Excerpt: Independent Baseball Insider reports on Pointstreak''''s overhaul of 8 baseball leagues
May 07, 2010
The following is an excerpt from Bob Wirz's INDEPENDENT BASEBALL INSIDER, Vol. 8, No. 13, April 29th, 2010.
Major Statistical Overhaul
Independent Baseball officials seem to be breathing a sigh of relief that they have found a new home for the gathering and dissemination of their massive statistical needs.
Pointstreak, a Canadian-based company (Richmond Hill, Ontario), bought out the league contracts that had not expired with longtime statistician Howe Sports Data and started gearing up to handle all 64 Independent teams in the eight leagues. It only had the Golden League last season. Although everyone knows an undertaking of this size takes training time with the official scorers, “we’ve had a really good start with the Atlantic League,” Vice President of Baseball Operations Paul Pettipiece told me Thursday.
It impresses this veteran numbers guy that fans may now visit www.Pointstreak.com during any Independent game and get pitch-by-pitch coverage along with an up to date box score. They still must go to www.Howesportsdata.com for career records and Pointstreak must reach agreement with Major League Baseball to stay abreast of player records of those who go back and forth between affiliated and non-affiliated leagues, but Pettipiece assures all of that is being addressed. He hopes the career record move could come within a couple of weeks even though his company’s 20-person technical staff has had to re-format every game from the early 1990s.