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My Answer to “I Don’t Like How Complicated WAR Is and How It Is Constantly Changing.” “WAR is Like GDP for Baseball”

29th March 2013

Some of the common critiques of the Wins Above Replacement framework include: 1) Why do FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.com have such different numbers, 2) How can we trust it when the numbers change, and 3) How can we trust it when I can't calculate it?

For the first question, our announcement today of a consistent replacement level between FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.com has done a considerable amount to bring our two methodologies into alignment at least on the question of how big of a basket of WAR to hand out to players each year. Previously, FanGraphs allotted nearly 300 additional WAR due to a much lower replacement level. Our meeting in the middle has erased this difference to zero.

For the next two questions, I would point to a very widely quoted and very widely used statistic from economics, Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Here is the Wikipedia article on Gross Domestic Product. I'm going to argue that WAR is essentially GDP for baseball.

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Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, General, Stat Questions, WAR | 41 Comments »

Opening Day Lineups

28th March 2013

With Opening Day quickly approaching, here's a reminder that you can view the historical progression of any team's Opening Day lineups by going to their franchise page and clicking on Opening Day Starters.

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Add a Baseball-Reference Search box to your site – Baseball-Reference.com

22nd March 2013

Baseball-Reference.com Search Box.

This is a very basic box, but if you like our player pages and our happy to direct your users here, we'd love to welcome them.

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Add Your Posts to Our Player Newsfeeds!

13th March 2013

Automatic Player Linker / Add your site to our newsfeeds

With Spring Training getting into gear, here's a reminder that you can request for your site to be added to our player newsfeeds. To get started, all you have to do is write a post as you normally would and use our linker tool, causing baseball-reference player links to be automatically added. Then let us know you want to be included by sending us 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

We'll review your request, and try to get your content added as soon as we can. It's a great way to get your content out there, and it gives your readers quick access to player stats and information.

In case you want more info, here are two videos about how it works:

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Video: S-R Stat Table SHARE Tutorial

12th March 2013

Here's a 2-minute tutorial on how to embed professional-looking stat tables on your own blog:

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Play Index Free Trial Through April 15

11th March 2013

Get ready for the baseball season with a free trial for the Baseball-Reference.com Play Index.

Visit the Play Index Subscription Page to create an account (if needed) and use the coupon code "Analytics" to get your free trial.

Only 20 days to opening day. Happy Baseball!

Posted in Advanced Stats, Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Data, expire40d, Play Index, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Check Out Our College Basketball Site!

7th March 2013

With March Madness coming up soon, here's a quick reminder to check out S-R/College Basketball, our college hoops site. It has all of the team ratings and player stats you need to help fill out your bracket this season, plus historical data (including scanned stat sheets going back to the 1940s) and a Play Index just for college basketball. Give it a try today!

Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, CFB at Sports Reference, General, Hockey-Reference.com, Pro-Football-Reference.com | 3 Comments »

2013 Spring Training Stats W/ Quality of Opposition Measure

26th February 2013

We've never included Spring Training stats on the site before, but decided to add our own take this year, so we now have spring training stats on the player and team pages and on a league register page, so you can see every player in camp on one page.

One hard thing about spring training is that you've got a very wide variety of players in camp. Veteran major leaguers, AAA, AA, and even low-A ball players. A player hitting .400/.500/.600 against A-ball competition is a lot different than one who does that against MLBers (though truth be told the sample sizes are so small as to not tell us much definitively). To give you a feel for the level of competition we've provided an OppQual column that is 1-10. Each opponent for each PA for that batter or pitcher is graded between 1 and 10 based on the level or average level (weighted by IP or PA) they played at last year.

  • 10 - MLB
  • 8 - AAA
  • 7 - AA
  • 5 - High A (Cali or Carolina)
  • 4 - Full-Season A (Midwest and SALLY)
  • 1.5 to 3 - Rookie or Short-season
  • 1 - for pitchers if the opposing batter is a pitcher

So a player over 9 is facing mostly MLB guys while someone under 9 is facing mostly minor leaguers. Players like John Lackey in 2012 or Yu Darvish in 2011 who did not play in an MLB affiliated league are simply excluded from the rating.

Player Pages - Spring Training Stats appear at the top of major and minor league player pages.

Team Stats: 2013 Atlanta Braves Spring Training, these are all linked from the site front page.

League-wide Stats: Batting Register and Pitching Register. These tables are sortable, so you can look up current leaders if you like.

Posted in Advanced Stats, Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com | 10 Comments »

Player Twitter Accounts – Baseball-Reference.com

20th February 2013

Player Twitter Accounts - Baseball-Reference.com

We just launched a set of team-centered twitter pages. These summarize all of the twitter feeds we have for players by their membership on the 40-man roster. Clicking on subscribe will allow to follow all of the players with one click, and we'll do the updating for you.

Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Features | 1 Comment »

Play Index Split Finders Are Live!

19th February 2013

We had these in beta for a few weeks, but now we're ready to officially release the following Play Index Split Finder tools:

What can you do with these?

Each is set up in a similar fashion, so let's use the Player Batting Split Finder as an example. For starters, you can tell it to find Individual Seasons, Totals Spanning Seasons, or Career Totals, depending on your preference, and set the usual range of PI options -- year ranges, teams, age, season, active/retired, etc. The big attraction of this finder, though, is on the right side of the form, which allows you to choose split types and stats to sort on.

The split types are any of those which you can find on a player's split's page, and you can just sort on those if you want. For instance, here are the lefty batters who had the most HR against left-handed pitchers in the last 30 years.

Even cooler is the ability to select the "Compare this split to the player's season/career totals" option, which calls up a dialog where you can set a minimum overall requirement (playing-time or otherwise) and the choice to sort by the percentage of the player's total within the given split. An example of this would be, among batters in the last 30 years with 30+ HR in the whole season, who had the highest percentage of their HRs in the second half of the season.

There's also an option to find the difference between the player's stat in the split and his overall number, which works best for rate stats. For example, which hitters had the biggest boost in OPS vs "power pitchers" compared to their overall career OPS?

The Pitching Split Finder works the same way, but it also adds the option to view the output in the form of traditional pitching stats (IP, ERA, etc), the opponent's batting line, or both.

The team finders are similar in function, allowing you to find things like the teams who got the most IP from pitchers age 36 or older, or teams whose leadoff hitters created the highest percentage of their runs.

Needless to say, these examples barely scratch the surface of the kinds of queries you can run with these new tools, so please play around with it and have fun finding incredibly obscure splits! And as always, email us with your questions, comments, and bug reports.

Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Features, Play Index | 7 Comments »