Sports Reference Blog

Archive for the 'Tips and Tricks' Category

P-F-R Team Offensive & Defensive Schemes Added

11th September 2013

In case you missed it over the offseason, we now have team offensive schemes & defensive alignments on team pages going back as far as 1957. We've even added team and opponent offense and defense as options on the team game finder tool, if for instance you want to find how teams performed against the 3-4 defense in 2012. Think we have a team's scheme wrong? Help us fix it!

Posted in Announcement, Features, Play Index, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Tips and Tricks | Comments Off on P-F-R Team Offensive & Defensive Schemes Added

P-F-R Stat Table SHARE Tutorial

10th September 2013

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

Posted in Announcement, Features, Linker, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Tips and Tricks | Comments Off on P-F-R Stat Table SHARE Tutorial

2013 MLB Draft Tools

6th June 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!

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

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

5th June 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.

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

Injury Report and Recent Transactions

4th June 2013

Here's a page you may not know about, because even I didn't know it existed until Sean pointed it out this morning:

2013 Major League Baseball Recent Transactions & Injuries

Simply put, it contains a list of recent transactions, as well as a report on who's currently injured (i.e., questionable for tonight's game or on the disabled list).

Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Features, Tips and Tricks | Comments Off on Injury Report and Recent Transactions

Video: S-R Stat Table SHARE Tutorial

13th May 2013

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

Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, CFB at Sports Reference, Features, Hockey-Reference.com, HowTo, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Tips and Tricks | Comments Off on Video: S-R Stat Table SHARE Tutorial

Daily Player Stat Logs

9th May 2013

Today, we added a new feature to B-R: Daily Batting and Pitching roundups for the previous day's games.

At the most basic level, these reports let you see a (sortable) list of everyone who hit or pitched in baseball yesterday, but they also come with the capacity to find player stats over the past N days (where N is customizable), to find players at various minor-league levels, and to find players in specific organizations. We list a number of sample searches on the form, so you can get an idea of what the Daily Stats tool can give you.

So feel free to play around with it, give it a try, and let us know if you found a bug or have a suggestion.

Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Features, Play Index, Tips and Tricks | 1 Comment »

Add Your Posts to Our Player Newsfeeds!

13th March 2013

Automatic Player Linker / Add your site to our newsfeeds

With Spring Training getting into gear, here's a reminder that you can request for your site to be added to our player newsfeeds. To get started, all you have to do is write a post as you normally would and use our linker tool, causing baseball-reference player links to be automatically added. Then let us know you want to be included by sending us 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

We'll review your request, and try to get your content added as soon as we can. It's a great way to get your content out there, and it gives your readers quick access to player stats and information.

In case you want more info, here are two videos about how it works:

Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, HowTo, Linker, Tips and Tricks | Comments Off on Add Your Posts to Our Player Newsfeeds!

Video: S-R Stat Table SHARE Tutorial

12th March 2013

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

Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, CFB at Sports Reference, Features, Hockey-Reference.com, HowTo, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Tips and Tricks | Comments Off on Video: S-R Stat Table SHARE Tutorial

CFB Rivalry Finder

18th December 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!

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