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Elo School Rater

Posted by Neil on November 7, 2012

Who has the greatest college football program ever? Check out the Elo School Rater to see how our users voted, and cast a few votes yourself!

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, CFB at Sports Reference, Features

Features: Milestone Watch

Posted by Neil on November 6, 2012

If you're interested in measuring active players' stat totals against historical records or impressive-sounding round numbers, check out our NBA Milestone Watch.

On that page, you can select one of 11 different statistical categories (Games Played, FG, 3-Pointers, FT, Offensive, Defensive, & Total Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocks, and Points) and track current players' progress toward certain milestones in that stat. On the left side of the page, you'll see the race for specific round numbers in each category, and on the right side there's a table showing where the top active players rank in NBA history, including how many of that stat they need to accumulate to move up in the all-time rankings.

So go ahead and take a look at it -- it's updated daily along with the rest of our stats, so you'll be able to track your favorite player's assault on history all season long.

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Features, History

PFR Game Score Finder

Posted by Neil on November 5, 2012

We don't know what tonight's game will hold, but it just might end with an historically-unique final score. If so, as a Pro-Football-Reference user you'll know first because you can run a search on any combination of final scores to see how often they've occurred all-time.

Using the main table on this page, and clicking the "count" column header to sort by he number of instances in the database, you can find the rarest and most common scores in pro football history. You might be surprised to see the number of combinations that have taken place just once, running the gamut from 66-0 blowouts to brutal 5-3 affairs. And at the other end of the spectrum, 20-17 is by far the most common all-time final score.

Play around with the tool for a while, and you'll always know where to find an answer when somebody asks, "how often does this score happen?"

6 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Features, Play Index, 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

New Vegas & game time features on Team Game Finder

Posted by Mike on November 2, 2012

Spending a lazy Friday morning at work? No fear, we've put a couple of new features up on the Team Game Finder tool.

First off is the addition of Vegas betting lines (from 1978 to now) to the additional search criteria selector, with which you can find games in the past 5 years in which a team was favored by more than 10 points or 17+ point underdogs in the last 30 years. We also have Over/Under lines, with which you can find all Patriots games since 2002 with an O/U greater than 50.

Next, we've added game time and time zone selectors to the filter criteria, with which you can find that the Bengals have a .700 record since 2002 in games played at 4pm in the Eastern time zone or that the Green Bay Packers have the best record in the last 15 years in road games on the West Coast.

1 Comment | Posted in Features, Pro-Football-Reference.com

New Front-Page Standings Interface

Posted by Neil on November 2, 2012

Many of you may have noticed that we slightly tweaked our front-page standings table for the 2012-13 season. Now it looks like this:

 

Team W L
SAS (1) F C $ 2 0

What do F, C, and $ mean?

Clicking "F" next to the team abbreviation brings up the team's Franchise Page, which contains a year-by-year summary of the team's entire history.

Clicking "C" will call up the Clubhouse Page for each team. Team clubhouse pages contain a snapshot of where the team is and how they're playing right now, with a calendar-style schedule, team four factors & leaders, and a table of player stats over the team's last 10 games.

Finally, "$" takes you to the team's Contracts Page. These pages list the team's payroll for the current season and the next four seasons, plus descriptions regarding the terms of every player's contract.

We hope these new links will make it even easier for you to navigate our site and get the info you need this season.

5 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Features

“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

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

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