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Introducing Football’s Premier Research Tool: Stathead Football

Posted by Mike Lynch on September 15, 2020

In previous months, we have launched Stathead Baseball, Stathead Hockey and Stathead Basketball. Today, we're thrilled to announce that Stathead Football has joined our suite of Stathead tools, the most powerful set of sports research tools available to the public. In fact, they're so good that the pros (whether they're running teams or covering them) also swear by them.

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ABA Game-Winning Buzzer-Beaters Added to Basketball Reference

Posted by Mike Lynch on August 29, 2020

In February Basketball-Reference added a list of every Game-Winning Buzzer-Beater in NBA history. Today, we're happy to announce that we've also added a list of every Game-Winning Buzzer-Beater in ABA history.
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Sports Reference LLC Acquires The Baseball Gauge

Posted by admin on August 27, 2020

Sports Reference LLC has acquired the Baseball Gauge from owner Dan Hirsch. Dan was hired as a developer by Sports Reference in 2018 and has spearheaded our work on fbref.com. This week, Dan migrated The Game-Changer from the Baseball Gauge to a new home on Baseball-Reference.com. Work is continuing on the migration of additional features like Championship Probability Added and Championship Leverage Index.

Following the re-launch of these features on Baseball-Reference.com, The Baseball Gauge will be shut down. You can follow Dan on Twitter.

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Introducing the Baseball Reference Game Changer

Posted by Alex Bonilla on August 25, 2020

Baseball Reference is happy to announce the launch of the Game Changer tool, which allows you to customize how you view baseball on MLB.TV. The Game Changer may be familiar to those who were using it when it was hosted by The Baseball Gauge, a site run by Dan Hirsch who has adapted the tool to work from Baseball Reference now. The Game Changer functions in a similar way to the NFL RedZone channel, but for Major League Baseball, prioritizing the key moments you want to catch. All you need to do is set your priorities and click "Launch Video". The Game Changer will do the rest by automatically switching to the game that meets your highest priority at that moment.

Some of the different priorities you can set include:

- If a pitcher you want to see is on the mound pitching

- If a batter you want to see is at bat
- There is also an option to switch to the game if that batter is on deck with less than 2 outs

- If a player you want to see is on base

- If the game situation is high-leverage, meaning it could have a big effect on the team's chance of winning

- If there's a no-hitter going through x innings

- If there's a position player pitching

- If a game has entered extra innings

This is currently not available on mobile. So, if you have MLB.tv access on your computer and wanted a way to personalize your watching experience, check out the Game Changer and give it a try! Feel free to send any suggestions or feedback through our feedback form, we'd love to hear your thoughts on this new tool.

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Gap Years on Basketball Reference

Posted by Alex Bonilla on August 14, 2020

Thanks to work from summer intern Amy Huddell and the research of APBR President Emeritus Robert Bradley, Basketball Reference has greatly expanded its database of gap years for NBA players. Specifically we've added 704 new records in addition to the previous gap year data we had on the site. This includes mid-season career interruptions, first-season injuries and situations where they were still on the roster for their final season but did not play.

Often mid-season career interruptions are injury-related, such as Derrick Rose's ACL in 2012-13 or Greg Oden's various knee ailments. Occasionally there are other reasons like Robert Reid in 1982-83 voluntarily retiring to pursue the ministry or Red Morrison in 1956-57 who went into the construction business before making a return the next season. There are a couple of players such as Charlie Paulk and Dick Rosenthal who had gap years due to military service.

Notable end-of-career notes that we've added include Wilt Chamberlain sitting out his final year under contract with the Lakers and Alex Groza being suspended indefinitely for his involvement in the CCNY point shaving scandal.

Another gap year situation is players in international leagues between getting drafted and making their NBA debut, or players extending their careers internationally. Recent examples of this that were added in this batch include Patrick Beverley and Stephon Marbury.

We hope that adding this context to player pages helps people browsing the site understand their careers a little better. Thanks again to Amy Huddell and Robert Bradley for their help with this project. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us through our feedback form.

Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Data, History, Trivia | 1 Comment »

Decades of Matches & Stats for Top Flight Leagues Added to FBref

Posted by Jonah Gardner on August 14, 2020

We are proud to announce that FBref has added an enormous new data set, containing over 60,000 match reports, to our site. This represents a major update that takes our coverage of major leagues like the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, and Champions League to the next level.

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What’s a Home Game on Baseball-Reference.com? HTBF?

Posted by admin on August 6, 2020

With Major League Baseball making a mad dash to complete the 2020 season, a number of norms and standards have gone by the wayside this season. Due to postponements, cancellations, and Canada's need for a quarantine of those playing America's Pastime, MLB has been forced to schedule what they've considered home games to be played on the road. In these games, the host team bats first and they often go through the charade of wearing their road unis while the traveling team wears their home whites. We handle these games in a certain way and this has led to confusion as to what the home and road records and splits represent on Baseball-Reference.com.

Our policy has been and remains that a team playing in their home park is the home team regardless of whether they bat first or second (we call these Home Team Batted First or HTBF). We feel that home and visitor refers to location and not batting order. In a neutral site game (of which there have been very, very few), the home team would be the team to bat last. Since 2007, there have been 19 games where the home team batted first, those are listed below.

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Introducing Basketball’s Premier Research Tool: Stathead

Posted by Mike Lynch on July 27, 2020

Today Basketball Reference is excited to announced the debut of the most powerful set of publicly available research tools on the hardwood. We're calling it Stathead Basketball and you can sign up for a free month of access here. Most of these tools may be familiar to some of our users from the Play Index. But Stathead also comes with the first of what will be many new additions: The Player Quarter Finder, which allows users to find the best performance in a quarter, or groups of quarters, since 1996-97.
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WNBA Splits Now on Basketball Reference

Posted by Alex Bonilla on July 24, 2020

The 2020 WNBA season will begin this weekend, and Basketball Reference continues to bolster our coverage of this league, this time with the addition of player splits. This includes splits by season as well as career splits, accessible from any player's main page. Using Emma Meesseman's career splits as our example, you can see this includes home/road splits, starter/reserve splits performance in wins vs. losses, results by opponent, days rest, and breakdown by minutes played in the game.

Another smaller addition we've made is adding a stat summary to the top of player pages, giving you a quick look at the player's stats for their entire career and their most recent season. We plan to keep working on expanding our WNBA coverage, and we hope you check in with us as you follow the 2020 season! If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us through our feedback form.

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Box Scores Since 1901 Now on Baseball-Reference

Posted by Alex Bonilla on July 24, 2020

As we were getting ready for 2020 Opening Day, the hard workers at Retrosheet announced their latest update, and we have gotten that new information added to Baseball-Reference as well as our Stathead Baseball tools. The highlight from the latest Retrosheet update is the addition of box scores from 1901 to 1903. This means that we now have box scores for every game in American League history, as the AL's first season was played in 1901. Retrosheet has also uncovered play-by-play accounts for games in 1916 and 1917, extending PBP coverage two more years back, although we should note 100% coverage remains limited to 1973-present. The new play-by-play allows us to further bolster our historical splits and event data.

With game log coverage back to 1901, we now have game logs for the entire careers of Hall of Famers Johnny Evers, Joe Tinker and Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown. We also now have the box score for Christy Mathewson's first no-hitter of his career, on July 15, 1901. Our Stathead Game Finder tools can now search back to 1901 as a result, and Mathewson appears as the 3rd pitcher in that time span to throw a no-hitter before their 21st birthday. Batting and Pitching Event Finder searches have been opened up back to 1916. Of the games we have PBP for in 1916 and 1917, Bill Hinchman leads with 3 walkoff hits in that span. Advanced stats tables that rely on play-by-play will also be extended back to 1916.

If you have any questions about our data coverage, you can always see it here. We're happy to have this new data on our sites and hope you enjoy it as well. Please let us know if you have any comments, questions or concerns.

And thanks again to Retrosheet!

Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Data, Features, History, Stathead | 1 Comment »