Baseball in Pictures

Readers of this blog know that we like baseball and explanatory graphics, so we were excited to hear about Craig Robinson‘s site, Flip Flop Fly Ball. Robinson presents a series of informational baseball graphics and has examined, among other things, the assembling and dismantling of the 1986 Mets; 2009 ticket prices; and home-team dugout preference. (HT: Jodi Beggs) [%comments]


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  1. Meridian says:

    The ticket price chart is of limited utility because, while it shows highs and lows, it is not a weighted average.

    Put another way, if I am an average fan, forget about the handful of super-premium seats, and also forget about the handful of $5 seats a million miles away.

    What am I likely to have to pay for a “normal” reserved seat, say, within the infield. And what percentage of the total number of seats are available at this price?

    The best indicator of this information, on a day-to-day basis, is StubHub.

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  2. Mike B says:

    In his Dirty/Pure naming rights graph I would certainly not count Citi Field as dirty because the name works perfectly. Sort of like the AirTran AirTrain.

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  3. Economists Do It With Models says:

    As the recipient of the hat tip, I would like to point out that I particularly like the chart on ballpark orientation, since it so nicely illustrates with the term “southpaw” comes from. :)

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  4. DrS says:


    You think the “average” fan looks for infield seats? I think I am wealthier than the average and I still look for cheaper seats than that. I think the “average” fan only goes a few times a year and gets the cheap seats. The average season ticket holder is quite a bit better off than the average fan.

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  5. Martin Berliner says:

    What conclusions are we to draw from first base/third base home-team dugout selection? I would expect that most home team dugouts are chosen because of the way the ballpark is laid out. For example, the home team wouldn’t want the sun in their eyes during a day game..

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