MLB Birthplaces by Decade

I created a little visualization using Tableau Public that looks at the birthplace patterns by decade for Major League Baseball players. As you scroll through, you can see the various migrations, first from East to West, then to the South, and eventually to places like the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Viewing these birthplaces really drives home the changes we have witnessed in Major League Baseball over recent decades.

Tableau Public, for those of you not familiar, allows users to upload data and create visualizations of various types, ranging from bar charts to maps. All content can be shared across the user base, leading to even more creative output.

You can find the viz here or in my Portfolio section under the Mapping menu. Enjoy!

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Ken Cherven is the Founder and Curator of the website. He loves to merge baseball data with all sorts of visualization methods - charts, network graphs, maps, etc. to provide greater insight into underlying data patterns. Ken also authors books about baseball and visualization, and loves to listen to jazz while drinking some wine, craft beer, or bourbon.