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Flip Flop Fly Ball: An Infographic Baseball Adventure Hardcover – July 5, 2011
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“Beautiful, number-crunched combination of statistical and graphic-design geekery” ―New York Times Magazine
“The greatest baseball infographics ever.” ―Slate
“Often wacky and always engaging” ―Sports Illustrated
“Infographics much more stunning than those you'd find in USA Today” ―Deadspin
“Contains a lifetime of baseball knowledge.” ―Toronto Star
“Irreverent and entertaining” ―Baseball America
“The combination of [Robinson's] precisely created charts and the offbeat things they chart reflects a brain firmly, winningly divided between the game's childlike, imaginative pull and the over-thought technocracy of its sabermetrics era.” ―The Second Pass
“Casual fans will definitely appreciate the trivia and visual aesthetics of Robinson's infographics. It's also a book that packs a ton of information for real fans--I find myself looking at the graphics over and over because I know I will find more value each time I pick up the book up.” ―Kevin Lai, Hardball Times
“Do yourself a favor and buy this book. It provides insight into the game of baseball you won't find anywhere else. You'll also have the coolest book on your coffee table for when you throw one of those dinner parties you keep having.” ―Mop Up Duty
About the Author
Craig Robinson is, among other things, an Englishman and a New York Yankees fan with a soft spot for the Colorado Rockies and a man-crush on Ichiro. Last season he played outfield for the Prenzlauer Berg Piranhas in the Berlin Mixed Softball League (AVG .452 SLG .548 OBP .575). His previous book, Atlas, Schmatlas: A Superior Atlas of the World, was deemed "highly inappropriate" by the director of the Forsyth County Public Library. His Web site is www.flipflopflyball.com.
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The book is nice and big, with good heft to it. The print quality is very high. Maybe you don't care about those things, but for a graphically-centered book it's pretty important, and they did a real nice job here.
The cover texture is very pleasing. Maybe you want to rub your face on it. It's ok. Go for it.
Do you like words that are engaging and interesting to read? There are some of those here too. I had no expectations in that area, and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading the reading bits.
In addition to the words and photos and infographics, there were some more informal sketches. A few were drawn with traditional media but most seemed to be the result of some iPhone app or whatever. These were also given whole pages to themselves, which I thought was a bit much-- I didn't think these things should have equal weight with the infographics, or even the stories. This was the only part of the book I wasn't 110% behind; it felt like they wanted the book to be a certain number of pages and put these sketches in as filler. But this is a minor consideration.
I would recommend this book to every baseball fan in the world who is capable of reading a book or looking at pictures. I would also recommend it to graphic designers, fans of sports that are not baseball, people who enjoy things that are interesting and pleasing to the eye, and that one friend of yours who is always sending you links to GraphJam.
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Of course, the statistics are now a tad dated, but for the true fan, that's really not an issue.