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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.

Editorial Note: The latest information graphic from the talented Craig Robinson of Flip Flop Fly Ball shows us the team wins above replacement of position players (and pitchers when they bat) for every Major League Baseball team, as well as the biggest every day contributor on each team. Adam Jones has permission to reference this piece for any MVP campaign purposes. Jeff Francoeur does not. [D.P.].

On this day seven years ago – July 27, 2005 – I went to a baseball game for the first time in my life. I have talked about it before in the book and other places, but mostly talking about it was done in a way that just recounts the events of the day and first impressions.

I will briefly re-cap those events: I was in New York on business, doing some illustration work for an ad agency’s client. I spent two weeks living a relatively normal life in New York (if you consider staying at the W hotel in Times Square normal). I flicked through the channels on the TV a few times in the evenings, and watched baseball for a few minutes here and there. It made little sense. I didn’t understand what the hell the announcers were on about. I mentioned to my colleagues Josh and Mark that I’d quite like to go to a game while I was in New York, and a couple of days later Josh (Yankees), Mark (Mets), and I (unaffiliated) went up to Yankee Stadium and watched the Yankees lose 7-3 to the Twins. Johan Santana was the winning pitcher, Al Leiter the losing pitcher.

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Editorial Note: The latest information graphic from the talented Craig Robinson of Flip Flop Fly Ball shows us the results of Barry Bonds’ plate appearances from 1986-2007. It turns out that Bonds was a pretty good baseball player [D.P.].

Editorial Note: The latest information graphic from the talented Craig Robinson of Flip Flop Fly Ball shows us the average height of every team in Major League Baseball. Also of interest, to me at least, is that Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros and Tim Collins of the Kansas City Royals are slightly easier to identify than Chris Young and Jon Rauch of the New York Mets. Also, according to Drew Fairservice, there is absolutely no chance that Bryce Harper is actually 6’3″. [D.P.].