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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Fangraphs: Playoff Odds as Distance from Rome c200 AD

a map of the Roman Empire upon which are pasted the logos of all 30 Major League Baseball teams. Where they are located on the map corresponds to cities of the Roman Empire. Each city’s distance from Rome in travel days is roughly equivalent to the chance each team has of making the playoffs in 2014.

Which, admit it, is the mental map most of us conjure up when asked to figure the chances of anything.

BDC Posted: February 18, 2014 at 10:25 AM | 42 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history, postseason, septimius severus

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   1. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: February 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM (#4658435)
Ceterum censeo Tigres esse delendam.
   2. Greg K Posted: February 18, 2014 at 11:41 AM (#4658436)
I think the Blue Jays ought to just stay in Alexandria. It's a pretty happenin' town and Rome is too far away.
   3. Matthew E Posted: February 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM (#4658439)
I think the Blue Jays ought to just stay in Alexandria. It's a pretty happenin' town and Rome is too far away.
Unfortunately I think the Jays have their eye on some property in Cathay.
   4. attaboy Posted: February 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM (#4658443)
White Sox are the least likely team to make the Playoffs? Really, worse than the Astros and Twins?
   5. villageidiom Posted: February 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM (#4658449)
Before I saw the map I expected the Marlins to still be in Miami.
   6. Curse of the Andino Posted: February 18, 2014 at 12:08 PM (#4658461)
Does signing Jimenez (if he passes the physical, ulp) get the Orioles any closer than Constantinople? Or, do we get to play our own Byzantine series?
   7. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 12:35 PM (#4658481)
I see the Cardinals are ensconced safely in Pompeii...
   8. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 12:37 PM (#4658482)
Illyricum was hotly disputed between the Eastern and Western Empire. If one assigns it to the Eastern Empire, you have a sound basis for realignment. Unfortunately, the existing diocesan arrangement doesn't make for balanced divisions...
   9. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: February 18, 2014 at 12:50 PM (#4658491)
This is fantastic.
   10. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 01:05 PM (#4658502)
This is pretty cool. I don't understand how the Reds can have a worse chance of making the playoffs than the Mets or Brewers, but, other than that, pretty cool.
   11. bobm Posted: February 18, 2014 at 01:07 PM (#4658504)
FTFA:

Portis Blendium, where the Mets are located, apparently disappeared between 200 and 400 AD.
   12. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: February 18, 2014 at 01:23 PM (#4658509)
In honor of the Braves' being placed on the French Riviera I will go all season nude.
   13. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: February 18, 2014 at 01:25 PM (#4658510)
I am amused that Carthage is represented by Detroit.
   14. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: February 18, 2014 at 01:27 PM (#4658511)
It puts the White Sox in Syria. That's not going to help the people who are afraid of the neighborhood around the Cell.
   15. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: February 18, 2014 at 01:36 PM (#4658518)
Does signing Jimenez (if he passes the physical, ulp) get the Orioles any closer than Constantinople?


That's nobody's business but the jerks...at Fangraphs.

   16. Karl from NY Posted: February 18, 2014 at 02:37 PM (#4658550)
TO THE MOON!

Seriously, shouldn't that be about where the Astros should be? They're way too close in Hungary.
   17. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: February 18, 2014 at 03:07 PM (#4658562)
I am amused that Carthage is represented by Detroit.


Are you suggesting the time has come to wage several wars against Detroit culminating with salting the ground where the smoking ruins lie?
   18. TerpNats Posted: February 18, 2014 at 03:08 PM (#4658563)
Angelos is PO'ed the Orioles weren't placed in Greece.
   19. Bitter Mouse Posted: February 18, 2014 at 03:09 PM (#4658565)
Are you suggesting the time has come to wage several wars against Detroit culminating with salting the ground where the smoking ruins lie?


I thought that already happened.
   20. Cabbage Posted: February 18, 2014 at 03:46 PM (#4658584)
Are you suggesting the time has come to wage several wars against Detroit culminating with salting the ground where the smoking ruins lie?


Centuries later, the semi-nomadic tribes of Northern Ontario will unite around a charismatic defenceman and come sweeping down the shores of Lake Huron. They will effectively replace the native Detroit culture, language, and religion with their own. Their empire will remain for many years, even briefly reaching into Ohio.
   21. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: February 18, 2014 at 03:52 PM (#4658589)
This is wonderful. I love the Marlins off in England
   22. chemdoc Posted: February 18, 2014 at 03:54 PM (#4658591)
Centuries later, the semi-nomadic tribes of Northern Ontario will unite around a charismatic defenceman and come sweeping down the shores of Lake Huron. They will effectively replace the native Detroit culture, language, and religion with their own. Their empire will remain for many years, even briefly reaching into Ohio.


Holy Toledo!
   23. Mike Webber Posted: February 18, 2014 at 05:50 PM (#4658691)
I am amused that Carthage is represented by Detroit.



Are you suggesting the time has come to wage several wars against Detroit culminating with salting the ground where the smoking ruins lie?


Let's face it, once they sent their Elephant to Texas for Kinsler, their chances of making it into Rome went way down.
   24. Davo Dozier Posted: February 18, 2014 at 07:07 PM (#4658731)
Tags: history, postseason, septimius severus

Aren't you guys a little too old to still be reading Harry Potter?
   25. Publius Publicola Posted: February 18, 2014 at 07:21 PM (#4658738)
How come no teams in Rome itself?

Probably, the lions didn't want those rowdy ballplayers messing up the Coliseum.
   26. Karl from NY Posted: February 18, 2014 at 07:23 PM (#4658741)
Well, because nobody has a 100% chance of making the playoffs. Certainly not the Lions. Now da Bears, perhaps.
   27. AndrewJ Posted: February 18, 2014 at 08:11 PM (#4658754)
Omnia Selig's brain in tres partes divisa est.
   28. Cabbage Posted: February 18, 2014 at 08:15 PM (#4658757)
Omnia Selig's brain in tres partes divisa est.


[swills wine and gives a thumbs up]
   29. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: February 18, 2014 at 09:44 PM (#4658787)
Dodgers in Sicily. Lasorda is smiling. Rockies in the Alps, where the humidor was invented. Padres in Avignon, which makes sense. Cubs near Fez, where the new pitcher headgear is being developed. Mets are apparently lost at sea. Red Sox in Monte Carlo. A's in Venice where the sewers are backing up. Rays circling Crete. I could go on for days.
   30. Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: February 19, 2014 at 12:48 AM (#4658826)
This is pretty darn awesome. Just sayin
   31. Zach Posted: February 19, 2014 at 01:31 AM (#4658837)
The Royals might be better off waiting for the establishment of the Eastern Empire.
   32. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: February 19, 2014 at 11:34 AM (#4658933)
Hmmm, so now "The City of Brotherly Love" team is located in Israel/Palestine...

Makes about us much sense as being in Philly.
   33. Astroenteritis (tom) Posted: February 19, 2014 at 06:20 PM (#4659280)
This is fun, but I honestly expected the Astros to be in the new world.
   34. toratoratora Posted: February 19, 2014 at 06:43 PM (#4659297)
The two Chicago teams exist on the edge of the empire, which somehow seems appropriate
   35. Home Run Teal & Black Black Black Gone! Posted: February 19, 2014 at 08:48 PM (#4659378)
What a great little thing. So cool.
   36. Mike Emeigh Posted: February 19, 2014 at 09:34 PM (#4659392)
Does signing Jimenez (if he passes the physical, ulp) get the Orioles any closer than Constantinople?


Nope, they'll be waiting in Istanbul.

-- MWE
   37. PreservedFish Posted: February 19, 2014 at 10:19 PM (#4659407)
Emigh dorkmeter rising.
   38. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: February 19, 2014 at 10:27 PM (#4659408)
He's not your only friend. Really, he's not actually your friend.
   39. Lassus Posted: February 19, 2014 at 10:40 PM (#4659415)
If it's a choice between TMBG and Bach played at my funeral, I'm probably going with TMBG.
   40. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: February 19, 2014 at 10:51 PM (#4659421)
In honor of the Braves' being placed on the French Riviera I will go all season nude.


Please, please, for the love of all things holy, do not do this. The state of Georgia will not survive.
   41. Lassus Posted: February 19, 2014 at 10:55 PM (#4659425)
Zack Wheeler is prepared to drag the Mets over the Pyrenees himself, with Matt Harvey on his back until the final battle for Rome.
   42. #6bid's Moneyball was autographed by Billy Beane Posted: February 19, 2014 at 11:22 PM (#4659436)
Hmmm, so now "The City of Brotherly Love" team is located in Israel/Palestine...


The Phillies logo is a bit north-northwest of the classical city of Philadelphia.

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