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Baseball Fever Policy

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This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

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Ubiquitous...anyone who knows...little help?

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  • Ubiquitous...anyone who knows...little help?

    I've been told that 2005 play-by-play event fiels are available for the 2005 season...

    Where? Retrosheet doesn't have it....specific URLs requested.

  • #2
    have you done a search for it yet? Something as simple as 2005 pbp will reveal it.


    • #3
      Google showed nothing of the kind.

      I tried the following variations.

      "2005 Baseball PBP Files"
      "2005 Event Files"
      "MLB Play By Play Data"
      "PBP Event Files"
      "2005 MLB Play by Play"

      got a whole bunch of nonsense.

      Will attempt 2005 pbp but that's not the way I was taught to search the web...that isn't specific enough...pbp could mean practically anything.


      • #4
        Found something but it's in reference to A.S.S. which no longer exists and is not being updated (the PBP might be there, but it wouldn't be in retro format and would therefore be useless to me)


        • #5
          Check out the A.S.S. site you'll be surprised by what you find.


          • #6
            I'll take a look around...obviously...the more data I find, the better off I'll be.

            I'm also trying to contact Gary Gillette...the guy who works with Pete Palmer on gathering and maintaining an accurate PBP record and statistical database and who apparently has the 1993-1998 PBP seasons...his site doesn't seem to be recently updated but I tried his e-mail address from that site to see if I could find him in the hopes of working out some kind of licensing agreement to get access to the missing years. It's frustrating as hell not being able to plug that hole.


            • #7
              LOL...I notice they have a spam problem...beyond that it appears they do have retro-formats for the last few that's somewhat of a relief...why did they publish before retrosheet did though...?


              • #8
                Join the stats_software group at . Mike Emeigh has had the PBP available since early January. There MAY be a couple of mistakes but I have found errors in retrosheet that were correct in his.
                Dave Kent


                • #9
                  Hey Dave...yeah I joined this community...I need to figure out how to merge 2005's data with my existing PBP database from 1959-2004...

                  And I need to find some way to plyg the damned mid-90s hole.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by wrgptfan
                    Join the stats_software group at . Mike Emeigh has had the PBP available since early January. There MAY be a couple of mistakes but I have found errors in retrosheet that were correct in his.
                    Thanks for this site, I just joined, its great.

                    Originally posted by SABR Matt
                    Hey Dave...yeah I joined this community...I need to figure out how to merge 2005's data with my existing PBP database from 1959-2004...
                    Where did you get the other years data from? Thanks...


                    • #11
                      1959-1992 and 2000-2004 I got from but 1993-1998 I'm still missing because only one group maintained that data and that company went out of business.


                      • #12
                        Another quick ?, how do you use the a.s.s. stat program?


                        • #13
                          sadly, I don't know...perhaps one of the other PBP users here can tell you...I am making use of PBP data by loading it into a database and accessing it with MySQL or R (two different programming languages with native environmens designed to process and analyze large amounts of data)


                          • #14
                            In the stats_software Yahoo eGroup (i.e., A.S.S.), there is an MsAccess PBP Loader file that works directly with Retrosheet data.

                            PBP files have been collected and posted by Mike and someone else (seaver78 I think it was) at that group for a couple of years now.

                            In addition, at, the A.S.S. files and executable can be found there. Only works with PBP data through 2002.

                            Retrosheet will, shortly or whenever, have the 2005 data, and likely even pre-1960.

                            Author of THE BOOK -- Playing The Percentages In Baseball


                            • #15
                              Taking a break from BTF?

                              Just to let you know I bought your book last month (was it that long ago?). Enjoyed it tremendously. I don't know which one of you guys came up with the layout of the book but extra kudos to them as well. "The Book says:" blurbs allow for quick and easy search and finds while skimming through the book, definitely a time saver. The PbP data use was definitely what I like to see in statistical analysis, since Win Shares first came out most stat talk has devolved into uber-metrics. It good to see what else can be done with the data.

                              In other words thanks for the memorable book.