Some baseball players get much better or worse when the World Series is at stake. Some of the best seem like they are playing with bigger bats than their teammates.
The guys at Mo Twine made a hilarious attempt to interpret this metaphor literally, using historical data to visualize just how much “bigger” those bats would be. For World Series players between 1903 and 2013, they analyzed the metric “OPS,” which stands for “On-base Plus Slugging” – the ability of a player to get on base and to hit for power, two important offensive skills.
David Ortiz topped the list with the greatest different in OPS in the World Series versus the league average. A standard baseball bat is 2.5” wide at the barrel; by their calculations, Ortiz’s would be nearly seven inches wide.