Tyler James Burch

Particle Physics // Machine Learning // Music // Baseball

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2018 Reddit /r/Baseball Trade Deadline Game Statistics

26 Jul 2018

On reddit, there are dedicated pages for each baseball team, where users can discuss the team, chat during games, and post content. Once a year, the collective baseball community (found at reddit.com/r/baseball) participates in a game that some of my friends set up, called the Trade Deadline Game. It’s scheduled around the true baseball All-Star Game, and meant to mirror the frenzy around the upcoming trade deadline.

Each subreddit has a manager, tasked with trading away any user that chooses to participate from their respective subreddit to another. Once that’s done, users are supposed to participate with the team they were traded to for a week. It can be a lot of fun, and yes, it is incredibly nerdy. Posts and trades are updated throughout the day, some people host a nightly talk show corresponding to the game, and people get really into it. My contribution the last couple of years has been looking at the data that comes out of the game.

For scope, in 2018, there were 1549 people who participated in this game, so keeping up with this is not a minor task. Wrangling data to do an analysis on the game is challenging, but it provides some really cool and interesting insight into the community, and it’s one of my favorite projects I’ve done.

I wrote up a data-driven story looking at the 2018 game, which can be found here. I’m quite proud of this project, the work that went in, and the story that the data painted, so I hope you check it out.

Additionally in 2017, I did take a first, less sophisticated stab at this, which can be found here.