More Details On Inquirer and Daily News Sports Coverage Joining Forces Emerge

More Details On Inquirer and Daily News Sports Coverage Joining Forces Emerge

As we first wrote about earlier this month, the Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Philly.com will indeed be coordinating their sports coverages in an attempt to avoid redundancy and best use their resources for more enterprise material.

Today, the Inquirer's Mike Armstrong added more details of how this may work (although it seems to some extent they're not entirely sure just yet):

Under the plan, some elements of sports coverage, arts and other
features stories, city and suburban reporting, and various editing
functions would be coordinated and shared, Wischnowski said.

The same story might appear in both newspapers.

For
example, the papers' sports departments intend to have one editor in
charge of reporters from both staffs covering the Philadelphia Phillies,
another for those covering the Philadelphia Eagles, and so on. Two
reporters may still cover a Phillies game. However, one may be
"digitally focused," Wischnowski said, posting news and video interviews
to the Web, while the other may concentrate on a story for print.

The "digitally focused" bit is quite interesting. Does that mean a regular old newspaper writer could pen something that would only appear on the Internet? Who does that?!? Also curious about whether some sports writers would cover games only for digital. How does a print guy feel about that were it to happen?

Would a David Murphy game story appear in the Inquirer and the Daily News on the same day? Could Matt Gelb's stories start showing up in the Daily News? What about columnists covering a game? Where does the line get drawn?

It should be pretty interesting to watch develop. Not so sure how the rival reporters at each paper are going to feel about it all.

UPDATE: A source tells us that there is only going to be one "beat writer" per team going forward and that existing beats will either be reassigned or eliminated.

Phillies officially sign outfielder Michael Saunders, DFA Severino Gonzalez

Phillies officially sign outfielder Michael Saunders, DFA Severino Gonzalez

The Phillies on Thursday officially announced the signing of outfielder Michael Saunders to a one-year deal with a club option for 2018. 

According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Saunders will make $9 million this season with the Phillies and the club option for 2018 will be worth $11 million with escalators potentially pushing it to $14 million.

Saunders, 30, is the left-handed hitting outfield bat the Phils were seeking. He hit 24 home runs for the Blue Jays last season in his walk year, making the AL All-Star team before slumping in the second half.

Saunders hit .298/.372/.551 with 16 homers in 82 games for the Blue Jays before the All-Star break, then hit .178/.282/.357 with eight homers in 58 games after.

He had a good year against same-handed pitching, hitting .275 with a .927 OPS and eight homers against lefties. 

He'll likely start in right field for the Phillies, with Odubel Herrera in center and Howie Kendrick in left (see Phils' projected lineup).

Saunders, who will wear No. 5, can also play first base, which could allow the Phillies to sit Tommy Joseph against a tough right-hander and fill in the outfield.

It was important to Phillies GM Matt Klentak that the player he signed to fill the spot in the outfield was not going to block young outfielders like Roman Quinn, Nick Williams and others.

On a one-year deal, Saunders came relatively cheap to the Phils, lingering in free agency as other hitters found contracts. In the middle of last summer, Saunders seemed poised for a multi-year contract like the four-year, $52 million deal Josh Reddick signed with the Astros. His second half cost him some money.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Saunders, the Phillies designated right-hander Severino Gonzalez for assignment.

There's another Embiid WWE 2K17 entrance and it includes Hinkie

There's another Embiid WWE 2K17 entrance and it includes Hinkie

He’s done it again.
 
Eleven days ago, Sixers social media went wild over a video that showed Joel Embiid walking out to the ring as a WWE character in WWE 2K17. Well, YouTube user Hillman811 is back with an even better version of the video complete with Sam Hinkie and fans chanting.
 
The first video sparked questions to Embiid about his favorite WWE wrestler, and he even did his own Triple H introduction at the Wells Fargo Center after The Game threw him an All-Star vote (see story).
 
Watch the video below and let your mind run wild with what this would look like if it actually happened.