Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News continues to run wild with misinformation regarding the Phillies’ offer of Aaron Rowand for Scott Linebrink. I’ve been watching this one from the start; it’s just strange. Hagen insists on belittling this particular Buster Olney rumor and Internet reporting in general; he already took a shot on February 1st.
Today, he leads with these unflattering remarks:
"Rumors are cheap and plentiful during the offseason. Anybody with a vivid imagination and access to a computer can launch a blind item that will circle the globe in seconds and circulate for weeks. At first glance, then, the Internet whisper that the Phillies had offered centerfielder Aaron Rowand to the Padres for righthanded setup reliever Scott Linebrink seemed far-fetched."
To which Olney responded today:
"To clarify, it was not an Internet rumor, ever. It was written, originally, as something that was discussed between the two teams."
When is Hagen going to print a correction? I think he owes Olney an apology, though Buster is handling it with class.