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

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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.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.