Hurdle and Matheny

Hurdle and Matheny

Only nine players played for all three birdy teams:
Alberto Castillo    
Pat Hentgen        
Cesar Izturis       
Paul Kilgus           
Mike Morgan     
Corey Patterson  
Nerio Rodriguez    
Mike Timlin   
Tom Underwood       

Extra points to Hentgen for only playing for birdy teams (Blue Jays 91-99, 04; Cardinals 00; Orioles 01-03).
http://www.baseball-reference.com/friv/multifranchise.cgi?level=team&t1=BAL-BAL&t2=STL-STL&t3=TOR-TOR&t4=&submit=Find+Players

Only nine players played for all three birdy teams:

Alberto Castillo    

Pat Hentgen        

Cesar Izturis       

Paul Kilgus           

Mike Morgan     

Corey Patterson  

Nerio Rodriguez    

Mike Timlin   

Tom Underwood       

Extra points to Hentgen for only playing for birdy teams (Blue Jays 91-99, 04; Cardinals 00; Orioles 01-03).

http://www.baseball-reference.com/friv/multifranchise.cgi?level=team&t1=BAL-BAL&t2=STL-STL&t3=TOR-TOR&t4=&submit=Find+Players

Drawing of Jason Motte (Brushes app on the iPad).

Drawing of Jason Motte (Brushes app on the iPad).

This is an experiment. It’s not really meant to be an infographic as such, as it doesn’t do what an infographic should do. It’s a first attempt at trying to create something that can visually tell you something about each game. 
The idea began when I was at a Diablos Rojos game, and I paid attention to something I have seen hundreds of times. It wasn’t something I’d actually bothered noticing and thinking about before, though: the dirt and white line gets more scuffed up between home and first base than it does between third and home. A pretty basic thing, but it got me thinking about how much each base path is used.
Unless the catcher drops a third strike, the only time the base paths aren’t used is when a batter strikes out. For fly outs, line outs, and ground outs, the out occurs somewhere along the first baseline.
So the above “diamonds” attempt to record everything that happened, and between which bases, during the 2011 World Series.
A quick note: in game six, Matt Holliday was picked off third base. I’ve put the line representing that pick off between third and home on that game’s “diamond.” It seems a bit strange to do that, but I figure he was out between third and home, not between second and third.
See it full size here: http://flipflopflyin.com/flipflopflyball/info-2011wsdiamonds.html

This is an experiment. It’s not really meant to be an infographic as such, as it doesn’t do what an infographic should do. It’s a first attempt at trying to create something that can visually tell you something about each game. 

The idea began when I was at a Diablos Rojos game, and I paid attention to something I have seen hundreds of times. It wasn’t something I’d actually bothered noticing and thinking about before, though: the dirt and white line gets more scuffed up between home and first base than it does between third and home. A pretty basic thing, but it got me thinking about how much each base path is used.

Unless the catcher drops a third strike, the only time the base paths aren’t used is when a batter strikes out. For fly outs, line outs, and ground outs, the out occurs somewhere along the first baseline.

So the above “diamonds” attempt to record everything that happened, and between which bases, during the 2011 World Series.

A quick note: in game six, Matt Holliday was picked off third base. I’ve put the line representing that pick off between third and home on that game’s “diamond.” It seems a bit strange to do that, but I figure he was out between third and home, not between second and third.

See it full size here: http://flipflopflyin.com/flipflopflyball/info-2011wsdiamonds.html
1926 Cardinals World Series patch. So beautiful.
More patches here: http://www.theemblemsource.com/worldseries.html

1926 Cardinals World Series patch. So beautiful.

More patches here: http://www.theemblemsource.com/worldseries.html

Cardinals fans singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at old Busch Stadium.

Albert’s possible last plate appearances as a Cardinal.
http://www.flipflopflyin.com/flipflopflyball/info-pujolslastpas.html

Albert’s possible last plate appearances as a Cardinal.

http://www.flipflopflyin.com/flipflopflyball/info-pujolslastpas.html

Marc Rzepczynski

Marc Rzepczynski

"Reds at Cardinals, July 17, 1974." Drawn w/ the iPad app, Brushes.
It’s the top of the fourth, Cardinals up 4-2. Bob Gibson is pitching, Tim McCarver catching, Dave Concepción at bat, and Dan Driessen is on second. Concepción goes on to ground out, Driessen moving over to third. Up next, Ken Griffey doubles, and Driessen scores. The Reds tie the game in the sixth, and finally, in the twelfth, George Foster doubles, knocking in two runs, giving the Reds a 6-4 win.

"Reds at Cardinals, July 17, 1974." Drawn w/ the iPad app, Brushes.

It’s the top of the fourth, Cardinals up 4-2. Bob Gibson is pitching, Tim McCarver catching, Dave Concepción at bat, and Dan Driessen is on second. Concepción goes on to ground out, Driessen moving over to third. Up next, Ken Griffey doubles, and Driessen scores. The Reds tie the game in the sixth, and finally, in the twelfth, George Foster doubles, knocking in two runs, giving the Reds a 6-4 win.

Curt Flood, August ‘68 Sports Illustrated cover.

Curt Flood, August ‘68 Sports Illustrated cover.

Time for a beer, I think.

Time for a beer, I think.

#6: Bruce Sutter

#6: Bruce Sutter

One track mind.
I’ve been spending most of the year working on my Flip Flop Fly Ball book (out sometime in spring 2011, published by Bloomsbury USA). Baseball has taken over my brain. The above is a photograph of a cardinal, with the cardinal erased and replaced by a St. Louis Cardinals logo. 
Original photo here, taken from my window. Toronto, ON: http://www.flipflopflyin.com/onetrackmind

One track mind.

I’ve been spending most of the year working on my Flip Flop Fly Ball book (out sometime in spring 2011, published by Bloomsbury USA). Baseball has taken over my brain. The above is a photograph of a cardinal, with the cardinal erased and replaced by a St. Louis Cardinals logo. 

Original photo here, taken from my window. Toronto, ON: http://www.flipflopflyin.com/onetrackmind

My first time seeing Pujols on Tuesday: 0-4 with an IBB.
My second time seeing Pujols last night: 4-5. 

My first time seeing Pujols on Tuesday: 0-4 with an IBB.

My second time seeing Pujols last night: 4-5.