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Team Positional Comparison Tool–in our opinion it’s pretty cool – Baseball-Reference.com

Posted by sean on May 30, 2014

Positional differences and performance by position are interesting ways to look at team performance. For instance as Phillies fan I know that CF and LF are hurting the Phillies, but just how much are they hurting relative to the league. This tool answers that question and many many more. (answer: a whole lot of hurt)

You select a year, the league and a stat, and we rank every team at each position by that stat and in some cases a summary of positions. This uses our positional splits to allot stats to positions or in some cases a prorated assignment of WAR and related stats by time played at each position. Now in one table you can see the worst or best team-positions in baseball.

There are some additional tools that allow you to highlight a particular team and mousing over a table cell informs you the players involved in producing that value.

I like this output so much I've also added it to our base league pages just below the pitching stats.

2014 AL League page

Team Comparison Tool - Baseball-Reference.com.

6 Comments | Posted in Advanced Stats, Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Features, Statgeekery

Hat Trick Leaders now on Hockey Reference

Posted by Hans Van Slooten on April 14, 2014

We have added hat trick leaderboards to Hockey Reference. While we only have game logs going back to the 1987-88 season, we are able to do some magic to also include the career hat trick leaders. To see this functionality, you can go to the menu item Leaders > All NHL & WHA Leaders & Records:

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Then, scroll down to the Hat Tricks line:

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You can also see the hat tricks on the individual player leaderboards:

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Let us know if you have any comments or questions.

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

Player Totals for Teams on Hockey Reference

Posted by Hans Van Slooten on April 10, 2014

A minor, but useful addition to the team pages today are the player totals for the teams that they played on. This is a feature on the other Sports Reference sites, and it finally found its way to Hockey Reference.

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(Hat tip to the @TheWrage for bringing up this suggestion.)

As always, your feedback and suggestions are appreciated.

UPDATE (2014-04-14):

We have added this feature to the coaches' pages as well:

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

Player Photos and Name Pronunciations on Hockey Reference

Posted by Hans Van Slooten on April 7, 2014

You may have noticed that we added player photos in the past couple of days:

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In addition to these, we have added pronunciations for many player names. You can see all of them on the Pronunciation Guide page. Hopefully this helps you with some of the harder to pronounce names.

As always, let us know if you have any questions or feedback.

Comments Off on Player Photos and Name Pronunciations on Hockey Reference | Posted in Announcement, Features, Hockey-Reference.com

Happy Opening Day!

Posted by sean on March 30, 2014

It's been a long cold winter here in Philadelphia. In honor of Sunday and Monday, the greatest days of the year, here are some Opening Day features we have here at B-R:

Give them a try, and enjoy baseball's return.

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

The Hockey-Reference.com Awards Update

Posted by Hans Van Slooten on March 4, 2014

We've added a number of new features to the site for those of you that are interested in player awards:

  1. Voting Results for Awards (going back to the 1923-24 season)
  2. NHL Stars of the Week and Month
  3. Links to awards from the player stat lines.

Voting Results for Awards

To see the voting results for an individual year, you can either go to the main awards index, or you can go to an individual award page and click on the Season that you want the voting results for.

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NHL Stars of the Week and Month

On the main awards index, you can find links to the NHL Three Stars Awards going back to the 2009-10 season. These awards took the place of the previous NHL Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week/Month awards:

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Awards on Player Stat Lines

Finally, we've added links on the yearly stat lines to all of the player awards to make them easier to find. For example, this is what Wayne Gretzky's stat line looks like:

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As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions on these new features.

Comments Off on The Hockey-Reference.com Awards Update | Posted in Announcement, Awards, Features, Hockey-Reference.com

Recruiting Services Consensus Index (RSCI) Data Added to Basketball-Reference

Posted by Neil on December 17, 2013

Just a quick note that we've added the Recruiting Services Consensus Index (RSCI) high school rankings to BBR, going back to the HS class of 1998. These will now show up on yearly RSCI pages, as well as player pages (under the bio section -> "recruiting rank") when applicable.

If you're not familiar with the RSCI service, they cull together various national recruiting lists and combine them together into a consensus ranking (like DraftExpress, we've also tweaked the basic RSCI by including prep-school players for their final year of the recruiting process, which is also why some players may be listed multiple years). The rankings you see at BBR are the final standings for each year; for more info on how the process works, as well as additional data like in-season rankings (fall, pre-summer, etc.), be sure to go to RSCIhoops.com.

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

Team Game-by-Game Scoring Margin Sparklines Added to BBR

Posted by Neil on December 10, 2013

If you're also a Baseball-Reference user, you might recognize this new feature we recently added to Basketball-Reference:

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If not, it's a sparkline that shows the team's scoring margin for every game of the season, with green representing wins, red representing losses, and the height of the bar representing the margin of the game. We think it's a great way to visualize the peaks and valleys of a team's season, and we hope it adds your BBR experience.

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

Estimating Pace and Per-Possession Ratings, 1951-1973

Posted by Neil on December 6, 2013

Today, we added a new feature to Basketball-Reference: historical team Pace Factors and Offensive/Defensive Rating estimates.

As of yesterday, we only had Pace and ORtg/DRtg for NBA teams going back to 1973-74, the first season in which the league tracked team/opponent turnovers and offensive rebounds (which are, of course, necessary to the possessions formula). However, it is possible to estimate possessions for years prior to '74 -- an idea I developed casually at the old BBR Blog in 2010, and one which was expanded on in more detail by ElGee35 at his (now-defunct) blog in 2012.

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

New College Basketball Features: Season-by-Season Coach Pages & 2-Point Shooting Stats

Posted by Neil on November 25, 2013

For the 2013-14 College Basketball season, we've added a few new features:

Comments Off on New College Basketball Features: Season-by-Season Coach Pages & 2-Point Shooting Stats | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, Features

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