I’ve been a baseball fan for my entire life.  I know that one of the first elements of the sport that truly engaged me was the scorecard.  I’ve always been intrigued at the way that an entire game can be completely described on a single sheet of paper.  No two games are identical, yet a small handful of letters, numbers, and symbols can represent any on-field situation.

When I was younger, my scorecards were much more graphical than they are today.  Initially, I found it easiest and most enjoyable to draw pictures to represent the on-field activity.  Later, especially after I developed an interest in computers and information technology, I set about finding ways to use the computer to process the information that I recorded on my scorecards.  As a result, those pretty pictures were replaced by letters and numbers.

Over the past several years, I’ve been working on a variety of projects based on collecting, storing, and analyzing baseball data on the computer.  For a long while, I’ve been thinking about building a web site to showcase these projects, and to encourage me to continue the development of these projects.

And so… what better of a time than one day after the conclusion of the 2008 World Series to get started?

I proudly introduce you to Pitch-By-Pitch.


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