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Must-Click link: video archiving every play in every baseball game

Oct 13, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

Great story in the New York Times today going behind the scenes at MLB Productions, where “loggers” — the only people more obsessive than bloggers, it would seem — watch and label every single play of every single baseball game with various descriptive tags so that video clips can be easily accessed later.

The cool part of the story is that fact that there appear to be tags for, like, everything. “Double play,” “curtain call,” “fist pump,” “animal.”  Yeah, there’s “animal” for when squirrels run on the field and stuff.  It’s pretty neat, actually.

In the comments: think of tags that probably don’t exist on their little system but that would have, at some time, been useful if the video archiving had always existed. I’ll throw out “hippie gets beatdown.

  1. adam - Oct 13, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Tased…oh wait

  2. Trevor B - Oct 13, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    I wanna see some player’s caught nose picking.

  3. Mr. Heyward - Oct 13, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    The Conrad play was tagged as “error,” “supertease” and “highlight worthy” among others. Supertease! Can’t be more accurate than that!

  4. yankeesgameday - Oct 13, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    From that article, “Want to see that time when a squirrel threw a tantrum in the on-deck circle, as seen from a blimp? If it happened, it would be tagged just that way, and M.L.B. could pull it up on a computer screen in a matter of seconds.”
    And yet they still can’t do instant replay.

  5. IdahoMariner - Oct 13, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    is there a category for “crotch-adjust”?

  6. Larry - Oct 13, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    I woulde like to see “Read My Lips”, like the shot of Derek Lowe from the other night.

  7. birdman6824 - Oct 13, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    sadly. . “arm breaks”. I still shudder when thinking of it

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