Last week’s national baseball question asked SB Nation’s FanPulse voters if they thought Major League Baseball intentionally “juiced” the baseballs this season, looking for more long balls, and runs scored. A total of 68% of those who voted said, “Yes” the balls were juiced intentionally.
This week, voters were asked if “juiced” baseballs were good or bad for baseball?
If a majority of baseball fans think MLB intentionally manipulated the baseballs, and think a juiced ball is bad for the game, Major League Baseball has a bit of a problem on their hands, no? We’re still watching, of course, and kind of enjoying the Nationals hitting home run after home run out of the park, and score runs at an alarming rate, but pitchers probably aren’t as enthusiastic about what they’ve seen. How will pitchers react to the recent trends?
[ed. note - “We neglected to check in on the manager approval results and the confidence in the overall direction of the Nationals last week, so we’ll update those #s RIGHT NOW!!”]
Davey Martinez’s managerial approval rating dropped a little bit this week, down to 48% in the latest polling after it was in the mid-to-high 50s for the past few weeks. The voting did take place two days after Sean Doolittle’s blow-up on Saturday night, and a day after Doo’s trip to the Injured List. Did that play a part in the dip?
As for the overall confidence in the Nationals? It’s up to 76% this week, from 55% and 62% in the previous two weeks. Go Nats. The people believe... at least 3 out of 4-ish believe.
We’ll see you next week, try the vegan lasagna...