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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