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NHL Playoff Series Previews

Posted by Neil on April 30, 2013

In preparation for the NHL Playoffs dropping the puck tonight, we've added preview pages for each series matchup to the front page. There, you'll find season stats for all the players currently on each team, plus the season series results between the two teams, and various other vitals. Have them open on your computer or print them out while you're watching the games tonight.

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Player Pronunciations Added; Master List of Pronunciations, Nicknames, Name Notes

Posted by Neil on April 18, 2013

Today, we're happy to announce the addition of a new dataset -- a pronunciation guide for the names of roughly 1,800 Major and Minor-League ballplayers from throughout history (mainly active players and guys from the 2000s, but a number of historical notables are in there as well). We've pulled this info from a number of different sources, so as always, please email us if you have any corrections or additions you'd like to see.

Also as a matter of note, we added master pages for player nicknames, name notes (aliases, name changes, etc.), and we finally linked the list of Twitter handles on the Frivolities page. Enjoy!

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

Automatic Player Linker and Newsfeeds

Posted by Neil on April 15, 2013

With the regular season winding down this week, here is a reminder about Basketball-Reference's automatic linking tool, which makes it very easy for you to add links to a player's BBR page from your blog posts or news stories. The BBR Linker is a javascript bookmarklet that has a couple of interesting applications:

  1. If you are composing your posts in supported blogging or bulletin board software, clicking the bookmarklet will take the text you have typed and wrap every active player's name with a link to their BBR page. We are happy to add more options if the software you use is not currently supported; just let us know.
  2. If you are on a web page with player names in the text, select the text with your mouse and click the bookmarklet. After a few seconds, links to BBR pages for the player names that appear in the selected text will be automatically added.

Please see the linker page for full instructions and some areas to test the bookmarklet.

By itself this feature is pretty handy, but if you are a site owner you may want something in return for linking to Tim Duncan's or LaMarcus Aldridge's BBR page from your blog posts. We agree, so we have added a feature to return the link back to you.

Those stories are used to populate the "Player News" section just above the player's stats. If you are a blog owner or author, you can use our linker to automatically have your articles added to relevant player pages. If you tag your player names with links to our site — and we can find those links in your RSS feed — we will add a link to your article on the player's page. For example, this Hickory-High post is currently the first link in Tony Allen's newsfeed.

Please read this description of the service for complete details, including the information that we need from you before you can start to see your content linked from the BBR player pages.

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

Play Index Split Finders

Posted by Neil on April 2, 2013

Now that the season is upon us, here's a reminder about our Play Index Split Finder tools, which we believe will add an incredible new element to your research capabilities:

So, what can you do with these?

Each is set up in a similar fashion, so let's use the Player Batting Split Finder as an example. For starters, you can tell it to find Individual Seasons, Totals Spanning Seasons, or Career Totals, depending on your preference, and set the usual range of PI options -- year ranges, teams, age, season, active/retired, etc. The big attraction of this finder, though, is on the right side of the form, which allows you to choose split types and stats to sort on.

The split types are any of those which you can find on a player's split's page, and you can just sort on those if you want. For instance, here are the lefty batters who had the most HR against left-handed pitchers in the last 30 years.

Even cooler is the ability to select the "Compare this split to the player's season/career totals" option, which calls up a dialog where you can set a minimum overall requirement (playing-time or otherwise) and the choice to sort by the percentage of the player's total within the given split. An example of this would be, among batters in the last 30 years with 30+ HR in the whole season, who had the highest percentage of their HRs in the second half of the season.

There's also an option to find the difference between the player's stat in the split and his overall number, which works best for rate stats. For example, which hitters had the biggest boost in OPS vs "power pitchers" compared to their overall career OPS?

The Pitching Split Finder works the same way, but it also adds the option to view the output in the form of traditional pitching stats (IP, ERA, etc), the opponent's batting line, or both.

The team finders are similar in function, allowing you to find things like the teams who got the most IP from pitchers age 36 or older, or teams whose leadoff hitters created the highest percentage of their runs.

Needless to say, these examples barely scratch the surface of the kinds of queries you can run with these new tools, so please play around with it and have fun finding incredibly obscure splits! And as always, email us with your questions, comments, and bug reports.

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

Subscribe to the Play Index!

Posted by Neil on March 29, 2013

Opening Night is Sunday, so be sure to make the Baseball-Reference Play Index a part of your baseball experience for the 2013 season!

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.

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NFL Draft Tools Added to PI Player Season Finder

Posted by Neil on March 27, 2013

In conjunction with the NFL Draft features you can find on the P-F-R front page, we've also added Draft criteria to the Play Index Player Season Finder.

Click "[+] Show draft options" at the bottom of the form to call up a sub-menu that lets you narrow your season finder search down to the year a player was drafted, the round/pick in which he was selected, the drafting team, his college/conference, position out of college, and more.

Give it a try, and be sure to let us know if you have any questions or comments.

2 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Features, Play Index, Pro-Football-Reference.com

2013 NFL Draft Features at P-F-R

Posted by Neil on March 26, 2013

Just a note that we've added the annual Draft Preview to the site, which shows the 2013 draft order along with the typical quality of players you can get at each slot (and the best players ever taken in each slot by Approximate Value).

New for 2013, we also assembled a list of 2013 draft prospects at each position, cross-linked with their stats pages (when available) at S-R/College Football.

These features go hand in hand with our Draft Section, which has results of all past drafts, and the customizable draft finder tool.

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

NCAA Tournament Game Previews

Posted by Neil on March 21, 2013

Want a handy guide to each matchup of the tournament? Check out our game previews. Each contains the individual & team stats you need to know before watching the game. You can access them for the first round in the table below, and they're always available on the previews page & the main page as well.

8 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, Features, Playoffs

Fill out your brackets with our NCAA Basketball Tempo-Free Ratings

Posted by Neil on March 18, 2013

Tempo-free stats have become all the rage in college basketball recently -- and why? Because they work! Reducing the influence of pace and adjusting for strength of schedule gives a clearer picture of which teams are truly the best in the country, which will help you make better NCAA Tournament picks. That's why we list our own version of schedule-adjusted, tempo-free ratings on our yearly Ratings pages.

Here are this year's top 40 teams:

SRS Adjusted
Rk School Conf OSRS DSRS SRS ORtg DRtg NRtg ▾
1 Florida SEC 8.43 16.27 24.70 119.35 80.46 38.88
2 Indiana Big Ten 18.31 7.64 25.95 122.74 84.65 38.09
3 Louisville Big East 11.73 12.56 24.29 114.89 78.23 36.67
4 Duke ACC 14.88 7.04 21.91 119.76 86.76 33.00
5 Gonzaga WCC 11.81 9.75 21.56 119.06 86.22 32.84
6 Pittsburgh Big East 4.91 14.74 19.65 118.13 85.94 32.19
7 Michigan Big Ten 12.88 7.34 20.22 121.81 90.18 31.63
8 Kansas Big 12 11.88 9.33 21.21 114.47 83.05 31.43
9 Ohio State Big Ten 8.85 11.64 20.49 115.63 84.22 31.41
10 Wisconsin Big Ten 3.89 15.49 19.38 110.87 80.66 30.21
11 Michigan State Big Ten 6.20 12.42 18.62 112.57 83.89 28.68
12 Syracuse Big East 9.25 10.15 19.40 113.58 85.30 28.27
13 Miami (FL) ACC 5.31 11.87 17.18 112.90 86.51 26.38
14 Georgetown Big East 1.43 15.38 16.81 107.77 81.55 26.23
15 Creighton MVC 11.01 5.82 16.83 118.82 92.75 26.07
16 Arizona Pac-12 10.19 6.83 17.02 113.76 88.13 25.63
17 Minnesota Big Ten 7.06 9.74 16.80 112.36 86.77 25.59
18 Oklahoma State Big 12 8.20 8.03 16.22 109.39 85.00 24.39
19 Missouri SEC 11.83 4.31 16.14 114.67 90.39 24.29
20 Virginia Commonwealth A-10 11.60 4.89 16.50 113.36 89.56 23.80
21 Saint Louis A-10 3.92 10.81 14.72 108.34 84.99 23.36
22 Colorado State MWC 9.33 5.13 14.46 116.55 93.49 23.06
23 Saint Mary's (CA) WCC 9.69 5.04 14.73 117.09 94.31 22.78
24 New Mexico MWC 5.24 9.20 14.44 109.03 86.42 22.61
25 Notre Dame Big East 7.38 7.06 14.44 116.00 93.39 22.61
26 Marquette Big East 8.16 6.32 14.48 113.55 91.09 22.47
27 North Carolina State ACC 13.90 0.95 14.85 116.72 94.66 22.06
28 San Diego State MWC 5.26 8.72 13.98 107.78 86.19 21.59
29 Iowa Big Ten 8.01 6.05 14.06 108.42 86.87 21.55
30 Virginia ACC -0.76 14.14 13.38 107.96 86.42 21.55
31 North Carolina ACC 13.27 1.64 14.91 111.37 89.99 21.39
32 Kansas State Big 12 4.45 9.37 13.82 112.52 91.20 21.32
33 Cincinnati Big East 4.01 10.75 14.75 105.53 84.61 20.92
34 Iowa State Big 12 15.34 -1.35 13.99 116.18 95.39 20.79
35 Kentucky SEC 9.90 4.81 14.71 111.35 90.59 20.76
36 Mississippi SEC 13.45 1.10 14.55 110.36 89.76 20.60
37 Baylor Big 12 9.83 3.80 13.63 112.32 91.72 20.60
38 Wichita State MVC 4.24 8.96 13.20 108.36 87.93 20.44
39 Nevada-Las Vegas MWC 7.48 6.31 13.79 105.85 85.45 20.40
40 UCLA Pac-12 12.32 1.41 13.73 111.94 91.67 20.26
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CBB: View Original Table
Generated 3/18/2013.

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Video: S-R Stat Table SHARE Tutorial

Posted by Neil on March 12, 2013

Here's a 2-minute tutorial on how to embed professional-looking stat tables on your own blog:

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