It’s no secret that ESPN covers certain teams more than others, but it’s always fun when a player calls them out. Heath Bell, the Padres’ closer, took offense to a recent John Kruk comment about his team, and decided to say what everyone is already thinking. From R&R via Sign On San Diego….
“I saw John Kruk on “Baseball Tonight” and he said, ‘They’re playing really well, but I don’t believe in them,’” Bell said before Monday’s game. “And I saw ESPN’s promo for tonight’s game. They mention the Mets are opening Citi Field, they mentioned the starting time, but nowhere did they mention the Padres. That gave me the (expletive).”
Bell was just getting warmed up in his pregame commentary.
“I truly believe ESPN only cares about promoting the Red Sox and Yankees and Mets – and nobody else,” said the closer, a former Met. “That’s why I like the MLB Network, because they promote everybody. I’m really turned off by ESPN and ‘Baseball Tonight.’ When Jake Peavy threw 8 1/3 innings on Saturday, they showed one pitch in the third inning and that was it. It’s all about the Red Sox, Yankees and Mets.”
Now if this comment was directed at say Sports Center, I wouldn’t even pause, but calling out Baseball Tonight is something different. I think the show has been losing fans for years now, and unlike NFL Live or NBA Fastbreak, it’s apparent that they don’t give equal coverage to all teams. However, in Baseball it has been proven that certain teams draw better ratings, and you can’t entirely blame the “Leader” for their biases.
But lucky for us, and Heath Bell, the MLB Network is currently putting the once “go to” show, to shame.
Heath Bell Does Not Care For Your Coverage, ESPN (Rumors and Rants)