Category Archives: Updates

Making the playoffs costs money

With baseball’s playoffs coming up soon, I thought it would be a good time to dust off a project I started back in April. Every year there are a handful of articles written about how the wild card has brought competitive balance to baseball, which most fans of the game know is an absurd statement. I did a little digging into the numbers from 1995 (the year the wild card format officially began) until 2011 (the last year of the single wild card). The results are startling only in how much money actually matters. Below are some rough graphs. I’ll try to finish them up before the playoffs begin.

Looking at the data, there was clearly bigger gaps that simply “rich teams” and “poor teams” and so I tried to take a systematic approach in dividing the teams into groups. For each year, I found the average team payroll and the standard deviation from that average, and then bracketed teams based on how many standard deviations from the average they fell in either direction: teams that were within one standard deviation above the average were called simply “Above Average Teams”, teams within one standard deviation below the average were called “Below Average Teams”, and so on.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… Your Art

Ha! Look at this: a post from three months ago that I never published. Sorry blog! Sorry internet!



All the hardcore Georg fans out there already noticed this, but for the casual audience out there I thought I’d just go ahead and point this out: the new poster I just made for the Harvard Square Business Association features art I made nine years ago. Check it out!

Havana Restaurant Project

I made this guy for a class assignment, I think my Junior year of college? I think it was a poster or menu or something for a fun and sassy restaurant. I always liked this but never got to use it for anything.

Harvard Square MayFair

The "new" poster

And now here we are in 2010 and they are still partying! I spent all morning drawing rather scary-looking square people and realized this was a way better solution. I also drew these little guys! (But they were rejected, sadface.)