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Detroit Tigers: Tigers fans think the World Series is invalid?

Sep 24, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Harold Castro (30) inspects a baseball during the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Harold Castro (30) inspects a baseball during the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports /
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According to a poll conducted online,  23% of Detroit Tigers fans think the World Series is not valid at all.

I am sure a good majority of you by now are sick of polls. They pretty much are in the 24-hour news cycle but I am here to give you one to appeal to your baseball sensibilities that tie into the Detroit Tigers in a unique way.

First, here’s what Lines.com, according to their site, is all about. They focus on “bringing you sports-betting insights, up-to-the-minute information and reactions to all the breaking news in the world of sports and how that’ll impact gambling and fantasy sports,”  (shoutout to Kip Wright, who DM me this link)

They polled 1,105 sports fans about the NBA and MLB and simply asked two questions in September of 2020.  Are these seasons really as valid as previous pandemic-free ones were? Does a shortened season or infected players mean the NBA Finals and MLB World Series titles should come with an asterisk?

Is the season asterisk worthy?

Overall, the poll for MLB came back that 77.3% of fans said yes, the World Series is completely valid while 22.7% said no. Detroit Tigers said 76.7% yes while 23.3% said no. They were the highest group to say “no”. The next three were the New York Yankees followed by the Washington Nationals then the Minnesota Twins and the Oakland A’s.

If you are a fan of the San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Seattle Mariners, well, you were big believers. The Padres were at 96% while Pirates & Mariners fans polled around at 93%.  What was fascinating as the article discussed was despite all the COVID positive tests, it did not stop Cardinals and Marlins fans, who were big believers that the World Series is valid.

What was the top reason why Detroit Tigers fans believe the World Series is not valid? 60% said it was due to the shortened season. I admit, I even said on that statement on the podcast a few times that this season would be viewed that way. Overall, 43% of baseball fans polled believe the same reason with 34% also believing player(s) with COVID-19.

Overall, an interesting poll. The site does show how they got the data so check it out on the link. What do you say, Detroit Tigers fans? Where does the season stand in your eyes?

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