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Redesign: Team and League Logos Courtesy

19th June 2016

See for historical and current sports logos

Chris Creamer does amazing work at and I've been wanting to work with him for quite a while to put examples of past and current logos on our sites.  So when our 2016 redesign got underway, we worked out an agreement that we could use copies of his aggregated logos on our site.

We also realize that many historical logos show offensive representations of various ethnic groups and peoples that were commonplace in their time and in American society. These representations are wrong now and were wrong then. We present them, as we do all of our facts, to educate and illuminate, and these prejudices have been an unfortunate part of the history of the sports we all enjoy and love.

Obviously, we do not own these logos and cannot give you permission to use them. We use them under a fair use argument. We use small resolution images, which do not impact the economic viability of the logos for their owners. And we provide them for educational purposes only. It's up to you to know the relevant intellectual property law and, since I'm not a lawyer, this is clearly not legal advice.

Enough with the disclaimers. Check out some old-time teams for some old-time logo goodness.

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2015 MLB Trade Deadline Results

3rd August 2015

The 2015 MLB Trade Deadline was July 31st, 4pm ET.

Here we've collected all of the team trades in the run-up to the non-waiver trade deadline.

You can also find trades between any two teams in our Franchise-to-Franchise Trade Histories.

July 31:

Tigers trade Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets for Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa.

Orioles trade Tommy Hunter to the Cubs for Junior Lake.

Mariners trade J.A. Happ to the Pirates for Adrian Sampson.

Marlins trade Dan Haren and cash to the Cubs for Ivan Pineyro and Elliot Soto.

Phillies trade Ben Revere and cash to the Blue Jays for Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado.

Rays trade Kevin Jepsen to the Twins for Chih-Wei Hu and Alexis Tapia.

Mariners trade Mark Lowe to the Blue Jays for Jake Brentz, Nick Wells and Rob Rasmussen.

Brewers trade Gerardo Parra to the Orioles for Zach Davies.

Brewers trade Jonathan Broxton and cash to the Cardinals for Malik Collymore.

July 30:

Pirates trade Justin Sellers to the White Sox for player to be named later or cash.

Mariners trade Dustin Ackley to the Yankees for Ramon Flores and Jose Ramirez.

Astros trade Josh Hader, Adrian Houser, Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana to the Brewers for Mike Fiers, Carlos Gomez and cash.

As part of 3-team trade Braves send Jose Peraza, Bronson Arroyo, Luis Avilan, Jim Johnson and Alex Wood to the Dodgers. Dodgers send Paco Rodriguez, Zachary Bird and Hector Olivera to the Braves. Dodgers send Victor Araujo and Jeff Brigham and Kevin Guzman to the Marlins. Marlins send Mat Latos, Mike Morse to the Dodgers. Marlins send 2016 competitive balance round A pick to the Braves.

Tigers trade David Price to the Blue Jays for Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt.

Tigers trade Joakim Soria to the Pirates for JaCoby Jones.

Indians trade Brandon Moss to the Cardinals for Rob Kaminsky.

Reds trade Mike Leake to the Giants for Keury Mella and Adam Duvall .

July 29:

Phillies trade Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman and cash to the Rangers for Matt Harrison, Jorge Alfaro, Alec Asher, Jerad Eickhoff, Jake Thompson and Nick Williams.

Royals trade Joe Blanton to the Pirates for cash.

Pirates trade Jayson Aquino to the Indians for cash.

July 28:

Phillies trade Jonathan Papelbon and cash to the Nationals for Nick Pivetta.

A's trade Ben Zobrist and cash to the Royals for Aaron Brooks and Sean Manaea.

Rays trade David DeJesus and to the Angels for Eduar Lopez.

Indians trade David Murphy to the Angels for Eric Stamets.

Rockies trade Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins to the Blue Jays for Jose Reyes, Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman, and Jesus Tinoco.

July 27:

Red Sox trade Shane Victorino and cash to the Angels for Josh Rutledge.

A's trade Tyler Clippard and $1MM to the Mets for Casey Meisner.

July 26:

Reds trade Johnny Cueto to the Royals for John Lamb, and Cody Reed.

July 24:

Braves trade Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson to the Mets for John Gant and Rob Whalen.

July 23:

Brewers trade Aramis Ramirez to the Pirates for Yhonathan Barrios.

A's trade Scott Kazmir to the Astros for Daniel Mengden and Jacob Nottingham.

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Happy Opening Day!

30th March 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.

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Are you a Web Developer Who Loves Sports? Let’s Talk.

9th August 2013

Jobs @ Sports Reference.

Sports Reference has an immediate opening for a web developer. Please see our job advertisement for all of the details. We will begin reviewing applications on August 26th.

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My Answer to “I Don’t Like How Complicated WAR Is and How It Is Constantly Changing.” “WAR is Like GDP for Baseball”

29th March 2013

Some of the common critiques of the Wins Above Replacement framework include: 1) Why do FanGraphs and have such different numbers, 2) How can we trust it when the numbers change, and 3) How can we trust it when I can't calculate it?

For the first question, our announcement today of a consistent replacement level between FanGraphs and has done a considerable amount to bring our two methodologies into alignment at least on the question of how big of a basket of WAR to hand out to players each year. Previously, FanGraphs allotted nearly 300 additional WAR due to a much lower replacement level. Our meeting in the middle has erased this difference to zero.

For the next two questions, I would point to a very widely quoted and very widely used statistic from economics, Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Here is the Wikipedia article on Gross Domestic Product. I'm going to argue that WAR is essentially GDP for baseball.

Read the rest of this entry

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Check Out Our College Basketball Site!

7th March 2013

With March Madness coming up soon, here's a quick reminder to check out S-R/College Basketball, our college hoops site. It has all of the team ratings and player stats you need to help fill out your bracket this season, plus historical data (including scanned stat sheets going back to the 1940s) and a Play Index just for college basketball. Give it a try today!

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Minimum Stat Requirements for College Basketball Leaderboards

29th November 2012

Several users have asked about how players qualify for the national, conference, and career leaderboards, so we've added a page to explain the minimum requirements needed to show up on those lists. Currently, they are as follows:

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NBA Box Scores

27th November 2012

NBA Box Scores

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PFR Leaders Section

16th October 2012

Just a quick reminder to check out the Leaders section of the site, where you'll find:

We also have all-time Super Bowl leaderboards here.

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Were Giancarlo Stanton & Joey Votto the NL Slugging and On-base champs this year?

4th October 2012

Stanton slugged .608 in 501 PA's (sound familar?). With a hitless AB, he drops to .607 still well ahead of Ryan Braun's .595.

Joey Votto reached base 225 times in 475 PA for a .474 OBP. With 27 hitless AB's added, he drops to .448, still ahead of Buster Posey at .408.

Given MLB suspended the rule for Melky, was it also suspended for Giancarlo and Joey?

Note that rule 10.22 and 10.23 both mention the "Individual Batting and Slugging Champion" And 10.22 lists how to compute percentage records for OBP.

So I ask you, was Giancarlo the NL Slugging Champion for 2012? Should he or Braun get the black ink?

UPDATE: I was wrong as the rule was tweaked only for those suspended due to drug suspensions.

Apologies for my incorrect reading of the story I saw.

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