How good was Votto's year when hitting at the Great American Ballpark? Take a look.
When a player moves from team to team, and thus from one home stadium to another, some funky things can happen. Sometimes he performs better than he ever has, and other times his numbers tank. What will happen to Lance Berkman in 2011?
From my latest post on Russ Springer. Here's how I made that awesome picture: 1. First I grabbed all of Springer's Flyballs from last year from my pitchfx database. 2. Then I found the x and y hit coordinates for each and threw them into a scatter plot. Like all gameday data I don't imagine this is perfect, but I think it's pretty accurate and it's what we've got to work with. 3. Then using the example from the Joseph Adler's Baseball Hacks book I inverted the y axis and plotted the baseball diamond black box in the picture. 4. I then went into Google Earth and found Oakland Coliseum, overlaid my chart on the stadium, and rotated/stretched the chart until the black box "diamond" matched up with the Coliseum's. 5. Voila, and you now have Russ Springer's 2008 Flyball Chart mapped onto Oakland Coliseum.