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8 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A great look at baseball from a unique perspective. 26 juin 2011
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
With its leisurely pace and summertime schedule, baseball is well suited to inane statistics, wild speculation and other flights of fancy. Flip Flop Fly Ball delves deep into baseball's trivia fringe with sharp infographics and a special point of view.

Robinson's experience is quite an interesting one. Not just being a baseball fan from England, but also as someone who didn't come to baseball until well into adulthood. That gives his impressions of the game a unique flavor. While partaking in the multi-ballpark roadtrip has almost become a cliche, it takes on a different tone from Robinson's perspective. His talk of meeting weird people at the bus station and finding a place to smoke plays a fun contrast to the usual Americana and father/son warm fuzzies.

While the writings takes up a fair chunk of the book the majority of pages are dedicated to Robinson's paintings and most importantly his infographics, illustrating anything and everything having to do with baseball; from which numbers have been retired the most to which teams give out the most bobbleheads.

Rather than waxing philosophical like many baseball books, Robinson waxes almost nonsensical from graphics on stadiums with the most aesthetically pleasing parking lots to an "interview" with that dove Randy Johnson obliterated with a fastball in 2001. Just to better point out the book irreverent nature, the final graphic is the box score of a fantasy game between the E Street Band and the Wu-Tang Clan. (I won't spoil who won)

Flip Flop Fly Ball is well worth the purchase; both as a unique and humorous look at the American pastime, and as a fine coffee table diversion for long, plodding, walk-filled August gamedays.
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Funny, informative, irreverant, but.......... 10 juin 2012
Par M. Hearing - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This book could easily have gotten 5 stars from me. It should have. First, the good. It is a wildly fun book to read with all kinds of delightful insights, kooky and entertaining graphs, and information you would never find anywhere else. It is shared with obvious love by the author who has a brain that seems to think in ways that baseball lovers can truly appreciate. So why 3 stars rather than 4 or 5? He loses a point because although the graphs and charts are fabulous, they are also frequently nearly impossible to decipher. Tiny lines interweaving with other tiny lines with print that would require at times a magnifying glass to figure out. And worse, and completely bewildering, much of the very small font text is in colors that virtually disappear in the background colors. Who edited this? It is as if one guy sent in the charts and another guy totally apart from the first guy picked deep, rich page colors. Two fine ideas that when mixed together left an unreadable mess at times. He also loses a point for immaturity. He writes delightful prose about the game and the beauty around it, then without warning drops in a stupid comment referencing body parts or bodily functions that are not funny nor relevant. Was I offended? No. But those comments are shoved into the writing the way a 14 year old would talk and then giggle afterwards at being "naughty." It came across as juvenile and idiotic.
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WAY COOL book full of fun trivia (in the nicest way). This will keep me winning bar bets for years. 2 juillet 2011
Par Esther Schindler - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you are any kind of a baseball fan, even the most casual one, I expect you will love this book as much as I do. It is lightweight and funny... and also chock full of baseball trivia. And not the dumb trivia that's simply collections of statistics that make you say, "Who cares?" These are answers to the questions that we genuinely ask during baseball games, or would be proud to ask: "Have there been any gay baseball players?" "What town in the continental U.S. is furthest from a major league stadium?" "If you added up all of Barry Bonds' walks, how many miles would he have walked?" (43.6 miles -- farther than from the Giants' ballpark than to San Jose, as the crow flies) "Which teams have the highest and lowest ticket prices?" (How 'bout that. For the price of the most expensive seat at Yankee statium, $1250, for what the author calls "so close you're sniffing the umpire's ass crack," you could buy 312.5 tickets in the cheapest seats, $4, in the bleachers at Coor's Field.) And... well, lots and lots and lots of these. Each of the 100+ items gets an infographic of its own: a chart, graph, Venn diagram or whatever. So you can really SEE the difference in ballpark elevations, for instance, not read a number.

There's another category of reader who will enjoy this book: People who make presentations for a living. Everyone tells you how important it is to communicate information in a visual way, and Craig Robinson demonstrates that he is a master of the art. Even if you don't care about baseball in the least, contemplate the difficulty of creating an infographic that shows (not tells but SHOWS) the relationship of baseball player salary to the team's yearly standings (including who was in the playoffs and who won the World Series) for the last 20 years. That's a LOT of data... and yet I can see at a glance how every team stacks up. If you make infographics, this will be inspiring.

If that's all the book was, it'd be worth five stars. But it gets a *polished* five stars because this book is really, really, funny. You see, the author is an Englishman living in Germany who just-so-happened to fall in love with baseball, and he is incredibly funny, about baseball and a lot of other things. Laugh-out-loud, poke-your-husband and say, "Honey I have to read you this" funny. Robinson spent two months touring the U.S. to visit as many ballparks as he could, and his travelogue would be worth the price of the book on its own. On his way to the Twin Cities from Milwaukee, for instance, he took an empty seat in the Greyhound station next to a hipster looking guy. "Sometimes it can be difficult to tell whether someone's the bass player in an ironically named band and really into Terry Richardson or a work-release parolee with deep-seated racist tendencies," he writes. "This guy was the latter. Joy." He never got to Phoenix (for shame!) but "visited" from Google Earth; he describes the outside of Chase Field as seen from East Buchanan Street: "[It] kinda looks like some sort of discount warehouse." (Which is true. It's much nicer inside, Craig.)

If people are stumped for what to give you as a birthday present... I suggest putting this on your Amazon wishlist. Or, heck, why wait? I recommend you get a copy for yourself right now. This is fun. Did I mention it's fun? Really. It is.
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A visual treat 6 juillet 2011
Par Daniel T. Pollitt - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I've followed Craig's website for quite some time, and was excited for his first Flip Flop Fly Ball book. After an excellent introduction by Rob Neyer, Craig dives right into fun facts like Ted Williams' 1941 batting average, ballpark smoking rules, ticket prices, perfect game data, how to dismantle a championship team, and why centaurs wouldn't make good third basemen. Each page is full-color, provides sources, and is unlike anything you'll find in your next PowerPoint meeting. Craig provides a unique perspective (MLB fan outside of America) and interweaves his obsession and curiosity for baseball with knowledge you will chuckle at and share with friends. Highly recommended.
Perfect gift for a baseball fan (and statistician) 29 janvier 2012
Par Kristin J. Johnson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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People who know just enough about baseball to enjoy watching it, like me, will get an education through one Englishman's painstaking infographics such as "1915-18 Boston Red Sox (a chart showing the records of Red Sox players (actually spanning 1906-1922) during World War I (and before and after), including Babe Ruth.

Who had 100-win seasons--and won the World Series? 1998 New York Yankees, 1892 Boston Beaneaters, 1915 Boston Red Sox, 1968 Detroit Tigers among others.

How many World Series have been clinched at home up to and including 2010? 51. What song was number one on the Billboard chart when Nolan Ryan pitched his first and last games in the majors? Hint: Motown and Mariah.

And have you ever wondered about the careers of the three Molina brothers, Bengie, Jose and Yadier?

And how often have the Montreal expos and Toronto Blue Jays been deprived of their national anthem, "O Canada"? (Roughly 99 percent of the time, thanks to on-the-road games..)

You can tell the author A is just content to watch baseball: "There is no such thing as a boring game." Especially at the old Yankee Stadium.

The author, who first watched the World Series in 2000 in Berlin, quips in his introduction, "About as cliched as it gets, huh? Foreigner gets into baseball, becomes Yankees fan." (He publishes a chart later in the book for people who love the red sox and whoever defeats his beloved Yankees.

There are simply too many stats and nuggets of trivia to cover in one review--he even provides graphics for Taiwanese baseball and Japanese baseball, as well as the '09 World Baseball Classic. Amusing essays such as "Beer and Loathing in Seattle" provide more of the wry cheeky humor hinted at in the infographics. The perfect gift for the baseball lover in your life--especially if they happen to be statisticians. Billy Beane of Moneyball would approve. And there are stats about the A's, too.
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