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Name That Hitter!
2007-02-08 18:15
by Phil Bencomo

Ryan Armbrust, you've inspired me.

Sparklines are a work of genius with a near-limitless number of uses. Like guessing games, for instance.

News has been slow as of late, and it probably won't pick up until next week. So, in preparation for a brand new season, how about we keep that brain of yours sharp?

Your mission is simple: Name the hitter, based on the following chart (each line is a game played in 2006; gray means a hitless game, and the red lines correspond to the number of hits recorded in that game):

2007-02-08 21:36:58
1.   Ryan Armbrust
Sparklines are pretty damn great. Thanks for the hat-tip there. The real credit should go to Edward Tufte, though.

Oh, and I've guessed who the player is, but I won't reveal it yet so other folks can take a swing at it. There's a South Park reference in the answer...

2007-02-08 22:13:15
2.   Sandus
Jacque Jones
2007-02-09 00:16:38
3.   Voxter
Well, if I'm reading it correctly, just one four-hit game. I'm not enough of a database wizard to figure this out, though.
2007-02-09 03:13:57
4.   Ken Arneson
There's some strange kind of illusion going on here--maybe it's the exclamation point that does it--but every time I see the title of this article, I see "Name That Hitler!" and I picture in my mind some weird Monty Python game show sketch.
2007-02-09 03:51:09
5.   cubshub
That is the hitting chart of Matt Murton...

How did you create that image? Seems like a fun game, but very time consumming!

2007-02-09 03:54:31
6.   Ryan Armbrust
4 No no no, it's Mr Hilter, not Hitler... Anyway, I don't like the sound of these 'ere boncentration bamps.

2007-02-09 09:17:31
7.   Todd S
#4 Whew! I thought I was the only one and it said something disturbing about me.
2007-02-09 10:12:48
8.   Phil Bencomo
5 Correct. It's Murton.

I discovered Sparklines via Mr. Armbrust. The image was generated here:

Neat stuff.

2007-02-09 13:02:03
9.   Ryan Armbrust
Just to follow up, the South Park reference I was going to make earlier was that Matt Murton is a ginger kid...

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