Back in March I decided to analyze the popularity of Cleveland Indians players on the roster based on Google results. That was March 10th and the landscape has changed significantly since the season started and the Indians started pretty hot. There are some outliers like Jayson Nix (who won’t make the next list as he is no longer on the team) who were artificially inflated because of a transaction. Nix was traded for cash to the Blue Jays which led to a lot of hits in Google. Also, keep in mind in total the list had a 57% increase in hits from then to now. This is representative of the effect of just being in season officially. Still, the rankings are interesting.
And… we have a new number one. Grady Sizemore led the list to start the year, and despite coming back from injury and playing well, he was still overtaken. Check the list after the jump.
The method used to get these stats is to Google: player-first-name player-last-name “cleveland indians” … The search results can vary a little bit from person to person, but this is all for fun anyway. Let’s not get too crazy about this.
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