Journalists are afraid to ask a “yes or no” question. This is not meant as a knock on the media. They are trained to only ever ask open-ended questions (questions that require more than a one-word answer), as it is difficult to generate quotes for a story if all the questions are answered with one word.
Unfortunately open-ended questions are flawed. Today’s sports personalities are conditioned to respond with evasive, cliche-filled, non-answers. The only way to pin these athletes/coaches/personnel down to a solid answer is to ask the close-ended question and demand an answer.
Here are 10 ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ questions that the local media are afraid to ask but we as Rays fans want answered…
- For Andrew Friedman:
- Considering ability and the fact that Kazmir is two years younger than James Shields, would the team be willing to give Kazmir a 7-year deal?
- Is there any scenario that you can imagine under which the team would be willing to give one player a $100 million contract under the team’s current financial situation?
- Would the Rays be willing to trade a key player for the betterment of the future even it meant sacrificing their playoff chances in that one season?
- In an ideal world, is Jason Bartlett the Rays starting shortstop in 2009?
- If the Rays decide to move (pending free agents) Al Reyes and Dan Wheeler prior to the trading deadline, will young relief pitchers be the team’s #1 priority in terms of asking prices?
- Is arbitration-eligibility a factor when deciding when to call-up players like Evan Longoria and David Price?
- For Joe Maddon:
- Does Shawn Riggans lack of experience worry you as a potential backup catcher?
- Based on what you know right now, do you see Rocco Baldelli in right field on opening day?
- Would you consider 2008 a failure if the Rays finish the season with a losing record?
- If the Rays expect to be a legitimate playoff-contender in 2009, is it important that David Price get major league experience in 2008?
What questions do you want answered? Let us know in the comments.