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Automatic Player Linker Tutorial (Video)

Posted by Neil on November 9, 2012

Here's an updated video to describe the Sports-Reference Automatic Player Linker tools, which are now available for college football & basketball and hockey:

Also, here's the old tutorial video:

As always, if you want to be included in the program, just email me with the following information:

  • the name of your site to appear in the feed (at most 25 characters)
  • the url for your rss feed (must be a full feed)
  • a contact e-mail address
  • the url of an example page with our links in place

6 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, CFB at Sports Reference, Features, Hockey-Reference.com, Linker, Pro-Football-Reference.com

2012-2013 Major League Baseball Free Agent List

Posted by Neil on November 2, 2012

Looking for a list of 2012-13 MLB Free Agents this offseason? Go to this page:

2012-2013 Free Agents with Statistics

There you'll find a table like this (except with even more stats):

2 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, expire120d, Features

How To “SHARE” B-R Stats

Posted by Neil on October 22, 2012

If you've spent a lot of time at Baseball-Reference, you've probably seen the "SHARE" command in red text above a table of stats... but maybe you don't know what that does, or have forgotten how to use it. No worries -- here's a quick rundown of the features you can access by clicking "SHARE":

  • Customize rows & columns - Sharing lets you delete certain rows/columns that you don't want to include in your table. Just click the round 'x' button to delete a specific row/column, or the arrow 'x' to get rid of everything to the right (columns) or directly below (rows) the row/column in question.
  • Export as an HTML table - Clicking 'html
    ' gives you code to embed the table onto your site (you can even choose to keep S-R's inline style formatting).
  • Get a link - Choosing Link URL creates an SR tiny URL specifically for the table you created, which can easily be sent to others via twitter or directly linked at your blog.
  • Export as bbcode - This option lets you copy-and-paste the table into most bulletin board formats.
  • Export into a javascript widget - This will give you code to embed the static table on your site via a js widget. (Note: The 'Embed' option next to 'SHARE' allows you to do this as well, but as a constantly-updated table instead of a static one.)
  • Export as an iframe - For those who prefer to embed the table within an inline frame.
  • Export into preformatted text or CSV
  • Convert table to Wiki formatting - This will turn the table into a format suitable for sites like Wikipedia.

Happy sharing!

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, HowTo

Postseason Leaderboards

Posted by Neil on October 18, 2012

Did you know that B-R has all-time leaderboards for the playoffs? We currently have:

  • Batting and Pitching Leaders for the World Series (Career and Single-Series)
  • Batting and Pitching Leaders for the League Championship Series (Career and Single-Series)
  • Batting and Pitching Leaders for the Division Series (Career and Single-Series)
  • Batting and Pitching Leaders for the entire Playoffs (Career and Single-Year)

 

8 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Leaders, Playoffs

“More Stats” For Batters

Posted by Neil on October 11, 2012

Here's a reminder that if the stats you see on a player's main page aren't enough, you can click the "More Stats" link next to his primary batting table. This will bring up an advanced batting stats page, which contains not only the conventional batting & player value tables you see on the main page, but also:

  • Ratio Batting - Generally, metrics that come as a percentage of plate appearances (or some other opportunity stat). Examples: HR%, BB%, SO%, GB/FB, Line Drive %
  • Win Probability - Stats pertaining to Win Probability. Examples: Win Probability Added (WPA), Leverage Index
  • Baserunning & Misc. Stats - Stats that deal w/ baserunning. Examples: Stolen base opportunities, extra bases taken, going from 1st to 3rd on a single, reaching on error
  • Situational Hitting - Hitting stats in important situations. Examples: Pinch hitting, productive outs, advancing runners
  • Pitch Summary Batting - Hitting stats from the pitch-by-pitch data. Examples: Pitches seen/PA, strikes taken, 1st pitches swung at, 2-0 counts seen
  • Cumulative Batting - Career conventional stat totals through every season of a player's career.
  • Neutralized Batting - Career stats transported to the year/league/park context of your choice (via this system)

Many people have never noticed the "More Stats" pages, so hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised to find even more free stats on a player's Baseball-Reference page.

4 Comments | Posted in Advanced Stats, Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Data, Features

Best Players PH For in the Postseason

Posted by admin on October 11, 2012
+------------+--------------+------------------+-----------------+-----+---------------+-----+--------+----------------+----------------+----------------------------------------------------------------+
| date_game  | game_id      | ph_for           | ph              | WAR | WAR_prev_2_yr | age | inning | relative_score | runners_on_num | play_desc                                                      |
+------------+--------------+------------------+-----------------+-----+---------------+-----+--------+----------------+----------------+----------------------------------------------------------------+
| 2012-10-10 | NYA201210100 | Alex Rodriguez   | Raul Ibanez     | 108 |             5 |  36 |      9 |             -1 |              0 | Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF)                                 |
| 2000-10-03 | CHA200010030 | Rickey Henderson | Stan Javier     |  99 |             4 |  41 |      7 |             -1 |              3 | Strikeout Looking                                              |
| 1996-10-02 | NYA199610020 | Wade Boggs       | Charlie Hayes   |  75 |             6 |  38 |      7 |             -2 |              2 | Flyball: CF/Sacrifice Fly; Girardi Scores; Jeter to 3B         |
| 2001-10-14 | ARI200110140 | Mark McGwire     | Kerry Robinson  |  62 |             4 |  37 |      9 |              0 |              1 | Bunt Groundout: 3B-2B/Sacrifice (Front of Home); Edmonds to 2B |
| 2006-10-04 | NYN200610040 | Kenny Lofton     | Ramon Martinez  |  52 |             5 |  39 |      9 |             -2 |              1 | Double to RF (Fly Ball); Betemit Scores                        |
| 2006-10-12 | NYN200610120 | Jim Edmonds      | Scott Spiezio   |  50 |             5 |  36 |      9 |             -2 |              1 | Popfly: 2B                                                     |
| 2005-10-16 | HOU200510160 | Jim Edmonds      | John Rodriguez  |  49 |            11 |  35 |      8 |             -1 |              1 | Flyball: CF (Deep CF)                                          |
| 1999-10-06 | CLE199910060 | Harold Baines    | Wil Cordero     |  38 |             3 |  40 |      9 |              0 |              1 | Single to RF; Ramirez to 2B                                    |
| 1958-10-01 | MLN195810010 | Andy Pafko       | Bill Bruton     |  34 |             0 |  37 |      9 |              0 |              0 | Strikeout                                                      |
| 1997-10-09 | BAL199710090 | Harold Baines    | Geronimo Berroa |  34 |             4 |  38 |      8 |             -1 |              1 | Flyball: RF                                                    |
| 1997-10-11 | CLE199710110 | Harold Baines    | Geronimo Berroa |  34 |             4 |  38 |      8 |             -1 |              0 | Flyball: RF                                                    |
| 1997-10-12 | CLE199710120 | Harold Baines    | Eric Davis      |  34 |             4 |  38 |      7 |             -1 |              1 | Flyball: LF                                                    |
| 1997-10-15 | BAL199710150 | Harold Baines    | Eric Davis      |  34 |             4 |  38 |     10 |              0 |              0 | Strikeout Swinging                                             |
| 2010-10-10 | ATL201010100 | Troy Glaus       | Eric Hinske     |  34 |             1 |  33 |      8 |             -1 |              1 | Home Run (Line Drive); Gonzalez Scores                         |
| 1973-10-13 | OAK197310130 | Rusty Staub      | Jim Beauchamp   |  33 |             4 |  29 |      9 |             -1 |              1 | Popfly: 2B (Short CF)                                          |
| 1981-10-09 | NYA198110090 | Bob Watson       | Bobby Murcer    |  32 |             2 |  35 |      8 |             -2 |              1 | Groundout: 1B unassisted                                       |
| 2000-10-10 | NYA200010100 | Paul O'Neill     | Glenallen Hill  |  32 |             2 |  37 |      8 |             -2 |              1 | Strikeout Looking                                              |
| 2000-10-15 | SEA200010150 | Paul O'Neill     | Glenallen Hill  |  32 |             2 |  37 |      7 |             -4 |              3 | Strikeout Looking                                              |
| 2001-10-10 | ARI200110100 | Steve Finley     | Danny Bautista  |  32 |             4 |  36 |      8 |             -3 |              2 | Groundout: 3B-1B; Counsell Scores                              |
| 1981-10-07 | HOU198110070 | Davey Lopes      | Mike Marshall   |  31 |             2 |  36 |     11 |              0 |              2 | Strikeout                                                      |
+------------+--------------+------------------+-----------------+-----+---------------+-----+--------+----------------+----------------+----------------------------------------------------------------+
20 rows in set (0.01 sec)

These are the PAs seventh inning or later, batting team down and a batter home run could tie or put the batting team ahead, sorted by the most offensive WAR for the player pinch hit for. WAR_prev_2 is Offensive WAR in the year of and year before the PH AB occurred.

We aren't in the business of doing these types of one-off reports and stats notes, but last night's moves merit some special mention.

3 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com

Everything You Wanted to Know About Wins Above Replacement (WAR)

Posted by Neil on October 10, 2012

With all of the controversy over the role of Wins Above Replacement (WAR) in the A.L. MVP debate, now might be a good time to remind everyone about our WAR 2.1 guide:

  • Baseball-Reference.com WAR Explained - This explains the basics of WAR, the philosophy behind the stat, and some of the changes we made to the formula this past spring.
  • Weighted Runs Above Average (wRAA) Explained - This describes how wRAA, the core hitting stat of WAR, is computed.
  • Position Player WAR Calculations and Details - This explains how we turn wRAA, Baserunning & Double-Play Runs, Fielding Runs, Positional Adjustment Runs, and Replacement level Runs into WAR for position-players.
  • Pitcher WAR Calculations and Details - This explains how we take a pitcher's runs allowed & innings pitched, and turn it into WAR.
  • Converting Runs to Wins - This further describes the process by which Runs Above Replacement (for both pitchers and position players) are converted into Wins Above Replacement.
  • WAR Comparison Chart - This chart shows the differences between the WAR found here at Baseball-Reference and those from a variety of other sources, including FanGraphs & Baseball Prospectus.
  • WAR Data Downloads - If you want to download the raw WAR data yourself and play around with it, you can also get the Batting and Pitching data from our site.

Many of the questions we typically get about WAR can be answered by reading the guide linked above.

36 Comments | Posted in Advanced Stats, Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Features, WAR

Updated Linker and Player News Archive – Baseball-Reference.com

Posted by admin on October 9, 2012

Today we updated our linker software with a couple new options.

First you can now see the past news articles written for any player on Baseball-Reference.com. These come from uses of our Linker Tool, so if you are a blogger and want your articles to appear there, let us know.

News Archive: Mark Reynolds News Archive - Baseball-Reference.com.

We've got two years of history here, so even a player like Mark Reynolds has 800+ links. We also link to this archive from our player nav bars as well.

The linker software should also now recognize correctly written Spanish names. Unfortunately, it will overwrite them as anglicized names, but it's a step in the right direction.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the linker and how to add your site to our linker program.

13 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com

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