Ed – What if baseball adopted the idea of “the Golden Goal” from tournament soccer – first to score, wins. A fun thought experiment from the king of baseball thought experiments, Craig Robinson. Enjoy!
Posted by Craig Robinson under Flip Flop Fly Ball, Narratives on Sep 20, 2013
The latest from Craig Robinson takes a good look at the MVP and Cy Young races – how often does WAR predict the winners? Enjoy!
The latest Flip Flop Fly Ball infographic from Craig Robinson peers deep into our collective unconscious and reveals…loathing. What do people search for when they Google search their favorite (or least favorite) baseball players? The results might shock you! (But probably not, unfortunately.) Enjoy!
Posted by Craig Robinson under Flip Flop Fly Ball on Jul 29, 2013
You might have missed it but the baseball’s Hall of Fame welcomed its newest members over the weekend. Jacob Ruppert Jr., Hank O’Day and James “Deacon” White were enshrined decades after their deaths, in addition to honors for Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek, Paul Hagen, and Dr. Frank Jobe. It was a rainy, sombre affair and to call it sparsely attended would be charitable.
No living players went in this year, as you well know. Many worthy players were kept out by the writers this time around. Aside from the controversial cases, some players simply fell off the ballot. Which brings us to this edition of Flip Flop Fly Ball – players who stayed on the ballot for 15 years but failed to get the required 75% of the vote. Enjoy!
Posted by Craig Robinson under Flip Flop Fly Ball, Getting Blanked Special on Jul 05, 2013
As you may know, Getting Blanked’s inforgraphic specialist Craig Robinson is rare breed indeed: a baseball-loving Brit currently living in Mexico City. Craig returned to his homeland recently and happened upon another rare sight: live baseball in London. Enjoy Craig’s report on British baseball!
Finsbury Park is in the north London borough of Haringey. At ten o’clock on a Sunday morning, people are doing what most people in parks around the world are probably doing at that time of the day on a Sunday: jogging, walking the dog, cycling. In the northeast corner of the park, though, there’s a cricket pitch. A cricket pitch with that is no longer used for cricket. A cricket pitch has been converted into that least British of things: a baseball field.
I was there because there was a National Baseball League doubleheader taking place. Essex Arrows (7-9) vs. London Mets (11-3). The National Baseball League is, as the name kind of suggests, the top level of British baseball. It’s a nine-team league at the top of a four-tier system with a total of 58 senior teams. (Favourite team name: the Bolton Robots of Doom.)
Posted by Craig Robinson under Flip Flop Fly Ball, Pedro Martinez on Jun 27, 2013
Ed Note: Pedro Martinez didn’t die or anything, don’t worry. There is never a bad time to look over the crazy numbers Pedro posted during the most offensively-charged era in baseball history and marvel, simply marvel, at sheer nuttiness of his achievements. The latest entry from Craig Robinson does just that, laying out Pedro’s career achievements for all to see. Enjoy!
Posted by Craig Robinson under Flip Flop Fly Ball on May 23, 2013
And now for something completely different. Craig Robinson of Flip Flop Flyball gets weird and wonderful on us with this thought experiment: what if a baseball diamond had FIVE bases? No need to say much more, just open your mind and enjoy!