Put it this way...Hunter isn't going to ask the tough questions and really press them for answers.
I want to see these guys actually answer the questions.
And please, spare me the bs of "Mr Angelos has never turned down a request for a player"..blah blah blah.
I think the Orioles owe it to the public to answer questions from everyone. Primarily there has to be some discussion about the revenues being generated from MASN, and salary.
If the O's come out and say we don't want to spend more than $75M (hyperbole on my part, know them staying at $95M to $100M is likely)... I'd respect that. I'd be irritated, because I would believe they were not doing everything possible to win, but I'd respect them being up-front about that.
If the O's want to operate as a small-to-mid-market team... operate as such. Get younger, get cheaper cost/team-controlled players, and roll with that. Don't play the fence.
When you trade away Johnson as a salary dump... there has to be some discussion of why the salary dump is necessary. Why won't they go to $115M, when logic says they should be capable of such?
I have respect for and personally like Thyrl, Pete, and Luke Jones... but I generally hate everything about WNST, due to my distaste for Nestor's antics*. However, I've never thought he was off for criticizing the O's. I've disliked the manner he has gone about it, and often thought his arguments were poor at best... but the general critique that the O's do a lot of things wrong has always been fair. (However, the O's don't do everything wrong - on or off the field, and a good portion of Nestor's antics are overly calculated.)
(*I was listening to Nestor on WWLG 20 years ago. I do actually respect what Nestor has accomplished. He was with the Evening Sun, he has written several books. I was in college when he was doing National Radio with Sporting News... and the way he has built up NST from the ground-up is impressive. I remember NST when it started... listening to Mark Mussina, and Spiro... taking lunch breaks to listen to Bob. I could go on, but the point is I do respect a lot of what Nestor has achieved. I'll also always appreciate that he had me on the radio before anyone else, and then including me in his Sports Talk competition which Luke Jones won.)
Nestor has continually made the point that nobody locally but NST can or will call the O's on anything. An example being yesterday when Nestor called out Roch, questioning Roch's integrity as a journalist.
Roch and Steve are great reporters. Frankly they often make their opinions known in various mediums. The fact that they aren't burning down the Warehouse, doesn't mean they are unable to report and critique fairly. Heck, Steve said on BSL yesterday that if the O's don't use the savings from the Johnson trade to improve the team, that would be wrong, and the fan-base would be rightfully irritated.
It's not on Roch or Steve for the O's and MASN as a whole to report their revenue, and provide greater transparency. That's on the O's.
Nestor likes to also include Brittany (who is not an O's employee, but an employee of MLB.com) and WBAL (as the flagship) in those critiques as well. Saying that due to their relationships they can't be trusted as anything but shills for the O's. All-the-while ignoring the fact that both Brittany, and Brett Hollander have critiqued the O's plenty.
Nestor would say that 105.7 The Fan can't (or does not) ask any questions that matter, because CBS Radio is also full of corporate out-of-town shills (Like his former employees Bob, Rob, and Jeremy fit that narrative).
The Baltimore Sun isn't capable of criticism in Nestor's eyes because they occasionally take advertising from the O's. How insulting is that to guys like Encina, or Connolly, or Schmuck, etc?
PressBox, or CSN Baltimore? It's easy for Nestor to just dismiss either, and continue to grandstand as Baltimore's 'savior of journalistic integrity.' For the record, Paul Folkemer and Stan Charles are regularly criticizing the O's where necessary, and Rich DuBroff has made his opinions known as well.
Rant against Nestor aside, I think the O's would be best served by regularly having Press Conferences... inviting Nestor (and everyone else) and answering any and all questions. Nestor isn't the only one with questions for the O's, and I've made that clear to the O's.
If they don't want to answer those questions though.... that's just the way it goes. Our approach is that we will continue to talk about the O's... we will continue to provide our opinions. When we agree with something, we will say so. When we disagree with something, we will say so...
(EDIT: I've moved posts from a couple of threads which were discussing other local outlets, and combined them into one thread here.)