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Actually, MLB data is fairly close to being open-sourced. Historical data IS open-sourced (though not by MLB itself):

http://baseball1.com/content/view/57/82/ http://retrosheet.org/

Current major and minor league data is available as well, though MLB will crack down on anyone who is trying to make money off of derivative products. Here's where you'll find it, as XML:

http://gdx.mlb.com/components/game/

One can do pretty cool stuff with all of it, and many people have, despite the fact that we can't make money off of it:

http://minorleaguesplits.com/ (my site)

http://baseball.bornbybits.com/2008/pitchers.html (analysis based on detailed pitch speed / break information that MLB started collecting last year.)




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