I understand with newspapers struggling and hoping to hold on to, or possibly expand their audiences, I understand why they do what they do. But it's one thing if somebody just sets up a blog from their mother's basement in Albuquerque and they are who they are, and they're a pathetic get-a-life loser, but now that pathetic get-a-life loser can piggyback onto someone who actually has some level of professional accountability and they can be comment No. 17 on Dan Le Batard's column or Bernie Miklasz' column in St. Louis. That, in most cases, grants a forum to somebody who has no particular insight or responsibility. Most of it is a combination of ignorance or invective.
(link via the pathetic get-a-life losers over at The Big Lead)
UPDATE: *That article -- the first thing I ever wrote about baseball with the intent of publishing it, came before I had ever heard of OPS+, which explains that weird ratio thing. It also came nearly a year before Canseco and Caminiti came out of the steroid closet and a couple of years before the BALCO raid, thus explaining the lack of any steroids references. The Costas complaint to which I was responding, however, did not explicitly mention steroids. Rather, it was just about how the records somehow aren't special or magical anymore, and because he couldn't reconcile them with the numbers of his youth, the game had lost its luster in his mind.
While that piece was written over six years ago, you can hear the "if it's new it's worthless" echoes in his anti-blogger bit.