Friday, May 07, 2010
Visual Baseball: Introducing the BatCodePosted by Kevin Dame
Happy Friday. Here's an experiment that I'd love some feedback on. I'm using the barcode metaphor to visualize a hitter's performance for each at-bat. Line thickness represents the type of hit (thinnest for walks and singles, thickest for homeruns) with each at-bat separated by a space. Big white areas represent long stretches of outs. Lots of lines represent a string of hits, with thicker patches representing power. Let's take BatCode for a spin.
Here's one of the league's best hitters - Robinson Cano - for the month of April. Pretty consistent and with lots of power throughout.
Here's a player - Curtis Granderson - who got off to a hot start but has really tailed off (both in terms of OBP and power).
And here's David Ortiz' entire 2009 season with all the ups and downs.
Click the link below to see more, including historic seasons of Bonds, Ichiro and Sosa.
I got a request for Barry Bonds' 2001 season, Ichiro's 2004 season, and Sammy Sosa's 1998 season. These BatCodes are pretty remarkable (albeit steroid-laden for two out of the three):
And here are a few more April 2010 BatCodes. What insight do you get from scanning them?
"The commonality between science and art is in trying to see profoundly - to develop strategies of seeing and showing." - Edward Tufte.
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