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FanPulse Week Eight: the baseball is terrible, and the portions are so small!

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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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Seattle Mariners v Boston Red Sox
what a miserable series that was for the Mariners, but at least the Boston fans had to sit in the rain in their stupid roofless ballpark
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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?

Poll

Who is to blame for Strickland blowing the game against the Red Sox back in April?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Servais. He should have recognized Strickland was struggling and lifted him.
    (28 votes)
  • 34%
    Strickland. He should have recognized he was too hurt to pitch and requested to come out of the game.
    (57 votes)
  • 11%
    The other relievers, for sucking so bad leaving Strickland in was the best option.
    (19 votes)
  • 36%
    No one. It was just an unfortunate situation where everyone was trying to do their best.
    (61 votes)
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