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Justin Kubatko Leaving Sports Reference

Posted by Justin Kubatko on August 20, 2013

I am sad to announce that after six years, five websites, and hundreds of thousands of lines of code, my tenure at Sports Reference will come to an end this week. More information can be found on my new blog, Statitudes. Thanks to all of the users who have supported the sites that I ran.

45 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, CFB at Sports Reference, Expire30d, expire40d, Hockey-Reference.com, Olympics at S-R, Pro-Football-Reference.com

World Series Winners Who Finished Last the Following Season

Posted by Neil on August 13, 2013

With San Francisco currently in the basement of the NL West, a Giants fan wrote to us this week wondering how many times a World Series win was followed with a last-place finish. I ran the query in our database:

WS Winner Following Season Last Place?
2012 San Francisco Giants 5th place out of 5 teams *
2011 St. Louis Cardinals 2nd place out of 6 teams
2010 San Francisco Giants 2nd place out of 5 teams
2009 New York Yankees 2nd place out of 5 teams
2008 Philadelphia Phillies 1st place out of 5 teams
2007 Boston Red Sox 2nd place out of 5 teams
2006 St. Louis Cardinals 3rd place out of 6 teams
2005 Chicago White Sox 3rd place out of 5 teams
2004 Boston Red Sox 2nd place out of 5 teams
2003 Florida Marlins 3rd place out of 5 teams
2002 Anaheim Angels 3rd place out of 4 teams
2001 Arizona Diamondbacks 1st place out of 5 teams
2000 New York Yankees 1st place out of 5 teams
1999 New York Yankees 1st place out of 5 teams
1998 New York Yankees 1st place out of 5 teams
1997 Florida Marlins 5th place out of 5 teams *
1996 New York Yankees 2nd place out of 5 teams
1995 Atlanta Braves 1st place out of 5 teams
1993 Toronto Blue Jays 3rd place out of 5 teams
1992 Toronto Blue Jays 1st place out of 7 teams
WS Winner Following Season Last Place?
1991 Minnesota Twins 2nd place out of 7 teams
1990 Cincinnati Reds 5th place out of 6 teams
1989 Oakland Athletics 1st place out of 7 teams
1988 Los Angeles Dodgers 4th place out of 6 teams
1987 Minnesota Twins 2nd place out of 7 teams
1986 New York Mets 2nd place out of 6 teams
1985 Kansas City Royals 3rd place out of 7 teams
1984 Detroit Tigers 3rd place out of 7 teams
1983 Baltimore Orioles 5th place out of 7 teams
1982 St. Louis Cardinals 4th place out of 6 teams
1981 Los Angeles Dodgers 2nd place out of 6 teams
1980 Philadelphia Phillies 3rd place out of 6 teams
1979 Pittsburgh Pirates 3rd place out of 6 teams
1978 New York Yankees 4th place out of 7 teams
1977 New York Yankees 1st place out of 7 teams
1976 Cincinnati Reds 2nd place out of 6 teams
1975 Cincinnati Reds 1st place out of 6 teams
1974 Oakland Athletics 1st place out of 6 teams
1973 Oakland Athletics 1st place out of 6 teams
1972 Oakland Athletics 1st place out of 6 teams
WS Winner Following Season Last Place?
1971 Pittsburgh Pirates 1st place out of 6 teams
1970 Baltimore Orioles 1st place out of 6 teams
1969 New York Mets 3rd place out of 6 teams
1968 Detroit Tigers 2nd place out of 6 teams
1967 St. Louis Cardinals 1st place out of 10 teams
1966 Baltimore Orioles 6th place out of 10 teams
1965 Los Angeles Dodgers 1st place out of 10 teams
1964 St. Louis Cardinals 7th place out of 10 teams
1963 Los Angeles Dodgers 6th place out of 10 teams
1962 New York Yankees 1st place out of 10 teams
1961 New York Yankees 1st place out of 10 teams
1960 Pittsburgh Pirates 6th place out of 8 teams
1959 Los Angeles Dodgers 4th place out of 8 teams
1958 New York Yankees 3rd place out of 8 teams
1957 Milwaukee Braves 1st place out of 8 teams
1956 New York Yankees 1st place out of 8 teams
1955 Brooklyn Dodgers 1st place out of 8 teams
1954 New York Giants 3rd place out of 8 teams
1953 New York Yankees 2nd place out of 8 teams
1952 New York Yankees 1st place out of 8 teams
WS Winner Following Season Last Place?
1951 New York Yankees 1st place out of 8 teams
1950 New York Yankees 1st place out of 8 teams
1949 New York Yankees 1st place out of 8 teams
1948 Cleveland Indians 3rd place out of 8 teams
1947 New York Yankees 3rd place out of 8 teams
1946 St. Louis Cardinals 2nd place out of 8 teams
1945 Detroit Tigers 2nd place out of 8 teams
1944 St. Louis Cardinals 2nd place out of 8 teams
1943 New York Yankees 3rd place out of 8 teams
1942 St. Louis Cardinals 1st place out of 8 teams
1941 New York Yankees 1st place out of 8 teams
1940 Cincinnati Reds 3rd place out of 8 teams
1939 New York Yankees 3rd place out of 8 teams
1938 New York Yankees 1st place out of 8 teams
1937 New York Yankees 1st place out of 8 teams
1936 New York Yankees 1st place out of 8 teams
1935 Detroit Tigers 2nd place out of 8 teams
1934 St. Louis Cardinals 2nd place out of 8 teams
1933 New York Giants 2nd place out of 8 teams
1932 New York Yankees 2nd place out of 8 teams
WS Winner Following Season Last Place?
1931 St. Louis Cardinals 6th place out of 8 teams
1930 Philadelphia Athletics 1st place out of 8 teams
1929 Philadelphia Athletics 1st place out of 8 teams
1928 New York Yankees 2nd place out of 8 teams
1927 New York Yankees 1st place out of 8 teams
1926 St. Louis Cardinals 2nd place out of 8 teams
1925 Pittsburgh Pirates 3rd place out of 8 teams
1924 Washington Senators 1st place out of 8 teams
1923 New York Yankees 2nd place out of 8 teams
1922 New York Giants 1st place out of 8 teams
1921 New York Giants 1st place out of 8 teams
1920 Cleveland Indians 2nd place out of 8 teams
1919 Cincinnati Reds 3rd place out of 8 teams
1918 Boston Red Sox 6th place out of 8 teams
1917 Chicago White Sox 6th place out of 8 teams
1916 Boston Red Sox 2nd place out of 8 teams
1915 Boston Red Sox 1st place out of 8 teams
1914 Boston Braves 2nd place out of 8 teams
1913 Philadelphia Athletics 1st place out of 8 teams
1912 Boston Red Sox 4th place out of 8 teams
WS Winner Following Season Last Place?
1911 Philadelphia Athletics 3rd place out of 8 teams
1910 Philadelphia Athletics 1st place out of 8 teams
1909 Pittsburgh Pirates 3rd place out of 8 teams
1908 Chicago Cubs 2nd place out of 8 teams
1907 Chicago Cubs 1st place out of 8 teams
1906 Chicago White Sox 3rd place out of 8 teams
1905 New York Giants 2nd place out of 8 teams
1903 Boston Americans 1st place out of 8 teams

As it turns out, if the Giants "hang on" to the bottom spot in the West, it will mark only the second time in the World Series era (1903-present) that a champion went on to finish last the following season. The only other team to do that were the 1998 Florida Marlins, who infamously jettisoned all of their talent a year after winning it all.

8 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, History, Trivia

Are you a Web Developer Who Loves Sports? Let’s Talk.

Posted by admin on August 9, 2013

Jobs @ Sports Reference.

Sports Reference has an immediate opening for a web developer. Please see our job advertisement for all of the details. We will begin reviewing applications on August 26th.

7 Comments | Posted in Advanced Stats, All-Star, Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, Bleg, CBB at Sports Reference, CFB at Sports Reference, expire21d, General, Hockey-Reference.com, Olympics at S-R, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Statgeekery

Subscribe to the Play Index!

Posted by Neil on July 30, 2013

With the season getting down to the home stretch, it's time to check out the Baseball-Reference Play Index if you haven't already signed up. What's the Play Index? It's a set of research tools that allow you to create customizable queries on our database, save the results, and share them with others. Using the PI, you can:

  • Search full-season or multi-year totals to find your own custom leaderboards - Look at the entire history of baseball from 1871-2012 with every year, team, and position available, or filter the results in a vast number of ways: by specific years, by age, by first six seasons or last ten seasons, by American League only, by Cubs only, by switch-hitters, by catchers, by outfielder or infielder, by year of debut, but active or retired, by Hall of Famer, by height and weight, by living or deceased, or by a range of common statistical categories. Then sort the results by any common statistic, by the teams with the most players matching that category, by players with the most seasons matching that category, or by most recent, youngest, oldest, final year, or year of debut, and others.
  • Search player game totals - Filtering on any of a dozen or more choices, search for games on a single player level, or on any batter from 1916-2012, or on any pitcher. The same can be done for Team Batting or Team Pitching Totals.
  • Search player games looking for the most consecutive games matching a particular set of criteria - This can be done either on a single player level or on any batter in the last 97 years or on any pitcher. The same can be done for Team Batting or Team Pitching Streaks.
  • Search the records of a specific player - Output a detailed summary and play-by-play list of all events of a specific type from a single year or an entire career. For example, you can see all of Harmon Killebrew's triples or even his outs to the second baseman.
  • Search Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups - This tool presents a complete sortable list of batter or pitcher with totals for every opponent they faced by career or by year. Clicking on the player's name will lead you to a detailed output of their head-to-head plate appearances.
  • ...And more!

Personal Subscriptions to the Play Index still cost just $36 for a year, $6 for a month, or $2 for 24 hours. Subscriptions may only be used by a single user, and there are discounts for users sponsoring at least $35 in pages.

Organizational Subscriptions can be set up for either an unlimited number of users ($600/year), or for up to five users ($125/year).

There are Two Steps to Subscribe to the Play Index:

  1. Login to or create a Sports-Reference.com account (the same account used to sponsor pages).
  2. Already logged in (or just created an account)? Go to our subscription page to sign up.

Our Always-Available Free Trial: Non-subscribers can use the PI's features as much as you like. However, your outputs will be restricted to a limited number of results.

The Play Index comes with a money back guarantee. We will gladly return the unused portion of any Play Index Subscription should you be dissatisfied with the Play Index.

So go ahead, give the Play Index a try -- we're confident that once you start using it, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.

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

All-Star Features on Baseball-Reference

Posted by Neil on July 16, 2013

Prepare for tonight's 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field with Baseball-Reference's All-Star features:

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2013 MLB All-Star Game Preview

Posted by Neil on July 15, 2013

For every game of the regular season and playoffs, we generate a preview containing player and team stats pertaining to the matchup. The All-Star Game is no exception, so please enjoy our 2013 MLB All-Star Game Preview as you prepare for the game tomorrow.

1 Comment | Posted in All-Star, Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, expire2d, Features

Errata: Minor Stats Corrections Coming to the Site

Posted by admin on July 15, 2013

By the nature of our update process these will take a week or two to roll out to the site, but they'll get there eventually. This note below is from one of our data producers and represent a set of updates we'll be incorporating into the site.

One of the great aspects of the baseball research community is their dogged determination to get things right even it is a mixup between Tom Maher and Frank Mahar in 1902.

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Leaderboard Carousel on B-R

Posted by admin on July 3, 2013

Baseball-Reference.com - MLB Stats, Standings, Scores, History.

Nothing too big, but our man on PFR, Mike Kania has put together a nice simple carousel for us that will show the major leaderboards on the front page of B-R each day. As of this writing it's just got WAR stuff on it, but I'm going to expand it out to more material.

Carousel is caught in mid-motion below in the left column of the front page.

Carousel

5 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Uncategorized

Batting Splits by Defensive Position

Posted by Neil on July 2, 2013

I got a couple of questions about this today, so I thought it would be valuable to highlight this feature in blog-post form.

Essentially, the question was regarding what kind of batting production a specific team has gotten from a given defensive position this season. For example, a user wanted the combined season stats for Yankees players this season, only while playing 3B.

Veteran B-R users will know that to get this information, you need to go to the team's main 2013 stats page, then mouse over the menu option marked "Batting ▼", and choose "Splits". Scroll down until you find the table marked "Defensive Positions", and you'll get a list of every position along with the batting stats from players while they were in the game at that position:

Split G GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
as C 82 288 254 34 59 8 0 6 23 4 0 22 51 .232 .300 .335 .635 85 11 4 5 3 0 2 .265 87 82
as 1B 82 332 302 28 65 18 1 12 46 4 2 25 78 .215 .278 .401 .679 121 10 2 0 2 2 3 .248 97 74
as 2B 82 354 311 48 92 17 0 19 53 5 0 36 49 .296 .371 .534 .905 166 10 3 1 3 11 6 .297 162 148
as 3B 82 328 300 27 68 13 0 4 23 2 0 19 80 .227 .288 .310 .598 93 9 7 2 0 1 1 .296 76 64
as SS 82 323 286 27 57 11 2 2 17 11 1 23 82 .199 .266 .273 .539 78 5 5 4 5 1 3 .266 59 60
as LF 82 340 319 35 72 10 0 10 32 8 3 18 54 .226 .265 .351 .616 112 6 0 0 3 0 8 .240 79 66
as CF 82 369 334 50 99 22 6 8 33 13 6 28 71 .296 .352 .470 .822 157 5 1 5 1 1 1 .355 139 125
as RF 82 329 304 30 80 9 2 8 22 9 3 20 41 .263 .310 .385 .695 117 8 1 3 1 3 5 .281 103 83
as DH 77 327 290 37 62 6 1 14 41 3 0 34 82 .214 .303 .386 .689 112 5 3 0 0 3 2 .247 101 84
as P 5 11 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 -100 -100
as PH 40 51 45 7 9 2 0 2 9 0 0 5 17 .200 .294 .378 .672 17 0 1 0 0 1 0 .269 96 112
as PH for DH 9 9 7 3 2 0 0 2 3 0 0 2 1 .286 .444 1.143 1.587 8 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 346 272
as Infield 82 1625 1453 164 341 67 3 43 162 18 1 125 340 .235 .302 .374 .676 543 45 21 12 13 15 15 .275 98 87
as Outfield 82 1038 957 115 251 41 8 26 87 23 11 66 166 .262 .310 .403 .713 386 19 2 8 5 4 14 .292 108 92
at Def. Pos. 82 1334 1185 159 307 58 8 35 126 28 6 109 253 .259 .325 .410 .735 486 31 13 15 12 13 12 .299 115 107
at Off. Pos. 82 1329 1225 120 285 50 3 34 123 16 6 82 253 .233 .285 .362 .647 443 33 10 5 6 6 17 .266 89 72
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/2/2013.

You can even click on the red text for each position, and get a table of the individuals who contributed to those team-wide totals at the position:

Rk G GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
1 Kevin Youkilis 22 88 79 10 21 6 0 2 7 0 0 5 19 .266 .341 .418 .759 33 3 4 0 0 1 0 .328 134 106
2 Jayson Nix 28 95 86 7 23 2 0 0 7 2 0 7 22 .267 .330 .291 .620 25 1 1 1 0 0 0 .359 105 72
3 Chris Nelson 10 37 36 3 8 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 11 .222 .243 .278 .521 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 .320 80 42
4 David Adams 26 100 91 7 16 3 0 2 7 0 0 6 24 .176 .242 .275 .517 25 2 2 1 0 0 1 .215 105 41
5 Alberto Gonzalez 3 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 -100 -100
Team Total 82 328 300 27 68 13 0 4 23 2 0 19 80 .227 .288 .310 .598 93 9 7 2 0 1 1 .296 76 64
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/2/2013.

One final note -- if you want to know where the team ranks among others at the position, you can go to league splits and find the same table -- clicking the position tooltip will give you a list of every team's production from that position, which you can then sort:

Rk G GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS ▾ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
1 DET 81 376 322 64 118 20 1 25 83 2 0 49 58 .366 .455 .668 1.122 215 13 4 0 1 10 0 .388 186 202
2 OAK 83 351 310 45 95 22 1 13 53 2 2 36 60 .306 .376 .510 .886 158 9 1 0 4 1 2 .340 141 140
3 TBR 83 361 322 50 91 17 2 18 46 7 2 34 78 .283 .352 .516 .867 166 8 2 0 3 3 1 .319 130 134
4 TEX 82 349 326 49 99 20 0 15 44 4 0 22 41 .304 .350 .503 .853 164 9 1 0 0 2 4 .311 130 130
5 BAL 83 380 359 53 115 38 2 6 42 6 4 15 59 .320 .349 .487 .837 175 9 1 5 0 0 3 .371 116 126
6 SEA 82 359 327 40 87 22 1 11 35 3 3 29 65 .266 .326 .440 .766 144 3 1 0 2 0 1 .300 123 107
7 BOS 84 342 318 36 79 20 1 10 36 3 2 17 81 .248 .290 .412 .702 131 8 3 1 3 0 3 .300 76 89
8 TOR 82 342 309 39 67 15 2 13 37 3 1 24 63 .217 .278 .405 .682 125 11 4 0 5 0 7 .227 85 84
9 LAA 82 331 296 39 78 14 0 4 33 1 2 26 45 .264 .320 .351 .671 104 5 1 3 5 2 2 .294 80 84
10 MIN 79 335 300 31 70 13 1 7 32 2 0 26 50 .233 .303 .353 .657 106 5 5 2 2 0 5 .257 85 79
11 CLE 82 326 298 31 62 11 0 11 28 3 1 24 83 .208 .276 .356 .632 106 7 4 0 0 1 4 .250 68 71
12 HOU 83 314 294 29 64 14 0 11 44 0 0 11 51 .218 .247 .378 .624 111 14 2 2 5 1 3 .224 84 68
13 KCR 79 311 286 25 64 13 0 7 23 1 3 18 42 .224 .277 .343 .620 98 9 4 1 2 1 1 .238 80 69
14 NYY 82 328 300 27 68 13 0 4 23 2 0 19 80 .227 .288 .310 .598 93 9 7 2 0 1 1 .296 76 64
15 CHW 79 312 287 25 64 9 1 6 27 1 1 20 52 .223 .269 .324 .593 93 6 0 0 5 3 1 .248 76 62
TOT 1226 5117 4654 583 1221 261 12 161 586 40 21 370 908 .262 .320 .427 .747 1989 125 40 16 37 25 38 .293 104 102
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/2/2013.

An alternate way of getting this would be to go through the brand-new Split Finder, recreating a similar table using the options in the form:

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 7/2/2013.

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

Stuff You Can Do on B-R Player Pages

Posted by Neil on June 22, 2013

Here's a video I made discussing all the semi-hidden things you can do on B-R player pages:

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