Home Run Distance

Apologies for the lack of posts recently. Allow me to blame work, travel, and sickness. But let’s get back on track this week—for me now a short one—with this post from FiveThirtyEight about the distances travelled by home runs.

The piece uses data up to the All Star break, and looks at how far the home runs would have travelled. Of course, the data set is fairly recent in terms of tracking just how far home runs went. That is, there’s nothing for Ted Williams or Babe Ruth. But this screenshot from the article is Seattle slugger Nelson Cruz.

Cruz has left the yard. And also downtown Seattle
Cruz has left the yard. And also downtown Seattle

Personally, I would have loved to have seen one for David Ortiz.

Credit for the piece goes to Neil Paine.

Author: Brendan Barry

I am a graphic designer who focuses on information design. My day job? I am the data visualisation manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. (This blog is my something I do on my own time and does not represent the views of the Fed, blah blah blah legal stuff.) And with my main interest in information design—be it in the shape of clear charts, maps, diagrams, or wayfinding systems—I am fortunate that my day job focuses on data visualisation. Outside of work, I try to stay busy with personal design work. Away from the world of design, I enjoy cooking and reading and am interested in various subjects from history and geography to politics to science to the arts. And I allow all of them to influence my work.

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