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Baseball returned in its fullest form Thursday since 2019. But with it comes all the major questions surrounding every team across the country and the league itself.
According to the latest SB Nation Reacts results, 15 percent of fans around the league think the Blue Jays will win the AL East. They trail the New York Yankees, who earned 63 percent.
Fans nationally also voted on who they believe will take home the league’s biggest awards at the end of the season. Toronto’s Hyun Jin Ryu was picked by 8 percent of fans as the pitcher who will win the AL Cy Young. New York’s Gerrit Cole lead the vote with 37 percent.
In the NL, Mets’ ace Jacob deGrom earned 52 percent of the vote. He beat out Walker Buehler, who was the next closest with 16 percent.
The AL MVP was equally dramatic in its divide after the top choice. Angels superstar Mike Trout earned 69 percent of the vote, blowing away the next closest player – Aaron Judge – with only 10 percent.
The closest vote came in the NL vote for MVP. San Diego Padres young star Fernando Tatis Jr. edged out the field with 26 percent. He narrowly beat Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts with 25 percent, Nationals slugger Juan Soto’s 22 percent, and Atlanta star Ronald Acuña Jr. with 19 percent.
Despite all the excitement of Opening Day, the feeling about the league as a whole is still extremely mixed. Fans were asked what one word best describes the game right now. “Exciting,” “Confused,” “Good,” and “Chaos” were all among the top choices.
There were a couple of Blue Jays-specific questions:
Are you confident in the direction of the team. 100% of us said yes. Only Jays and Padres fans had 100% confidence. The lowest? The Rockies at 8%.
There were a couple of interesting questions, they asked Rays fans if the Jays would be good this year:
They asked Jays fans if the Orioles or Rangers would be good this year. Not surprisingly, we didn’t think so, 3% and 4% respectively thought they would.
And we were asked to say what we think about both. With the Rangers, the main answer was ‘not much’. The Orioles the answer tended to be ‘not a good team’.
Fans, as a whole were asked what their favorite and least favorite parts of the game were. Among the answers:
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