New York Yankees Relief Pitcher Mariano Rivera made his final appearance in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Tuesday night, as the surefire Hall of Famer will retire at the end of the season. Rivera walked away with Most Valuable Player honors, both from the game and from Sports on Facebook, as he was the most-mentioned player on the social network between 7 p.m. and midnight ET Tuesday.
While most baseball fans either love or hate the New York Yankees, the team is growing in Facebook popularity. Already the most-liked baseball team on Facebook, the Yankees have added the most likes this past week of any Major League Baseball team, and by a wide margin. The team that has gained the second-most likes this week is the Los Angeles Dodgers, followed by the Boston Red Sox, and the Atlanta Braves.
The Major League Baseball team atop PageData‘s people talking about this leader board happens to be at the bottom of its division. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who are in last place in the National League West, are the most-talked-about team on Facebook right now, with an increase in 79,737 people discussing the club this week. In second place are divisional rivals the San Francisco Giants.
As the San Francisco Giants won Major League Baseball’s World Series for the second time in three years, Giants fans took to Facebook to celebrate their team’s four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers. The most popular player on the social network? San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval, also known as Kung Fu Panda for his upbeat demeanor and plush physique.
Social media agency Enter:new Media teamed up with Cleveland Indians fan blog Did The Tribe Win Last Night, on a competition to see which Major League Baseball team in the Indians’ division, the American League Central, can score the most Facebook engagement.