January 17, 2016: Site update

If you visit this site or follow me on any of the social media blah blahs, you'll maybe have noticed there's a lot less baseball-related stuff than there used to be.

Ten years ago I got into baseball (Twins vs. Yankees, Yankee Stadium, New York, 27 July 2005, to be precise). I've thought a lot about the ten years that baseball has existed for me. It took about four years for it to really take over, though. When I split off the sport-y stuff from my main site Flip Flop Flyin' into its own site, this site, it was purely to allow the FFF followers to look at my drawings without having to wade through baseball-related stuff. But, there was an unexpectedly large amount of interest in FFFB, and pretty soon I found myself with a contract to do a book about baseball.

And that was it for a few years. Looking at the archive on Flip Flop Flyin', I still did non-baseball stuff, but I did a lot more baseball-related stuff on Flip Flop Fly Ball. That began to swing back last year. I kinda felt that I had less and less to say about baseball. I still enjoyed it, still went to Diablos Rojos games, but on the whole, I was enjoying just enjoying it; it not being part of my "career." And personally, that has been a rewarding change. I've enjoyed doing and concentrating more on art than baseball. Baseball is a hobby. And I very much like having that as a hobby. So much of the Flip Flop Fly Ball stuff was about learning and trying to understand a sport and culture that were alien to me. By the time the book came out I began to feel like I was a part of the baseball world; certainly the baseball corner of the Internet. I had carved out the niche-y-est of niches on Baseball Internet: The English Guy Who Watches Mexican Baseball.

Something else that probably can't be ignored is the timing of things. At a point when my personal life was an absolute shambles, I had baseball and I had infographics to distract me. It was very very helpful to think about statistics and facts, organising information into neat infographics at a time when my mental state was the exact opposite: unorganised and emotional. If I read a book about the 1970s Cincinnati Reds then I don't have to think about my failing personal life. If I investigate the history of early 20th century players, I can distract myself from the fact that I am miserable every day.

But, there's only so long you can fool yourself. Several cities and loads of apartments later and I'm still not mentally splendid, but it's time to stop distracting myself. Which is one of the reasons why I'm not gonna be doing much baseball stuff on Flip Flop Fly Ball for the foreseeable future. I'm not killing it off, as much as that is tempting, but I am also not gonna feel guilty anymore about not updating it more regularly. If I want to do something, I will, and if I don't I won't. That may mean there's nothing for a few months or for a year. It's also possible that this simple act of writing about it might free up my mind enough to not feel any pressure to keep going with the site, and stuff might come flooding out. I don't know. But right now, Flip Flop Fly Ball is on an indefinite hiatus.

I will be back at some point, just not sure when. Thanks.

October 2, 2015: JRD

An update to my Jarrods infographic: Know your Jarrods. (Thanks, Ben!)

July 30, 2015: Derek Jeter

Back in September 2014, I did a series of charts on the career of the former Yankee captain for a special issue of Sports Illustrated. Due to the publication date, some of the charts were missing the last few games' worth of information. Here are those charts updated.

July 25, 2015: Billy Beane's Oakland Athletics

Here's something I was commissioned to do by the Bay Area News Group back in March: a look at the A's while Billy Beane has been their GM.

July 12, 2015: Nude with red sox

Sometimes, it confuses me why it took me so long to do certain things. This is one of those things.

May 24, 2015: National/major

A moderately pointless chart re the names of the main sports leagues in the United States.

May 20, 2015: Ad-free ballpark

I Photoshopped all the advertising out of this photograph of [Beer Brand] Field, Denver, Colorado.

May 17, 2015: Some drawings

Here's a few things from the last couple of months that I forgot to put online:
Yet another drawing of Dodger Stadium
Baseball pals

May 17, 2015: Felix on photo day

The last four photo day photos of Felix Hernandez, all GIFed together.

May 17, 2015: Three football stadiums

I really like the Huichol beadwork that one sees a fair bit in Mexico, so I tried to replicate the style with pixels. I drew three football stadiums in this style, stadiums in cities that I have lived in. First, Sincil Bank, the stadium of my hometown team, Lincoln City. The Olympiastadion in Berlin, home of Hertha BSC, and Estadio Azul here in Mexico City.

May 17, 2015: First and Last, Nos.73-80

It's been a while, and, in all honesty, I did these in March of 2012, just forgot to upload them. But, y'know, better late, right? Anyway, the first and last plate appearance by Barry Larkin, Dale Murphy, John Miller, Ken Boyer, Kenny Lofton, Larry Walker, Minnie Miñoso, and Rafael Palmeiro. Clickity click.

March 2, 2015: Fixed links

Quick bit of housekeeping: I recently found out the stuff that I did for TheScore's Getting Blanked blog back in 2012-13 has gone offline, so I put all of those infographics on this site and fixed the links. It was a great time for me. I very much enjoyed being hired to do regular infographics, and it was fun to look back at the stuff I did. That, of course, is of no interest to you, but just in case you have tried to look at some of those recently, they are back online now. Thanks.

An invented league that, sadly, only lasted for part of one season. Here's the promotional poster for that league, where short stops are left-handed.

Eric Nusbaum and I went to Hermosillo to watch the 2013 Caribbean Series. We wrote and drew about it for Sports on Earth. And, in doing so, produced some other content, too, so I've gathered all the links together, in case you wanna see everything that we did.

Exactly what the title sounds like: Lego representations of baseball players. everything that we did.

An Infographic Baseball Adventure

The photo above might've tipped you off to the fact that there's a book! 160 pages of charts, drawings, essays, and a foreword by Rob Neyer. More info here.
Published by Bloomsbury USA. In stores now.
You can order it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound.

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