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Updated Team and Player Payroll and Contract Tracking

30th November 2012

2012 Washington Nationals Payroll, Roster, Uniform Numbers -

After a generous donation of the 2012 service time totals, we've gotten the 2012-13 off-season payroll tracking off and running.

These presentations show the following for each team.

  • Players with MLB experience currently on the team's 40-man roster.
  • The player's service time through end of 2012, agent, and how they were acquired.
  • Each player's contract status, signed or not and the general terms.
  • The year-by-year salaries, options and buyouts for guaranteed contracts.
  • The pathway to free agency for pre-FA players
  • Estimated 2013 arbitration awards from's Arbitration Toolkit
  • Any one-time payments like option buyouts or transfers due to trades.
  • Then for each team-season we estimate current and future payroll obligations.
  • Show the number of players already under contract.
  • Sum this up for every team in a table on our front page updated every day.
  • Player-specific material also appears at the top of each team page.
  • This material should be updated daily.
  • We also link from the front page to our 2012-13 Free Agency Tracker and our 2012-13 Transaction list.

Again a big thanks to MLBTradeRumors for the information on arb eligibility and if you want serious contract detail check out Cot's Contracts at Baseball

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Search Our Stats Using the Play Index

30th November 2012

With the 2012-13 regular season in full swing, you might want to check out the Basketball-Reference Play Index. In case you don't already know about the PI, 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. With the PI, you can:

  • Use the Player Season Finder to search through all NBA, ABA, & BAA players' regular season and playoff statistics for performances that match your criteria.
  • Use the Player Game Finder to search through NBA players' regular season and playoff game logs (since 1985-86) for games matching your criteria.
  • Use the Head-to-Head Finder to search for games in which two selected players played against each other.
  • Search for player and team consecutive-game streaks that match your criteria using the Streak Finders.
  • Search for team performances that meet your criteria with the Team Season Finder and Team Game Finder.
  • Use the Draft Finder to search through every NBA/BAA draft for picks that match your criteria.
  • Use the Player Comparison Finder to compare the stats of up to four players through (or in) a given season.

Also, take a look at the Play Index Plus for even more data-searching goodness. The PI+ lets you sift through the play-by-play data of every game since 2001, making it possible to look for specific events, lineup data, and shooting stats (including clutch shots and shot breakdowns by distance).

Best of all, these features are 100% free to use! So go ahead, give them a try, and you'll wonder how you ever got along without them.

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2013 NFL Hall of Fame Semifinalists Announced

30th November 2012

The 2013 NFL Hall of Fame ballot is now here, complete with career stats and AV.

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Minimum Stat Requirements for College Basketball Leaderboards

29th November 2012

Several users have asked about how players qualify for the national, conference, and career leaderboards, so we've added a page to explain the minimum requirements needed to show up on those lists. Currently, they are as follows:

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2013 Hall of Fame Features

28th November 2012

A little while ago, the Baseball Hall of Fame released the names that will be on this year's BBWAA ballot. Apropos of that, here are the Hall of Fame features we currently have for your browsing pleasure:

Please enjoy these features in this, the craziest of all Hall of Fame years.

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NBA Box Scores

27th November 2012

NBA Box Scores

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Jaffe WAR Score system (JAWS) for HOF Evaluations –

19th November 2012

Jaffe WAR Score system (JAWS) - has added Jay Jaffe's JAWS system to our suite of Hall of Fame evaluation tools.
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Playoff Seedings Now Up!

18th November 2012

We now have current NFL playoff seedings (after some extensive tinkering and constant referencing of the NFL's playoff tiebreaking procedures) which we will keep up-to-date from week to week, including the reason one team may be chosen above another with the same record. Look for it to be updated after each game day and keep an eye on your team's chances!

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BBR Player Comparison Finder

16th November 2012

In light of yesterday's post about a cool trick for comparing player stats side-by-side at Baseball-Reference, here's the same feature (more streamlined, in fact) at Basketball-Reference -- the Play Index Player Comparison Finder:

Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan, Age 34 Seasons

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Compare Two Players’ Stats Side-by-Side

15th November 2012

Do you want to compare Michael Jordan and LeBron James's career stats to see who's the GOAT? Arguing with your friends and want a quick way to check whether Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen had better stats last season? You can quickly and easily compare player stats with the Player Comparison Finder, a tool on Stathead! Check it out:

LeBron James vs Michael Jordan
Mike Trout vs Bryce Harper
Aaron Rodgers vs Brett Favre
Sidney Crosby vs Alex Ovechkin
Messi vs Ronaldo

Using the Comparison Finder to make your own comparisons is extremely easy! First, start typing the name of the player you want to look at. When you see their name come up in the search engine, click on them.

Once you've selected the players, you can choose whether to look at a single season, an entire career, or a range of seasons (like a player's first five years)

Lastly, click Get Results and see the comparison!

Explore your own comparisons now with Stathead's Player Comparison Finder:

Baseball Player Comparison Finder for Pitchers and Hitters
Basketball Player Comparison Finder
Football Player Comparison Finder
Hockey Player Comparison Finder
Soccer Player Comparison Finder

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