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Fan front office approval ratings are higher than ever. | Sports on Earth

And fans have noticed. On Tuesday, Fangraphs’ Jeff Sullivan wrote a post asking his readers to vote on whether or not they thought their favorite team’s front office was “very good,” “good,” “average,” “bad” or “very bad.” I don’t have any data from polls 20 years ago, but there is no way such a poll would have been nearly as positive as this one. Let’s go under the presumption that any team that has 51 percent or more of its fans at least calling its front office “average” or better is generally happy with its front office. So how many teams have a worse than 51 percent approval rating in Sullivan’s poll? Five. The Marlins, Mets, Orioles, Reds and Tigers. And even those can be seen as outliers in the current moment: The Marlins have a new ownership group facing its toughest decision in a decade, the Orioles and the Tigers are about to begin a long rebuilding process, the Reds seem behind every other team in their division (though are doing a better job, I’d argue, than the poll suggests) and half the fun of cheering for the Mets is complaining about them. Fans of 25 of the 30 baseball teams are actively pleased with their front offices, according to those polls. That’s sort of amazing, right? Only one team gets to win the World Series, you know.

But that’s the world we live in now. Our default is to assume competence in our executives. That’s a greater change than I think we’ve appreciated. Not too long ago, we cheered a movie in which Billy Beane outsmarted the good ol’ boys network. Now everybody is Billy Beane. And we’re all collectively more satisfied. Even though … well, everybody still has the same record. The collective baseball record is still .500. There is still only one champion.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2017 at 02:06 PM | 26 comment(s)
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