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Yankees Top MLB Team Popularity; Baseball Followers At Lowest Level In A Decade

The Yankees are the favorite MLB team among baseball fans, keeping the top spot the club has occupied since '03, according to results from a recent Harris Poll. The study, which was not conducted last year, surveyed 2,210 U.S. adults online between June 12-17. The Red Sox and Braves again rank second and third, respectively. The Dodgers rank in the No. 4 spot in '13, while the Rangers and Tigers were tied at No. 5. Meanwhile, the percentage of respondents who said they follow baseball (34%) was at the lowest level since at least '04. The figure for '13 was down from 36% in '11 and '10, after hitting a 10-year high of 41% in '09 (Harris Poll).

HARRIS POLL: FAVORITE MLB TEAMS
TEAM
'99
'09
'10
'11
'13
Yankees
2
1
1
1
1
Red Sox
8
2
2
2
2
Braves
1
3
3
3
3
Dodgers
7
4t
8
5t
4
Rangers
15
15t
12t
8
5t
Tigers
10
8
12t
10
5t
Cubs
3
4t
5
4
7
Mets
12
11
6
5t
8
Phillies
16
7
4
7
9
Giants
26
9
7
14
10
Cardinals
4
6
10
9
11t
White Sox
20
12
15
16
11t
Twins
11
13
9
12
13t
Indians
5
25t
17
17t
13t
Reds
13
15t
16
15
15
Mariners
6
10
12t
11
16
Orioles
9
17t
20t
13
17t
Angels
23
27t
25t
20t
17t
Royals
24
29
19
17t
19
Rockies
14
23t
20t
20t
20
Brewers
21
14
11
19
21t
Rays
n/a
17t
22
26
21t
Padres
17
20t
23t
29t
21t
Pirates
18
22
25t
23t
24
D'Backs
n/a
23t
18
23t
25
Nationals
n/a
27t
27
27t
26
Astros
22
19
28
22
27t
A's
19
20t
23t
23t
27t
Marlins
25
25t
29
27t
27t
Blue Jays*
28
30
30
29t
27t
 

NOTE: * = Sample is limited to U.S. residents.

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