The Interactive 2013 Hall of Fame Ballot

Nov 28, 2012 by Adam Darowski

One of my favorite graphics to make each year is my “Interactive Hall of Fame” ballot. These ballots are “interactive” because you can drag a visual representation of each player around to compare him to other players on the ballot.

The visual representation is the “bullseye” graphic I first debuted when Ron Santo passed away. There’s a modification this year—rather than using Wins Above Excellence and Wins Above MVP, I’m using Wins Above Average instead. I find this makes the bullseyes a little cleaner, too.

You can check out the 2011 and 2012 versions, or just start playing with the 2013 version below.

Key
Wins Above Replacement
Wins Above Average

Red denotes that the player does not appear on the ballot, but fits all requirements to do so.

Barry Bonds 362 Hall Rating
162.4
123.5
Roger Clemens 294
140.3
95.5
Curt Schilling 172
79.9
53.3
Jeff Bagwell 164
79.6
51.8
Larry Walker 151
72.6
48.2
Mike Piazza 147
59.4
35.7
Alan Trammell 143
70.4
40.2
Edgar Martinez 135
68.3
38.5
Kenny Lofton 132
68.2
38.2
Tim Raines 128
69.1
35.0
Hall of Stats Median 126.9
63.0
36.1
Craig Biggio 127
65.1
28.7
Mark McGwire 124
62.0
37.0
Rafael Palmeiro 125
71.6
30.1
Hall of Fame Median 117.9
58.7
31.0
Sammy Sosa 116
58.4
28.0
David Wells 100
53.6
22.0
Fred McGriff 94
52.4
19.6
Bernie Williams 93
49.5
18.6
Dale Murphy 86
46.2
16.1
Don Mattingly 78
42.2
17.4
Steve Finley 78
44.0
12.0
Jack Morris 76
44.1
9.8
Reggie Sanders 73
39.6
18.0
Julio Franco 72
43.4
12.1
Jeff Cirillo 64
34.5
14.8
Lee Smith 63
29.6
13.9
Shawn Green 60
34.5
9.4
Woody Williams 51
30.9
12.6
Rondell White 49
28.1
9.4
Ryan Klesko 43
26.9
7.2
Roberto Hernandez 43
19.0
6.3
Mike Stanton 38
14.9
5.5
Bob Wickman 36
17.2
6.3
Aaron Sele 34
20.6
0.0
Jose Mesa 30
12.2
-2.5
Mike Lieberthal 28
15.2
1.0
Royce Clayton 29
19.5
-6.3
Jeff Conine 28
19.5
-5.8
Sandy Alomar 26
13.7
-3.2
Tony Batista 23
13.7
-3.1
Mike Myers 21
8.5
4.2
Damian Miller 13
9.0
-2.0
Steve Kline 11
6.9
0.1
Todd Walker 13
10.5
-5.8
Jaret Wright 10
4.7
-4.3
Preston Wilson 9
6.3
-7.2
Antonio Alfonseca 9
4.0
-0.1

The players are sorted by Hall Rating. Why do some players’ bullseyes appear smaller while their Hall Ratings are larger? That’s likely because they are a catcher or reliever. Those players receive special adjustments. For more about the formula, I have spelled out in in great detail.

I have included the median for the Hall of Fame and the Hall of Stats. This helps show how much more value the Hall of Stats players provided than their Hall of Fame counterparts. The median Hall of Stats player has 4.3 more WAR, 5.1 more WAA, and a Hall Rating nine points higher. That’s interesting that the difference in WAA is a bit higher, showing that the Hall of Stats may value peak a bit more than the Hall of Fame.

So, click and drag (or tap and drag on your favorite mobile device or tablet!) and let me know what you think.

Note: The Hall Rating formula has changed slightly since this article was published. The Hall Rating figures used are the current figures, not those from the time the article was published.

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