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Favorite baseball team? Tampa Bay Rays soar in annual Harris survey



Raysphoto As Major League Baseball heads into this evening's All-Star Game, the New York Yankees find themselves on top as the favorite baseball team among those who follow Major League Baseball for the seventh year in a row.

Well, duh. But the real story is the same survey shows the Tampa Bay Rays moving up a rather remarkable 11 places from No. 28 to a tie at No. 17 (with the Baltimore Orioles). Amazing what an American League Championship and a first World Series appearance can do. (Photo:St. Petersburg Times.)

No other Major League Baseball team made such a positive leap in this year's poll. The Rays have never ranked higher than No. 25 (in 2007). Such are the findings of The Harris Poll, a new nationwide survey of 2,177 U.S. adults surveyed online between June 8 and 15 by Harris Interactive.

The Boston Red Soxmove up one spot to 2nd place while the Atlanta Braves drop one spot to No. 3. Rounding out the top five are the Chicago Cubs (a franchise ironically contemplating bankruptcy, news reports say today), and the Los Angeles Dodgers both tied for 4th spot on the list. Last year the Cubs were at number 4 and the Dodgers were at number 5.

Among other findings:

* The Cleveland Indians made the largest move, down 18 places from a tie at No. 7 to a tie at No. 25.
* The Colorado Rockies have dropped ten places from a tie at No. 13 to a tie at No. 23.
* The Kansas City Royals dropped nine spots from a tie at No. 20 to No. 29.
* The Seattle Mariners (from No. 17 to No. 10) and the San Diego Padres (from No. 27 to a tie at No. 20) both moved up seven places.

-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:25am]


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