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Best of Both Worlds — Infographic

The Best of Both Worlds

With the Kansas City Royals clinching the 2015 World Series last night, it’s time for the baseball off-season to begin, and the first order of business (after victory parades and some press conferences) will be the revealing over the next few weeks of the 2015 season award winners.  One of the most coveted awards is the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for both leagues. Today’s infographic is interesting as it shows how many winners of the MVP award have also helped their team capture the World Series crown. Starting in 1931, when the Baseball Writers Association of America began awarding the MVP, 38 players have had this distinction — 19 from each league. (Is it any surprise, given the odds, that the New York Yankees have the most with 10?).  Granted, this hasn’t happened in a long time, with the last NL winner in 1988 with Kirk Gibson and the Dodgers, and 1984 for the AL with Willie Hernandez and the Tigers. Let’s see if that changes if a Royal is named AL MVP this season!  [VIA]

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Posted by on November 2, 2015 in Infographics

 

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Baseball’s Many Dimensions – Infographic

Baseball’s Many Physical Dimensions

Unlike most professional sports, there has never been a standard size for an entire baseball field.  Outside of the rules stating that there are 90 feet between bases and that the pitching rubber must be 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate the rest of the field is fair game.  This leads to some very interesting configurations and looks to different stadiums.  What was once a product of placement (both Fenway Park and Wrigley Field were build on existing asymmetrical city blocks) has now given way to intentionally designed asymmetry as seen in Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia, or perfect symmetry like that in the Rogers Centre in Toronto (one of only two MLB parks still using Astroturf — the other being Tropicana Field in Tampa).  Today’s infographic takes a look at all these unique parks, including an overlay to show how most are actually quite similar as well — until you hit those tricky outfield corners that is!   [VIA]

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Posted by on April 29, 2014 in Infographics

 

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Art of the Day – 3/27/14 (Baseball Players Practicing, Thomas Eakins)

Daily Artwork — “Baseball Players Practicing, Thomas Eakins, 1875”

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1875 — Baseball Players Practicing. Watercolor on Paper. Realism style. Thomas Eakins (1844 – 1916). Private collection.

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Posted by on March 28, 2014 in Daily Art

 

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Photo of the Day – 3/28/14 (“The Duke’s Baseball Game”, 1955)

Daily Photo — “The Duke’s Baseball Game, 1955”

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April 1955. “Duke Ellington and band members playing baseball in front of their segregated motel while touring in Florida.” From photos by Charlotte Brooksfor the Look magazine assignment “A Living Legend Swings On.”.

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Posted by on March 28, 2014 in Daily Photo

 

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Photo of the Day – 7/8/13 (World Series, 1933)

Daily Photo — “World Series, 1933”

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Washington, D.C. “World Series of 1933, Nationals-Giants. View of diamond, first game at Griffith Stadium.” Which would be Game 3 on October 5. In the team’s only win of the Series, Washington shut out New York 4-0, with President Roosevelt in the stands. Nitrate negative by Theodor Horydczak.

(This would be the last playoff baseball in Washington DC until 2012 when the Nationals played the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012.)

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Posted by on July 8, 2013 in Daily Photo

 

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Photo of the Day – 2/26/13 (Babe Ruth & George Bush, 1946)

Daily Photo — “Babe Ruth and George Bush, 1946”

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A photograph of Hall of Famer and baseball Icon George Herman “Babe” Ruth and future President (and Yale baseball team captain) George Herbert Walker Bush at Yale University in 1946.

 

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Daily Photo

 

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Baseball in Social Media — Infographic

Baseball’s Most Liked Teams

Pitchers and catchers arrived two weeks ago and full squads have been warming up for a week and soon Florida’s Grapefruit and Arizona’s Cactus Leagues will be giving us baseball games again! Today I thought it would be fun to get a little taste of spring and take a peek back at how the Major League Baseball teams compared in social media at the start of the 2012 season.  Who is the most liked? (My Phillies are third!) Which players are the most talked about or talk the most?  Which league is the more popular?  Check it out. [VIA]

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Infographics

 

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