Baseball, explored infographically

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Over the weekend, we witnessed a mini-viral baseball phenomenon. Late on Friday night, David Pinto at Baseball Musings tossed up a post with a link to a site called Flip Flop Fly Ball. The site, run by a baseball fan/graphic designer, features some fascinating infographics about America’s Pastime. The one on the right, for example, is a quiz of any fan’s baseball field acumen. It’s nigh impossible.

As I poked around the site on Saturday, I dropped a link to it on Twitter via both the River Ave. Blues account and my personal feed. It was re-Tweeted all over the place, and one RAB reader wanted to know if prints of the graphics were available.

I inhaled the site. The combination of interesting graphics and baseball made for a good amount of high-quality wasted time over the weekend. Take a look, for example, at the height of the Green Monster as compared to some well-known landmarks, the directional orientation of home plate at every stadium and the amount of travel the Royals have to do this season. The rest are equally as entertaining.

After looking at a few graphics and poking around the site, I realized that Craig Robinson, the man behind Flip Flop Fly Ball was a Yankee fan and a River Ave. Blues reader. In fact, he sent us the ticket prices infographic a few months ago. I e-mailed Craig yesterday, and he answered a few questions about himself and the infographics. The interview follows. Be sure to visit the site as well.

What inspired you to develop the infographics at Flip Flop Fly Ball?

The main reason is that I’m relatively new to the game (I’ve never known a World Series-winning Yankees team), and I was finding it difficult to retain so much information about the Yankees and the sport in general. For whatever reason, I found it easier to remember team relocations and stuff if I made charts and graphs. It spiraled out of that.

I saw you recently added an amusing new one on the felonious side of stolen bases. How often do you plan to produce new sports infographics? From where do you derive ideas for the new graphics?

Hopefully, I’ll be doing a new one every week. That may not be the case in the next month or so, unfortunately, as my wife and I just split up and, without a green card, I’ll be leaving the country soon. Ideas tend to pop up just from little things I see watching games. Just seeing Chief Wahoo; one day it just seemed an obvious question: How many native Americans live in the Cleveland area?

As a big fan of Bruce Springsteen, I loved the one entitled Really Fantasy Baseball in which the Wu Tang Clan, behind a complete game by RZA, tops the E Street Band for Eastern Division champions. What’s your personal favorite? Which ones were the most fun to make?

I’d agree that the Wu vs. E Street one is definitely one of my favourites. Mostly because I enjoyed spending a day working out how each half-inning was played out. The Cleveland Indians one is probably my favourite, though; it just seems to sum up the ridiculousness of their name quite nicely.

Tell me a little about your background. I understand from your website that you are a UK native who spent some time in Bellingham, Washington but you are a Yankee fan. How did you find your way to both baseball and the Yanks?

Yeh, I was born in the UK, lived most of the last decade in Berlin, Germany. Until last weekend, I lived in Bellingham and went to see Mariners games. I’m returning to Berlin shortly, but hopefully, I’ll be breaking the piggy bank to try to get a ticket to see my first game at the new Yankee Stadium, ironically, against the Mariners. I’d always been primarily a soccer fan, but I was on a business trip, and one of the people I was working with was an NY-based lifelong Yankees fan. His colleague was a Mets fan. When I expressed an interest in going to see a baseball game, I left it up to them to fight it out whether I’d be going to the Bronx or Shea. The Yankees fan was on it right away, and I went to a fairly pedestrian defeat at the hands of the Twins, but, I know it’s a cliche, I fell in love straight away. The sport just seems so perfectly beautiful. The next day, I watched a Yankeeography of Mickey Mantle on YES in my hotel room, and, well, the rest is a history of very late nights watching live streaming games on MLB.com, and more recently, having people in Washington continually reminding me that the “Yankees suck!”

Can you preview any upcoming FFFB infographics? And at the request of some readers, do you plan to offer prints of the infographics for sale?

Once I get my life sorted out again, I’d love to do some prints. I’m working on a few new ones at the moment. Once this current round of Interleague play is done with, I’ve got one about how each league’s teams fared in the history of Interleague play; a Venn diagram about the origins of team nicknames; a history of Japanese teams in a style like the history of the NL and AL teams; and a more research-intensive one, looking at how much of each team’s opening day roster were homegrown/traded/free agents.

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I’m looking forward to the new graphics. In the meantime, the current ones provide enough of a distraction. A big RAB thanks to Craig as he gets everything straightened out.

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If the Yanks could shed one contract, who would it be?
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  • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

    I love that the guys in Led Zep are the umpires in the Wu Tang-E Street game!

    • jsbrendog

      i wonder how max weingerb’s range is in cf

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      The ODB didn’t make one error. He made two.

      He didn’t get burned one time, he got burnt actually two times, if you really look at it.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_V6P60luAg

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    All of this is all sorts of awesome.

    Craig, you are one of my new favorite people.

  • yankeegirl49

    This is really great!

  • The Lodge

    Greatest. Website. Ever. (Besides RAB)

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    This infograph is wonderful.

    http://www.flipflopflyin.com/f.....story.html

    • The Lodge

      Agreed. It’s more scintillating than your own family tree.

  • jsbrendog

    poor polyphonic spree in last place even though they have twice the size talent pool to draw from. but earth wind and fire…..man

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Earth Wind and Fire always dances in September.

      • The Lodge

        They are people of the mighty.
        Mighty people of the sun.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        ICWUDT

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

        That may be the case, but can they beat Wu-Tang? After all, the Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nothing to fuck with.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Public Enemy would dominate them all, they are way too deep. S1W alone, could field a team.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Also, The Specials could be very strong.
        But on second thought, I have to give Menudo a great chance also. All of those Puerto Rican players on one team! Jorge would be proud.

        • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

          I think the Eagles would be great, but they might have a problem with the random drug tests.

  • the artist formerly known as (sic)

    This site is mrpibbandredvibe-ish crazy delish.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I just got taken to a dreamworld of magic.

  • UWS

    That site is fantastically fabulous. It is fantabulous.

  • Will (the other one)

    Anybody know of a place where we could get Craig a shady, under-the-table green card? I’d start up a collection for sure–we could fundraise by selling personalized TSJC snarky witticisms and Whizzo proverbs.

    • Joe R

      That could be his next infographic. Or all of RAB’s meme’s.

      • jsbrendog

        ietc

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      UWS or Rebecca could marry him.

      • UWS

        This is true. Is he over 5’5″, under 300 lbs, and has a sexy British accent? Done!

        • jsbrendog

          by adding done onto this comment at the end it doesnt matter if wre say yes or no.

          SOLD!

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    There’s no way I wouldn’t buy several of these.

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  • Arman Tamzarian

    Are the Pogues in last place becuase of all the infighting, the drinking, or a combination of both?

    • I Remember Celerino Sanchez

      I think it’s because they’re Irish, and baseaball isn’t big in Ireland. Now in the soccer league, the Pogues are near the top of the table!

  • Jack

    http://www.flipflopflyin.com/f.....horts.html

    Not baseball, but awesome nonetheless.

  • RCK

    These are completely fantastic! I would definitely buy prints when they become available.

    I can’t believe there isn’t a graphic design company in NYC that wouldn’t want to sponsor Craig with a green card!

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  • AJ’s Chin Music Ensemble

    No shocker that scum bag group called the Boston Bean Eaters were the last team to integrate in 1959.

  • Joey

    Awesome job man, my favorite though: http://www.flipflopflyin.com/f.....women.html

    Perfect

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  • http://www.flipflopflyball.com Craig Robinson

    Thank you all so very much for your kind comments. As a foreigner, I still feel like a bit of an interloper in your wonderful world of baseball, so it makes me feel unashamedly warm inside reading your comments.

  • John C.

    Hey, great site!!

    But take a look at the Stadium Naming Rights Pure vs Non Pure Infographic. Notice anything wrong with it??

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