A frustrated rant from a longtime Blue Jays blogger

Don’t fall victim to Blue Jays clickbait articles. Think before you click on the pointless poor content posts which are flooding the web

 

 

 

Good Morning Toronto Blue Jay fans,

 

I’ve been growing more and more frustrated with some of the clickbait posts floating about the market early this offseason. We’re not talking about the Top Prospect posts or the Rule 5 posts. No, I enjoy reading those categories of articles. Those articles provide a differing point of view than my own which is important as I can sometimes develop a bit of a one track mind.

 

For years, it’s been my goal to provide quality coverage of the Blue Jays minor league prospects. I view each player in the minor leagues as prospects, not a top prospect or organizational fillers but actual prospects. I strive to shine a light on all prospects and not just the so-called ‘Top’ prospects. During the season I try to complete daily posts of the previous days MiLB scores and top performers while doing the occasional highlight posts. During the offseason, I try to shed light on categorical leaders, guys I think we should keep an eye on, Arizona and Winter league updates, and some year in review pieces. For the most part, these posts are what make me happy and are what I think you, the reader, enjoy.

 

The posts which are the cause of my frustration are:

  1. The rip off posts
  2. The ‘Should’ posts
  3. The ‘Free-Agent’ posts

Rip Off

These posts occur when one blogger copies another blogger’s post but makes some slight adjustments to avoid being nailed with plagiarism. I am guilty of reading an article and using that article as a springboard for my take on that particular topic.

 

What’s the difference?

 

The differences are huge. While I will reference the hell out of the original article the ‘Rip Off’ posts are written as though ‘THEY’ came up with the idea/stats all on their own. There are soooo many sites covering our team. Overlapping articles are going to happen, after all, there’s only so many original stories, but come on.

 

Blue Jays ‘Should’

These are the biggest, most frustrating, clickbait articles. Again, I am guilty of posts the odd Blue Jays ‘SHOULD’ articles. I think the last one was around the end of August when I suggested Vladimir Guerrero Jr. should be demoted to New Hampshire so he could play on a playoff team instead of being promoted to Toronto. I admit this was a clickbait-ish article but it pales in comparison to the clickbait BS that I’ve come across during the first month of this offseason.

 

The Blue Jays SHOULD make this stupid trade for a starting pitcher using our future everyday catcher and bunch of other prospects. Ya, that makes total sense. Let’s, a rebuilding team, make a trade for a starting pitcher who won’t even be on the team when it’s competitive window re-opens and let’s use the prospects that will re-open the competitive window to consummate the trade.

 

Brilliant.

 

Or, The Blue Jays SHOULD sell high post. Recently, I came across a title, I don’t click….I never click, which suggested Toronto SHOULD sell high on a particular Top Prospect. Not going to lie, this one almost got me but only to find out what their idiotic reasoning behind making such a trade would be. Without reading said clickbait, I gave the idea some thought. I agree, selling high is a great idea. For a rebuilding team, selling high on guys like Aledmys Diaz or Justin Smoak would bring back prospects for the rebuild. However, selling high on prospects when you’re a team is rebuilding seems counterproductive.

 

Unless:

  1. The return is a higher ceiling prospect
  2. The return is a more developed prospect who fits an area of need
  3. Your team is not rebuilding and the prospect you are trading is blocked by a same(ish) aged prospect already in the major leagues.

 

Under these circumstances, I would consider it; however, the prospect in the article is expected to make his MLB debut in 2019, he can play multiple positions, and the Blue Jays are a rebuilding team.

 

Free-Agent Posts

These posts can be tricky because they can be confused with ‘SHOULD’ posts.

 

Example: ‘The Blue Jays SHOULD sign a washed-up veteran pitcher who’s not been good for the past 3 seasons, but hey we need content so click here’.

 

OR

 

Bryce Harper would be a good fit with the Blue Jays.

 

Obviously not the real title, that would be plagiarism but you get the idea. The washed-up pitcher piece is real while the Harper piece will likely be written in a day or two after a certain site reads this. Looking at the two extremes and knowing the current landscape of the Blue Jays, why would any sane human think these are possible.

 

Closing Thoughts

Think before you click. Reward bloggers with thoughtful realistic content rather than the Blue Jays Blah Blah Blah I went on about. These sites make money per x-amount clicks and want to flood the market with irrelevant posts just to get those clicks. Many of us at Jays From the Couch left a clickbait site to provide quality coverage of our favorite team. I’m not trying to get your click, I’m just frustrated with other sites who push quantity while their quality suffers.

 

Your time matters, click wisely.

 

Loyal Blue Jays fan and lover of the minor leagues,

 

Ryan Mueller

 

 

 

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Lover of all things Toronto Blue Jays. Blue Jays MiLB fanatic. I strive for average while stumbling onto above average. Rogers isn’t cheap. Baseball is a business. Your right, but I’m more right.

Ryan Mueller

Lover of all things Toronto Blue Jays. Blue Jays MiLB fanatic. I strive for average while stumbling onto above average. Rogers isn't cheap. Baseball is a business. Your right, but I'm more right.