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Michael Taylor on KNBR



Susan Slusser's article details Michael Taylor's internship at KNBR. This is shocking and disturbing news - and not for the reason you think.

The article talks about Michael Taylor's stint at KNBR as if it is a lark. Something he just decided to do - like taking up knitting or box kite flying. But judging from Billy Beane's reaction, this was unknown and unsanctioned by the A's. I find this disturbing for a few reasons.

 

1) Michael Taylor's agent did not think to clear this with the A's. This does not seem to be a healthy situation. Why would he pull some strings to put his client into a job at the competitor of his MLB team's flagship station? Instead of trying to figure out WHY he did it, I like to think of it this way - Why DIDN'T he call the A's?

 

2) This embarasses the whole organization. From the surprised GM, to the asleep-at-the-switch flagship station, this just really looks bad.

 

3) It shows a lack of judgement on Taylor's part. He has not been exactly burning up AAA or the majors. Perhaps his concentration should be on baseball, weights and muscles? Even more than detailed in the article? At the very least, he should not be an unpaid intern. That is unprofessional.

 

I don't know what his segments sound like - I hope they are wonderful. I may never know as I rarely listen to the Sports Leader now that there is an alternative. I just felt really upset that he would take this "summer job" at the hated home of the opposition. It may be technically OK for him to do it, but in every other way I think it sucks.

 

What say you, oh Hive Mind of Wisdom?

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