Study Finds Which MLB Fanbases Have the Worst Grammar

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2015

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Ya gotta believe! Mets fans are the MLB's worst when it comes to spelling and grammar. http://t.co/WgdbkV31r9 http://t.co/PZAV5qXQwD

Having a conversation (or an argument) on the Internet with fans of opposing teams can be frustrating because not everybody makes it easy on the reader, whether their comments are nonsensical or just contain poor grammar.

Thanks to the proofreading software Grammarly, we're able to see which fanbases produce the most grammatical mistakes. The results should make you think twice before engaging in an online chatter with certain fans.

According to Geoff Foster of the Wall Street Journal, Grammarly reviewed 150 reader comments from the news section of each MLB team's website. Grammar, spelling and punctuation were all among the things analyzed.

The results are in, and the lucky "winners" are New York Mets fans, who make 13.9 mistakes per 100 words. Thankfully, that didn't stop some Mets fans from coming up with those great Hunter Pence signs last season.

The Mets aren't the only New York team to rank poorly on the list. The New York Yankees came in at No. 5, with 12.1 mistakes per 100 words.

Team success doesn't appear to be much of a factor in a fanbase's grammar. The Chicago White Sox (2005) are the only team of the 10 most grammatically correct fanbases to have won the World Series within the last two decades. On the flip side, the Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves are the only teams near the top of this list to have won at least one World Series title in the past 20 years.

The middle of the pack is loaded with teams that have won championships fairly recently, however.

If this study sounds familiar, that's because it is. Grammarly also conducted a study earlier this year to find out which NFL fanbase had the worst grammar.

[Wall Street Journalh/t Deadspin]


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