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Twins catcher gets $33 Million

In an article from the Star Tribune this Sunday, it was reported that Twins catcher Joe Mauer signed a four-year, 33 Million contract. This alone was the second biggest contract deal in franchise history behind the contract offered to Johan Santana in 2005 which guaranteed him 4 years and $40 Million.

Joe Christensen, a journalist for the Star Tribune, is faced with outlining the history of this young Twin's catcher while also comparing his contract and financial future to that of the other players. This article however does not have an entising lead and does not comment on the new ballpark that is scheduled to open in 2010 when Mauer's contract ends.

This event was also covered on the Official Major League Baseball website and offers commentary from the head coach Terry Ryan while also providing a slightly more interesting lead. The future of this young athlete is promising and the positive spin that this article takes represents that idea.


Aha! You've encountered upon one of the existential conundrums of 21st century journalism. Can you compare coverage in an independent media outlet with something that appears on the baseball league's web site? Wouldn't the latter be obliged to present all baseball news in the most positive light? Wouldn't it be propaganda? It seems lik that everyone who writes for the web site is paid by the baseball league.

Or am I being unfair? Look at the italicized tagline at the end of the MLB.com story: "This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs." So they are claiming to be legitimate journalists. Could it be? I just don't buy it.

I would like to see a student analyze stories back to back of this sort, scrutinizing them for signs of p.r. spin.

P.S., the URL you pasted into your story didn't work because some characters were repeated. The correct URL is http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070211&content_id=1799843&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

Your classmate Allison Hall is blogging about the same news event (I mean, sports event) ... see http://blog.lib.umn.edu/hall0829/3101news/2007/02/mauer_signs_4_year_deal_with_t.html