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A Play Index Subscription is the Ultimate Baseball Fan’s Stocking-Stuffer!

Posted by Neil on December 21, 2012

With the holidays upon us, it might be time to consider making the Baseball-Reference Play Index a stocking-stuffer for the baseball fan in your life.

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.

2 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, expire21d, Features, Play Index

CFB Rivalry Finder

Posted by Neil on December 18, 2012

At the SR/College Football Play Index, we have a feature called the Rivalry Finder that you may not have seen before. Simply put, it will find the complete* history of head-to-games between any two schools.

(* = Within years both schools were classified as "major". To learn more about what that means, click here.)

So if you ever wanted to know how many times, say, Notre Dame and Alabama have faced off (and who won), just run this search in the Rivalry Finder:

Alabama versus Notre Dame

Alabama won 1 game and Notre Dame won 5 games.
Longest winning streak by Alabama: 1 game
Longest winning streak by Notre Dame: 4 games
Most points scored by Alabama: 28 (Oct 4, 1986)
Most points scored by Notre Dame: 37 (Nov 14, 1987)
Largest margin of victory by Alabama: +18 (Oct 4, 1986)
Largest margin of victory by Notre Dame: +31 (Nov 14, 1987)


G Date Day School Opponent Conf Pts Opp Diff W L T Streak Notes
1 Dec 31, 1973 Mon Alabama N Notre Dame Ind L 23 24 -1 0 1 0 L 1 Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, LA)
2 Jan 1, 1975 Wed Alabama N Notre Dame Ind L 11 13 -2 0 2 0 L 2 Orange Bowl (Miami, FL)
3 Nov 13, 1976 Sat Alabama @ Notre Dame Ind L 18 21 -3 0 3 0 L 3
4 Nov 15, 1980 Sat Alabama Notre Dame Ind L 0 7 -7 0 4 0 L 4 Birmingham, AL
5 Oct 4, 1986 Sat Alabama Notre Dame Ind W 28 10 18 1 4 0 W 1 Birmingham, AL
6 Nov 14, 1987 Sat Alabama @ Notre Dame Ind L 6 37 -31 1 5 0 L 1
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 12/18/2012.

Check it out as Bowl Season gets started!

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, CFB at Sports Reference, Features, History, Play Index, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Tips and Tricks

Elo Rater Fixed

Posted by Neil on December 13, 2012

Just a quick note that our MLB Elo Rater feature is functional once again. Some users had been reporting a little trouble with it recently, but it should be working now. Feel free to vote once again for the greatest players of all time (and be sure to read up on the way we turn votes into rankings). Enjoy!

UPDATE: We believe we have finally found the error and fixed Elo for good. Let us know in the comments or via email if you have any other problems with it.

3 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Elo Rater, expire7d, Features

Automatic Player Linker and Newsfeeds

Posted by Neil on December 11, 2012

This 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 Derrick Rose'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.

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, Features, HowTo, Linker

Team Game Finder

Posted by Neil on December 10, 2012

The BBR Team Game Finder is a powerful Play Index tool. Here are some of the things you can do with it:

Single Game mode - Use this to get a list of specific games the meet certain criteria. Clicking the game date will take you to the game's box score.
Example: Biggest single-game scoring margin since 1985-86.

Cumulative Season Games mode - This adds up all the games (within the chosen criteria) for each team-season. Cumulative Season mode basically turns this tool into a "Team Season Finder".
Example: Fewest FG allowed in December games, 1985-86 to 2010-11.

Cumulative Multi-Season Games mode - This totals all the stats (meeting the specified criteria) across all years for each team. You can use it to build franchise leaderboards.
Example: Most points in home wins over the past five seasons.

Season Games mode - Use this to find teams that had the most total games matching a certain criteria in a single season.
Example: Which 1990s single-season team had the most games with 100+ points?

Total Games mode - Use this to find teams that had the most total games matching a certain criteria across multiple seasons.
Example: In the 2000s, which team has the most games where they allowed 85 or fewer points?

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Features, HowTo, Play Index

Add Your Blog Posts to PFR Player Pages

Posted by Neil on December 3, 2012

PFR Player Name Linker / Add your Site to our Player Newsfeeds

With the 2012 regular season drawing down to its final quarter, here's a reminder that we have newsfeeds on the PFR player pages, showing the latest player news from KFFL, injury reports and links to relevant PFR blog posts. If you have a blog or website with an RSS feed you can add your site to relevant player pages as well. Our Player Linker Tool will take your blog posts as you've written them and run them through a program and add links to PFR player pages where appropriate. So while you don't have the resource to create your own player pages for your site, you can treat us as your site's statistics partner, linking Eli Manning's name to our stats or any player all the way back to Y.A. Tittle and Otto Graham.

If the links then appear in your rss feed and you let us know to look for them, we'll pull them out of your feed and then link back to you from Eli's page, or Otto Graham's or whomever you link to.

If you help your users find our great content, we'll help our users find yours. And best of all it is all automated except for one click of an easy-to-install bookmarklet. Check the Player Newsfeeds page for details. This link share will also work for tables you share using the SHARE tooltip found above every stats table on the site.

1 Comment | Posted in Announcement, CFB at Sports Reference, Features, Linker, Pro-Football-Reference.com

2013 Hall of Fame Features

Posted by Neil on November 28, 2012

A little while ago, the Baseball Hall of Fame released the names that will be on this year's BBWAA ballot. Apropos of that, here are the Hall of Fame features we currently have for your browsing pleasure:

Please enjoy these features in this, the craziest of all Hall of Fame years.

10 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Features, Hall of Fame

BBR Player Comparison Finder

Posted by Neil on November 16, 2012

In light of yesterday's post about a cool trick for comparing player stats side-by-side at Baseball-Reference, here's the same feature (more streamlined, in fact) at Basketball-Reference -- the Play Index Player Comparison Finder:

Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan, Age 34 Seasons

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

Automatic Player Linker Tutorial (Video)

Posted by Neil on November 9, 2012

Here's an updated video to describe the Sports-Reference Automatic Player Linker tools, which are now available for college football & basketball and hockey:

Also, here's the old tutorial video:

As always, if you want to be included in the program, just email me with the following information:

  • the name of your site to appear in the feed (at most 25 characters)
  • the url for your rss feed (must be a full feed)
  • a contact e-mail address
  • the url of an example page with our links in place

6 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, CFB at Sports Reference, Features, Hockey-Reference.com, Linker, Pro-Football-Reference.com

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