Great Moments in Selection Bias

Yesterday, the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers opined — ridiculously, I noted — that the Cubs should waive Carlos Zambrano. Tribune readers agree:

Your team wants Carlos Zambrano? Go ahead, take him.

That’s what I proposed after Zambrano turned in another knuckleheaded performance on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. I suggested Cubs GM Jim Hendry put him on waivers and essentially give him away if any team would take on his salary.

It struck many as a radical idea, but not most.

To my great surprise, I am in the majority on this one. The Tribune received more than 11,000 responses to a reader poll, and 57.2 percent of you agreed with me.

I wouldn’t crow if I were you, Phil. To vote in that poll, you had to have read to the end of your column first. Such a sample is, by definition, unscientific inasmuch as it ensures that only blithering idiots will respond.


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Aaron Moreno
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Aaron Moreno

Give them the benefit of the doubt, Craig. It’s Chicago. They could just be drunk.

Guy Kipp
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Guy Kipp

The Mets should make a run at him.
They could bat him 4th.

J.W.
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J.W.
In your coda to the Geoff Baker discussion, you noted that the outrage exhibited by main stream media types towards Jerrod Morris had little to do with the content of Morris’s blog post, or Raul Ibanez’s response to the piece, and that the MSM reaction was really “an effort to breathe life into a tired blog vs. MSM turf war.”  I would suggest that there are two main features of this war, two fronts if you will. The first is best described using the phrase you employed: turf war.  At stake is who gets eyeballs, the press-pass possessing posse, or… Read more »
Tim Kelly
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Tim Kelly
I hated this article by Phil Rogers but what really ticked me off is how Buster Olney used it (the article) as an “example” of how bad things have gotten on the North side.  I had to listen to Buster say something along these lines on my radio this morning: “It’s gotten so bad in Chicago that EVEN Phil Rogers, a very respected baseball journalist in Chicago, has suggested the Cubs might be better off WAIVING Zambrano.”  (Emphasis mine) It drives me absolutely nuts that Olney would use this hack-job of an article to bolster any argument he has about… Read more »
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