Sometimes you take a year-and-a-half hiatus from your blog. It just happens. For quite some time, I’ve been meaning to begin updating this site more frequently, and now I’m finally getting started! While there hasn’t been a whole lot of activity on this site, there are several site updates that I would like to mention.

1. Rosters Up-to-Date – Rosters for all MLB and MiLB teams are still being updated on a daily basis. FixedIt roster files require the Manager’s name to be included, and those names are now being updated automatically (so, you will see that Clint Hurdle is finally reflected as the Pirates’ Manager!!). Also, I hadn’t updated the Minor League Teams for about two years, and there had been several name/affiliation changes (for instance the Bradenton Marauders became the Pirates’ Class A Advanced team). Those are now up-to-date. Check out all of the files on the Roster Files page.

2. 6-4-3 Baseball Scorecard – Ryan Blume has created a baseball scoring app for Android called 6-4-3 Baseball Scorecard. I’ve tested it out for a few games, and it’s pretty cool. Even better, the app is capable of importing rosters from PitchByPitch, so users can begin scoring games with very little pre-game setup. I encourage you to check out his app, and I plan to write a more thorough post about 6-4-3.

3. Retrosheet Scorecard – I haven’t made many updates to my Retrosheet Scorecard, mainly because I feel like I’ve hit a wall with the amount of progress that I’m able to make. Still, I think it is a good tool for anybody who wants to do play-based (but not pitch-based) analysis. I also feel limited with the technology on which the scorecard is built. I’m not crazy about the fact that it requires Microsoft Excel to run. I’ve been making a lot of progress on a web-based version of the scorecard. Expect more posts on this as well.

4. Game Logs – This is probably the most significant update that I have. I’ve always enjoyed that MLB makes their “Game Notes” available every day. Essentially, these are mini Media Guides (or Press Passes) containing lots of team statistics, but focused on that day’s particular game and opponent. I love the amount of information that is contained within the Game Notes, but I also think that they lack concise statistical data. For instance, if I want to quickly find how many hits Andrew McCutchen has this season (a reasonable question), that information isn’t easily available.

Also, Bill James e-mails his Daily Match-Up reports that list hitters and pitchers for both teams in a tabular format, along with how each hitter has historically performed against opposing pitchers. This is another report that I enjoy reading every day, but it also has its downfalls. Many of the batter/pitcher match-ups have never occurred, so the only available information is 0-0, .000. Or, perhaps, they have met once, and so the sample size is too small to be meaningful. (To receive these match-up reports for your favorite team, e-mail the name of your favorite team to

I decided to make the effort to create my own daily report. The reports contain one page for each team, and that page includes: team results broken out by opponent, division standings, wild card standings, last ten game results, and individual stats for each player on the 40-man roster. These reports are generated automatically each morning, and I encourage you to check them out on the Today’s Games page. Soon, I plan to add the capability for these reports to be e-mailed to fans every morning. I would love to hear any and all feedback that you may have!

Like I said earlier, I hope to continue updating this site more frequently. I plan for these updates to be more focused on the niche of this site, and less focused on day-to-day happenings in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ world. Raise the Jolly Roger and Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke do an excellent job of that. However, pictures like this one will never get old.

It’s officially baseball season!

Phillies @ Pirates – 1:05 P.M.

This was a nice game and a great start to the 2009 season for the Pirates.  Shelby Ford hit a 3-run home run in his first MLB outing.  The Pirates threw nine different pitchers in the game.  The “Mad Capper,” Matt Capps struggled in the second inning when he walked the bases loaded on 12 pitches.  Still, he escaped with a scoreless inning.  

I scored this game using FixedIt.  Here is the completed scorecard.  There are a lot of aspects of this program that I really enjoy, but other aspects can be frustrating.  I’ve found that you need to be very careful when entering substitutions, as it is very difficult to undo mistakes.

I plan to experiment with several different scoring methods throughout Spring Training, but I plan to stick with Project Scoresheet once the regular season begins.

This afternoon I made some modifications to the script that automatically generates the .ROS files so that the script also generates .CSV files for use with the FixedIt scoring software.  See the link above to access the .CSV files.

Also, check out for more information on their software.

I purchased FixedIt’s baseball scoring software, and I plan to write more about FixedIt in the future.  There are some aspects of the software that I’ve really enjoyed.  In particular, I purchased the software at a time when I was using a Palm handheld.  FixedIt has a module for Palm so I could score games live at the ballpark directly on my Palm Pilot.  Also, the graphical user interface makes it quite easy to score games using a desktop/laptop computer.

There are also several aspects of FixedIt that I dislike.  First and foremost, the program creates a gamefile that cannot be read by any piece of software except for FixedIt.  So, if you make a mistake and try to correct the mistake, but the software misinterprets your correction (which does happen a lot!), you can easily corrupt your entire game file.  My desire is for a piece of scoring software to generate a text file (preferably in Project Scoresheet format!) that can easily be decrypted by a human or any piece of Project Scoresheet compatible software.  Additonally, one of the key reasons that I purchased FixedIt was because they promised free upgrades for life.  I’ve seen very few upgrades in the four years that I’ve owned FixedIt.

Still, I do like the software, and I score games with it every now and then.  So, I like to keep the MLB rosters active so that anybody else who uses FixedIt has them at easy access.  Enjoy!

FixedIt .CSV files contain generally the same information as the .ROS files, just in a different format.  Below is an excerpt of the current .CSV roster file for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Arizona Diamondbacks,,,,,
Manager,Bob Melvin,,,,
0,Travis Blackley,P,0,LH,LH
33,Billy Buckner,P,0,RH,RH
0,Jonathan Coutlangus,P,0,LH,LH
49,Doug Davis,P,0,RH,LH
58,Juan Gutierrez,P,0,RH,RH

The first row lists the team name.  The second row lists the manager.  The third row lists the column headers: #, Name, Position, Batting Order, Batting Hand, and Throwing Hand.  Each of the players are listed in the remaining rows.