Infographic, minus the graphic

I’ve posted a handful of Craig Robinson infographics here, and I found this quite clever.  An infographic without the graphic.  It’s a few years old, but still very fun to read.  And it involves quite a bit of beer.

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Infographic: 1998 Home Run Chase

Here’s an infographic by Craig Robinson plotting out the day-by-day progress of the three main contenders in the 1998 home run chase.  I had completely forgotten that Ken Griffey, Jr. was a part of this race in the beginning.  He ended the season in pretty great shape, even if he didn’t pass Maris’s mark.

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Infographic: How often does the best team win the World Series?

Here’s another great infographic by Craig Robinson demonstrating that having the best regular season record does not necessarily mean post-season success.  This graphic only covers from 1995 to 2010, but we saw a good example of this just last year: the Kansas City Royals’ and the San Francisco Giants’ regular season records in 2014 ranked 7th and 8th in Major League Baseball respectively.  It goes to show that having a great season and getting to the playoffs is important, but the real competition begins in October.

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Infographic: World Series match-ups

With the postseason well underway, this is a fairly timely infographic by Craig Robinson from last year depicting the number of times teams have played each other in the World Series.  My fingers are crossed that, by the end of the month, we’ll be able to add another dot to the Royals column.

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Infographic: Sudden Death

Here’s an interesting twist on the game: what if every game was played as if it were in extra innings right from the start?  That is, what if the winner was determined according to who scored first (with equal opportunities on offense, of course).  Craig Robinson explored this question, and what follows is a look at how the 2013 season would have shaped up had it been played by these rules.


Infographic: MLB Offensive Performance by Position, 1992-2011

Here’s a comparative look at the offensive performance of Major League ballplayers, divided by position.  Created a few years ago by Craig Robinson, I think this infographic is fascinating in that it serves to prove that a lot of our stereotypes about how well certain position players hit seem to be true.  Or, perhaps, these are merely self-fulfilling prophecies — i.e. if you can’t hit, you might as well give up your dreams of becoming a first baseman.