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Daily Box Score 8/12: Tooling For the Stretch

Beyond the Box Score's daily roundup of saber-slanted links from around the web. Today's links include things teams can do to prepare for the home stretch.

A few weeks ago Studes joined us for a discussion about what makes for a quality graph. Somewhere...

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A few weeks ago Studes joined us for a discussion about what makes for a quality graph. Somewhere in the comments I put forth the idea that everyone take a shot at improving upon the basic career WAR graph that we use a lot here at BtB. This is Studes' entry. Some of his tips include: - Make the HoF lines look different (now a shaded area instead of lines). - Use bold, easily-differentiable colors, and consider using more than color to set lines apart, such texture, thickness, and symbols. - Remove unnecessary text and make the format of the graph explain what's going on. - Remove other unnecessary ink, such as axes and legend borders. All good advice, and definitely moves us forward. But I think we can do even better, mostly with the aesthetics, but also maybe reducing empty space -- all the lines in these graphs tend to follow the same general shape. So, a challenge to you. Take this another step forward. Show us what you've got to help make WAR graphs pretty and useful.

Why Javier Vazquez Is Baseball's Invisible Man

Javier Vazquez has flown under baseball's mainstream radar for nearly a decade. Why?

1984 Cy Young. I forgot to put it on the graph, but the x-axis is WAR. And that is courtesy of some...

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1984 Cy Young. I forgot to put it on the graph, but the x-axis is WAR. And that is courtesy of some cool guy named Rally. By the by, this is when Rick Sutcliffe went 16-1 with Chicago and won. He was -0.2 with Cleveland to start the year. Order of finish: Rick Sutcliffe, 24 first place votes, 120 points Dwight Gooden, 0 first place votes, 45 points Bruce Sutter, 0 first place votes, 33 points Joaquin Andujar, 0 first place votes, 12 points Rich Gossage, 0 first place votes, 3 pionts Mario Soto, 0 first place votes, 2 points

Daily Box Score 8/11: Algebra Funhouse

Beyond the Box Score's daily roundup of saber-slanted links from around the web. Today's links include algebra tricks and risk appetites.

Graph of the Day: Derek Jeter and Old Yankee Stadium

Derek Jeter has seen a bit of a power surge upon his move to New Yankee Stadium. Would the home runs he's hit this year be out at the House that Ruth Built as well?

New Arms of the Weekend: Tuesday Night Starters

Doug Fister and Junichi Tazawa make the jump from minors to bullpen to starting in a matter of days.

The Future Of Alex Rios [Rios Acquired by White Sox]

Alex Rios was claimed today on waivers by an unknown team. Some claim that this is the perfect opportunity for the Blue Jays to unload salary. Is Rios really sunk costs at this point? We explore.

Daily Box Score 8/10: Replacement Levelheaded

Beyond the Box Score's daily roundup of saber-slanted links from around the web. Today's links include links about the debate surrounding replacement level

Attention Shane Victorino, There is a Reason that the Umpire is Behind Home Plate and not in Center Field

Look at the pitch that Shane Victorino got thrown out of the game on.

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