Brandon Muth - Design Purpose™

Artistic Analysis of All of MLB’s Home Runs in 2015

I stumbled upon ESPN’s Home Run Tracker and the amazing work of Greg Rybarczyk a few weeks ago. I was blown away at Mr. Rybarczyk’s detailed tracking and am absolutely amazed that he’s been tracking the data for ten years.

Inspired by the treasure trove of data, as well as requests from my oldest son to visualize something baseball related (he’s been in love with baseball since he started T-ball at the age of 6 and his current goal is to make the JV baseball team in the fall when he enters high school as a freshman), I decided to plot out some of the key metrics tracked on and see what, if any, visually interesting things popped up.

A quick overview of what I’ve discovered so far is outlined below.

The One That Makes Sense

Rogers Centre

The Ones That Don’t Make Sense

Yankee Stadium & Kauffman Stadium

The Ones That Are Surprisingly Similar

Chase Field, Citi Field, Citizens Bank Park, Globe Life Park, Minute Maid Park, PETCO Park & Tropicana Field

More That Are Surprisingly Similar

US Cellular Field, Turner Field, Progressive Field & Coliseum

The Short Ones

Dodger Stadium, Fenway Park, PNC Park & Wrigley Field

The Long Ones

Dodger Stadium, Fenway Park, PNC Park & Wrigley Field

Orange Dot Located Top, Right (13 Parks)

Chase Field, Citi Field, Citizens Bank Park, Fenway Park, Globe Life Park, Great American Ball Park, Minute Maid Park, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, PETCO Park, Rogers Centre, Safeco Field, Tropican Field & Yankee Stadium

Orange Dot Located Bottom, Right (12 Parks)

AT&T Park, Comerica Park, Kauffman Stadium, Marlins Park, Nationals Park, Coliseum, PNC Park, Progressive Field, Target Field, Turner Field, US Cellular Field & Wrigley Field

Orange Dot Located Top, Left (2 Parks)

Dodger Stadium & Coors Field

Orange Dot Located Bottom, Left (3 Parks)

Miller Park, Busch Stadium & Angel Stadium


I find the above visual relationships fascinating! I’ll be pondering possible meanings while I continue to work the initial plotting into a more refined piece of data art. If you have feedback, insights or comments I’d love to hear from you! Per the request on, all the data is credited to ESPN Stats & Information Group.

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