How many Red Sox fans approve of Alex Cora?
Alex Cora is starting to learn very quickly that he is managing in a “What have you done for me lately” kind of town. Now, the approval rating for Cora is still at 80 percent, which is fairly high, but given how this team has played after his decision to take everyone extremely slowly in spring training, things are going down. It’s not going to change any time soon without a major turnaround on the field, either. This percentage is down from 100 percent in the first two weeks and 88 percent last week. That’s not the direction you want to be heading.
Meanwhile, in terms of overall confidence in the team, well, you can imagine it’s only getting worse. And this polling was done before the Yankees series, too. Right now, confidence among Red Sox fans is down to 64 percent. As with Cora, it was at 100 percent in weeks one and two before falling to 76 percent. It’s also tied with the mark among Yankee fans, but again this poll came before New York took both games of a two-game series this week.
The National Question
Every week, fans of every team are asked a national question, too, and this week’s was focused on the rise of extensions around the league. Ozzie Albies was in the news this past week for a particularly team-friendly deal. The question posed was who gets the better deal, the player or team. Obviously it’s the team, and it’s wild this percentage wasn’t even higher. Yes, it’s possible that the player burns out, but the team has more than enough money to make up for that and they get a huge bargain if the player even plays up to expectations. As Craig Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus said, teams are essentially insurance companies in this case. They’ll make enough of these deals that they can’t lose in the long-run.