As you might’ve noticed, we’re running polls using the Twitter platform you, the fans, have blessed us with. So, what better way of giving the fans a voice than utilizing the data we have at our hands?
Tuesday’s poll was about the direction the front office should go in order to replenish the starting rotation, which — thanks to injuries and contractual negotiations — is all of a sudden fairly barren.
Here’s how the poll has played out thus far:
First, it seems important to explain why the voting fell as it did. Los Angeles sports fans are notorious at this point for their propensity towards superstar athletes. And why wouldn’t they be?
Look at the city’s history. Names like Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant have driven the Lakers. Despite not having an NFL franchise, Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart captivated football fans in ways few could. Oh, and the Dodgers? Fernando Valenzuela, Sandy Koufax and Clayton Kershaw all say hi.
Of course a Los Angeles fan base would side with a superstar over a couple second-tier free agents. This is what we’re used to.
Which brings me to my second point: Fans are used to having Greinke and Kershaw atop the rotation. Change is scary, especially when it involves losing one the game’s greatest advantages (not to mention that he might end up with a division rival).
Honestly, I thought the vote would be more lopsided.
The poll does show just how difficult a decision this is for the front office, though. Like I said, I was fairly surprised the vote didn’t turn out how it did when we asked you to choose between Greinke and David Price.