Editorial Note: The latest information graphic from the talented Craig Robinson of Flip Flop Fly Ball looks into every single final play of the 2012 Major League Baseball regular season, and the results are pretty rad [D.P.].

Comments (25)

  1. WOW. I want to be like Craig Robinson when I grow up.

  2. looks great as usual, craig! if i were to change anything, i might make strikeouts separate from “defensive” outs in the first couple graphs as they are more of a pitching stat than one that involves the defense. then you could have pitching/defense/offense as your categories…but maybe i’ve just been looking at FIP and xFIP too much/long all year. lol.

  3. Impressive! Your attention and commitment to detail is perfection!

  4. Amazing stuff as always.

    The walk off triples confuse me. Not sure I have ever seen one. Why would a hitter go to third assuming the winning run already had scored?

    • It is rare, but let’s say there are no outs and a runner on 1st on an extra base hit. The batter SHOULD be running to 3rd on a play to the plate, in case the runner is out. The official scorer will award a triple in this case as long as the batter reaches third, even if the runner has already crossed the plate. (Same with a runner on 2nd and a long single/double…)

  5. http://www.bloguin.com/theoutsidecorner/2011-articles/june/dugout-digest-a-walkoff-triple.html

    Answered my own question. I don’t think I have ever witnessed one!

  6. This really is epic!

  7. I would love to know how the one game-ending 5-6-3 double play happened. Sounds like an absolute cluster.

  8. The bar lengths or numbers are wrong on first chart for ground-outs and strike-outs swinging … as the small one should be longer based on the numbers given.

  9. You misspelled Barves on that last graph. Great job otherwise.

  10. How would a walk-off fielder’s choice work? Infielder throws a grounder to first rather than to home, trying to get a DP?

  11. That seems far more rational/likely. Thanks.

    • How would a failed attempted DP be counted here? One out, tie game, runners on first and third. The visiting team tries to turn the DP but fails. Would that be counted as a FC? I don’t see another category it would fall under.

  12. I have to be honest, I was a little disappointed not one game ended in a balk this year.

  13. “Every Final Out”?

    More like Every Final Play…

  14. This is very good, except for one detail, the rules state that is a game is ended on a hit that does not leave the ball park, (meaning that a homerun and/or ground rule double are the only hits that do not account for this stat) it is recorded as a single regardless of how far the batter reaches on the bases. Other than that, very well done!

  15. The batting event finder in the Baseball Reference play index lists details for 2418 final PAs with a lot less effort. I guess only the 7 called games and 5 caught stealing are missing.

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