Posted by Jonah Gardner on January 5, 2017
If you're a baseball fan who got an Alexa-enabled device from Amazon for your holiday celebration of choice, I have some very good news. There's now an Alexa skill that will let her search Baseball-Reference for you!
Using the skill is quite easy. Just say "Alexa, enable Baseball Reference." Once you've done that, you can ask Alexa to look for leaders in a number of statistical categories and she'll look up the answer and tell you! In addition to a simple leader, you can also ask her to return a certain rank on the leaderboard (1-10) or list of top players (such as top two, top three, top four, etc.). You can also narrow it down to a year (1871 - present) or league (All of Baseball, National League or American League). Here's the full list of leaderboards that Alexa can search for you:
Hitting Singles, Doubles, Triples, Home runs, RBIs, Runs, Stolen bases, Caught stealing, Batting average, Hits, Wins above replacement, Slugging percentage, Extra base hits, Total bases, On base percentage, Walks, Intentional walks, Sacrifice flies, At bats per home run, Grounded into double plays
Pitching Earned Run Average, Strikeouts, Strikes per walk, Strikeouts per nine innings, WHIP, Wins, Shutouts, Saves, Innings Pitched
Misc Oldest Player, Youngest Player
Note that the Alexa app can't be used to request statistics for specific players or teams; right now it's just leaderboards.