AVG BY BALL TYPE
Ground balls (even though the OF looks silly here I think it makes sense – there really are three dead spots that sorta blend together on the fringes, one behind each defender):
Pop ups (no, I’m not changing the name of the Y-axis):
SLG BY BALL TYPE
I really should merge pop ups with fly balls, but for now just merge them in your mind. Also, if you look really closely you’ll notice that fly balls and line drives extend out to 480 ft in the y direction, while ground balls and pop ups only go to 420. I’m going to re-run everything tonight, extending out to 500 ft (but probably won’t share those, unless someone asks).
So I haven’t posted here in much, much too long. But that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been doing things! Without any additional commentary, here are plots of balls hit by batted ball type (fly ball/ground ball/line drive/pop up) for 2007-2009. Note that to smooth the data, the count shown on the right is the number of balls within a 5 foot radius of that point. Also, I have not done any work yet to clean the data, so there are a few points here and there that don’t make much sense.
What a weekend.
Not that I wasn’t motivated to be working on this project before, but now we’ve kicked it up another notch. Niv was in town for the weekend and we had a whole lot of time to talk about where things are going and what it all could lead to. And I’m very much convinced it can lead to big, big things.
November 5. 32 days. Let’s go.
Remember this little guy? It only took two additional weeks but I can officially check #1 off the list! And by me checking it off, I mean Niv really checked it off by doing everything necessary to get it set up.
It’s obviously not much as of yet – it’s only been around for a few hours – but I’m going to start to play around with it a bit and work towards making some progress on goal #2. Obviously really digging into the data is the main priority before November, but I just want to do some of the web stuff up front so that I can add to it as I progress with the real work.
Off to play around with things a bit more!
I had promised to have something by today. This is something. But the real something will be up soon, promise!
Reply to Niv’s comment at some point. Some point meaning before Wednesday. Sleep now. Chicago this weekend.