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A Call for Help

Publication Date: December 6, 2005

Before I get to the meat of the nub of my gist, as it were, I have a mild bit of self-analysis: I'm not good at asking for or taking help. This is true in basically all areas of my life -- whether at home, work, or play, I tend to want to do everything myself. Part of it is being a bit of a control freak, part of it is a feeling that I'm the only one that cares if some stuff gets done, part of it is just self-centeredness, but one way or the other, the result is that I get stressed and stuff doesn't get done some times, so it's something I'm working on.

This site is a lot of different things to a lot of different folks, and one area that's been getting short shrift is the historical records and research portion. There's some good stuff in there, but there are several areas that need to be extended, and I'm going to take some time over the next few weeks to try to kick off some efforts to get some of you involved in building up our knowledge. It'll just be a matter of describing the materials needed and setting up some common file formats at first, but I'll be glad to do some air traffic control work to prevent duplication of effort if things really take off, and I can also throw in some effort to build tools for data entry if the need becomes clear.

I'd love to hear any more ideas that you have for data sets that would be useful, but after some recent discussions with a loose-knit group of occasional (and some more serious) researchers, it seems like these are the main areas where contributions might be welcome:

To some extent, what I'm calling for is time sacrificed in service to the college baseball fan community, but there are pleasures that can come from this sort of work -- I once was entering an old season record for my alma mater when I found myself drifting off into space reliving an absolutely incredible game from Memorial Day, 1990. Those kinds of triggers are worth quite a bit some days.

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