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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:

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

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

Career and Single-Season Triple Double Leaders

Posted by Neil on July 11, 2013

Just in case you missed this last month year, we now offer the option to search for double- and triple-doubles using the Player Game Finder tool. Under "Additional Criteria", just check the box next to "Double-Double" or "Triple-Double", and you'll be able to find games that match any combination of points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks that meet the criteria you're looking for.

As an example, here are the career leaders in Triple-Doubles since 1985-86 (the first year we have complete boxscore data):

13 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Features, History, Play Index

2013-14 NBA Free Agent Tracker

Posted by Neil on July 5, 2013

Back again by popular demand, you can follow this summer's action in free agency using Basketball-Reference's 2013-14 Free Agent Tracker page. We'll update it daily, so you can keep tabs on every player who changes his address this offseason.

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

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

Oracle of Baseball

Posted by Neil on June 17, 2013

Want to find a chain of teammates between any two players in MLB history, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon-style? Then check out our Oracle of Baseball, which can help you find things like this:

Chain from Mickey Mantle to Mike Trout

Mickey Mantle played with Bobby Murcer for the 1965 New York Yankees
Bobby Murcer played with Otis Nixon for the 1983 New York Yankees
Otis Nixon played with Torii Hunter for the 1998 Minnesota Twins
Torii Hunter played with Mike Trout for the 2011 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

5 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Features, History, HowTo, Trivia

Approximate Value Added for Kickers and Punters

Posted by Neil on June 14, 2013

Today, we added a new feature to our popular Approximate Value metric on the site -- AV totals for kickers and punters. (Don't worry, we've warned Doug Drinen, and he hasn't suffered any adverse health side-effects that we know of.)

The methodology is described in tortuous detail on the AV formula page, but we basically looked at salary data to calibrate kicker and punter AV against our existing AV data, and used some simple metrics (kicking points added above average using distance data; punting gross yards per attempt w/ an adjustment for blocks) to measure kicking/punting performance. The best career AVs in each category are as follows:

We're still working out some AV kinks (particularly in terms of All-Pro bonuses) with certain players who played both kicker/punter and another position -- think Lou Groza -- but for the most part we're happy with the results, and we thought it was time special-teamers got their AV due.

5 Comments | Posted in Advanced Stats, Announcement, Features, History, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Statgeekery

Search Our Stats Using the Play Index

Posted by Neil on June 10, 2013

It's the Finals, so that means it's time for a reminder to check out the Basketball-Reference Play Index. In case you don't already know about the PI, 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. With the PI, you can:

  • Use the Player Season Finder to search through all NBA, ABA, & BAA players' regular season and playoff statistics for performances that match your criteria.
  • Use the Player Game Finder to search through NBA players' regular season and playoff game logs (since 1985-86) for games matching your criteria.
  • Use the Head-to-Head Finder to search for games in which two selected players played against each other.
  • Search for player and team consecutive-game streaks that match your criteria using the Streak Finders.
  • Search for team performances that meet your criteria with the Team Season Finder and Team Game Finder.
  • Use the Draft Finder to search through every NBA/BAA draft for picks that match your criteria.
  • Use the Player Comparison Finder to compare the stats of up to four players through (or in) a given season.

Also, take a look at the Play Index Plus for even more data-searching goodness. The PI+ lets you sift through the play-by-play data of every game since 2001, making it possible to look for specific events, lineup data, and shooting stats (including clutch shots and shot breakdowns by distance).

Best of all, these features are 100% free to use! So go ahead, give them a try, and you'll wonder how you ever got along without them.

Comments Off on Search Our Stats Using the Play Index | Posted in Advanced Stats, Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, Features, History, Play Index

2013 MLB Draft Tools

Posted by Neil on June 6, 2013

The Major league Baseball draft is tonight, so here are some tools you can use to prepare for the event:

Check them out as you get ready for the 2013 Draft!

Comments Off on 2013 MLB Draft Tools | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Draft, Features, History, Tips and Tricks

Everything You Wanted to Know About Wins Above Replacement (WAR)

Posted by Neil on June 5, 2013

With Wins Above Replacement (WAR) gaining more prominence since last season, it's a good time to remind everyone about our WAR 2.2 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 the past few years.
  • 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.

8 Comments | Posted in Advanced Stats, Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Data, FAQ, Features, Stat Questions, Tips and Tricks, WAR

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