Customizable Heat Maps!

At FanGraphs we’re big fans of the heat map. And now customizable heat maps are now available in the pitchf/x sections for all pitchers. Much thanks to Dave Allen for helping me out!

The thing about heat maps is that one size does not always fit all. Depending on the density of pitches and how many pitches are thrown, it’s not always a clear cut case how to display the data. Sometimes you want the points bigger, sometimes you want the “intensity” of each point to be more and sometimes you really want a different color scheme. For instance here’s the same chart, but with the settings changed.

And here is a third chart, with the settings changed one more time, where the points are made smaller but very intense in monochrome.

There’s a lot to play around with here and a lot of options to try and get the best picture possible.



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David Appelman is the creator of FanGraphs.


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NM
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5 years 7 months ago

Win.

ledavidisrael
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5 years 7 months ago

Knees shake.
Palms sweat.
Passes out.

Telo
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Telo
5 years 7 months ago

Um, yes. Now this is awesome.

Sandy Kazmir
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5 years 7 months ago

OH. MY. GOD! Thank you

New York Necks
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New York Necks
5 years 7 months ago

DAYUM.

The second one is incredible.

DSMok1
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5 years 7 months ago

Uh.

Wow.

Chadam
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Chadam
5 years 7 months ago

Wow, you guys are awesome! Keep up the great work!

fenwik
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fenwik
5 years 7 months ago

Wow. Just: wow.

EnglishMariner
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EnglishMariner
5 years 7 months ago

Ahhhh, this is simply amazing. Once upon a time I would long for a blogger to analyse my favourite pitcher using snazzy pitch f/x heat maps. And now I can do it myself?! Bravo!

filihok
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5 years 7 months ago

Not David
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Not David
5 years 7 months ago

Perfect.

studes
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studes
5 years 7 months ago

This is tremendous, but you guys have really got to add some labels, definitions and legends, and not use so many acronyms. I don’t know what these heat maps are saying.

maqman
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maqman
5 years 7 months ago

Very impressive, well done!

brhas
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5 years 7 months ago

How is this site still free? Incredible.

Thomas
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Thomas
5 years 7 months ago

Cool! Definitely gonna start using this.

Albert Lyu
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5 years 7 months ago

Will enjoy using this feature for quick lookups, but would like to refer readers to this article (among others) in case you’re interested in drawing conclusions from pfx data: http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/the-internet-cried-a-little-when-you-wrote-that-on-it/

gradygradychase
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gradygradychase
5 years 7 months ago

This is tremendous, but most of reader can use it correctly?

MauerPower
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5 years 7 months ago

This is cool. I’m just starting to understand pitch fx so what do these maps mean?

BrianP
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BrianP
5 years 7 months ago

Wow. I don’t comment here at all, but the awesomeness of this new tool compelled my to express my amazement and thanks.

Nevin
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Nevin
5 years 7 months ago

Boss

The Nicker
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The Nicker
5 years 7 months ago

I have such a huge boner for this.

Check out King Felix’s 4-seamer to lefties:

http://www.fangraphs.com/heatmap.aspx?playerid=4772&position=P&pitch=FA&size=8&inty=40&pal=2

Or perhaps you were wondering why Lester was such a boss with his cutter this year:

http://www.fangraphs.com/heatmap.aspx?playerid=4930&position=P&pitch=FC&size=8&inty=40&pal=2

Not David
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Not David
5 years 7 months ago

It looks like there’s some data missing on Liriano’s 2010 fastball map?

http://www.fangraphs.com/heatmap.aspx?playerid=3201&position=P&pitch=FA&size=14&inty=40&pal=2

phoenix2042
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phoenix2042
5 years 7 months ago

this site is the best! how is it still free? (side note: please don’t charge!)

shibboleth
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shibboleth
5 years 7 months ago

Heat maps rock my world. FanGraphs rocks my world.

buy caps
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buy caps
4 years 6 months ago

They have him throwing almost all sliders, two-seamers, and changups now.
I have such a huge boner for this.

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