Here’s a visual representation of Felix Hernandez’ perfect game. It is NOT an infographic. It’s, for want of a better phrase, data art. It uses information to make graphic art.

I’m still experimenting with the idea, but, basically, what’s going on is I wanted to find a way to visually represent what happens between which bases during a game. This is the fourth experiment I’ve done.

What is going on here is each event involving a batter or runner is recorded with a coloured line. A hit, for example is pink. The width of the lines shows somewhat vaguely the amount of that thing occurring. There is a lot of grey on these “diamonds,” they represent outs. A lot of the Mariners’ outs occurred between home plate and first, via ground balls and fly balls. Strikeouts are represented by the circle in the centre of the diamond. You can see on the Rays’ side of the chart, Felix struck out way more than the Rays’ pitchers did.

Anyway, this, as I said, is not an infographic. It doesn’t really do what an infographic is supposed to do; that is use graphic elements to aid understanding of data. What it does do, though, is give a quick and, I think, attractive, overview of a game.

If you want to see the previous three “diamonds” charts, here are some links:

2011 World Series.

Matt Cain’s perfect game.

And an animated version of the idea for a random Rays/Nationals game from June 21st.

Comments (8)

  1. Great job!

    I really enjoy this type of graffic because it does a great job of portraying base runners / total bases data. When I read boxscores I have no clue when teams had players on 3B. The animated version is dynamite.

  2. That is extremely cool. Especially the animated one.

  3. Awesome. How does the radius of the strikeouts scale? IE the king’s 12 lead to a pretty large dot on the mound. Would Clemons’ 20 consume the basepaths?

    • Actually, that’s a good point. I didn’t really consider that, but in future I should make a theoretical circle being 27 Ks that would slot into the diamond of the basepaths and use that as a scale.

  4. Really awesome. More please!!! (especially, as noted above, the animated version)

  5. How would you record an out at home?

  6. I like the graphic, but I’m actually partial to the pixelated one you tested earlier. Reason being, 1 pixel = 1 unit. Here, I can surmise the width of a unit knowing the Mariners had one run, but the pixels stood out better for that purpose than the anti-alias shapes.

    Great job though!

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