Tampa Bay Rays just fourth most popular baseball team in Florida

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According to a survey from Public Policy Polling: Florida’s teams continue to do pretty poorly when it comes to MLB loyalty in the state — the Braves lead with 17 percent, followed by the Marlins at 14 percent, Yankees at 11 percent, Rays at 10 percent, Red Sox at 8 percent, and Cubs at 5 percent.

The few fans the Marlins and Rays do have remain optimistic for the season though. 65 percent of Marlins fans think the team will make the playoffs this year, 38 percent think they will make it to the World Series, and 19 percent think they’ll win it all. Despite an abysmal start to the season Rays fans remain hopeful too – 59 percent think they’ll make the playoffs although only 20 percent think they’ll get to the World Series and just 12 percent think they’ll win it. Baseball fans are either incredibly optimistic people or lie to pollsters about their expectations – or perhaps spin is a better word than lie.

Joe Maddon has a 68/6 approval rating with Rays fans, Mike Redmond is at 34/5 with Marlins fans.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.