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2012 Baseball-Reference End-of-Year Updates: Sim Scores, Salaries, Batting Titles

Posted by admin on October 4, 2012

A few additions:

  1. We've added a page for Batting Titles and Pitching ERA Titles. These are the title holders as they were named at the time.
  2. These titles are marked on the pitching and batting tables with a golden glimmer. For instance, in 1910 Cobb was credited at the time with the batting title, but later research showed Lajoie ahead, so Cobb gets the gold background and Lajoie the black ink. For the purpose of the black ink test we'll give both of them credit.
  3. This gold styling is also applied to entries in the player stats that correspond to all-time career records, see Barry Bonds.
  4. For the 2012 Melky ruling, we've excluded Melky Cabrera from batting title consideration. I had some concerns about how the rule was implemented, but ultimately I've decided to go along with MLB's ruling in who we recognize as the highest BA. Previously, I had mistakenly thought that the rule waiver was applying to all players like Joey Votto and Giancarlo Stanton as well.
  5. 2012 Similarity Scores have been updated
  6. 2012 Salaries were finally updated. Salary leaderboards will update tomorrow.
  7. Added Wil Myers as BA minor leaguer of the year on Minors Section

6 Responses to “2012 Baseball-Reference End-of-Year Updates: Sim Scores, Salaries, Batting Titles”

  1. Nando Tater Says:

    So if B-R agrees with MLB on who should have won, does that player get a gold glimmer AND black ink?

    Or is "glimmer" just another way of saying "asterisk"?

  2. Nando Tater Says:

    On a related note--is Taffy Wright going to get black ink for 1938 (since he won by the rule at the time) and Jimmy Foxx a "glimmer"?

  3. Trent Says:

    I think that highlighting the discrepancies between MLB's record book and the updated results is a really good idea, and I like your implementation.

    About the Melky thing... His hits and at bats actually happened, and he did have the highest batting average in the league. I really think that he ought to be listed as such, though the golden highlight should be given to Posey.

  4. DavidRF Says:

    Interesting. Taffy Wright's page has the italics (em tag) for leading all of MLB but but he doesn't get the bold for leading the AL or the glimmer for being granted the batting title by the league. Was that intentional?

  5. orioles vs rangers Says:

    Pretty! This was a really wonderful article. Thanks for providing this info.

  6. Nando Tater Says:

    Was the gold "glimmer" (which looks like a dirty or faded spot on my screen, by the way) instituted only for the Cobb/Lajoie dispute? It's not applied to Taffy Wright or Melky--who else is this supposed to benefit?