Here’s an interesting infographic released by MLB.com. We know now that the season MVP award winner for the American League was Jose Altuve (while Giancarlo Stanton won the National League honor). But as we know, in the world of baseball, it is difficult to remain the best of the best consistently over the course of the 162-game season (or more, if your team gets into the post-season). Here’s MLB.com’s take on who the AL MVP actually was on each individual day of the season.
This is, obviously, an extremely simplified version of baseball history, geared towards a rather younger crowd. Still, I got enough of a smile out of it to merit a share.
I had considered treating myself to the Royals-Twins game this past Saturday — at least, up until I checked to see the price of tickets for that night’s game. The chart below demonstrates my decision to stay in, rather than drive out to the ballpark. By the time you factor in parking and food, a fan ends up relinquishing a good part of their paycheck to attend a Saturday ballgame.
This chart was actually created in 2010, but I’m sure we can all agree it’s still a pretty accurate depiction of trends in ticket prices today.
One of my personal favorite things about going to the ballpark is getting myself a hot dog. I enjoy hot dogs in general (never mind the horror stories we all hear about them), but something about the atmosphere of a Major League stadium makes them taste that much better.
If you decide you want to watch your view through the different eras of baseball via the movies, here’s a handy guide to help you out. The image is a bit small here, but you can click on it for a bigger look.
This infographic is not entirely baseball-specific, but still very relevant. I knew that betting on sports has been around awhile, but it still has existed far longer than I ever imagined. The development of television, internet, and other forms of media obviously revolutionized betting. There is no longer a need to actually be present at a sporting event — we can place our bets from afar.
This infographic helps to put Joe DiMaggio’s 1941 56-game hit streak in a bit of perspective. Not surprisingly, most of these games, DiMaggio continued his streak with a single hit. Still, in a sport where failing 2/3 of the time still means you are a success, one hit is a major contribution. During this streak, DiMaggio blew the 33% success rate out of the water. The statistic that struck me the most, however, was the fact that he struck out a mere five times in these fifty-six games. Talk about being on fire!