Monday, February 22, 2016

Bob Lobel: The Phony GMs of Sports Talk Radio

By Bob Lobel (@boblobel)

The last thing I want to do is offend anyone but, sometimes, it can't be helped.  

With that said, let me launch into the phenomenon of talk show calls offering trades to help the local club, no matter the sport. Why does this happen? Maybe they think one of the GMs might be listening, and the trade sounds so brilliant that the caller will be hired to come to work for said team that very day.

Plus, they'll be asked to ride in the next parade for the team that they, and they alone, fixed. 

Clearly, if a potential deal is out there, you would think the GM might know about it, and has already found out whether or not it is going to happen. The deals that are called in are endless. Who are these needy people? Do they think they actually have listeners or hosts that care about the information they share?   

To set the record straight, and you may be surprised to hear this, I have done an exhaustive survey, only to find out my suspicions are spot on. I am happy share the information in hopes that these really stupid calls will be less of a staple on the airways. It's probably a little too much to ask that they go away altogether. 

If it cuts down on the calls, this study, although time consuming, was totally worth it. So, the all important conclusions follow. 

No trade was EVER consummated that was called in by a GM wannabe. It's just as painful for me to send out that message as it must be for the trading public. 

By the way, many times we see a player and all want him traded, but it just doesn’t work that way. 

I'm sorry this was made public.

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