The Detroit Free Press Reporter was banned by the Houston Astros' press conference after the game last night because Justin Verlander said he would refuse to speak with the media if the reporter is present.
Anthony Feneh, who covered the Detroit Tigers for the free press for four years, was blocked from entering the press conference, which is a violation of the rules of the Writers Association. baseball of America, at the insistence of Verlander Diaz, Astros vice president of communications, said Fenech was prevented from doing his job at "Wanderland's request," according to Free Press .
As reported by Free Press Diaz says, "Verlander was 'adamant' that he would not speak to any established media while Fenech was present." (The day before Verlander had refused to speak to the media while Fenech was there.) writes:
Fenech contacted Mike Tivan, MLB Vice President of Communications, who said he would contact Dee immediately ace on the subject. Eventually, Diaz gave Fenech access to the clubhouse at 9:41 PM after Verlander's media session ended.
Once inside, Fenech turned to Verlander, who said, "I do not answer your questions." When asked to comment on Wednesday's loss, Verlander went away.
Verlander threw a complete game and gave up two home runs in the Astros' 2-1 loss to the Tigers. Deadspin reached out to Fenech to ask about the incident and left numerous messages with the Astros. We will update if we hear back.
[ Free Press in Detroit ]