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Graph of the Week: Relief Appearances, Active WAR Leaders, and SaberCards!

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Welcome to the 3rd edition of our weekly feature: Graph of the Week. Here we review the various graphs posted on Beyond the Boxscore throughout the week, asking for feedback, criticism, and ideas for the following week.

This week we looked at relief appearances per game, top 5 active WAR leaders (with a prescient look at Griffey), an extremely cool idea for a sabermetric-based baseball card, and the follow up to Managers-as-Players, this time in the NL.

Vote for your favorite graph and tell us in the comments section what you liked about them and how you think they could be improved. Together, we can visually describe what the wonderful study of sabermetrics is trying to show us.

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General guidelines for review after the jump. Click the thumbnails to see full versions of each chart.

General Critical Review of Sabermetric Graph Guidelines

1. Can you read it? Is it legible, easy to read? Things like fonts, color choices, labeling and organization should be noted here.

2. Can you understand it? Does it make sense? If the point of making a quality graph is the ability to tell a story with pictures, then the goal of a grapher is to make the subject easier to understand. This is especially important in a field like sabermetrics.

3. Does it stand alone? How much explanation does the visual require? Usually the less explanation needed, the more effective the visual. That means that the best graphs can stand alone, letting the image speak for itself, or it could drive home the point of the article in which it was included.