Boycott Zogby

In my other life, outside of pouring over baseball and other sports, I am a political science geek.  I love politics, news, and current events so of course the upcoming election tomorrow, (Go out and vote!) it is one of my favorite times of the year.

Zogby, one of the biggest polls out there, has taken a shot at a fellow baseball geek and Baseball Prospectus writer Nate Silver, editor and founder of, a website that uses Nate’s Baseball Prospectus model to project the presidential election using weighted polling data.

Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic, who’s blog has been amazing during the campaign season (and beyond), quoted Zogby’s direct shot across the bow at Nate:

“Remember, as I said yesterday, one day does not make a trend. This is a three-day rolling average and no changes have been tectonic. A special note to blogger friends: calm it down. Lay off the cable television noise and look at your baseball cards in your spare time. It is better for your (and everyone else’s) health.”

As someone who not only loves his childhood collection of baseball cards (Topps ’82-’92) and politics, I am now going to boycott Zogby polling, even though I know as a good political scientist that I should take in all information and distill it down without bias.  However, with Zogby’s quote, I feel that he is taking a shot at me as well.


Will Carroll Discusses Bob’s Letter

Will Caroll from Baseball Prospectus doesn’t buy into what Walt and Bob C are selling.

Ok, the high expectations might just be overvaluing your team, which is understandable. What I don’t see is that injuries have played a major part in the downfall of the Reds. Griffey and Dunn were both healthy. The ‘key’ players they mention? All healthy. The biggest injuries on the team were the pair of stacked injuries to Alex Gonzalez and Jeff Keppinger, and the injury to Aaron Harang. They could mean Ryan Freel or Kent Mercker, I guess.

Don’t forget Norris Hopper.  He is so scrappy, hustles, plays the game the right way, and bunts for singles.  If we had him along with the others mentioned, the Reds would be printing World Series tickets.

Sending the letter to fans was a nice gesture, but if I was a Reds fan, I’d be worried. While Jocketty has a great record of building winning teams, I hope it was the PR staff that wrote this. Mis-assessing the past isn’t a good indication that they’ll know what to do in the future.


Hat tip to Lance McAllister (Lot D Blog)