I don’t want to write too much about this, because Minor Leaguer over at Bluebird Banter has done the heavy lifting, so you should all head over there and read his piece, but, to make a long story short, well… um… read what the title of this post says.
To make the story slightly longer, Minor Leaguer asked Bob Elliott to clarify what happened regarding the excised comment from his Tom Burns piece in the Toronto Sun– which I wrote about yesterday– that had originally suggested a behind the scenes “turf war” was ongoing between Jays front office staffers Tony LaCava and Dana Brown, and that some of the turnover in the scouting department was as a result of this.
Elliott responded by saying that he had filed the story during the day and was at the Rogers Centre covering Tournament 12 this past Saturday when he got a call at 10:10 pm from his source. The source told him that, after reading the story, he realized the information he passed along was “dead wrong” and apologized to Elliott for the inconvenience. Realizing the error, Elliott called the Sun office to delete the paragraph around 10:12 pm.
So… it sounds like the Jays clearly didn’t exert direct pressure on a journalist to make a story more favourable to them. That’s good! Indirect pressure, though? Via the source? Maybe. Or maybe some anonymous NL scout was telling tales while shitfaced and thought better of it in the cold, sober light of day.
As much as we’d perhaps be inclined to believe that this behind-the-scenes stuff had to be coming from somewhere, and wasn’t just invented out of thin air, we still have no idea. And even if some sort of conflict is happening, like I said yesterday, it’s not like you’d expect a completely harmonious front office, following a season like this. Especially, if I may allow myself to briefly speculate, a front office with so many voices– perhaps too many voices– in it. Know what I mean?