you're reading...
Sidebars

What Cooperstown Values: HOF Plaque Word Clouds

You can’t just ask the Hall of Fame what they value in their enshrinees. Or can you?

Here’s a pair of word clouds (hat tip: Tag Cloud) of all batter and all pitcher Hall of Fame plaques. Click ’em to embiggen. Three notes:

  • I standardized the language because the plaques same the same things different ways
  • I abbreviated for space: putouts (PO), Assists (As), Total Chances (TC), Total Bases (TB) among the less obvious stats
  • All franchises noted by their most recent team nickname

BATTERS

batter cloud

Chicks dig the long ball, but the Coop falls for batting average (AVG). It also loves players who lead the league a lot, who set records, and who rack up a mess of career hits and homers. MVPs are highly valued. There’s a greater balance than I’d expected between season and career accomplishments—especially because HOF discussions usually center on career accomplishments.

Also: shortstops.

Also also: managing? Huh.

PITCHERS

pitcher word cloud

It’s all about the winzzzzz, baby! Ks and ERA are kinda groovy to the Hall, too, and winning the Cy Young Award makes you part of the cool kids club.

Funny that career losses comes up, but that’s an artifact of the plaques often presenting career won-loss records.

It’s hard to say, but I think pitching leans a little more toward career accomplishments.

In general, the Hall mentions the A’s, Braves, Cards, Cubs, Giants, and Yanks a lot, which makes sense since they are among the oldest and/or winningest franchises in history. The Phils and Dodgers get some sunshine too. Sorry Browns fans.

—Eric

Advertisements

Discussion

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Pingback: Bob Howsam Hall of Famer? | the Hall of Miller and Eric - November 14, 2014

Tell us what you think!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Institutional History

%d bloggers like this: