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For Baseball Archivists, a Tag Ends Every Play


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Baseball data tags

M.L.B. employees have more than 500 tags to choose from when logging a game, later used in retrieval of specific plays.

Juan Arredondo for The New York Times

Most baseball fans saw it as a dribbler in front of the plate, a throw to first and the completion of a no-hitter for Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay.

To those whose job is to put the moment into Major League Baseball’s new, digitized archives as soon as possible, it was a furious series of 38 mouse clicks. The play that completed the second no-hitter in postseason history was instantly tagged with various descriptions so that it could be easy retrieved in coming years.

There are more than 500 possible tags to choose from, and among those chosen at that moment were "ground out," "from knees," "last out," "premier plays," "milestone call" and "hugging."

From The New York Times
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