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2012 Minor League Baseball League Statistics Updating

Posted by admin on April 6, 2012

2012 Minor League Baseball League Encyclopedia -

Just a reminder that the minor leagues got underway yesterday as well. Linked is our 2012 Minor League directory. Enjoy.

3 Comments | Posted in Announcement,

Year-by-Year Opening Day Rosters –

Posted by admin on April 5, 2012

2011 Major League Baseball Opening Day Rosters -

Linked is 2011, but if you change the year this is now available for every year back to 1918. It is linked from the main league-year pages under the Other tab.

This goes along with our Team Opening Day Histories.

1 Comment | Posted in Announcement,

300+ Baseball Player Twitter Accounts –

Posted by admin on April 5, 2012

Baseball Player Twitter Accounts -

Thanks to everyone who helped us catalog 350 player twitter accounts. The work will continue, so if we are missing someone please let us know and we'll get it updated.

3 Comments | Posted in Announcement,

Free Play Index Trial & 34 PI Searches You Need to Know

Posted by Neil on April 3, 2012

We gave this to people as a promotion at the SABR Analytics Convention, and now we're offering it to you -- a free Play Index trial subscription that works through April 15! Just visit to create an account, and enter the coupon code "Analytics" to redeem the free trial.

As you're doing that, also check out this list of 34 example Play Index searches, the types of queries you can run yourself using the trial subscription:

5 Comments | Posted in Announcement,, Features, HowTo, Play Index

New Split: 24 Base-Out Situations

Posted by admin on April 2, 2012

Major League 2011 Batting Splits -

This was suggested at the SABR analytics conference and since I was rebuilding the db, I decided to add it. It appears just below the outs page on all of the pitcher, batter, team and league splits. I've linked to the 2011 MLB overall splits above. Split suggestions are always welcomed.

4 Comments | Posted in Announcement,

1918 Box Scores, Gamelogs and Splits

Posted by admin on April 1, 2012

1918 Box Scores and Play by Play -

Thanks to the good folks at RetroSheet we have added 1918 box scores, splits, and game logs to the site.

Here is Walter Johnson's dominant 1918 season in gamelog form.

We are still in the process of updating the splits and the Play Index with 1918 data, but that should happen later today, Murphy willing.

2 Comments | Posted in Announcement,

2012 B-R Daily Updates to Start April 4th

Posted by admin on March 27, 2012

Due to a combination of poor planning on my end and some snafus with data we are provided with, Baseball-Reference will begin updating daily with the Marlins/Cardinals tilt on April 4th.

Updating the site for a new season is always a harrowing experience given the multitude of interconnected moving parts. We are continually simplifying the process, but between the SABR Conference two weeks ago, the NLB launch, a couple of new servers we have coming online and my dawdling we aren't going to be ready to update the Mariners and A's games this week. I apologize to our users who want to see that data ASAP, but we'll make sure we are ready to go next week.

Thank you for your patience.

7 Comments | Posted in Announcement,

Negro League Stats: 1903-1948

Posted by admin on March 22, 2012

Negro League Stats: 1903-1948

We are very pleased and honored to announce that we have added Negro League Statistics from 1903 through 1948. These stats are due to a pair of collaborations. The first is between and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (1920-1948 data), and the second is between B-R and Gary Ashwill and Scott Simkus of Outsider Baseball (1903-1919 data).

The details of what is and is not included is understandably complicated and the list of contributors very long, so we have provided a detailed rundown of the stats and the people who researched them.

Special thanks also to Ted Turocy who helped immensely with the integration of the stats into our existing databases.

16 Comments | Posted in Announcement,

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

10 Comments | Posted in Announcement,, Uncategorized

Military Service now listed on B-R Player Pages

Posted by admin on March 8, 2012

The data isn't 100% complete, but thanks to our relationship with the Society for American Baseball Research, we've added a substantial amount of information about players who were out of organized baseball for a year or more. This will show up on the major league batting and pitching tables for the affected players. Around 1100 player pages are affected by this change. Please let us know about any errors or omissions you find and we'll fill in as many of the missing details as we can.

14 Comments | Posted in Announcement,

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