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Doc socks Sox!  (big surprise, right?)

filed by George Bova

January 19,2005

The top story in the Cubune's sports section today featured an interview with Dr. Wolfgang Schaden.  Apparently it's important that one of the unsigned free agents would have his dilemma illuminated by the good doctor, weighing in with his opinion about the ballplayer's health.  Mind you this ballplayer does not play for either Chicago baseball team but his doctor is "convinced" the ballplayer is healthy enough to play, the Cubune reports.

Great!  Is Dr. Schaden willing to pay him $14 million to prove the point?  That's the ballplayer's previous salary and the one he and his agent are looking to replace.  Did the Cubune reporter ask this question?  Nope, but that's the one 29 MLB GM's must ask. 

The ballplayer and his agent aren't offering any assurances.  They even canceled their "workout" after stating they would do just that.  Did the Cubune reporter ask about that?  No, but 29 MLB GM's must be wondering along with the rest of us why the offer was made and then rescinded. 

Gosh, is it too much to ask the Cubune to cover these details?  It's a front page story, isn't it?

"Dr. Schaden has no agenda."  How do we know?  Why silly, the Cubune reporter stated just that.  Oh, and the Cubune reporter also got a quote from the ballplayer in question.  Funny how he would be available for this piece, right?

"He's a great doctor, and a great guy."

So when the same Cubune reporter paraphrases another doctor's opinion that "he was acting in the best interest of [the ballplayer] and not necessarily the White Sox," the opinion is left uncontested.  What exactly is that statement suppose to mean?  Is there any explanation for why a ballclub wouldn't want a ballplayer under contract healthy to play?  What is this doctor implying, or Dr. Schaden implying,  or the ballplayer implying?  The Cubune reporter isn't saying.

Is anyone in Chicago going to ask tough questions on behalf of one of its biggest professional sports franchises?  Apparently not.

And it's on the front page of the Cubune's sports.

Dr. Schaden is probably without an agenda just as certainly as the ballplayer has an agenda for helping along this fluff piece.  The Cubune usually charges for this sort of advertising.

As for the claim of "no agenda" the Cubune's reporter and his editors would undoubtedly make, it doesn't look very good does it?

Another low for the newspaper division of the Chicago Cubs.

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