MLB.com really wants to be taken seriously as an independent news site separate from its MLB owners, but it’s tough with articles that begin like this one:
Fans interested in tracking the restoration of Wrigley Field and showing their support for the project can follow the progress on a new website, WrigleyField.com, which the Cubs launched on Tuesday.
Or, in English: Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts has set himself up a PR site about his plans to renovate Wrigley! One where the first thing that hits you in the face when you visit is a petition to sign supporting the project as a “win for the Chicago economy, the Lakeview community, Cubs fans and the team.”
There’s more on the site, but none of it would exactly qualify as new information, or even information at all. (Sample FAQ Q&A: “Q. Will the unique character of Wrigley Field change? A. No, the project will preserve the unique charm and historic traditions of the Friendly Confines.”) But you’re still better off visiting there than reading Carrie Muskat’s MLB.com article, which reads like it was lifted from a Cubs press release, concluding, “If you love Wrigley Field, and want to see it preserved and prosper, this is the site for you.” Now that’s hard-hitting journalism.