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Posted by Neil on July 30, 2013

With the season getting down to the home stretch, it's time to check out the Baseball-Reference Play Index if you haven't already signed up. 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.

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

P-F-R Help Wanted! Help Us Identify Historical Teams’ Offensive & Defensive Schemes

Posted by Neil on July 18, 2013

Here is a google doc containing every team-season in our database since 1957, including the Head Coach and offensive & defensive coordinators. It also specifies those coaches' preferred offensive or defensive schemes (depending on which side of the ball they specialize in), and attempts to figure out the general offensive family (i.e. Air Coryell, Erhardt-Perkins, etc) each team-season fell into.

THIS IS BY NO MEANS COMPLETE. In fact, it's very much incomplete at this stage -- and that's where you come in. In the comments of this post, or in an email, we'd love to hear corrections and/or additions to the data, if you see an entry about which you know more than we do (and it's a good bet you do). Thanks in advance for your help, and hopefully we can assemble a more complete listing of teams' systems/schemes, which will let us do things like compute splits vs. a certain type of offense or defense, analyze whether 4-3 or 3-4 defenses were better in a given season, etc.

So let those corrections/additions pour in!

3 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Bleg, CFB at Sports Reference, History, Most Wanted, Pro-Football-Reference.com

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

Errata: Minor Stats Corrections Coming to the Site

Posted by admin on July 15, 2013

By the nature of our update process these will take a week or two to roll out to the site, but they'll get there eventually. This note below is from one of our data producers and represent a set of updates we'll be incorporating into the site.

One of the great aspects of the baseball research community is their dogged determination to get things right even it is a mixup between Tom Maher and Frank Mahar in 1902.

1 Comment | Posted in Advanced Stats, Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, expire40d, Statgeekery, Trivia

Team Travel Maps

Posted by Mike on July 12, 2013

For your offseason Friday enjoyment (only a couple more weeks till training camps!) I put together some team travel maps highlighting the distances each team has to go to away games each year (back to 1970). Compare the Browns' 6,578 miles traveled (round-trip) with the 28,268 miles Seattle travels in 2013.

3 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Pro-Football-Reference.com

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

Player Career Gaps

Posted by Justin Kubatko on July 5, 2013

Just a quick post to let you know that I have added rows to the the first stat table on each player page to note any gaps in the player's career. For example, here is Michael Jordan:

Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1984-85 21 CHI NBA SG 82 82 3144 837 1625 .515 9 52 .173 630 746 .845 167 367 534 481 196 69 291 285 2313
1985-86 22 CHI NBA SG 18 7 451 150 328 .457 3 18 .167 105 125 .840 23 41 64 53 37 21 45 46 408
1986-87 23 CHI NBA SG 82 82 3281 1098 2279 .482 12 66 .182 833 972 .857 166 264 430 377 236 125 272 237 3041
1987-88 24 CHI NBA SG 82 82 3311 1069 1998 .535 7 53 .132 723 860 .841 139 310 449 485 259 131 252 270 2868
1988-89 25 CHI NBA SG 81 81 3255 966 1795 .538 27 98 .276 674 793 .850 149 503 652 650 234 65 290 247 2633
1989-90 26 CHI NBA SG 82 82 3197 1034 1964 .526 92 245 .376 593 699 .848 143 422 565 519 227 54 247 241 2753
1990-91 27 CHI NBA SG 82 82 3034 990 1837 .539 29 93 .312 571 671 .851 118 374 492 453 223 83 202 229 2580
1991-92 28 CHI NBA SG 80 80 3102 943 1818 .519 27 100 .270 491 590 .832 91 420 511 489 182 75 200 201 2404
1992-93 29 CHI NBA SG 78 78 3067 992 2003 .495 81 230 .352 476 569 .837 135 387 522 428 221 61 207 188 2541
1993-94 30 Did Not Play (minor league baseball—Birmingham Barons)
1994-95 31 CHI NBA SG 17 17 668 166 404 .411 16 32 .500 109 136 .801 25 92 117 90 30 13 35 47 457
1995-96 32 CHI NBA SG 82 82 3090 916 1850 .495 111 260 .427 548 657 .834 148 395 543 352 180 42 197 195 2491
1996-97 33 CHI NBA SG 82 82 3106 920 1892 .486 111 297 .374 480 576 .833 113 369 482 352 140 44 166 156 2431
1997-98 34 CHI NBA SG 82 82 3181 881 1893 .465 30 126 .238 565 721 .784 130 345 475 283 141 45 185 151 2357
1998-99 35 Did Not Play (retired)
1999-00 36 Did Not Play (retired)
2000-01 37 Did Not Play (retired)
2001-02 38 WAS NBA SF 60 53 2093 551 1324 .416 10 53 .189 263 333 .790 50 289 339 310 85 26 162 119 1375
2002-03 39 WAS NBA SF 82 67 3031 679 1527 .445 16 55 .291 266 324 .821 71 426 497 311 123 39 173 171 1640
Career NBA 1072 1039 41011 12192 24537 .497 581 1778 .327 7327 8772 .835 1668 5004 6672 5633 2514 893 2924 2783 32292
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/5/2013.

As you can see, Jordan's stints away from the game have been included in the table. In most cases we have been able to identify a reason the player did not play (injury, retirement, other league, etc.) and will note that in the row.

If you have any questions or comments about this addition or anything else, please let us know.

3 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com

Leaderboard Carousel on B-R

Posted by admin on July 3, 2013

Baseball-Reference.com - MLB Stats, Standings, Scores, History.

Nothing too big, but our man on PFR, Mike Kania has put together a nice simple carousel for us that will show the major leaderboards on the front page of B-R each day. As of this writing it's just got WAR stuff on it, but I'm going to expand it out to more material.

Carousel is caught in mid-motion below in the left column of the front page.

Carousel

5 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Uncategorized

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