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SBN Reacts: Fans don’t want a shortened MLB season


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MLB: OCT 01 Diamondbacks at Royals Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Welcome to SB Nation Reacts (formerly known as SB Nation Fanpulse), a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Royals fans, sign up HERE to join SBN Reacts.

Spring training is set to begin this week, although there are still health concerns due to the pandemic. The MLBPA rejected a proposal to push back the start of the season and play a 154-game schedule, so for now, the sport is planning a full schedule.

We asked fans whether they thought the season should be shortened to buy some time to allow coronavirus cases to fall. Only 38 percent of fans we polled think this season should be shortened.

When we asked fans what the optimal number of games should be, the overwhelming majority wanted at least 140 games.

Even before the pandemic, some have called for the MLB season to be shortened, arguing it is too long. A shorter season would also allow for more teams to make the playoffs without pushing the World Series deep into November. But the fans we polled were overwhelmingly against shortening the season.

Remember, you can sign up to participate in SBN Reacts surveys at this link! Surveys will go out each week and only take a few minutes to complete. Check back next week for more SBN Reacts results!