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Fan confidence in Yankees, Aaron Boone rebounds

Last week’s downturn appears to have corrected itself.

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MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees
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Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Yankees fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

Last week our FanPulse respondents felt rattled by the Yankees’ rough road trip. Having buckled down since then, confidence in the team’s direction grew. Trading for Edwin Encarnacion, the American League leader in home runs, helped. Since polls closed on Tuesday afternoon, knowledge of the imminently returning Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge also couldn’t have hurt.

Overall, the confidence level climbed from 75% to 84%. That doesn’t quite match the run of four straight weeks in the 90s, but it’s a nice boost.

Aaron Boone’s approval rating also climbed, going from 72% to 80%. Interestingly enough, Boone has yet to crack the 90% threshold this season. He maxed out at 87% two weeks ago.

This week’s national poll explored the possibility of MLB expansion, and a return to Montreal appeared the overwhelming favorite choice.

I’ve been talked into Nashville as a good expansion option. Consider what Max Rieper, managing editor of Royals Review, had to say about the city:

Nashville’s metro is a bit smaller than Cleveland or Kansas City, but it is one of the fastest growing cities in the US. And unlike Vegas, there is a well-populated region for Nashville to draw from, particularly on the TV side as the South has been left mostly to the Braves and Cardinals. Nashville has already shown it can be an exciting sports city when the NHL’s Predators made a run at the Stanley Cup and when they recently hosted the NFL Draft. There is a solid base of corporate support and the city brings an interesting cultural angle that is a natural fit to baseball with their ties to country music. I can see the city actually being a free agent destination for many players from the south as it has become a city that is known for both its nightlife and a great place to raise kids.

That sounds fun to me!

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