Head in a Word Cloud.

Perhaps you have run into "word clouds," a visual device that represents how frequently different words appear in a text.  As a historian I love it, as I can do fun things like compare with .

That's useful stuff.  I can show word clouds like those to my students, and ask them what the clouds do (and do not) reveal.

But who cares about utility.  Let's use some word clouds to navel-gaze, and check out our favorite baseball-related websites.

 

Using the I entered the link for , and got this:

What does this tell us about ourselves?  Eh, on the one hand, perhaps not much more than a bit of fun navel gazing.  It does look like it's spring training, though.  The most prominent names I see are Micah Hoffpauir, Darwin Barney, Joey Gathright and Marshall.  And it looks like we're a permissive group, we like the word "allowing."  I have no idea why.

 

However, comparing our cloud with that from shows some interesting differences

"Cubs" is even more prominent for Muskat than it is for us.  Perhaps not surprising, as selling the team is part of her job description.  But look at that Giant Blue Sutcliffe!  Muskat's readership likely is A. more interested in name-brand Cubs (and ex-Cubs) and B. more interested in human interest stories.  Those differences show up elsewhere in the word cloud:  check out how much more prominent Milton Bradley and his quadriceps are.  LouPa features prominently, as do other marque names like Aramis and Harden.  Forgive me for noticing, and remarking on, the prominence of "Carrie."

If you're really in to self-mutilation, there's ' RSS feed.

 

It doesn't look like Rogers actually talks much about baseball.  Appropriate.

I should credit Rogers, though, as there isn't a larger Tribune Cubs News feed.  Paul Sullivan also doesn't seem to have any sort of news feed.  So instead, I cut and pasted the text of four of his "mailbag" columns into wordle, and got this.  (Wordle will randomly pair different fonts and color schemes and word layout, if you don't specify any.  This layout struck me as quite pretty, so I left it as is.)

I dare you to guess, from this word cloud, what the title is of Paul Sullivan's column.

Both the Sun-Times and the Daily Herald offer Cubs RSS feeds. Here's the .

 

 

Compare that to

 

The Sun Times appears to care far more about Milton Bradley.  The Herald, the Cubs.

 

How does TCR compare to ?  Here's their word cloud.

 

 

I'm not interested in any BCB/TCR rivalry:  It's a big enough fan-base to support both of us.  But there are interesting differences.  BCB's word cloud includes a lot more, well, internet-y words like "post" and "comment" and "link". TCR's wordle word cloud more closely resembles "traditional" news media with a higher preponderance of player names and baseball-event sort of words. 

Like many of you, I read religiously. Here's the word cloud on their feed.

 

Look much like a sabrmetric site?

 

 

Comments

Yes, I know that my clouds broke the normal margins and formatting and all that stuff.

 

No, I don't know how to fix it.  Rob will spank me, later; it's part of the little games we play.

 

 

Interesting post Trans. I've never seen a word cloud before. Cool stuff.

Trans, you glorious word cloud-gazing bastard...

Love it. I, too, played the Obama/McCain game during the campaign, though I used op-ed pieces they wrote on consecutive days for the Wall Street Journal, right before the election. It was illuminating, as are all of these. (The historian in you might also enjoy running the Gettyburg Address or the Declaration of Independence through this sort of analysis.)

What I take from the Phil Rogers cloud--he can't believe he is lucky enough to have a job that takes him to Arizona.

Ha, yeah, I also gathered that about Mr. Rogers.

 

I haven't started collecting them yet, as I just in the last week realized how much teaching potential this has, but yes, I'm going to be doing this for the Gettysburg Address, the Declaration, Inaugural speeches, etc. etc....

 

If I really wanted to be a naughty blogger, I'd do it for, say, the last year's worth of posts written by You....  and then by Phil... and Rob and The Good Doctor.....

 

And thanks, Nate, glad to introduce something new to TCR.

Sun Times reports Cubs signed Corey Koskie to a minor league contract. Ok... http://twitter.com/cst_cubs

Makes an odd amount of sense.  We don't have any real plausible backup to Ramirez, Koskie hits left-handed, fitting with Hendry's fetish.  If he's healthy, he could be useful.  If not, nothing lost.

odd deal, he's playing in the WBC, won't have much time to show what he can do...

guess Cubs will keep an eye out at him during the tournament and Canada should lose quickly.

fixed it, images should be no bigger than 600 to 650 pixels in width, there's a dimension attribute when you add an image. Think Al wrote a post about commenting guidelines recently, hence the odd word cloud. Not sure it's the norm for that site....

Thank you!  ~wincing at my embarassed neediness~

 

I should have added that disclaimer about ALL the word clouds:  they reflect only recent RSS feeds:  they're a snapshot in time, nothing permanent.  Al had a very large post on commenting guidelines, yes.

This means that both of you read Al's site. I'd suggest an automatic ban as punishment, but I think AZ Phil's probably too nice of a guy to do it.

didn't actually read the post, just saw the headline in my RSS reader...which is par for the rest of the Cubs blogosphere for me...

I really don't have a dog in that "rivalry" - it was the first time I checked out BCB in over a year, but that's just due to lack of time and ambition on my part.

  I would have done word clouds for TLFC and League of Her Own as I check those out more frequently (but sadly, not often enough), but that would have then opened me up to a lot more of "hey, why not MY site?"   So I just left it at the highest-volume Cubs blog out there, and called it good. 

 I am now ready for my exile, and hate-mail from all offended Cubs bloggers. :)

http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopi... Johan still hurting, Opening Day in question... The left-hander said doctors have told him an irritated triceps tendon is causing the discomfort in his throwing elbow.

Kerry had that problem in 2007.

I love that "Chad" appears in our RSS feed word cloud. And Mr. Fox is probably only a small part of this.

Is there one that highlights, "Fuck the Economy, I'm going to Spring Training"?

http://twitter.com/cst_cubs Corey Koskie signs a minor league contract with the Cubs. I guess he'll compete with Luis Rivas for that backup 3B/2B job that may or may not exist on the 25-man roster. Koskie would be a more interesting backup in case A-Ram goes down, at least.

But Trans, those word clouds are just a graphic way of presenting word counts which have been available forever. For example, and I apologize for the exceedingly long post, here is the word and special character count for the entire TCR home page. 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Total Punctuation: 272 Total Other Text: 219 Total Characters: 10330 Total Paragraphs: 308

Holy crap, navigator, I think you just made Trans' point for him.

Yeah, the visual format of the Word Cloud is more practical in many situations, if less quantitative.

if only there was a visual way to represent that info that would take up less space...

if only there was a visual way to represent that info that would take up less space... ------ use a smaller font?

or a word cloud.

...tricks are for kids

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 hours 32 min ago (view)

    I understand why it feels unsettling. I remember the series well (though I, unlike Theo, actually was in high school). Anyway, I view it as a chance to right previous wrongs in the same way we stomped StL out of the playoffs in 2015, or the way the Nationals got to burn through two teams last year that had dumped them out of October in previous seasons.

    But if we lose, of course that was 17 years ago so it's two extremely different organizations.

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 33 min ago (view)

    DJL: All players on Optional Assignment to the minors must be recalled on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, even if the player has not spent at least ten days on Optional Assignment. Players cannot be optioned to the minors again until Spring Training. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 54 min ago (view)

    CHAMP: No option year is spent just by calling up a player to MLB. An option year is spent only if a player on an MLB 40-man roster is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days in a given season. 

    Also, Brailyn Marquez is (was) eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft in December, so the Cubs were going to add him to the 40 on 11/20 anyway. They just did it a couple of months early.  

     

  • bradsbeard 10 hours 4 min ago (view)

    Not sure if serious, but Theo became the Red Sox GM in 2002. It's true though, there probably aren't many people in the organization besides Ricketts and Crane Kenney who have any strong feelings about that series. 

     

  • Craig A. 11 hours 2 min ago (view)

    I wonder if anyone on the Cubs cares or even remembers the odd events when the Marlins played the Cubs in 2003. I think Theo was in high school. To this old fart it will be more than a little unsettling to watch this post-season match-up. At least we can be fairly certain there will no fans grabbing for foul balls. 

     

  • bradsbeard 14 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Which is kind of annoying. Nobody really picked the Cubs to win this division pre-season. I guess Mattingly gets some credit for guiding the Marlins through their positives but even just letting them play that one game with half the team sick should knock him out of consideration. Meanwhile Ross kept a tight ship and the Cubs has no positives all year. I'd say Ross or Tingler should get it over Mattingly. 

     

  • crunch 15 hours 48 min ago (view)

    cubs finish 34-26 (1st, division)...they play MIA on wednesday.

    good start for d.ross, but the manager of the year is most likely going to d.mattingley (MIA) or j.tingler(SD).

     

  • crunch 16 hours 24 min ago (view)

    ...or he won't make it out of the 8th

    0.2ip 2h 3bb 1k, 5r/er...2 wild pitches

    there's some great stuff in that arm.  mid/high-80s slider, "changeup" around 90mph, fastball 97-99mph...all effortless.  21 years old and never pitched above A-ball.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 30 min ago (view)

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  • crunch 16 hours 34 min ago (view)

    rough debut...doubt we're going to see him in the 9th.

     

  • Charlie 16 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Reminds me a little of Jeff Samardzija's debut. Adrenaline throwing straight gas but all over the place. Samardzija threw a fastball all the way to the backstop in his debut (2008).

     

  • crunch 16 hours 44 min ago (view)

    back to back 3-2 count 6-pitch walks.

    he's not in the zone.  he's throwing almost totally fastballs, too.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 44 min ago (view)

    alzolay's gotta be locked in for a start given what he's done lately.

    i wonder what role j.lester will be given.  if he's starting, hopefully he's the 3rd/4th starter, if at all.  someone will probably give him a 2021 contract if he doesn't retire...hope it's not the cubs giving that contract, though.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 48 min ago (view)

    dude's thrown a 97mph and 98mph fastball to start and both looked like he was barely expending effort.

    unfortunately, neither were near the plate.

     

  • Charlie 16 hours 50 min ago (view)

    So, Alzolay gets at least one October start, right? He'd be a weapon out of the pen if the Cubs had more than two believable starters ready.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Q goes 2 effective (2ip 2h 1bb 2k, 0r/er) and here comes b.marquez...