Getting this under way a little late, as I come out from under a slight attack of corona virus (or a convincing facsimile thereof). But with pitchers and catchers reporting next week, and the trade for Marte now in the books, it’s a good point to take the sentiment of D-backs’ fandom as we head into the pre-season. But first, how did we feel as the calendar turned to 2020, in the wake of the signing of Madison Bumgarner?
- 2% - 1 (not confident in the slightest)
- 0% - 2
- 1% - 3
- 3% - 4
- 6% - 5
- 19% - 6
- 38% - 7
- 20% - 8
- 10% - 9 (very, very, VERY confident)
With 290 votes, this was the most responses we’ve had in exactly a year, the fanbase clearly being energized by the arrival of MadBum. And while there was a small rump of fans who still chose to vote “1”, the trend was generally upwards. The top three categories all saw an increase of between 3-5 percent, with only 6.6% in total coming in below a “5”.
The overall average therefore ticked up to 6.82, which is an all-time high for the month of January [though this merits a disclaimer: we didn’t have a January poll in 2018, the season after we reached the Division Series] It’s an increase of close to half a point over the previous poll, which returend 6.38 back at the beginning of November. It’s a remarkable turnaround compared to the 3.09 figure posted in the first poll of 2019, when the team had just sold off Paul Goldschmidt, and it seemed very much like a long, painful rebuild was just about to get under way. Below, you can see the breakdown for the past 12 months’ results, followed by the line graph showing the averages.
The big change since last time is, of course, the trade for Starling Marte, which fills the center field position, and appears to let Ketel Marte swing back to being (mostly) our every day second-baseman. It certainly does make the Diamondbacks a better team for 2020. But on the other hand, the Dodgers also picked up an outfielder themselves, as well as David Price. So is the perceived gap between the two teams perhaps wider than it was when we last asked about your confidence?
Below is the poll. As usual, let us know your confidence rating and the reasoning behind it, in the comments, especially if it has changed over the last month.
How confident are you about the Diamondbacks?
This poll is closed
1 (not confident in the slightest)
9 (very, very, VERY confident)