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ÚN data: rivalry Caracas Magallanes dominates in 17 states

Navegantes is the team with the most fans (34%) and leads the bets for the championship (32%)

The 2022-2023 baseball season kicks off and Venezuela is ready to return to the stadiums with force after the pandemic slowed things down a bit during the last two years. Baseball is the sport that moves the most public in our country and the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League is one of the most prestigious in Latin America and the world for the quality of its stars and the level of competition. In addition, the talent of our players is one of our most valued export products: several hundred Venezuelan athletes have played in the Major Leagues and this year a record of 84 Venezuelans was registered present, with at least one in each template of the big top.

But the national tournament is the one that moves more passions within the country. The rivalry between Leones del Caracas and Navegantes del Magallanes is historical and is part of the Venezuelan idiosyncrasy, and is not limited to the territories of which both groups are emblems, namely the capital city and the state of Carabobo. The Sharks of La Guaira are also a particular icon thanks to their fanatic, since, despite having almost 40 years without being crowned, they have not stopped bringing enthusiasm to their bar with the famous "Samba de los Tiburones". Teams like Cardenales de Lara, Águilas del Zulia and Tigres de Aragua are strong regional bastions that fight on the field and have a very committed fan base in their homeland. Likewise, during the last two decades, currencies such as Caribes de Anzoátegui and Bravos de Margarita (which has changed its venue and nomenclature on several occasions) have made room for themselves in the national sports imaginary.

In Data ÚN We decided to conduct a survey of Venezuelan baseball fans to find out the proportions of support and how they are distributed in the territory. We publish a digital survey in latestnews.com.ve and our social networks, in which 656 people participated between Monday 17 and Thursday 20 October. The results are the following.

Almost everyone

The first thing we ask our audience is if they are fans of Venezuelan baseball. We obtained that a resounding 88,7% answered yes, a figure that says a lot about the popularity of the so-called “national sport”.

We divide the answers according to the state of Venezuela where each participant lives, so that we can appreciate the levels of popularity of baseball in each region and see which are the states where the proportion is higher.

We can say that baseball is something for the whole country, with a minimum of 73% of people who recognize themselves as fans of this sport. And we have to highlight that it was in the states of La Guaira and Barinas where all the survey participants responded positively.

The following questions were answered only by those who recognized themselves as baseball fans.

Nationwide rivalry

Our poll continued by asking our readers, "What's your team?" We obtained that, adding the preferences of all the states of Venezuela, the eternal rivals far outweigh any other currency. In the first place was Navegantes del Magallanes with 34,5%. But his nemesis, Leones del Caracas, appeared on his heels with 33,9%.

Quite a long way, in third place we have the Tiburones de la Guaira with 9,8% preference, followed by Tigres de Aragua with 7,9%, Águilas del Zulia with 6,5%, Cardenales de Lara with 5%, Caribes de Anzoátegui with 2,1% and Bravos de Margarita with 0,3%.

Looking at the results by state, we found several interesting facts. In the first place, it stands out that Leones and Navegantes share the leadership in most of the entities, even in cases such as Anzoátegui, La Guaira and Nueva Esparta, where the local currency (Caribes, Tiburones and Bravos, respectively) was not ranked first. place.

We have that Leones del Caracas leads in eight entities: Capital District, La Guaira, Apure, Cojedes, Miranda, Monagas Nueva Esparta and Sucre. For its part, Navegantes del Magallanes are the most popular in seven states: Anzoátegui, Bolívar, Barinas, Carabobo, Delta Amacuro, Portuguesa and Táchira. Tiburones de La Guaira dominates in two regions: Falcón and Guárico, while Tigres dominates in another pair: Aragua and Amazonas. Cardenales de Lara and Águilas del Zulia only ranked first in their respective states. Finally, Bravos de Margarita and Caribes de Anzoátegui failed to appear at the top in any case.

There were also several draws. In Trujillo and Yaracuy the percentages of fans of Leones and Navegantes coincided. And in Mérida the dispute was between Navegantes and Tiburones.

Is there no one who beats him...?

The next phase of the survey required the participants to indicate, beyond their preferences, which they believe will be the champion team of the 2022-2023 season. It must be said that the results are not too different from favoritism, but there are small variations in the percentages.

For 32,13% of the audience, Navegantes del Magallanes will win this season's trophy. In second place in the bets was Leones del Caracas, with 27,49%, and a group of 13% trust that this year it is the Tiburones de La Guaira. Then come those who see the Tigres de Aragua (06%), the Cardenales de Lara (8,25%), the Águilas el Zulia (7,39%) and the Caribes de Anzoátegui (5,5%) triumphant. ). Those who visualize Bravos de Margarita as champions did not reach one percent.

By looking at the votes by state in the regional graph, we can confirm what we just saw: in most cases the forecast coincides with favoritism, that is, the audience did not pay attention when they were asked to set aside their preferences at the moment to evaluate the chances of each team to take the title. But hey, that's the fandom.

Variations

Let us highlight the behavior of the opinions in the entities that are headquarters of the league teams. In Anzoátegui, the forecast for the Navegantes (41,4%) exceeded the favoritism for the same team (37,9%) by more than three points. In Aragua, the opposite occurred, while 47,5% identify with the Tigres, the number of those who believe they will win the championship reaches 37,3%. The same happens in the case of Carabobo: 62,5% declare themselves Magellan, but only 55% think that the Navegantes will be crowned.

A similar phenomenon occurred in the Capital District, 52,6% are fans of the Lions, but bets on the championship reach 38,8%. In La Guaira, although the majority confesses to being a Caraquista and the preference for the Sharks was in second place with 33,3%, when asked who will be the champion team, the figure rose to 46,7%. In Nueva Esparta the thing dropped from 55,6% that goes to Caracas to 44,4% that believes that the people of the capital will be champions. In Zulia, the variation was very important, from 75,6% who identify with the Eagles, we later went to 48,8% who believe that they will win the championship. A difference of almost 27%.

Only in Lara they remained immovable. 70% goes to his team and the same amount is confident that they will win the tournament.

We have, then, an interesting overview of the make-up of baseball fans in Venezuela. Behaviors, as expected, are polarized. The Caracas-Magallanes rivalry echoes throughout the entire territory. And although there are states where the resident currency has not yet become hegemonic, such as Anzoátegui and Nueva Esparta, there are other regions, such as Zulia, Lara and Aragua, whose fanaticism for the local team is very vigorous, leaving the capital's rivalry relegated.

Angel González
I write #ElInformante and #DatosÚN in Últimas Noticias.

2 COMMENTS

  1. IN MY OPINION, THE NAVIGATORS HAVE MORE FANS BECAUSE THEY HAVE BELONGED TO MORE STATES OF THE COUNTRY, BUT WHAT DO THEY DO WITH MORE FANS, WHAT THEY NEED IS MORE TITLES, AND DON'T COME TO ME WITH THE WORN STORY THAT THEY GAVE SOME CHAMPIONSHIPS TO CARACAS, THAT'S THEY WERE ASSIGNED BY STUDY BASEBALL PEOPLE AND WHATEVER YOU SAY, HISTORY IS THE RULE, THIS YEAR WE'RE GOING FOR 21, CHANGE AND OUT.

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