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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

2011-12 Major League Baseball Player Map

Just what it says.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2012 at 07:05 PM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. GregD Posted: June 05, 2012 at 08:30 PM (#4149257)
All kinds of awesome! I'd also be interested in seeing one of those stack charts where the pile gets higher with each data point at the same spot--so a bigger stack in LA proper than Glendale, etc.

Some stereotypes ring true--the old Rust Belt is weak, and eastern Ohio/western PA is almost empty. Go pigskin.

   2. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: June 05, 2012 at 08:40 PM (#4149260)
Huh, there's a baseball player from my hometown of Evanston (Rockies rookie Christian Friedrich). I didn't know this. Fun tool!
   3. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: June 05, 2012 at 11:07 PM (#4149407)
So, what's the largest US city with nobody? Looks like Milwaukee. Chicago has only 2, same as Rapid City, SD.
   4. Sleepy supports unauthorized rambling Posted: June 06, 2012 at 12:10 AM (#4149479)
This really puts it in perspective, doesn't it? Wow. I'd love to see something like this, with better sortability.

Interesting that there actually is a (1) active major league player from my (tiny) hometown, but I've never heard of him; he graduated 12 years after me, plays for a rival club, and actually went to high school in another state (per wikipedia).

I don't think I would have guessed Vancouver ~= Arizona >> CO.
   5. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: June 06, 2012 at 12:11 AM (#4149481)
Jacoby Ellsbury isn't on there.
   6. Random Transaction Generator Posted: June 06, 2012 at 12:21 AM (#4149484)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic has 27 players listed as their birth place.
   7. Psychomasochist Posted: June 06, 2012 at 12:49 AM (#4149491)
This really puts it in perspective, doesn't it? Wow. I'd love to see something like this, with better sortability.


explain
   8. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: June 06, 2012 at 01:04 AM (#4149497)
important note, this is birthplace apparently, not necessarily where they played LL, HS, etc.
   9. JoeC Posted: June 06, 2012 at 02:04 AM (#4149507)
Huh. Jhonatan Solano is listed as "Barranquilla, Colorado" (an understandable mistake for Colombia if it was abbreviated CO), but the pin is on a street named Barranquilla in Puebla, Mexico for some reason.
   10. Bourbon Samurai Posted: June 06, 2012 at 05:01 AM (#4149529)
That's very cool
   11. Howie Menckel Posted: June 06, 2012 at 06:49 AM (#4149542)

"explain"

are you looking at the same map as Sleepy and I?
a zillion balloons dancing on the head of a pin....

   12. Cooper Nielson Posted: June 06, 2012 at 07:03 AM (#4149548)
Jacoby Ellsbury isn't on there.

I'm guessing it only includes players currently on an active roster, or who were active on some particular day.

I noticed that there were only two pins in Taiwan, and the outfielder from the Red Sox (now in the minors) was not included.
   13. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: June 06, 2012 at 07:07 AM (#4149549)
I'm guessing it only includes players currently on an active roster, or who were active on some particular day.


Well, I think it stinks!
   14. TDF, situational idiot Posted: June 06, 2012 at 09:26 AM (#4149620)
Jacoby Ellsbury isn't on there.

I'm guessing it only includes players currently on an active roster, or who were active on some particular day.

Chad Billingsley (Defiance, OH) is missing, and hasn't missed a start.

EDIT: And the Greek God of Walks (Cincinnati) is also missing, though he was on the DL in May.
   15. Perry Posted: June 06, 2012 at 10:47 AM (#4149676)
EDIT: And the Greek God of Walks (Cincinnati) is also missing, though he was on the DL in May.


Look again. Youkilis is at the top of the Cincinnati list, with 4 others below. And Billingsley is right there in Defiance.
   16. TDF, situational idiot Posted: June 06, 2012 at 12:08 PM (#4149773)

Look again. Youkilis is at the top of the Cincinnati list, with 4 others below. And Billingsley is right there in Defiance.
I didn't zoom in enough the first time; Cinci was hidden behind Covington.

However, Billingsley (and Defiance) wasn't there earlier.
   17. Lassus Posted: June 06, 2012 at 12:10 PM (#4149778)
Northern New York is embarrassingly poor in its representation.
   18. RJ in TO Posted: June 06, 2012 at 12:14 PM (#4149787)
I don't think I would have guessed Vancouver ~= Arizona >> CO.

Vancouver has a much more moderate climate than the rest of Canada's major cities, and sees very little snow (but a goodly amount of rain). As a result, players have a longer season for games and practice than they do in somewhere like Toronto or Montreal, which would likely lead to players from that area having more developed skills.

This is assuming it's referring to Vancouver, BC, rather than Vancouver, Washington. I can't actually see the map right now.
   19. zack Posted: June 06, 2012 at 12:38 PM (#4149810)
Northern New York is embarrassingly poor in its representation.


That's because all our athletes are too busy playing for the Cup right now (linked from the map).

I love that Jim Johnson is from Johnson City, like he was created in a lab to protect the city from a bat-wielding Godzilla.


   20. Gamingboy Posted: June 06, 2012 at 02:28 PM (#4149966)
This is neat.

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