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? Well, they asked me not to say. But to be clear, this blog is my something I do on my own time and does not represent the views of…my employers. I think what I can say is that given my 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 have become an amateur genealogist and family historian. You will sometimes see that area of work bleed into my posts.

Leave a Reply