Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Twins Hall-of-Famers on the Periodic Table

WezenBall.com decided to create a very unique look at the hall of fame.  They took each of MLB's Hall-of-Famers and put them into a periodic table.  It is interesting to look at the reasons that players fit where they did in the table.  

To see a full scale version of the image above click here. 

To see the explanation of how this specific periodic table was constructed click here.
A brief explanation of the chart is listed below.  
  • The most notable players are on the right (aka the "Nobles") and the most controversial players are on the left (the jerks).
  • The top tier players are in the first three rows (for the most part)
  • The most famous groups of players are listed together (500 homeruns, 3000 hits, 300 wins, etc.)
Let's look at the Twins Hall-of-Famers and their places on the periodic chart.

Harmon Killebrew- is listed under the 500 homerun category.  He fits into the spot of Germanium in the regular periodic table.  This would be categorized as metal.  Since he is featured further to the left in the table he is seen not being as reactive (controversial) as other players in the hall of fame. 

Kirby Puckett- is listed under the traditional player category.  He fits into the spot of Iridium in the regular periodic table.  This would be categorized as a transition metal or a precious metal.  He is featured in the middle of the table for being a very middle of the road player.  I could have also seen him fall into the Short Lived/Peak category since he was forced into early retirement.

Rod Carew- is listed under the 3000 hits club category.  He fits into the spot of Dysprosium in the regular periodic table.  This would be categorized as one of the lanthanoids.  I currently live on a street named after the element Dysprosium.  I thought that this was a very interesting connection to Carew's placement on the chart.

Feel free to leave comments below.  Are the Twins players in their rightful spots?  Should any other players be adjusted to different points in the table?

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