Poll: Americans hate the DH, like bat flips and think Barry Bonds should be in the Hall of Fame


Public Policy Polling — which normally handles political stuff — does an annual sports poll too. There’s a lot of baseball in it and that makes it relevant to our interests.

All of the results, with respect to all sports, can be found here. Some of the highlights:

  • 68% of sports fans consider domestic violence to be a more serious offense than taking PEDs and that domestic violence should lead to more serious discipline to only 21% who think using PEDs is worse. I presume all 21% of those who think PEDs are worse are Hall of Fame voters;
  • On a similar note, 51% of MLB fans think Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens should be let in the Hall of Fame, 34% kept out;
  • In sports labor conflicts, 43% of Americans says they generally side with the players compared to just 20% who say they generally side with the owners. Which I have a hard time believing. Maybe fans don’t think they’re siding with owners, but they certainly agree with the same positions regarding labor and salaries and stuff that owners do;
  • 56% of fans approve of doing the wave at sporting events to 18% who disapprove. I used to be totally anti-wave, but I’ve changed my mind on that to mere indifference. It’s part of my whole “don’t hate what other people like just because other people like it” kick. I won’t likely do the wave because, eh, why, but if you want to do the wave, enjoy yourself;
  • MLB fans prefer pitchers batting over the DH 65/25. It was 55/33 last year. I can only presume that this year’s polling was done while Bartolo Colon was literally rounding the bases during his homer on Saturday;
  • MLB fans approve of bat flips, 48/31. Generational divide- Millennials support them 79/9, seniors are against 23/43.

Now is a good time for me to remind you that democracy is the best thing there is, except in instances where the majority disagrees with me. Then it is the worst thing. I presume you feel the same way. If so, it’s the only thing I agree with you on.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.