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Astros use private online database called “Ground Control”

Mar 9, 2014, 10:37 AM EDT

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Evan Drellich has an in-depth feature in the Houston Chronicle about the Astros’ built-from-scratch private online database, which is now being used by the entire baseball operations department to improve scouting, communicating, and decision-making.

It’s called “Ground Control,” a play on the Astros’ name. The Indians have a similar database called “DiamondView,” the Red Sox call theirs “Carmine,” and the for the Cardinals it’s labeled “Red Bird Dog.”

The Astros feel like their database might be the best-looking and most functional. More from Drellich:

Ground Control has an extraordinarily clean interface. There’s nothing intimidating about it for any experienced computer user.

Video of players can be downloaded on the spot, and most anything the baseball operations folks do goes through it – from looking up the history of a player in a foreign country to preparing scouting reports of the Yankees for this season’s opening day.

Projections and the like are updated after every game for which reliable statistics are available, including winter league games in other countries.

“Ground Control” was built by Astros senior technical architect Ryan Hallahan. Read the article here.

  1. Jason Lukehart - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Do you a link to the article?

    • Jason Lukehart - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      My joke would have been funnier if I hadn’t left out a word. Sigh…

  2. Kevin S. - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Really hope any error messages display as “Houston, we have a problem.”

    • historiophiliac - Mar 9, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      Staff meetings:

  3. favrewillplay4ever - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    I wonder how much information they have on Major Tom in it…

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      You beat me to it.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 9, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        No protein pills anymore though.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 9, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        No protein pills were used in the creation of this online database.

    • raysfan1 - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      He’s one of their scouts. He’s the one with a British accent.

    • jwbiii - Mar 9, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      I figure that’s Tom Koch-Weser’s user name. He’s the Advance Information Coordinator, so it seems like he’d be the guy preparing scouting reports for upcoming opponents.

  4. historiophiliac - Mar 9, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    They built it from components they got from a NASA surplus equipment auction. They got the parts cheap and just slapped Astros logos over the “Skylab” stencils.

  5. alexo0 - Mar 9, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Should come in handy as they search for new and innovative ways to tank this season as well.

  6. drewsylvania - Mar 9, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    If that database is connected to the Internet, or to any computer that is connected to the Internet, it’s not private.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      Fine. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

    • tomtigas - Mar 19, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      Oye, lemme see every trade note from the last two years? Yes please.

  7. anxovies - Mar 9, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Will the 2034 Astros send a cyborg assassin back in time to destroy it?

  8. thebadguyswon - Mar 9, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    The Mets call theirs “Dollar General”

    • jwbiii - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      Sponsorship deals are important!

  9. denny65 - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    The Astros have one, simple, probably-easily-obtained goal for the 2014 season: beat out the Mariners for fourth place in the AL West.

    • jeffa43 - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:45 AM

      It’s possible to pass the Mariners… But if they do not pass LA Anaheim California Halos of poor choice spending, that will be a dissapointment.

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