Friday, July 15, 2011

Trade Trees Hiatus

Sorry about the lack of posts lately.  Even though we’ve tried to get things restarted, two factors have been against us.

1) 1/2 of the Trade Trees team (the Tumblr half) is going through a whole bunch of personal stuff - housing, job, relationship all at the same time.

2) We’re out of inspiration.  Clicking through the database at random can work, but more often than not it doesn’t.

So here’s the skinny - we’re gonna take some time off.  In the mean time, we are asking you readers to send in your suggestions (via the link in the sidebar or Twitter).  We’ll let the suggestions stockpile for a few weeks and then hopefully we’ll start up again refreshed and with tons of new material.

Thanks for your support of the site so far, and your patience while we get things sorted for the future.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Return to Posting

We apologize for the lack of posts lately.  Between a lack of ideas and a busy chuck of our calendar, Trade Trees have been a bit neglected.  But not to worry, we’re ready to get going again.  New tree coming soon.

Friday, May 27, 2011

200th Follower

We just got our 200th follower today.  We’d like to thank everyone for all their support.  It’s been fun, thanks to our great fans.  We’re looking forward to more and better stuff for you all in the future.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
We at Trade Trees are proud to announce that we’re now listed in the Sports Spotlight, or at least we were until about 10 minutes ago.   Thanks to all our supporters and readers. And yes, that’s my ugly mug.  Man, I miss that hat*.
*A note to readers - don’t get hammered on the Fourth of July with your rugby club in Ireland.  You will lose things you prize greatly - mostly your favorite hat and dignity.

We at Trade Trees are proud to announce that we’re now listed in the Sports Spotlight, or at least we were until about 10 minutes ago.   Thanks to all our supporters and readers. And yes, that’s my ugly mug.  Man, I miss that hat*.

*A note to readers - don’t get hammered on the Fourth of July with your rugby club in Ireland.  You will lose things you prize greatly - mostly your favorite hat and dignity.

Monday, May 23, 2011
This is a second, experimental, version of the Lee & Mench tree requested earlier.  In this tree, we’ve included the players traded that weren’t necessarily traceable to the origin.  For example, in this case Podsednik and Hinton are included with Vizcaino in the trade for Carlos Lee.
It give a little more context for what teams are giving up to make these trades, not just what they’re getting in return.  The first version shows a single minor leaguer being traded for Greinke and Betancourt, when the reality is the Brewers gave up much more.
Do the readers like this style, or do you prefer the more minimalist way?
Edit: Spelling update on Alcides Escobar.  Thanks for the assist.

This is a second, experimental, version of the Lee & Mench tree requested earlier.  In this tree, we’ve included the players traded that weren’t necessarily traceable to the origin.  For example, in this case Podsednik and Hinton are included with Vizcaino in the trade for Carlos Lee.

It give a little more context for what teams are giving up to make these trades, not just what they’re getting in return.  The first version shows a single minor leaguer being traded for Greinke and Betancourt, when the reality is the Brewers gave up much more.

Do the readers like this style, or do you prefer the more minimalist way?

Edit: Spelling update on Alcides Escobar.  Thanks for the assist.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Finding Old Trees

We added links to teams in the sidebar.  Hopefully this will help you, our readers, navigate the old trees.  Click a team name and that’ll show you the trees where a player was traded away from that tree and the return that trade generated.  Not all teams have had trees done for them.  Please let us know if you find one where, say, the Cubs point to the Rangers or something.

One programming note, in cleaning up the archives for the new tags, we found an old request for Eric Davis we promised, but never delivered on.  That will be up Monday.  Our apologies.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Trade Trees Content

I’ve been wondering what you, our followers, both on Tumblr and Twitter would like to see from Trade Trees?  Do you prefer that we keep the content as it is - that is, almost 100% original content.  Or would you rather we reblog other baseball* items we find interesting?

*We don’t at all plan to branch out to other sports, at least not here.  Sufficient demand may lead to the creation of a sister site in the future

With regards to Twitter, do you like the feed being almost entirely just links to new posts, or would you like more personal tweets from us?

Please let us know what you think either via the answer box under the post (assuming I’ve done this correctly), the Disqus comment box, or on Twitter@tradetrees.  So, what do you want to see from us at Trade Trees?

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Site News
The picture you see above is the beta version of the Trade Trees tool developed by our tech wizard sean.  It shows the Ken Griffey trade featured here way back when.  Our end game is to have this automatically generate the accompanying graphic as well.
Trade Trees will be taking a small hiatus for the next two weeks.  I will be out of town and hopefully finish the transaction database while I’m on the bus.  sean will also be working to finish the front end during this time.  We hope to be back up in about 2 weeks fully automated.
We’ve edited one of the Bert Blyleven trades after a missed PTBNL was discovered during the beta testing.
Upcoming posts: 
Frank Viola
Tom Seaver
Sammy Sosa-George Bell
Randy Johnson
Curt Schilling
A humorous surprise

sean and I would like to thank you all for your interest and support in our Trade Trees project.  We’ll be back soon with all sorts of improvements and new trees.

Site News

  • The picture you see above is the beta version of the Trade Trees tool developed by our tech wizard sean.  It shows the Ken Griffey trade featured here way back when.  Our end game is to have this automatically generate the accompanying graphic as well.
  • Trade Trees will be taking a small hiatus for the next two weeks.  I will be out of town and hopefully finish the transaction database while I’m on the bus.  sean will also be working to finish the front end during this time.  We hope to be back up in about 2 weeks fully automated.
  • We’ve edited one of the Bert Blyleven trades after a missed PTBNL was discovered during the beta testing.
  • Upcoming posts:
    • Frank Viola
    • Tom Seaver
    • Sammy Sosa-George Bell
    • Randy Johnson
    • Curt Schilling
    • A humorous surprise

sean and I would like to thank you all for your interest and support in our Trade Trees project. We’ll be back soon with all sorts of improvements and new trees.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Twitter

I’m brand new to Twitter, but I created an account for @tradetrees.  Hopefully this will help us communicate with you all better.  Also, new posts will be automatically posted to our Twitter feed (assuming I set it up correctly).

Update update

A few people have reblogged some of the trees and started following the blog.  This is awesome, and I hope this continues.  As such, I feel I owe our current and future fans an update.

As I mentioned earlier, sean and I are working on a project to automate and expedite the process of making these trees.  sean pulled the retrosheet transaction data and formatted an Excel sheet.  I’m going through and manually adding the free agent compensation draft picks, which aren’t in retrosheet’s data.  After that, sean’s worked out some programming with Graphviz for the visual representation.  

In the mean time, I’ll make a few new ones manually so there is some new material for you to look through.  Don’t forget you can request trades you want explored via the link in the sidebar.

Again, a thanks to our rebloggers and followers.  We appreciate that you are finding the work interesting and we’ll have some new stuff for you soon as possible.