|Media Guide: Nats Send Dibble To The Showers|
By Dave Hughes, DCRTV.comRob Dibble is out as a TV analyst for the Washington Nationals, according to the Associated Press. The split comes after Dibble made comments critical of rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg.
Dibble lashed out at Strasburg last week for not pitching through pain, saying on Sirius XM Radio: “You can't have the cavalry come in and save your butt every time you feel a little stiff shoulder, sore elbow."
Strasburg has since been diagnosed with a torn elbow ligament and will have surgery on Friday. He will be sidelined 12 to 18 months.
Two days after making those comments, Dibble was absent from the broadcast booth on MASN, the Baltimore-based network that televises the games. At the time, MASN said Dibble had requested "a few days off," the AP report added.
The Ravens' preseason TV broadcasts are seeing a ratings hike of about 20 percent over last year’s preseason numbers, despite games not being seen on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.
Apart from the first of four preseason games on Channel 13/WJZ and ESPN, the remainder of the games have been seen on Channel 11/WBAL, plus local TV outlets in Washington D.C. and Harrisburg, Pa.
CSN anchor and reporter Jill Sorenson became CSN's Capitals reporter, replacing Lisa Hillary, who's relocating to CSN Philadelphia to serve as Flyers reporter. Hillary assumes the role previously held by John Boruk, who becomes an anchor and reporter for CSN Philly.
Sorenson returns to the role of Capitals reporter after serving as an anchor and reporter for CSN for five years. She worked at Washington’s Channel 4/WRC from 2000-2004.
In Baltimore, the sports network will feature a game of the week, including several WCAC and MIAA matchups. The games will be broadcast Fridays at 6:40 p.m. on Fox 1370, WVIE, as well as at SFMSports.net.
On the Eastern Shore, SFMSports.net will cover the Stephen Decatur Seahawks on Ocean City's WQMR for the fourth year. It will also air 10 Easton Warriors games via Easton's WEMD, and 10 Indian River Indians games via Ocean View's WZEB.
"My bosses at the Post feel I need a month to think about the severity of my actions," Wise said at the beginning of his WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, CBS radio show August 31.
Wise explained by posting inaccurate information -- a false claim he had been told the NFL would suspend Ben Roethlisberger for five games -- he thought he was demonstrating how easily other outlets will pick up and pass along inaccurate information.
"I tried to showcase the absurdity of bad journalism," Wise said. "I could give you 10 reasons why I did this and what went wrong in the execution. I made a horrendous mistake, using my Twitter account that identifies me as a Washington Post columnist.
"Our worst moments should not define us. I'm paying the price I should for careless, dumb behavior."
Posted Sept. 1, 2010