17th April 2014
Last night, I added FIP (short for Fielding Independent Pitching) to the site. This is a sabermetric stat for pitchers that approximates ERA without the effect of their team's fielding ability. FIP actually correlates to future ERA better than ERA itself making it a superior indicator of future performance.
The idea is that the pitcher most directly controls the number of walks, home runs and strikeouts that occur and that the batters and fielders have a bigger say on whether balls in play are turned into outs and that most pitchers' Batting Average on Balls in Play (BAbip) reverts to a league average from one year to the next.
FIP is (13*HR + 3*(BB+HBP) - 2*SO)/IP + Constant(year). The constant is set so the yearly avg FIP equals the yearly avg ERA.
FIP can be looked at exactly like ERA and is scaled to exactly the same league average as ERA, but it's range will be slightly smaller.
Often a player with a low FIP and high ERA will improve, while a low ERA and high FIP indicates a likely regression as more hits start falling. I've placed FIP next to ERA to make this comparison more obvious, but if it begins making the ERA lookup too hard, I may move it further right on the pitching tables.
I've also added FIP and K% to the Play Index Season Finder. Right now, I don't believe we will add xFIP given the inconsistency in batted ball data, but that could change.
Player with big gap in FIP and ERA: Ricky Nolasco.
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16th April 2014
While we sit around and wait for the 2014 NFL draft (only 3 more weeks!), I've gotten the full 2014 college football schedule up for all games as well as the individual team and conference schedules.
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15th April 2014
Baseball-Reference.com Front Page
We've been running transactions and injuries on the site for quite awhile now, but I've added a small module to the very bottom of the front page highlighting recent ones. Clicking on the full report links will send you to, surprise, the full report.
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15th April 2014
Example: Jesse Biddle Minor League Statistics & History - Baseball-Reference.com.
We've had the league ages available for a long time now, but a user feature request pointed out to me that it would be useful to have this on the actual player pages as age is probably a prospect's most important stat.
You'll see the difference between their age and the league avg right next to the column with their age.
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14th April 2014
Example: Casey Stengel Managerial Record - Baseball-Reference.com.
Added a couple of columns showing the manager postseason W-L records.
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14th April 2014
Example: 2014 Major League Baseball Attendance & Miscellaneous - Baseball-Reference.com.
Our game time data is more or less complete back to 1947, so we have added avg time of game to the Attendance & Misc. option under the "Other" tab on the year-league pages.
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14th April 2014
We have added hat trick leaderboards to Hockey Reference. While we only have game logs going back to the 1987-88 season, we are able to do some magic to also include the career hat trick leaders. To see this functionality, you can go to the menu item Leaders > All NHL & WHA Leaders & Records:
Then, scroll down to the Hat Tricks line:
You can also see the hat tricks on the individual player leaderboards:
Let us know if you have any comments or questions.
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11th April 2014
Baseball-Reference.com - MLB Stats, Standings, Scores, History.
On the front page of the site, we now give a running total of the number of plays challenged along with links to the team-by-team totals and also to the manager pages.
On the Manager pages, we actually show the details of each challenge along with the scoring change (if appeal is successful) and leverage prior to the play. It would be nice to show the WPA change when there is a successful challenge, but our system would just take too many modifications at the moment to implement that quickly.
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10th April 2014
A minor, but useful addition to the team pages today are the player totals for the teams that they played on. This is a feature on the other Sports Reference sites, and it finally found its way to Hockey Reference.
(Hat tip to the @TheWrage for bringing up this suggestion.)
As always, your feedback and suggestions are appreciated.
We have added this feature to the coaches' pages as well:
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