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SB Nation FanPulse: Vaughn pick is a home run

White Sox fans give Rick Hahn and the draft team an ‘A’ for this year’s first-rounder

Brett Ballantini started at South Side Sox in 2018 after 20 years of writing on basketball, baseball and hockey, including time on the Blackhawks and White Sox beats. Follow him on Twitter @BrettBallantini and email your site feedback to

Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged-in fans from each team. Chicago White Sox fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

It looks like the Chicago White Sox finally did something fans can almost universally get behind — 91% of you approve of the selection of Cal first sacker Andrew Vaughn with the No. 3 pick in the 2019 draft. Only 11 fan bases had a bigger approval of their first round pick than ours.

Meanwhile, a little bit of a hot streak, the draft, and some continuing Lucas Giolito dominance did wonders for fan base confidence this past week, as our approval rating for the club jumped up to 70%, from 53% — the biggest leap of the season.

Fan confidence in the White Sox

Week 1 62%
Week 2 50% (season low to date)
Week 3 52%
Week 4 67%
Week 5 74% (season high to date)
Week 6 62%
Week 7 54%
Week 8 56%
Week 9 69%
Week 10 53%
Week 11 70%

Almost as impressively, the factors listed above trickled down to manager approval as well. Ricky Renteria is nearly back at his salad days of April with regard to his FanPulse approval rating.

Fan confidence in Ricky Renteria

Week 1 76%
Week 2 86% (season high to date)
Week 3 60%
Week 4 67%
Week 5 57%
Week 6 53%
Week 7 43% (season low to date)
Week 8 48%
Week 9 59%
Week 10 55%
Week 11 64%

The national poll question this week addressed the need for better fan protection at the ballpark. Somehow, 40% of baseball fans across the country think more protection is somehow a bad thing. Let it be said, selective circumstance or not, South Side Sox was on this story first.

Where are you on these questions? If you didn’t participate in the FanPulse survey this week, hey man, get with the program, and sign up above or HERE.

All the cool kids are doing it.