Pitch F/X Tutorial Video

It’s been a while since I made one, but I found what I believe is a nifty trick to quickly grab a bunch of Pitch F/X files without a database.

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  1. theraysparty

    July 18, 2009 01:40 PM

    I found a much simpler way to gather all of these files without creating mysql database.

    It takes a perl script from Mike Fast which I downloaded all the pitch f/x data into my computer. Then I use a file search program to find a specific batter or pitcher than export all the files in excel.

    I am leaving out so many details.Your method seems very tedious and time consuming, plus my way allows you to gather information without the internet (one the data is downloaded of course).

  2. Bill Baer

    July 18, 2009 02:25 PM

    Hmm… I was not aware of that.

    Yes, this way is tedious but much better than the way I used to do it which was to individually go to each file (i.e. click date –> month –> game –> pbp –> batters –> playerid).

    This does it a bit faster, but a database would put it to shame.

    I’ll have to investigate the PERL script. Although I don’t know PERL at all; hopefully Mike has a thorough explanation.

  3. Bill Baer

    July 18, 2009 04:12 PM

    Yeah, you need to know PERL to use the Mike Fast solution. I got as far as downloading and installing it, and then I noticed, “Oh, you actually have to understand this stuff.”

    I might pick up a book on PERL when I get some time.

  4. Zach Sanders

    July 19, 2009 12:32 PM

    I’ve tried Mike Fast’s way as well. You really don’t need to know PERL as long as you can follow his intructions on editing the code to pick the specific dates.

    But, it takes time to download, so you have to do it at night, and do it frequently to keep it up to date.

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  6. theraysparty

    July 19, 2009 05:54 PM

    I do the same thing Zach. I actually make sure to download only the play by play now so when I search for the files by player name I can just drag them to a player folder much easily. I should make a post on it or something.

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