Visual Representation of Data

Published by patrick honner on

A friend claimed that this video about Mariano Rivera contained the best info-graphic ever made, and it’s hard to argue.

The whole thing is fascinating, but at about the 1:40 mark the 1300 hundred or so pitches Rivera threw in 2009 are tracked from the mound and plotted in the strike zone.  Not only is it a supremely cool visualization of statistical analysis, but it absolutely helps explain why Rivera is so successful (and, indeed, one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history).

patrick honner

Math teacher in Brooklyn, New York


Sam Kolins · July 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm

I have to admit, when those 1300 or so balls came flying toward the plate from the catcher’s view, I laughed a little. What a nightmare!

Baseball, in my opinion, is probably one of the best physics oriented sports. Unlike something like basketball or sometimes soccer, it’s not so much strategy-based as it is physics-based. At least, for the pitcher. I’m sure the same argument holds water for other positions too though, most notably the batter and the runner. Tennis falls in a similar vein, only it’s more fast-paced.

Mo Schmo · July 9, 2010 at 11:14 am

The ending gave me a good idea of what it would be like to be killed by a malfunctioning batting cage machine.

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