Case of the Missing Posnanski: Star Sportswriter MIA Despite Claim to Contrary

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18 Responses to Case of the Missing Posnanski: Star Sportswriter MIA Despite Claim to Contrary

  1. Anonymous says:

    Non story. By your own admission he wrote just last week. If you only use a relief pitcher once a week does that mean he is not really on the team? If a football player makes the team but only plays one game out of 16 is he really not a teammate? If I join a church but then my work schedule changes so i only am able to attend one Sunday service a month does that mean I’m not a member? I think you are trying to create a story. Now if the angle was he no longer gives his best work to the Star or they are making his commitment out to be more then it really is…then maybe you have a story. But this wasn’t it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Those are some ridiculous arguments there Rickster. Are you saying Joe Po is like the 3rd string quarterback, not good enough for the Star?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Come on, Rick; you’re a journalist, right? Were a journalist. Can you not read:

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hearne is right. The Star doesn’t want to lose even more subscriptions, so it’s trying to pretend that Joe Posnanski is still employed there to appease to the fans of his.

    The funny thing is, the “column” they ran last week was actually a blog post from if I’m not mistaken. I saw it there first.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Funny how the Star doesn’t try to pretend regarding their extreme demotion of Mike Hendricks.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I think calling me a journalist would be stretching the term. Author is fair assessment. But let me answer each of you.

    Mike-No, I’m saying he’s like a recurring actor on a TV show. Let’s see….I’m a fan of Lost. Cheech Martin plays Hurley’s dad. Not on weekly. But is on several times a year. So he is consider a cast member of the show but he is not part of the regular cast. JOPO makes appearances but is not their weekly. Make sense?

    Hearne let’s use YOUR calculations to answer the question “Most weeks, you’ll still find my column here.” So Hearne let me do the math for you. August YOU SAY he did 5. November YOU SAY he did 3. Would you concur for those two months that meets the classification of MOST WEEKS? The other two months he didn’t meet that standard. We’re not counting January because its not over so we don’t know what the number will be. So what is that out of 16 weeks he did 11 columns? You don’t think that fits the definition of MOST WEEKS? Glad you are a journalist and not my banker.

    Your concern about his bio. Sounds like a internet issue. Maybe they just need to update things more often. Or, hey you’ve heard they have laid off people? Maybe they are short of staff. Maybe they are lazy?

    Mixing news with opinion is not news. It’s called an opinion piece. Usually on the back pages of the paper where its identified as such.

    I have never (And you can check past comments) accused you like so many others of having an axe to grind with the Star. Still don’t think that is the case. But this “story” was borderline and sounded like nit picking.

    Jip-Jopo has fans? Maybe, but most 80 years old can’t read the paper anyway. It’s not uncommon for newspaper’s to use other sources for their articles. Didn’t we just see an uproar on this site (though I wasn’t one of them) about using someone’s facebook as a story. So why mention that the JOPO story was first somewhere else. Reprints aren’t uncommon.

    Again this was a whole bunch of hoopla over nothing. What’s next we’ll write that the Star claims to have a sports page though they aren’t covering the results of the Harlem Globetrotters games? By the way the Star’s coverage of the Stars sucked!!!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!! The day I first learned that all was not true in the world. M&M’s kept reporting “Melts in your mouth but not in your hands.” However……….I would have a mixture of color coating on my hands. IT WAS A LIE!!! Why did Ralph Nader, Consumer Reports, and all these media outlets let them get a way with this deceptive advertising for all those years?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Johnny Utah
    I would expect to see JoePoz write more in the star during baseball season, which is essentially Feb-October (or for royals fans, through about mid-May).

    who is more foolish, the star for misleading its readers that it’s not sinking quickly or readers who believe the star’s lies?

  9. Anonymous says:

    KC STAR REPORT: HEARNE LIES!!!! On July 26th of 09 with much fan fair Hearne reported on his wildly successful KC Confidential that an Ask June column was being started. Readers would be able to get advice from “June”. Was ad space sold with this addition? Did readers flock to the site with the anticipation of June? Were buyers and readers mislead about June? It is now 2010 and their has been NO June sighting at KC Confidential. Apparently June tip toed out without Hearne ever acknowledging that she not only left but never really arrived. Was this a deliberate attempt by Hearne to entice readers to his site when their were no actual plans for a June column? When asked to comment Hearne refused stating he was involved in the JOPO investigation and refused to respond to any misleading things he had wrote on KC Confidential.

    Follow me Hearne? You see as a reader i assume that for whatever reason the whole “June” thing didn’t fully work out the way you planned. I don’t think you were a liar, was trying to mislead, it just didn’t happen. I gave you the benefit of the doubt.

    By the same token i don’t think their is some mass conspiracy at the Star over Jopo. Again, its a non story just as no June is a non story.

    But understand that if you want to hold people to certain standards those same standards will be held to you.

    PS. I would of LOVED to seen the advice June gave some of your readers more then anything JOPO wrote.

  10. Anonymous says:

    “Since making that pledge, Posnanski has written but 11 posts.”

    He writes columns. He has a job.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Dino Martini
    Rick, I don’t say this often….but you are right.

  12. Anonymous says:

    even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then

  13. Anonymous says:


    Thank you for thinking about me. I want to set the record straight. Hearne did not “make me up” and I did not tip-toe away. I was pleased and honored that Hearne would ask me to contribute to his site. The opportunity to reach out and help people is very exciting, and I do intend to become a regular contributor to Kansas City Confidential in the very near future.

    Out of kindness of his heart, Hearne has allowed me to postpone my blog as I have been asked to help several local people overcome some very real and serious problems. One young man suffers from delusions of granduer, multiple personality disorder, coupled with low self esteem, harbors a great deal of anger and feels the need to lash out at strangers when they disagree with his dillusional views of reality.

    Another is a young woman who has a fixation with a film starring Tom Hanks that has made her believe she is a mermaid, so much so that she eats lobsters shell and all, flops around on the floor when wet, and exhibits an overwhelming urge to jump into the Atlantic Ocean on the anniversary of John Kennedy,Jr.’s death, screaming, “I want to live with John-John forever.”

    As you can see, I have my work cut out for me and when I feel we have made sufficient progress, I will begin my new assignment, “Ask June”.

    I look forward to hearing all your questions and hope you will benefit from my advice.

    Until then, take care of yourself and remember to “Ask June”

  14. Anonymous says:

    Dexter MOrgan
    Who cares about Joe Posnanski? His writing is like a Lifetime movie of the week. Newborn babies have sharper teeth than his columns do.

    Writing for Sports Illustrated at this stage in the magazine’s timeline is like shacking up with Jessica Lange. It might sound goo d to say it but in the light of day all is revealed. You can pretend you’re shagging the younger, beautiful, sexy Jessica but everyone knows you’re really with the busted, worn out, clinging on for relevancy Jessica.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Rainbow Man
    Last week’s column made up for his absence, I guess. After the first page, the Royals article jumped to a full wide page of text… I just couldn’t venture into it. Joe is gone. Joe is from Cleveland. Joe lives in a good airport town, like Kevin Harlan does. Joe is not Kansas City anymore.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Dino Martini
    Yo Rick, settle down….nice take but you still need to get your “their” and “there” straight.

  17. Anonymous says:

    hearne…who cares…another rip on the star…
    but if you read the ceo of mcclathy…their
    papers will be around for many many years
    while your minor league blog struggles.
    MCclathy is making billions (within 5 years)
    on the internet and its very very profitable.
    Now sit down and be quiet.
    I told you revenge is a horrible emotion.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Hey JUNE SAYS-That for real was the greatest thing EVER written on this site. After that my comments are just a piece of dog crap in the walk of life. That was a word that is greater then awesome but the word has not been invented yet. Incredible.

    Dino-What’cha talkin about? Who needs to settle down? See previous time/post you complained about my there and their…College Professor posted you were wrong and I was accurate. Sorry to burst your bubble but thanks for caring. And yes author…really…with editor.

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