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Despite a second consecutive 100-loss season, Royals fans ended the season with renewed confidence in the direction of the club. We wrap up the regular season FanPulse survey with results showing 80 percent of Royals fans are confident in the direction of the club at the conclusion of the season. Just 64 percent of fans were confident in the direction of the club at the beginning of the season, a number that went down after a poor start in April.
In fact, you can see how confidence in the future of the Royals moved up and down based on what transpired during the season. A poor start hurt confidence, but some July trades of Jake Diekman and Martín Maldonado spiked confidence. That dropped after July when Whit Merrifield was not traded, but again confidence spiked when it was announced the team would be sold to local businessman John Sherman.
Ned Yost also ended on a high note, with 70 percent of fans approving of him to end the year. Yost had hovered around a 50 percent approval rating much of the year, although he began the year with a 93 percent approval rating.
We also asked fans what they think of the one-game Wild Card playoff.
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