FanGraphs Sans Labels

Please begin this reading experience by enjoying the following graph:

You may be under the impression that this graph represents the win expectancy of the Toronto Blue Jays as they faced the Oakland Athletics on July 25, 2012. It is certainly within the realm of possibility. However, without labels, we cannot be sure! It could also be one of the following, as the Y value relates to X:

1. The collective hope of Toronto Blue Jays fans (Y) / time (X)
2. The win expectancy of Charles d’Albret in facing the British at Agincourt / time
3. The amount of sense in a Peter Gammons tweet / the amount of characters in said tweet
4. The quality of cereal in milk / time
5. The number of stories about bird watching in Sports Illustrated / year
6. The ability to feel sorry about one’s self / number of pages read of Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning
7. The satisfaction received from drafting Daniel Bard in 2012 / time
8. The number of aquatic frogs owned in a given aquarium / survival rate of said frogs
9. The enjoyment derived from having a new smartphone / time
10. The amount of churlishness in a Horatio Alger protagonist / time
11. The number of gamers / average progress made in TMNT for the NES

There are literally dozens of possibilities. Collect and trade them with your friends!

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Patrick Dubuque writes for NotGraphs and The Hardball Times, and he served as former Bill Spaceman Lee Visiting Professor for Baseball Exploration at Pitchers & Poets. Follow him on Twitter @euqubud.

15 Responses to “FanGraphs Sans Labels”

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  1. Semi Pro says:

    RE #11: I only once ever made it through the bomb defusing dam level. So very frustrating.

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  2. Kyle says:

    Time destroys all of us and everything, but mostly, it turns cereal to shit.

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  3. Choo says:

    Adoration for Dustin Ackley/PA.

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  4. Danny Knobgobbler says:

    Cistulli’s commitment to the Dayn Perry podcast/week.

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  5. Jack says:

    Person’s IQ / %Chance they use Yahoo Answers.

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  6. Win Expectancy / Malt Liquor

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  7. Steve says:

    12. Jose Lopez Career / Time

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  8. Steve says:

    13. Jays fans love of Omar Vizquel being on team / time

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  9. Greg W says:

    3 jays fan references. none of them in a remotely positive light. Oy vey, let’s pick on somebody else. My submission:

    Faith in Houston Astros fielding coach/ Number of Houston Astros’s gifs viewed

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  10. Bryz says:

    #3: Notable outlier in data: “plops.”

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  11. MTUCache says:

    Apparently I’m confused by the term NotGraphs…

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  12. RA Rowe says:

    Buffalo on the great plains / Railroad companies

    Crusty Old Studds Turkel Types / Time

    Tolerance for “Pussy” Shit / Tats

    Enjoyment of Handjobs / Age

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