Visualizing the path to Swisher with FFFB

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As the trade deadline approached this past July, I traced the long and winding road from Hideki Irabu to Nick Swisher. The pieces the Yanks used to acquire Swisher traced their Bronx lineage back to international free agent signings the team had made in 1990, and the resulting flow chart show how Swisher was the ultimate reward from a very complex series of transactions that stretched across two decades and four World Series championships.

I approached Craig Robinson of Flip Flop Fly Ball fame to produce a visualisation of the trade lineage, and today, it’s ready to go. The segment above is just a small piece of Robinson’s final work. You can view it in full in a new window by clicking the thumbnail at the bottom of this post.

Here’s a guide to the chart: The players on the righthand side were those drafted by the Yankees. Follow their lines to see when they were traded, to which teams and for which players. Those at the bottom of the arrows are the guys the Yanks sent packing. On the left side are the trades. For instance, in December 2001, the Yanks acquired Robin Ventura for David Justice. They eventually sent Ventura to the Dodgers for Bubba Crosby and Scott Proctor. Following Proctor’s arrow lands you at Wilson Betemit and from there, to Nick Swisher. What a complicated web a baseball trade can spin.

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  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I want this poster.

    • Big Juan


      • Carlosologist


        • Craig Robinson

          The highest resolution I have is here. Feel free to print it should you wish.

  • Yank the Frank

    It looks like a subway map.

  • Rob

    i still can’t figure. that has to be the most confusing shit i ever looked at

    • Ed

      I agree with you Rob, I think if whoever had to make this chart wanted to the could trace all back to the trade of the Babe Ruth.

  • llawree

    is that the proposed subway line for 2nd ave Ben?

  • Kiersten

    Trying to figure out what Damaso Marte has to do with Nick Swisher…

    so. confused.

  • Mike

    Yea it looks like that trade wasn’t related at all. But I am most likely missing something as I was thoroughly confused

    • Mike

      Reply fail…should have been a reply to the post above

    • Big Juan

      Well the pieces used to trade for Marte and Swisher both came from the Randy Johnson trade in Jan ’07 in a roundabout way.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Yankees got Jeremy Bleich when Luis Vizcaino left.

  • Slappy White

    That is the work of a “Beautiful Mind”…..apparently

  • ND Mike

    That is awesome. I like the idea of a Babe Ruth poster. It would look like one of those particle physics images from the particle collider.

  • Jesus Montero’s Brain

    Horrible chart. Looks nice though.

    • Big Juan


  • Big Juan

    This is awesome. And I’m not finding it as hard to figure out as others. Great work.

  • Thomas in Rockford

    I think the chart is wonderful and makes perfect sense.

    TO answer earlier comments – the Marte trade is in there just to have an exit point for Ohlendorff. The chart is set up to show all the trades that caused other players on the chart to enter or exit…

  • Matt DiBari

    Wilson Betemit is pretty close to my least favorite Yankee* of the current era, so it always brings a smile to my face to see Betemit for Swisher.

    *The Pavanos of the world are on their own level all together.