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FanPulse: Confidence in White Sox direction? Trepidatious

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Morale over the team’s future is at a season-long low

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.

Gulp.

This week’s deep cut takes a look again at the confidence Chicago White Sox fans have in the direction of the team. Well, the news is not good; perhaps fueled by losses in 10 of the last 13 games, confidence in the White Sox is at a season-long low. The previous low of 50% came in Weeks 2 and 21, and this new mark pretty well blows past that.

Fan confidence in the White Sox

Week 1 62%
Week 2 50%
Week 3 52%
Week 4 67%
Week 5 74%
Week 6 62%
Week 7 54%
Week 8 56%
Week 9 69%
Week 10 53%
Week 11 70%
Week 12 83% (season high to date)
Week 13 81%
Week 14 75%
Week 15 77%
Week 16 80%
Week 17 70%
Week 18 68%
Week 19 69%
Week 20 62%
Week 21 50%
Week 22 65%
Week 23 65%
Week 24 43% (season low to date)

Seven team fanbases offer less of a vote of confidence than that on the South Side.

Interestingly, the Detroit Tigers, with 100 losses already on the season, earn just a slightly smaller fan backing than the White Sox, at 34%:


Perhaps not coincidentally, fan base confidence in manager Ricky Renteria hit an all-time low as well, continuing what is now a five-week trend. Renteria’s previous low was set at 36% in Week 20, although it’s been lingering in the 30s for a month-plus now.

Fan confidence in the 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%
Week 8 48%
Week 9 59%
Week 10 55%
Week 11 64%
Week 12 59%
Week 13 62%
Week 14 60%
Week 15 65%
Week 16 73%
Week 17 45%
Week 18 50%
Week 19 50%
Week 20 36%
Week 21 38%
Week 22 39%
Week 23 37%
Week 24 30% (season low to date)

Fanbases from only two team offer a lower manager approval right now: the Pittsburgh Pirates (25%) and New York Mets (14%).


The national poll question this week addressed bench-clearing brawls, and fans nationwide seemed to endorse meatheadery of some sort, at certain times. The question might have been better phrased to specify whether the “brawl” involves the typical exchange of tee times and relievers sprinting in from the bullpens to tear some buttons off of shirts, or real and actual fighting.


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