St. John: Visualizing home run pitch locations

From Chris St. John at Beyond the Box Score on June 25, 2013:

The following visualization is brought to you by ESPN Home Run Tracker, Baseball-Reference, and Baseball Savant. I combined data from each of these websites to show the pitch locations of home runs hit in 2012. You can look at specific hitters, pitch types, home run damage (Read about that here if you are behind the times), distance, speed off bat, and RBI.


Hovering over a point gives you more information about it like the play information, date, leverage index, and win probability added. The values at the top of each graph update to show what percentage of home runs hit by each hand fall into that category. If two home runs were hit by the same player on the same day, both of them are missing from this data.

I included RBI on this visualization to compare solo, two-run, three-run and grand slam home runs.

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Originally published: June 25, 2013. Last Updated: June 25, 2013.