At least according to this guy, there is a league-wide policy against granting press credentials to independent online media (i.e., anything whose domain name doesn’t include a TV network or print publication’s name). Again, this guy doesn’t provide the best sourcing, but it may mean that the blog-o-sphere is being shut out not by Rob Butcher and the Reds, but by the evil geniuses over at MLB Advanced Media.
I still think this is a problem that will be solved, eventually. Maybe it won’t be in the form of the traditional “press pass,” granting access to the clubhouse, dugout, field, and press box, but I think teams will soon reach some sort of accommodation with new media. Maybe a “blogger’s day,” where reputable bloggers get a chance to interview players, or a regular online round-table with front office staffers.
For the reasons why, and some ideas for how, take a look at this great article, which talks about TV producers who have recognized the tremendous power of bloggers.
Top link thanks to Deadspin.com