I bet you can't guess who the most hated team in baseball is

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Indians script.gifNope. No, not them either.  You should probably just stop guessing, because you probably won’t get it right:

The Cleveland Indians.

That’s right, according to a Nielsen survey which uses various keywords in an effort to determine whether people have positive, negative
or neutral reactions to different brands and product, the Cleveland Indians are the most despised team in the majors. The Red Sox are the second most-hated. The Yankees are fifth.

Which seems absolutely nuts to me, because compared to other teams, the Indians don’t register strong reactions among anyone, including their most passionate fans. I have to assume that something is deeply wrong with the study, and that a “neutral” reaction — which anyone not related to an actual member of the Cleveland Indians team should probably have with this team — is unfairly penalized.

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: