Revolution in the Blink of an Eye: The St. Louis Cardinals Since 1995

The other day, I posted a graph that illustrated just how much of an organizational shift has happened for the St. Louis Cardinals in the last seven years. Today, I’ve expounded on that a little bit further. Rather than focusing on how the players were acquired, I’ve created scatterplots for each Cardinals squad since 1995. Listed in each scatterplot is each player’s individual WAR (wins above replacement), plotted along with their age. Each chart by itself is relatively benign. But if you see them all together at once, the organization’s shift towards youth and homegrown talent in the last few years becomes apparent. First, an animated .gif to show the shift. Continue reading


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Graph: St. Louis Cardinals: WAR by Acquisition Type (1995-2013)

While working on a separate project, I recently compiled a lot of data about my beloved St. Louis Cardinals and the value provided to their roster by individual players. My other project focuses on the Cardinals in the Walt Jocketty and John Mozeliak eras, the two General Managers that have helmed player procurement since 1995. Collecting that data allowed me to create today’s graph, which illustrates how much value was provided to the organization each season by players acquired via three primary means- draft, trade, and free agency. To show value, I’ve used Baseball Reference’s WAR statistic- Wins Above Replacement, explained here. Basically, a player’s WAR is the number of wins he provides to his team over and beyond what a readily available replacement player could be expected to provide. Continue reading

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Infographic: The X-Men Series: Box Office Dollars vs. Critical Reception

At this point, the X-Men franchise has produced seven movies. That’s more than Star Wars, Rocky, Madea, Die Hard, and Ernest (the guy who was scared stupid). It’s time to start taking a look at some of the data for the series. Which films are critical darlings? Which films are pulling in cash? And which films do both? I’ve created this scatterplot of the X-Men films, featuring their Rotten Tomatoes scores and box office dollars, to lay it all out. Continue reading

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Infographic: The Criterion Collection By Country

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As the last month or so here at TDYLF has illustrated, the Criterion Collection has an amazing variety of top-shelf cinema. It’s a gateway drug for becoming a film nerd, with films from multiple genres, eras, directors, actors and actresses, and countries. It’s that last portion that I’ve decided to focus on today. I’ve created an infograph that visualizes just how many countries are represented (and how well represented they are) in the Criterion Collection. If you’ve ever wanted to know just how many French, American, Swedish, British, Italian, Mexican, Polish, or Macedonian films Criterion has championed, particularly in relation to one another, this is your chance. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Infographic: The Life of Ballparks

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I’ve always loved Major League ballparks. It’s easy to wax poetic about your first trip, when you can smell the grass, hear the crack of the bat, the sound of the beer vendors and the ballpark organist, the hum of the crowd, and take in the scent of ballpark fare wafting off of the grill. Every game, all 162 of them for your hometown nine, represents an unforgettable experience for a witness in the stadium, and it’s been happening since the middle of the 19th century. There’s nothing else like it, and each city’s baseball cathedral has its own special fingerprint. All of this is what inspired me to create today’s visualization. I’ve put together the history of MLB ballparks for active franchises into a single graph, going back as far as each franchise has existed, including a breakdown of ballparks opened by year.  Enjoy! Continue reading

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My Criterion Top 10: Ryan McNeil

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A few weeks back, I started running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet. The series ended… but has officially been resurrected, as I’ve obtained a few new contributions. This is the last one I have (for now). Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. Today’s entry is from Ryan McNeil, proud Torontoan (Torontite?) and proprietor of The Matinee. Ryan’s site is loaded with passionate and profound reviews about a wide array of genres, from blockbusters to festival films to indie cinema to classics (foreign and otherwise). In particular, I admire Ryan’s dedication to indie cinema and his continuing “Blind Spot Series” in which he tries to fill in the cracks in his movie-viewing history. He always has something thought-provoking to say, and he does so respectfully and without vitriol. That’s my kind of writer.  In addition to The Matinee, you can find Ryan on Twitter @matinee_ca. Continue reading

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My Criterion Top 10: Eric/The Warning Sign

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A few weeks back, I started running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet. The series ended… but has officially been resurrected, as I’ve obtained new contributions. Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. I first discovered and came to enjoy today’s writer, Eric from The Warning Sign, because his site focuses on so many things that I love. Specifically, Eric has been known to write about movies (obviously), beer, and occasionally baseball. There are also video games in the mix. More importantly, the wide array of films that Eric covers is truly impressive and he constantly tries to expand his cinematic experience. It’s very admirable. You can find all of the fun over at The Warning Sign, or follow him on Twitter @twscritic. Here is his Criterion Top 10 in alphabetical order.  Continue reading

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