How confident are you in the direction of the team?
We are back with our latest fan poll regarding the confidence in this baseball team, and things are trending up for the first time this season. It should be noted, of course, that this poll was given out while most were still riding the high of the weekend sweep over the Rays and before that enthusiasm could be stripped by Boston getting swept by Detroit in Tuesday’s doubleheader. Confidence fell to a season-low 64 percent last week, but we’re now surging all the way back up to 86 percent. It’s worth noting Red Sox fans are significantly more confident than Yankee fans, who sit at 53 percent. That seems absurd, but fandom often is. Tampa Bay and Baltimore fans are more confident than Red Sox fans, with Toronto finishing just slightly behind.
Meanwhile, the results are a bit better for Alex Cora as they have all year. The manager earned a whole lot of goodwill with his Midas run through the postseason last year when every decision he made seemed to work out. Things obviously haven’t gone as well this year, but fans aren’t ready to turn on him. Confidence in the manager sits at 95 percent right now after falling to 80 percent last week. Again, Red Sox fans are much more confident in their manger than Yankee fans are in Aaron Boone. Besides New York, at least 95 percent of all AL East fans have confidence in their respective managers.
Is it ever okay for pitchers to intentionally hit batters?
This week’s national question follows a high-profile brawl between the White Sox and Royals last week when Kansas City pitcher Brad Keller hit Tim Anderson with a pitch after the latter admired a home run a little too long and flipped his bat a little too enthusiastically for Keller’s liking. It should be noted that this question is just referring to hitting a batter, not specifically hitting them in the head, as beaning can sometimes mean. Honestly, 40 percent too high here. The answer is no, plain and simple.
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