# Baseline cherrypicker

## Baseball edition

Statements of the form "Jack Morris won more games in the 1980s than anyone else" are fascinating. Although they're true, they rest on cherry-picked years that may or may not illustrate a deeper truth in context. (And we see them all the time: see my college degrees cherry-picker for another area.) For baseball, there are thousands of statements just like the ones here that you can make about any single stat over the game's history--10,731, to be exact. Printed out, all the statements you could make with the data here would take about 120,000 pages, single-spaced. This visualization lets you hone in on the patches of interest.

If you just run your mouse over the chart and read the text that pops up, you'll start to get the general idea. (On a phone or tablet, try tapping.) Or see below for a fuller explanation.

You can now also click on the x-axis or y-axis to turn the individual cells of just one slice of the chart, horizontal or vertical, into bars that show the size of quantities. This answers questions like "who has the record for most home runs in an 8-year period"?

## Show the all-time statistics for by players.

Longer explanation: the x axis shows the starting year for any stat: the y axis shows the length of time being measured. So, for example, if you go down 7 cells from "1940," it will look up the player who led the league in WAR for the 7 years following 1940, and show the sentence "Ted Williams led the majors with 48.28 WAR from 1940 to 1947."