The perception exists that those who write about baseball without insider sources or media accreditation have no place criticizing front offices for their decisions. It’s argued that the proliferation of these uninformed negative opinions is insulting and unfair to the targets of scorn and ridicule, which is usually a team’s general manager.
I think that such a stance is a bit of a stretch, but I do agree that there’s a tendency among bloggers, columnists and reporters to be purposefully narrow minded in their considerations. This can be seen in only writing about statistics or only writing about intangibles or only writing about finances, without considering that perhaps, all three of these things and more factors inform a decision. Still, it’s those who are left unprotected by their lack of sources and access that are most open to judgment.