The issue can finally be put to rest. The public has spoken: the majority of baseball fans enjoy bat flips.
So, about those bat flips. 48% of the people polled said they’re pro-bat flip while 31% are of the same mind as Goose Gossage. Hooray for progress.
You can really see the shift when broken down generationally. 79% of “young fans” like bat flips compared to 9% who don’t. Seniors are against them 23% to 43%.
The bat flip verdict, however, wasn’t even the most surprising result from the poll. 65% are fans of National League rules and want to see pitchers hit. Only 25% stand with the DH.
At first, this seemed counterintuitive based on how bat flips were received, until we realized maybe they also want more pitcher’s flipping bats! A Bartolo Colon bat flip would absolutely have a 100% approval rating.
Other divisive sports topics the poll touched on include whether Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens should be in the Hall of Fame (51% yes, 34% no), whether domestic violence or PED use is a more serious offense (68% domestic violence, 21% PEDs) and whether doing the wave is acceptable fan behaviour at games (56% yes, 18% no).
The sample size on this survey is small, but who are we to argue with the experts. Democracy. Isn’t it beautiful?
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