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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.

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40-Man Roster, Current Payroll, and Uniform Number Pages – Baseball-Reference.com

Posted by admin on April 15, 2013

Royals 40-man Roster / Royals Payroll

I've added current (as of 5am each morning) 40-man rosters to the team-year pages, and I've also added new pages for Payroll and Uniform numbers. These tables aren't new, but I've split them off by themselves to make things a bit more clear since they can vary by what year you are looking at.

See the image below for the location of the links.

2013 Kansas City Royals Roster (40-man) - Baseball-Reference.com

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2013 Teams Pages with Injury Reports & Newsfeed

Posted by admin on April 15, 2013

Just like on the player pages, we have a newsfeed and injury report for each MLB team on their 2013 team pages.

It appears just above their batting stats. See the screenshot below for details.
Read the rest of this entry

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Support Baseball-Reference.com, Sponsor a Page

Posted by Neil on April 12, 2013

Sponsoring a page is fun, fast, and easy way to support what we're doing here at Baseball-Reference. With a sponsorship, you can:

  • Show your support for your favorite player or team.
  • Drum up traffic for your own site & draw in fans with a common interest.
  • Get some well-deserved recognition for your support of B-R.
  • Make your voice heard by the tens of thousands of people who visit Baseball-Reference every day.

Here's all you have to do to get involved:

  1. Create a membership account.
  2. Find the page(s) you'd like to support, and click "sponsor" (available pages).
  3. If the page you want is already sponsored, click "Alert Me!" to be informed when the current sponsorship expires.
  4. Follow the instructions to create your message and make your payment.
  5. Your message and links will be visible on the page after we approve them (usually in less than 24 hours).

And who knows, if you're clever enough, your message might end up on lists like these (or podcasts like this).

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Added Playoff Round to Player Game Finder

Posted by Mike on April 11, 2013

I've added a selector for specific playoff rounds on the Player Game Finder tool. If you select "Playoffs" under Game Type it will give you a dropdown to select a particular playoff round, should you want to, say, find hat tricks in the Stanley Cup Finals.

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2013 Minor League Baseball League Encyclopedia

Posted by admin on April 5, 2013

2013 Minor League Baseball League Encyclopedia

Our minor league section is off and running today with daily updated stats for every league currently underway.

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Japanese (Nippon Pro Baseball-NBP) League History and Current Standings and Stats

Posted by admin on April 5, 2013

Japanese (Nippon Pro Baseball-NBP) League History & Current Standings

Baseball-Reference.com currently has full player stats for Japanese baseball updated daily and also back to 2007. Team standings, rosters, and team statistics go all of the way back to the inception of the Central and Pacific Leagues in 1950. Prior to 1950, various seasons may also have roster and standings information.

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Foreign High School & Secondary School Alumni in the Majors

Posted by admin on April 5, 2013

High School & Secondary School Alumni in the Majors

We've always had the high schools of foreign MLBers in our database, but didn't have the schools listed on our schools directories. Here are the foreign high schools that have had an MLBer.

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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.

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Wilkin Ramirez makes MLB’s (unofficial) #5000000th appearance

Posted by admin on April 1, 2013

There have been about 203,500 games in major league history (at least if you count the National Association 1871-1875 which many baseball historians including us view to be a major league). In the course of preparing for this season, I noticed that we had 4,999,745 games played in our appearances table, which meant we'd hit 5m on Opening Day.

This includes all kinds of games played from Cal Ripken's consecutive innings streak to Larry Yount getting the starting nod and getting knocked out while warming up in the bullpen for his only "appearance". We love these corny milestones, so we decided to track it today and figure out just who was #5,000,000. We caught a bit of a break as the way the games were played today we hit #5m near the end of the 4:00 games and before the 7:00 game, so we didn't have to give a starting 18 all of the credit.

Well, it was close but by our measure Wilkin Ramirez edged out Matt Thornton for the 5 millionth appearance in an MLB game. Are we 100% sure this is correct? Yes given our count it was Ramirez, but our count is almost certainly off by dozens if not a hundred or more in either direction. From baseball's distant past recordkeeping especially about defensive subs was notoriously bad, so we are probably missing some games.

But regardless this is the best we can do and it's a fun milestone. Happy Opening Day.

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