Billy Bob loves waffles !”). So you report one of those 3 iffy things and a player or coach goes nuts, then what do you do ? I feel like Baggs is a good reporter, and it doesn’t seem like he tries to pull any… Read more »
Slam
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@Eric  I hope Peavy wins the Willie Mac Award, my favorite Giant

Audrey33
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This is so stupid in my opinion. Shouldn’t the players focus on things like winning crucial baseball games and scoring those illusive things they call runs…stop wasting time with petty stuff like this.

LysaGavinMusial
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I agree. I also believe they should show the whole article if asking for opinions on such. ⚾

Slam
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Otis Byrd III  The only controversial Giants coverage on KNBR was the color of Huff’s rally thong

Barry
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This is not the entire story. Baggarly’s original report included some superfluous info referring to Romo’s previous altercation at LAS as well as some alluding to his surliness. The Gs are more upset about the personal smearing than reporting of the incident.

Otis Byrd III
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Slam haha. For real though, right? This is sadly what KNBR has turned into. It’s not real sports talk/journalism anymore.
Even though the Giants are running the Bay Area media, is this seriously what they want on their flagship station?

Audrey33
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@Barry How is it “smearing” when he’s talking about things that are true and that have happened? It’s well known how much Sergio has dissed the media and refused to talk when things weren’t going well. Don’t get me wrong, I love Sergio and admire his passion but I just don’t see how Baggarly was doing anything but reporting facts.

Jack
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This is so stupid.  The Giants have been playing hideous ball since July, Romo lost his slider and place in the relief corps, and Pagan is once again NOT playing 100 games.  They’ve been awful, and to expect someone not to report a fight in the clubhouse–when the ballclub is flat lousy–is immature, blaming others for your own poor performance, childish and unprofessional.  Baggarly is a longtime highly professional and thoroughly competent journalist of 10+ years on the job.  Enough of this “unwritten code” crap! You serve a lousy meal in a restaurant, you deserve a bad review.  He was… Read more »
NONONONONO
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@Jack great post, very well said throughout.

Rudyv27
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@Jack and @NONONONONO, you are both ridiculous. And the post was not great or well thought out. So many folks think they know what a major league clubhouse is like. We don’t and never will. And “entertain us”? That is the dumbest thing I have heard. I would say the two recent rings earns the whole club some slack especially when they had as tough a year as this and still made the playoffs. Enjoy the game tomorrow, hopefully you can muster the courage to cheer for the Giants.

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@Rudyv27 Actually, @Jack’s post was very sensible and very well thought out. What difference does it make if we don’t know “what a major league clubhouse is like?” The Giants were (still are?) making a mountain out of a molehill. If they had a problem with the report, they should have said what it is or and just kept playing. They created their own stupid distraction somewhat more serious than the yelling incident itself (a minor note at best). I would assume that, by now, the players have realized that and have modified their approach.

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