Posted by Mike Lynch on September 4, 2015
As you explore Baseball-Reference, you may notice a bit of a re-imagining of how we are now presenting non-MLB statistics on the site. Where we once had fragmented sections for player stats in various non-Major leagues (minors, Japan, Cuba, etc), we have now combined everything into a single page showing the player's professional history. This new page presents all of a player's career statistics on one page and makes it easier than ever to track a player's career trajectory and journey in one place. On player pages where is used to say "minors" it now lists a variety of levels at which the player played (like in the below image from Minnie Minoso's page). Clicking that link will lead you to a listing of that player's career at every level of play.
Through these pages, you can now find statistics for the following levels of play:
- MLB since 1871
- Complete affiliated Minor Leagues back to 1877
- Negro Leagues from 1902-1960
- Japanese baseball from 1936 to present
- KBO baseball since 1982
- Cuban National Series from 1961-2014
- Arizona Fall League since 1992
- Coverage of various Winter Leagues back to 2003 (and also 2000, 1999 and 1997)
- Various independent leagues as far back at the late 19th century
As an example of how this all works, let's take a look at the all-levels career of the well-traveled Minnie Minoso: As you can see, the stat tables look like the ones you've grown comfortable with on our site. But instead of just being for a specific level of play, you can see Minoso's stats from MLB, the minors, the Negro Leagues, foreign leagues and independent leagues. Using the "show/hide" buttons atop the stats table, you can isolate or exclude statistics from various levels of play. Additionally, levels at which Minoso played more than one season will be summed beneath the table (as well as his all-level totals). Below you will see an abbreviated version of the table layout, displaying Minoso's long career. If you're wondering what some of the columns represent, hold your mouse over the column header and a description will pop up.
|1946||20||New York Cubans||NNL||NgM||90|
|1947||21||New York Cubans||NNL||NgM||106|
|1948||22||New York Cubans||NNL||NgM||78|
|1967||41||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A-AAA||49|
|1968||42||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A-AAA||78|
|1969||43||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A-AAA||110|
|MLB (17 seasons)||MLB||1835||7710|
|Minors (4 seasons)||Minors||369||1510|
|NLB (3 seasons)||NLB||274|
|Foreign (9 seasons)||Foreign||344|
|Other (2 seasons)||Other||2||2|
|All Levels (32 Seasons)||2550||9496|
|A (3 seasons)||Foreign||166|
|AA (2 seasons)||Foreign||107|
|AAA (3 seasons)||Minors||358||1470|
|AAA (7 seasons)||Foreign||71|
Minoso provides a good example due to the variety of levels he played at. You'll also notice that for more obscure leagues there are sometimes empty rows of data. These are instances where we know a player was on a team in a given season, but we simply don't have the statistics. As a result, incomplete totals will be underlined in the tables (or just left blank when there is no data).
While the most obvious change may be to the player pages as demonstrated above, we've also created a new Professional Baseball History landing page, which will provide navigation to a wealth of non-MLB content. On this page, you'll see the left side of the page is dedicated to minor league data, while the center column directs to Japanese leagues and the right column contains links for Negro Leagues, Cuban National Series and the Korean Baseball Organization. Underneath this section you'll also find quick links to many of the minor leagues (broken down by level), as well as various fall/winter leagues and independent leagues.
We hope you find this new layout helpful. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback.