Baseball is Back

Nothing makes me happier than when baseball is back. Nothing feels like spring more than baseball. I’ve been reflecting on the San Francisco Giants chances this year and there will be no even year magic. I’ve gotten to the point of acceptance with this team. The infield is basically the same since the last World Series title but their WAR isn’t close to what it was back then. Any dynasty (except maybe those in the NFL) eventually has to pay for decisions made to get those titles. And the Giants are knee deep in this problem. Back in 2016, they sacrificed young players to get a good core to make one more run. Well that team collapsed and here we are in 2019.

So with that in place, I can enjoy this team in whatever they do. No longer worried about each series and how that might result in hosting postseason games or not. In 2 years this team will look nothing like it does and that’s OK. Baseball is back!

Cuban Baseball Stadiums

You may or may not have seen, but there is a Cuban/Tampa Bay Rays game going on today. Given the love of baseball between the two countries I’m sure we’ll see much more Cuban baseball over the next couple years. It just so happens that the GeoJSON-Ballparks project has all the professional baseball stadiums in Cuba already mapped in GeoJSON format, including Estadio Latinoamericano where the game is being played today. Enjoy!

U.S. Maps Based on Where Baseball Players Were Born

Just in time to enjoy during the League Championship Series, Slate a has new maps showcasing where baseball players were born:

Since 1900, the states where the most baseball players have been born are California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York, and Texas. The states with the least are Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Alaska. Here’s a map of America if we were to divide the country into 50 states with the same number of baseball players born in each:

Gooseland is an empty wasteland of frozen ballfields and broken dreams. I grew up in Trammellia which probably explains why I’m blogging about this map instead of being in it.

Baseball Ballparks in GeoJSON

Update: Mexican League and Eastern League are done. That means we’ve got all the Majors, Triple-A and a third of the Double-A stadiums mapped.

I’ve been working on getting all the MLB and AAA baseball ballparks in GeoJSON on GitHub. MLB1 parks are done and I think I’ve got all the AAA parks thanks to Wikipedia but I’m still missing most of the Mexican League which is a AAA league. I’m also hoping to complete the AA and A ballparks as well. If you can help, just fork the repo and submit a pull request with the new ballpark.

  1. Ignoring the fact I had the Nationals still playing at RFK