Statcast burst into life to measure what was once immeasurable. Now, thanks to MLB.com's Director of Baseball Research Daren Willman (and his 3-D printer), we can visualize Statcast data in three dimensions!
Naturally, it starts with an experiment. Will this even work? Oh yes, yes it will:
3D print of Fenway with fences... Next step, try to 3D print a stadium with Statcast data on it. pic.twitter.com/C3Y3ze7uaz- Daren Willman (@darenw) January 11, 2018
What does a spray chart look like in 3D?
My first attempt at 3D printing a spray chart. Kris Bryant's base hits overlaid at Wrigley Field. Needs work but not bad. pic.twitter.com/AMuKzphT8H- Daren Willman (@darenw) January 13, 2018
Did you know that the batted ball density in Wrigley Field could be its very own city -- complete with high rises?
Here's another fun 3D print... Density of batted ball locations at Wrigley Field last season. pic.twitter.com/0g1Tsq46iK- Daren Willman (@darenw) January 15, 2018
And then, the piece de resistance -- the Statcast Mona Lisa -- Bartolo Colon's majestic home run. This is the 8th wonder of the world:
My first attempt at 3D printing Bartolo Colon's home run with Statcast data. pic.twitter.com/jsr0LmDm5H- Daren Willman (@darenw) January 17, 2018
While you can't purchase any of these, Willman does plan on auctioning them off for charity in the future. Follow @DarenW for more.