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Posted by Neil on February 12, 2013

With Spring Training just around the corner, be sure to make the Baseball-Reference Play Index a part of your baseball experience for the 2013 season!

What's the Play Index? 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. Using the PI, you can:

  • Search full-season or multi-year totals to find your own custom leaderboards - Look at the entire history of baseball from 1871-2012 with every year, team, and position available, or filter the results in a vast number of ways: by specific years, by age, by first six seasons or last ten seasons, by American League only, by Cubs only, by switch-hitters, by catchers, by outfielder or infielder, by year of debut, but active or retired, by Hall of Famer, by height and weight, by living or deceased, or by a range of common statistical categories. Then sort the results by any common statistic, by the teams with the most players matching that category, by players with the most seasons matching that category, or by most recent, youngest, oldest, final year, or year of debut, and others.
  • Search player game totals - Filtering on any of a dozen or more choices, search for games on a single player level, or on any batter from 1916-2012, or on any pitcher. The same can be done for Team Batting or Team Pitching Totals.
  • Search player games looking for the most consecutive games matching a particular set of criteria - This can be done either on a single player level or on any batter in the last 97 years or on any pitcher. The same can be done for Team Batting or Team Pitching Streaks.
  • Search the records of a specific player - Output a detailed summary and play-by-play list of all events of a specific type from a single year or an entire career. For example, you can see all of Harmon Killebrew's triples or even his outs to the second baseman.
  • Search Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups - This tool presents a complete sortable list of batter or pitcher with totals for every opponent they faced by career or by year. Clicking on the player's name will lead you to a detailed output of their head-to-head plate appearances.
  • ...And more!

Personal Subscriptions to the Play Index still cost just $36 for a year, $6 for a month, or $2 for 24 hours. Subscriptions may only be used by a single user, and there are discounts for users sponsoring at least $35 in pages.

Organizational Subscriptions can be set up for either an unlimited number of users ($600/year), or for up to five users ($125/year).

There are Two Steps to Subscribe to the Play Index:

  1. Login to or create a account (the same account used to sponsor pages).
  2. Already logged in (or just created an account)? Go to our subscription page to sign up.

Our Always-Available Free Trial: Non-subscribers can use the PI's features as much as you like. However, your outputs will be restricted to a limited number of results.

The Play Index comes with a money back guarantee. We will gladly return the unused portion of any Play Index Subscription should you be dissatisfied with the Play Index.

So go ahead, give the Play Index a try -- we're confident that once you start using it, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.

6 Responses to “Subscribe to the Play Index!”

  1. Brock Hanke Says:

    Hi. It's Brock Hanke again. I hope I'm not driving you mad with all these messages, but the problem I have is not going away. Essentially, the problem is that BB-Ref does not think I have subscribed. However, if I try to subscribe, it insists I enter my login ID, and then tells me that I can't subscribe, because the login ID is "already in use." This, of course, is a circular hellhole. In addition, whenever I login, that login does not survive even one click to another page. Every time I switch pages, the system thinks that I'm not logged in, no matter how many times I've logged in. But I can't subscribe, because my ID is "already in use." Can you fix this for me, or should I just sign up under another ID and subscribe through that one? I would have done that already, except that I doubt that I'm the only person having this problem, so you guys need to know that it's out there.

    My email is The system seems to know that. It also knows my login ID and password, although it can't remember them from one page to another.

  2. Matty Says:


    I found a link to a page on Pro Football Reference that showed me a list of every player that played as a jersey number I choose, via a drop-down list.

    But i cannot find it now, any ideas?

  3. Denny Pastor Says:

    I cannot find my name or stats in the Cubs Minor League Team for 1966 & 1967. Also no cards listed. Can you help me?

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    [...] had these in beta for a few weeks, but now we're ready to officially release the following Play Index Split Finder [...]

  5. Neil Says:

    #2 - We have a tool for that here:

  6. Neil Says:

    #3 - That could potentially be fixed by SABR when they proof that league:

    Remember, though, that we'll only list players who appeared in regular-season or playoff games.