74% of respondents think length of game isn’t a problem; no word on whether or not that applies to Mariners games
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Pace of play has been a hot-button issue in baseball because, well, Manfred decided it would be a hot-button issue, despite the overwhelming majority of baseball fans not really having an issue with it at all:
Breaking: fans of sport don’t find sport too long. I suspect these numbers would flip-flop if you asked non-baseball-fans, but who cares about those people, anyway? If you can’t appreciate the strange beauty of an extra-innings game late at night in San Francisco when the seagulls have taken over the park and Jon Miller is telling stories about Giants legends and the fans are huddled together for warmth, I don’t know what to say.
As for the questions we ask every week, after a few brutal drubbings at the hands of the Cubs, Yankees, and Red Sox, the numbers have taken a sharp downward turn:
The early-season glimmerings of hope are looking more and more like fool’s gold as the team continues its steady march to mediocrity.
Manager approval has been steadily dipping, from 89% in Weeks 5 and 6 down to 84% in Week 7 and 80% here in Week 8. That’s the lowest it’s been since Week 2, right on the heels of the Hunter Strickland blown save debacle. I’m still not sure if it’s entirely fair to pin a lot of that blame on Servais; it’s not his blown-out lat, after all. To whom do you assign the blame?
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