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2018 Player Projections on Baseball Reference

Posted by Mike Lynch on January 17, 2018

You may have noticed that we added projections for 2018 to player and team pages last month. We have now added a register with all 2018 projections. See the batting projections here and the pitching projections here. These projections are very simple and are done in an automated way using Tom Tango's Marcels forecasting system, which you can read about here.

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Era-Adjusted Stats Added to Hockey Reference Player Season Finder

Posted by Mike Lynch on January 15, 2018

At Hockey Reference, we calculate adjusted stats in order to more accurately compare players from different eras and different goal scoring environments. With Alex Ovechkin approaching his 600th career goal, there has been some chatter about Ovi being the greatest goal scorer in NHL history.

So we thought this made for a good time to introduce the adjusted scoring statistics into the Player Season Finder tool in order to test this hypothesis. As it turns out, Ovechkin is easily the NHL leader in "adjusted goals" through 13 seasons of play. If you click on the link, you'll see he has 691 adjusted goals (through 1/15/18), while Wayne Gretzky had 607 adjusted goals through 13 seasons.

Ovechkin's 2007-08 season, when he scored 65 goals, 13 more than anyone else, comes out to 72 adjusted-goals, which is the 2nd-highest total in NHL history.

The all-time leader in adjusted goals is Gordie Howe, with 801.

The Great One, meanwhile, is easily the all-time leader in adjusted assists and adjusted points.

We hope you enjoy this new addition. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.

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Provisional 2017 AV Live on Pro-Football-Reference

Posted by Jonah Gardner on January 9, 2018

With last week's announcement of the 2017 All-Pro teams, we're pleased to report that we've added 2017 Approximate Value (AV) numbers to the site for all NFL players. Note that these numbers are just provisional right now; the final numbers will be released after the Pro Bowl rosters are finalized. However, there's already some interesting preliminary information to dig through.

As of right now, Tom Brady and Todd Gurley are co-AV leaders at 19. For Brady, this represents the best season in NFL history by a player in his 40s. Gurley, meanwhile, is the youngest RB to hit that mark since Steven Jackson in 2006.

Not sure what AV is? To learn more about PFR's attempt to put a single number on each player-season since 1960 (for the purposes of comparing players across position and era), check out this link. For this year's full AV leaderboard, go here.

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Sports Reference is Hiring a User Affairs Coordinator

Posted by Mike Lynch on December 20, 2017

If you're interested in applying, please click here to see the job posting.

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Player Comparison Finders Added to Baseball Reference

Posted by Mike Lynch on December 20, 2017

Users, your voices have been heard! After much clamoring, we have added a Player Batting Comparison Finder and a Player Pitching Comparison Finder to the Baseball Reference Play Index. With these new tools, you can compare the statistics for any season or set of seasons for up to six players at a time. For instance, here's the top six vote getters in the 2017 AL MVP race.

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2017 Independent Leagues Added to Baseball Reference

Posted by Mike Lynch on December 20, 2017

We just wanted to quickly announce that we have added 2017 stats for the Pecos League and the Pacific Association. You can see all 35 leagues we have 2017 coverage for here.

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Full Points and Rebounds for Every Wilt vs Russell Matchup

Posted by Mike Lynch on December 19, 2017

Thanks to recent additions to our historical box scores, we now have full points and rebounds for every career meeting between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain. See all of them here, via our Head2Head Finder.

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Team Season Finders Added to Baseball Reference

Posted by Mike Lynch on December 19, 2017

We are thrilled to announce the addition of two incredible new tools to the Baseball Reference Play Index:

The Team Batting Season Finder and the Team Season Pitching Finder.

These new tools will allow Play Index subscribers to create customized leaderboards for all team pitching/batting stats in Major League history.  In addition to standard team stats, we've also opened up searches for value stats, advanced stats, win probability stats, ratio stats, baserunning stats, situational stats, and stats in various pitch counts.

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New Major League Baseball Player Discovered!

Posted by Mike Lynch on December 12, 2017

Thanks to the tireless efforts of SABR, we have recently added a new Major League baseball player to our database. However, you won't find this player on our list of recent debuts. That's because this "new" player was actually a player in the 1884 Union Association.

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A Discussion of WAR Wherein I Ardently Attempt to Avoid any WAR-Related Puns

Posted by sean on November 21, 2017

This article assumes a lot of prior knowledge about the discussion of Wins Above Replacement, you can catch up here

First off, none of us are here without Bill James. We are all at our very best merely Chaucer or Joyce to his Shakespeare. All sabermetrics predating him flowed into his work and all sabermetrics after him carries echoes of his work.

To the discussion at hand.
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