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Stathead Adds Player Filters to More Tools and Focuses on Filter Standardization

Posted by Adam Darowski on November 24, 2021

Today we released two fairly substantial updates for Stathead. These updates are early steps in our internal “Stathead Unification” project. While Stathead is the most powerful research tool in sports, we knew that spending some time on the organization and consistency of these amazing features would make it even better. This is the first of many updates related to this effort.

Filter by Player

For a long time, many of our Finders have allowed you to filter by player. For example, if you’d like to search for all multi-home run games in Barry Bonds’ career (sorted by date) or games in which Wilt Chamberlain did NOT score 20 points (sorted by minutes), you can.

Previously, you could only get to those filtered views from the player’s page on their respective Reference site.

Screenshot of Finder links on Reference site

Now you can filter by player right from Stathead.

Screenshot of new Stathead interface with Player Selector

This functionality is new for the following Finders:

  • Baseball
    • Player Game Finder
    • Player Split Finder
    • Player Streak Finder
    • Player Span Finder
  • Basketball
    • Player Game Finder
    • Player Streak Finder
    • Player Span Finder
    • Player Quarter Finder
    • Event Finder
    • Lineup Finder
    • Plus-Minus Finder
    • WNBA Player Game Finder
  • Football
    • Player Streak Finder
    • Touchdown Finder
    • Player Split Finder
    • Field Goal Finder
  • Hockey
    • Player Game Finder
    • Player Streak Finder
    • Player Advanced Stats Finder

Filter Movement

These filters all can be found in new locations. We reorganized these filters to be much more consistent from tool to tool but also from sport to sport. Now when you’re looking for the “Opponent” filter in any Finder, you’ll always go to “Game Filters”. Previously, it was sometimes a top-level filter. Sometimes it was a Team Filter. Sometimes it was a Player Filter. Now it’s always a Game Filter. There are many more examples below, itemized so you’ll know exactly where to find the filter you’re looking for.

This new organization also sets us up well for the next phase of this project—adding even more filters so our tools have more similar features across all sports.

Player Season Finder

  • Baseball
    • No. Franchises Played For: Moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
    • Height: Moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
    • Weight (lbs.): Moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
    • Year of Debut: Moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
    • Final year: Moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
    • Year of Birth: Combined with other filters into a new “Date of Birth/Death” filter and moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
    • Month of Birth: Combined with other filters into a new “Date of Birth/Death” filter and moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
    • Day of Birth: Combined with other filters into a new “Date of Birth/Death” filter and moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
    • Year of Death: Combined with other filters into a new “Date of Birth/Death” filter and moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
  • Basketball
    • Team: Moved from “Biographical Filters” to top-level
    • League: Moved from “Biographical Filters” to top-level
    • Position: Moved from “Biographical Filters” to top-level
    • Birth Country: Combined with “Birth State” into a new “Place of Birth” filter
    • Birth State: Combined with “Birth Country” into a new “Place of Birth” filter
    • Year (of Player’s Career): Moved from “Status Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
    • College: Moved from “Status Filters” to “Biographical Filters”
    • All Star Selection: Combined with “All Star Selections” (“Number of Years Selected” option appears when running a multiple season search)
    • All Star Selections: Combined with “All Star Selection” (“Number of Years Selected” option appears when running a multiple season search)
  • Football
    • Position: Moved from “Biographical Filters” to top-level
    • Draft Filters: Moved to “Biographical Filters”
    • Pro-Bowl: Moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Status Filters”
    • All-Pro: Moved from “Statistical Filters” to “Status Filters”

Player Game Finder

  • Baseball
    • Opponent: Moved from “Team Filters” to “Game Filters”
    • Opponent’s League: Moved from “Team Filters” to “Game Filters”
    • Game Result: Moved from “Team Filters” to “Game Filters”
  • Basketball
    • League: Moved from top-level to “Player Filters”
  • Football
    • League: Moved from top-level to “Player Filters”
    • Team: Moved from “Game Filters” to “Player Filters”
    • Status Filters: Moved to “Player Filters”
    • QB Credited With: Moved from “Game Filters” to “Player Filters”
  • Hockey
    • Playoff Round: Moved from “Game Filters” to only appear when “Playoffs” selected from “Game Type"
    • Opponent: Moved from “Player Filters” to “Game Filters”

Team Game Filter

  • Baseball
    • Opponent: Moved from “Player Filters” to “Game Filters”
    • Opponent’s League: Moved from “Player Filters” to “Game Filters”
  • Basketball
    • League: Moved from top-level to “Team Filters”
    • Game Number: Renamed “Span of Games” and moved from “Game Filters” to top-level
  • Football
    • League: Moved from top-level to “Team Filters”
    • All Opponent-based Filters: Moved from “Team Filters” to “Game Filters” (for example, Opponent, Opponent Conference, Opp was a playoff team, Opp played in Super Bowl, etc.
  • Hockey
    • Team: Moved from top-level to “Team Filters”
    • Opponent: Moved from top-level to “Game Filters”
    • Playoffs: Moved from “Game Filters” to only appear when “Playoffs” selected from “Game Type"

Player Split Finder

  • Football
    • Team: Moved from “Game Filters” to “Player Filters”

Player Streak Finder

  • Baseball
    • Streak Start or End: Moved from “Player Filters” to top level.
    • Opponent: Moved from “Player Filters” to “Game Filters”
    • Opponent’s League: Moved from “Player Filters” to “Game Filters”
  • Basketball
    • League: Moved from top-level to “Biographical Filters”
    • Had Double-Double: Moved from top-level to “Biographical Filters”
    • Had Triple-Double: Moved from top-level to “Biographical Filters”
    • Role: Moved from “Game Filters” to “Player Filters”
  • Football
    • Team: Moved from “Game Filters” to “Player Filters”
  • Hockey
    • Position: Moved from top-level to “Player Filters”
    • Playoff Round: Moved from “Game Filters” to only appear when “Playoffs” selected from “Game Type"

Team Streak Finder

  • Baseball
    • Team: Moved from top-level to “Team Filters”
    • League: Moved from top-level to “Team Filters”
    • Opponent: Moved from top-level to “Game Filters”
    • Opponent’s League: Moved from top-level to “Game Filters”
    • Streak Won-Loss Events: Moved from “Streak Stat Events” to top-level.
  • Basketball
    • Game Type: Moved from “Game Filters” to top-level
    • Situation Filters: Renamed “Game Filters”
    • Team: Moved from “Situation Filters” to “Team Filters”
    • League: Moved from “Situation Filters” to “Team Filters”
  • Football
    • Team: Moved from top-level to “Team Filters”
    • Opponent: Moved from top-level to “Game Filters”
    • Overtime Game: Moved from top-level to “Game Filters”
    • Situation Filters: Renamed “Game Filters”
  • Hockey
    • Playoff Round: Moved from “Game Filters” to only appear when “Playoffs” selected from “Game Type"
    • Situational Filters: Renamed “Game Filters”
    • Opponent: Moved from “Team Filters” to “Game Filters”

Player Span Finder

  • Baseball
    • Active: Moved from “Status Filters” to “Player Filters”
    • Hall of Fame: Moved from “Status Filters” to “Player Filters”
    • Situation Filters: Renamed “Game Filters”
  • Basketball
    • Year (of Player’s Career): Moved from “Status Filters” to “Player Filters”
    • College: Moved from “Status Filters” to “Player Filters”
    • Active: Moved from “Status Filters” to “Player Filters”
    • Hall of Fame: Moved from “Status Filters” to “Player Filters”
    • Situation Filters: Renamed “Game Filters”

Team Span Finder

  • Baseball
    • Situation Filters: Renamed “Game Filters”

Basketball Team Score Finder

  • Team: Moved from “Game Filters” to top-level

Basketball: Shot Finder

  • Team: Moved from “Game Filters” to top-level

Basketball: Lineup Finder

  • Team: Moved from “Game Filters” to top-level

Basketball: NBA Draft Finder

  • Biographical Filters: Renamed “Player Filters”

Football: Play Finder

  • Playoff Round: Now only appears when “Playoffs” is selected from “Game Type”
  • Team: Moved from “Game Filters” to top-level

Football: Drive Finder

  • Team: Moved from “Game Filters” to top-level

Football: Field Goal Finder

  • Kicking Team: Moved from “Game Filters” to top-level

Football: Draft Finder

  • Round: Moved from “Pick Filters” to top-level
  • Pick: Moved from “Pick Filters” to top-level
  • Draft Type: Moved from “Pick Filters” to top-level
  • Draft League: Moved from “Pick Filters” to top-level
  • Draft Team: Moved from “Pick Filters” to “Player Filters”

Football: NFL Combine Results

  • Statistical Filters: Renamed “Result Filters”

Hockey: Goal Finder

  • Situation Filters: Renamed “Game Filters”
  • Opponent: Moved from top-level to “Game Filters”

Hockey: Player Advanced Stats Finder

  • Year (of player’s career): Moved from top-level to “Player Filters”

Hockey: NHL Draft Finder

  • Status Filters: Moved to “Player Filters”

In addition to moving filters, the order of filters is now much more consistent across different Finders and sports. For example, Status Filters will always be in the order “Rookie, Active, All Star (or All-Pro, Pro-Bowl, etc.), Hall of Fame” when those filters are available. Similarly, “Seasons” will always come before “Game Type”. There were many minor inconsistencies here that we rectified (too many to list).

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