My last post explored ways to use typeface (word clouds) to illustrate differences in performance and salary. Continuing the theme of comparisons, I’ve been experimenting with lists as a visual way to rank players and teams. Here are some graphics from the World Series, showing how the Yankees and Phillies ranked across a range of measures, relative to the other teams in their leagues. The goal was to communicate at a glance the relative strengths (and balance) these teams had. Are these 5 measures the right ones? Probably not. For example, we all know errors aren’t a great way to measure defensive prowess. But I’m not trying to explore new statistical measures – I’m trying to take ones that people already understand and share them visually.
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