January 4, 2016
Makeover Monday: Bryce Harper Had the “Most Valuable” Season of Any MLB Player Since 2002
This week we looked at this table from FiveThirtyEight. The main data point in this table and the article is the Surplus Value column. Essentially, FiveThirtyEight uses WAR as a way to calculate a player's value and then compares that to what they were actually paid.
There's nothing particularly terrible about this table. It serves its main purpose: looking up facts. But what is does lack is a simple way to make comparisons between the players and more quickly show the differences between them. Ideally, I want to answer the question: How great was the 2015 season from Bryce Harper?
With this in mind, I created this visualisation. Click on the image to interact, as I have included some highlight actions. However, the view itself can stand alone without the interactivity as well.