deerayfan, I am sorry you don't see things as I do.
I am curious as to why management chooses not to bridge the gap or the misconception that the players and some fans (I realize I am in te minority) have of the situation.
Madden's quote certainly indicates that they (management) are aware of this alleged misconception ("there are no hidden agendas here").
A quote or press release from management regarding the USA today article, defending all of the players involved-not just the one promoted-would go a long way towards letting the players know they not only won't tolerate a player's bad attitude (they have already done that), but also, when a player is wronged by the media, the organization "has their back".
It would be wise to begin repairing these open wounds today. Young will be playing in the major leagues some day-either with the Rays or somewhere else. I am sure Young, Dukes & Upton are not the only players in Durham who feel this way. As much as these players have (deservedlly or not) received a tag, so does an organization as a whole receive a tag. If management want to be taken seriously by other potential superstars/free agents, as well as the rest of the year, they need to act positively for their players as much as they jump on players when an reckless beat writer tries to make a name on their players' back.
Not to look in the direction of the Yankees-but look at management's response to the A-rod flap that culminated last week. Cashman came out publically to defend A-rod, to re-enforce the team's committment to his (A-rod's) success. And very politely, Cashman said that Steve Phillips (ESPN commentator) did not know what he was talking about.
The media circling in Durham (a new "media circus"), like sharks looking for blood, need to be told by management to get off their player's backs. The USA today reporter should be banned from the clubhouse, and a memo to these reporters that inaccurate articles will have consequences-like getting fired and or sued.
The consequences of the reckless media have a direct impact on the fortunes of both Ray's management and the Ray's players.
Just ask Mr. Dukes. This whole thing is a damn shame.