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Search Secrets: The Power of “The”

Posted by admin on March 8, 2012

Searching for players can be a chore sometimes. You want Alex Rodriguez's page, so you search for Rodriguez and get like 2,000 results, which we need to do, so you can find every player. But 99% of the time you are probably looking for A-Rod and not the other players.

Adding the string "the" to the start of a search will automatically send you to the most popular player page matching that search. Also, you don't have to enter the entire player name just entering the first few characters will work as well. We've always has the "the" feature, but I just tweaked it so that it now matches only on first and last names and no longer on things like given names or nicknames. So search "the L" now sends you to Cliff Lee instead of Barry Lamar Bonds. Enjoy.

Example searches:

the Mick
the Barry
the George
the Rod
the Albert
the Q
the One
the Guy
Bar Bon

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10 Responses to “Search Secrets: The Power of “The””

  1. "The Man" gives you Mickey Mantle, which is fine, but what about Stan Musial? "The Kid" gives you Kid Nichols, which makes sense, but what about Ted Williams?

  2. Jeff, this was pretty clear: "we've always has the "the" feature, but I just tweaked it so that it now matches only on first and last names and no longer on things like given names or nicknames"

  3. Searching for "the Ichiro" doesn't have the desired result, unless by some chance you're looking for former NPB player Ichiro Akamatsu.

  4. I wasn't complaining, just noticing.

  5. Similar to 3, searching for "The Keith Hernandez" brings up a minor leaguer, not the Seinfeld guest star.

    I appreciate the removal of middle names from "The" search results, but I don't like the nicknames were also removed. I searched for "the scooter" and got some minor leaguer I'd never search for instead of... well, another Seinfeld guest star.

  6. Also, "the Hanley" brings up Hanley Frias

  7. the Albert P gives me this What a disgrace

  8. Wow, did not know pujols' name was Jose

  9. Sorry, this was messed up. I've fixed the issue, so the The Pujols, the Ichiro, etc all go to the correct players. Will work on "the nicknames" next.

  10. Just fixed the nicknames with "The" issue. Should be good to go now.

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