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  1. can’t see pictures

    Comment by SensualSharting — October 26, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

  2. It must be some internet filtering issues. I had 3 people check and they can see the images just fine.

    Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — October 26, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

  3. Awesome work. Do certain types of injuries more often strike certain age groups of players?

    Comment by Alex Walsh — October 26, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

  4. One interesting thing I noted is that while pitchers lost more days to shoulder injuries, hitters actually had more trips to the DL due to shoulder injuries.

    Comment by Everett — October 26, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

  5. Yes that did standout – Jeff is this real or a mistake? Hitters had 3x more DL trips for shoulder issues than pitchers? (maybe the numbers got reversed by accident?)

    It also does not seem consistent with the 3rd graph. (The 3rd graph should essentially just be the 1st graph divided by the 2nd)

    There must be a mistake somewhere in one of the graphs on the shoulder data point.

    Comment by Hank — October 26, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

  6. I will re-check, give me a bit

    Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — October 26, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

  7. The body parts labels in the text of the document state “Arms and Feet,” which should be “Arms and Hands.”

    Comment by Keith — October 26, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

  8. Corrected, sorry about that.

    Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — October 26, 2010 @ 6:08 pm

  9. Did you intentionally use the Mets’ team colors for this injury chart? Or was that a subliminal choice?

    Comment by FrankFeelings — October 26, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

  10. +1

    Comment by jklender — October 26, 2010 @ 7:03 pm

  11. Really interesting stuff, especially your next project. Thanks.

    Comment by Mike — October 26, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

  12. So, how could data like this be translated and used to argue the decision for or against having a 7-day DL only for concussions?

    It seems maybe unnecessary to me, to implement such a specific rule with the lack of head injuries that take place throughout MLB. I understand they probably want to give teams incentive to report and treat such medical issues, but limiting the trip to a specific head related injury seems really tricky to regulate and possibly easy to abuse.

    is there data for…
    injury locations by fielding position?
    average injury durations for a location related to fielding positions?
    injury locations from a hitting, base running, or fielding situation?
    and even a break down for situations of how concussion related injuries usually occur


    Comment by baty — October 27, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

  13. Looking at the concussion rule, I see some merit in it.

    Player has head injury, maybe a concussion, maybe just an external bruise. The team doesn’t know for sure, but wants to have player available ASAP. I would make the team within 12 hours of the injury contact MLB that they are putting the player on the DL. There is chance for abuse, but I would rather have it that way than people “forced” to play before we know they are 100%.

    The data I linked at the beginning states the player’s positions. Answers first 2 questions.

    MLB transactions don’t have how the player was injured, but with the spreadsheet, each concussion could be looked up.

    Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — October 27, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

  14. Cool!

    Comment by baty — October 27, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

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