In February of this year, ESPN posted this piece paying tribute to Jaromir Jagr’s phenomenal hockey career and other long-lasting sports figures in the ‘big four’ sports*. I was curious to see how MLB pitchers had fared against Father Time, an interest mainly piqued by the idea that performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) would increase a player’s longevity. I used Tableau Public and my findings weren’t particularly telling of any PED-linked players. Instead, this visualization shows that, for the most part, a lengthy pitching career is rare no matter which era a pitcher comes from.
I’ve always been a fan of baseball and have been an avid Tableau user since 2012. I do appreciate the clean stylings of this viz and the subject matter is, to me, impressive. It is unfortunate that the Negro League did not have the resources to keep statistics. Satchel Paige’s career would stand out as the most impressive on this viz if its milestones were available. The guy pitched until he was 59, so incredible.
About the Tableau viz – MLB Pitchers vs Father Time
I don’t get a lot of opportunities to use donut charts in my professional life, mainly because they don’t fit the scope a the work. This design was inspired a bit by Ryan Sleeper. I definitely enjoy his clean and creative style. The statistics were pulled from Baseball-Reference, hands-down the best website for baseball statistics.
I can’t see Nolan Ryan’s name without thinking about seven no hitters, Tylenol commercials, and this awesome headlock, so here’s Nolan Ryan vs Robin Ventura in 1993.
*This piece, honestly, is what pushed me to create this viz, which pushed me to build this website.