Newspaper Cuts Are Emptying Out Press Boxes

Papers cutting back baseball coverage

By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 7, 2009 9:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – The independent baseball beat writer could be a dying profession as newspapers look to trim costs, the Wall Street Journal reports. In baseball-crazy cities like New York and Boston, not much is likely to change. "It would be suicide, quite honestly," says a Red Sox writer for the Globe. But smaller markets are having to make tough choices, and baseball's grueling 162-game season make it an easy target.

This season, the Washington Post will cover the Nationals, the Baltimore Sun will cover the Orioles, and the two papers will share stories. The Hartford Courant isn't traveling with the Red Sox, and even the New York Times is cutting back on road trips. "We're waiting for that first domino to fall, for that first major newspaper not covering its team on the road," says the Baseball Writers Association of America president.

Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona answers questions prior to the 69th Boston Baseball Writers' Banquet in Boston on Jan. 17, 2008.
Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona answers questions prior to the 69th Boston Baseball Writers' Banquet in Boston on Jan. 17, 2008.   (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
The San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds, right, talks with baseball writer Barry Bloom in the dugout tunnel on June 6, 2007, in Phoenix.
The San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds, right, talks with baseball writer Barry Bloom in the dugout tunnel on June 6, 2007, in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
1 Jan 1987: A view of the stadium from the press box in which Arizona State defeated Michigan 22-15 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
1 Jan 1987: A view of the stadium from the press box in which Arizona State defeated Michigan 22-15 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.   (Getty Images)
Brooklyn Dodgers' president Branch Rickey, right, and star Jackie Robinson confer at the Chicago Baseball Writers' Association annual dinner in Chicago in this Jan. 18, 1948, photo.
Brooklyn Dodgers' president Branch Rickey, right, and star Jackie Robinson confer at the Chicago Baseball Writers' Association annual dinner in Chicago in this Jan. 18, 1948, photo.   (AP Photo)
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