salary vs. performance

What baseball teams are spending their money well in 2006,
and how does it change over the course of the season?

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This sketch looks at all 30 Major League Baseball Teams and ranks them on the left according to their day-to-day standings. The lines connect each team to their 2006 salary, listed on the right.

Drag the date at the top to move through the season. The first ten days of the season are omitted because the rankings to (at least) that point are statistically silly. You can also use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move forward or backward one day.

A steep blue line means that the team is doing well for its money, which reflects well on the team's General Manager. A steep red line implies that the team is throwing away money. The thickness of the line is proportional to the team's salary relative to the others.

More background on how this works can be seen on the page for the 2005 version of this piece.

Built with Processing, an open-source programming environment for teaching computational design and sketching interactive media software.