Monday, April 14, 2014

Rough Translations: Announcement

Thanks to a recent Sports Illustrated article and Baseball Prospectus interview, I stumbled across the website for the Grupo Independiente para la Investigacion del Beisbol (GIIB), a group interested in applying sabermetric principles to Cuban baseball. Their website is very interesting, but it's in Spanish. In order to spread their very useful approach, I'm putting my loose translation here, in the hopes that (even if it's not 100% accurate) it will at least be an improvement over what you can get for free through something like Google Translate.


  • All content is property of the GIIB and is not my own. I claim zero rights to it. If they get mad about this translation, they just have to contact me and I will absolutely take it down.
  • I also claim zero responsibility for the accuracy of these translations. I am not a native Spanish speaker, but I did take Spanish in high school and am currently a level-17 Duolingo user, for whatever that's worth. Any missing Spanish knowledge (of which there is a lot) will be supplied by Google Translate.
  • Because my understanding of the original is limited, the translations will probably not be exact. I hope to at least capture the spirit of the article, so others who don't know Spanish can still read the GIIB's research. Sentences or phrases I can't get a good handle on will be denoted by italics. You're welcome to leave corrections or other constructive feedback in the comments.


Convocatoria (Announcement)

This website is the official way the StatsPlay application is distributed, along with the necessary databases and accessories. We believe that this is the best way to make the project available to everyone, without borders, and with the most independence possible. We regret that many users in our country can't download all that they need for the project to work for them. We know the limited connectivity options and Internet access that exist. Nevertheless, many people do have access to a variety of sites on the national network, such as through the intranets of their workplaces.

For that reason:

I call

on all sites hosted on servers on the national territory under the .cu domain, especially Cubadebate, Granma, Juventud Rebelde, Infomed, and BeisbolCubano, to contribute to the dissemination of this project. All national sites have total freedom to host and allow the downloads of everything related to the StatsPlay applications and databases from their servers. We hope that this way, this project will have a very broad scope, and that a greater number of people can enjoy it and use it.

-Camilo Quintas, leader of the GIIB.

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