How do team rosters change over time? Do players of a certain age tend to play more or less often? These are some of the questions I’ve pondered over the years. And they are the subject of a brief experiment I’ve worked on the last few days. Continue reading Visualizing minutes played by player age
The third home game of the Columbus Crew’s 2014 season is coming up this weekend. The team will play DC United – one of the team’s rivals in the early days of MLS, but a rivalry that has significantlyfaded in recent years.
Team rosters evolve over time. Between seasons there can be significant turnover, but on occasion a team will also undergo dramatic changes during the course of a season. For teams with a large roster, more subtle variations can emerge: squad rotations, and players who appear in one competition but not another.
Predicting the attendance for a Columbus Crew game can be a risky proposition. There are a relatively large number of variables that can impact the size of a crowd for any given day. Some of the biggest appear to be:
What will the weather be?
Does the opposition have a marketable player like David Beckham?
Are the team on a hot streak?
Is there a competing sports event, like an OSU football game at the same time?
The Columbus Crew’s 2014 home opener ended hours ago, and much of the post-game discussion has centered around the team’s 2-0 start – their first such mark in their 19-year history. That this has never happened before is surprising given some of the strong teams that Columbus has fielded in the past, but my focus tonight is on something else. Continue reading Notes on attendance after the home opener
Since the end of the 2013 season, I have been compiling data about how teams change their roster between seasons. While the main part of that effort is still ongoing, I’d like to share some of what I’ve put together so far. Continue reading Plotting Roster Turnover
I had some time this morning as I waited to leave for work, so I put together a quick test of StackView, a tool developed at Harvard to allow for easier browsing of library collections. I’m still working out some kinks, but this may end up replacing the current card-based display for players on this site: