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Row Isolation Added to Sports-Reference Sites

16th October 2019

Sports-Reference has added a feature to tables that will make it a lot easier to compare teams and players in an easily scannable fashion. Now, when you select a row on a table, a popup will appear with a button: "Show Only Selected Rows". Highlight the rows you want to isolate, and once you're ready, click the button. The site will then fade out the unselected rows so the only rows displayed are the ones you highlighted. If you want to return to viewing the full table, just click on the "Show All Rows" button.

This feature applies to any tables that don't have row summing capabilities. This will work on both desktop and mobile. You can see a video of the feature in action at Baseball-Reference's Twitter account. You can contact us through our feedback form if you have any questions or suggestions.

Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference, CFB at Sports Reference, FBref, Features, General, Hockey-Reference.com, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Tips and Tricks | 2 Comments »

FBref.com Adds Comprehensive Women’s World Cup and Women’s Club Data

11th April 2019

We are pleased to release what we believe is one of the most complete sources for women's soccer data on the internet.

Women's World Cup

FBref now has pages for every player and team in Women's World Cup history. From the 1991 World Cup in China to the 2015 World Cup in Canada.

Every player from Carli Lloyd to Homare Sawa to Marta has complete World Cup results.

This work was done in partnership with the Grinnell College Data Analysis and Social Inquiry Lab (thank you especially to LaAnna Farnelli, Jarren Santos, Katherine Walden, and Dr. Xavi Escandell) and soccer researcher Aaron Nielsen. Thanks also to members of our staff who helped with this project: Jaclyn Mahoney, Jay Hutchinson, Alex Bonilla, and Dan Hirsch.

As part of this initial foray into international football data, we also have 2016 Olympic Women's Soccer results.

Women's Club Soccer

Our coverage of women's soccer does not start and stop just with the Women's World Cup every four years. We are covering women's soccer for the other three years and eleven months as well. We intend to be your first choice for women's club data, so we are also launching extensive club data for over 20 league seasons. Partnering with our data provider, Data Sports Group, we have added coverage for eight national women's leagues along with data for up to three seasons. These leagues are:

We also have statistics for the last three seasons of the UEFA Women's Champions League.

Daily Updates and Match Reports

The best part is that we'll be updating club and World Cup results on a daily basis during the World Cup, and also every day of the club season. We want you to rely on us for your women's football needs.

In the next three to four weeks, we will also be launching our match reports, fixture lists, and much more across all of the leagues and competitions we cover.

World Cup Newsletter

Beginning this spring, our Stathead News arm will publish a daily newsletter leading up to and during the Women's World Cup. We'll include the schedules, match results, and interesting news and tidbits relating to each day's matches. Sign up now and don't miss an issue. No obligation and we promise it is easy to unsubscribe.

Using our Data

If you are a writer, blogger, or podcaster, we would love to talk with you about ways you might use our data in stories, visualizations or reporting around this summer's matches in France. Also feel free to let us know if you have questions, comments, suggestions, or find errors or issues with the site. We promise to get better every day and your feedback helps immensely with that.

Promoting Your Work

Also, you can promote your writing on our site for free using our Linker program. With one click of a bookmarklet you add to your browser, the first incidence of a player name will be linked to her page on FBref.com. If you alert us that you intend to use the linker, we will monitor your RSS feed daily, and we will then link back to your article from the player's page driving traffic to your site.

Do You Have Data?

We would love to talk with you about ways we might incorporate your data into our site. Our goal is to become a public repository of all things world football. It's a big world out there, so help is always appreciated. We take the public and freely available presentation of data very seriously.

Languages

Our site is not just available in English. We also have versions in:

We look forward to supporting and following women's soccer with you, and we hope you visit us often to check in on your favorite athletes and teams.

Posted in Announcement, FBref, Features, General, History | 1 Comment »

Web Developer Job at Sports Reference | Sports-Reference.com

5th June 2018

We are Hiring! Please see our job ad. Web Developer Job at Sports Reference | Sports-Reference.com

Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, Bleg, CBB at Sports Reference, CFB at Sports Reference, expire21d, FBref, Features, General, Hockey-Reference.com, Statgeekery | 1 Comment »

We Don’t Have an App, But Here’s How to Get One Anyway

20th November 2017

On Twitter, I've noticed one question come up over and over again:

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Baseball-Reference Minor League Data Updates and Corrections

1st November 2016

Our historical performance data for professional leagues (affiliated minor leagues, independent minor leagues, fall/winter leagues, and other international leagues) is provided by and licensed from 24-7 Baseball and Chadwick Baseball Bureau. It incorporates the work of many stalwart baseball researchers, including Cliff Blau, Art Cantu, Frank Hamilton, Reed Howard, Kevin Johnson, Bob McConnell, Jack Morris, and Ray Nemec, as well as members of the Minor Leagues Committee of the Society for American Baseball Research. Perhaps most importantly, it builds upon the seminal work of Ed Washuta, who magnanimously provided the framework to make the whole thing possible.

As licensors of this data, Sports Reference LLC is not in a position to update and make corrections to the dataset ourselves. All proposed corrections are passed along to the Chadwick Baseball Bureau. Their focus is on making corrections for post-1960 data first and then pre-1960 data as time permits. This is largely due to the sheer scope of the project, but also for economic reasons. The economic value to us for information such as the 1929 California State League is minimal and likewise the market for licensing such data is effectively zero. We wish to have the most accurate datasets we can, but must operate within the economic constraints of what the market will bear.

We realize that this may mean that certain issues and errors may linger on the site for months or even years and apologize for all such errors.

You can use the Chadwick Bureau website to send corrections or changes to the data.

Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Data, General, Stat Questions | 9 Comments »

Redesign: Team and League Logos Courtesy SportsLogos.net

19th June 2016

See SportsLogos.net for historical and current sports logos

Chris Creamer does amazing work at SportsLogos.net and I've been wanting to work with him for quite a while to put examples of past and current logos on our sites.  So when our 2016 redesign got underway, we worked out an agreement that we could use copies of his aggregated logos on our site.

We also realize that many historical logos show offensive representations of various ethnic groups and peoples that were commonplace in their time and in American society. These representations are wrong now and were wrong then. We present them, as we do all of our facts, to educate and illuminate, and these prejudices have been an unfortunate part of the history of the sports we all enjoy and love.

Obviously, we do not own these logos and cannot give you permission to use them. We use them under a fair use argument. We use small resolution images, which do not impact the economic viability of the logos for their owners. And we provide them for educational purposes only. It's up to you to know the relevant intellectual property law and, since I'm not a lawyer, this is clearly not legal advice.

Enough with the disclaimers. Check out some old-time teams for some old-time logo goodness.

Update: on March 23, 2017, we decided to remove logos prior to the seasons for which we have logos. For example if no logo was shown for 1892 Beaneaters we displayed their 1900 logo. This is mostly an issue for MLB, but could also arise elsewhere.

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2015 MLB Trade Deadline Results

3rd August 2015

The 2015 MLB Trade Deadline was July 31st, 4pm ET.

Here we've collected all of the team trades in the run-up to the non-waiver trade deadline.

You can also find trades between any two teams in our Franchise-to-Franchise Trade Histories.

July 31:

Tigers trade Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets for Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa.

Orioles trade Tommy Hunter to the Cubs for Junior Lake.

Mariners trade J.A. Happ to the Pirates for Adrian Sampson.

Marlins trade Dan Haren and cash to the Cubs for Ivan Pineyro and Elliot Soto.

Phillies trade Ben Revere and cash to the Blue Jays for Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado.

Rays trade Kevin Jepsen to the Twins for Chih-Wei Hu and Alexis Tapia.

Mariners trade Mark Lowe to the Blue Jays for Jake Brentz, Nick Wells and Rob Rasmussen.

Brewers trade Gerardo Parra to the Orioles for Zach Davies.

Brewers trade Jonathan Broxton and cash to the Cardinals for Malik Collymore.

July 30:

Pirates trade Justin Sellers to the White Sox for player to be named later or cash.

Mariners trade Dustin Ackley to the Yankees for Ramon Flores and Jose Ramirez.

Astros trade Josh Hader, Adrian Houser, Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana to the Brewers for Mike Fiers, Carlos Gomez and cash.

As part of 3-team trade Braves send Jose Peraza, Bronson Arroyo, Luis Avilan, Jim Johnson and Alex Wood to the Dodgers. Dodgers send Paco Rodriguez, Zachary Bird and Hector Olivera to the Braves. Dodgers send Victor Araujo and Jeff Brigham and Kevin Guzman to the Marlins. Marlins send Mat Latos, Mike Morse to the Dodgers. Marlins send 2016 competitive balance round A pick to the Braves.

Tigers trade David Price to the Blue Jays for Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt.

Tigers trade Joakim Soria to the Pirates for JaCoby Jones.

Indians trade Brandon Moss to the Cardinals for Rob Kaminsky.

Reds trade Mike Leake to the Giants for Keury Mella and Adam Duvall .

July 29:

Phillies trade Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman and cash to the Rangers for Matt Harrison, Jorge Alfaro, Alec Asher, Jerad Eickhoff, Jake Thompson and Nick Williams.

Royals trade Joe Blanton to the Pirates for cash.

Pirates trade Jayson Aquino to the Indians for cash.

July 28:

Phillies trade Jonathan Papelbon and cash to the Nationals for Nick Pivetta.

A's trade Ben Zobrist and cash to the Royals for Aaron Brooks and Sean Manaea.

Rays trade David DeJesus and to the Angels for Eduar Lopez.

Indians trade David Murphy to the Angels for Eric Stamets.

Rockies trade Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins to the Blue Jays for Jose Reyes, Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman, and Jesus Tinoco.

July 27:

Red Sox trade Shane Victorino and cash to the Angels for Josh Rutledge.

A's trade Tyler Clippard and $1MM to the Mets for Casey Meisner.

July 26:

Reds trade Johnny Cueto to the Royals for John Lamb, and Cody Reed.

July 24:

Braves trade Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson to the Mets for John Gant and Rob Whalen.

July 23:

Brewers trade Aramis Ramirez to the Pirates for Yhonathan Barrios.

A's trade Scott Kazmir to the Astros for Daniel Mengden and Jacob Nottingham.

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Happy Opening Day!

30th March 2014

It's been a long cold winter here in Philadelphia. In honor of Sunday and Monday, the greatest days of the year, here are some Opening Day features we have here at B-R:

Give them a try, and enjoy baseball's return.

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Are you a Web Developer Who Loves Sports? Let’s Talk.

9th August 2013

Jobs @ Sports Reference.

Sports Reference has an immediate opening for a web developer. Please see our job advertisement for all of the details. We will begin reviewing applications on August 26th.

Posted in Advanced Stats, All-Star, Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, Bleg, CBB at Sports Reference, CFB at Sports Reference, expire21d, General, Hockey-Reference.com, Olympics at S-R, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Statgeekery | 7 Comments »

My Answer to “I Don’t Like How Complicated WAR Is and How It Is Constantly Changing.” “WAR is Like GDP for Baseball”

29th March 2013

Some of the common critiques of the Wins Above Replacement framework include: 1) Why do FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.com have such different numbers, 2) How can we trust it when the numbers change, and 3) How can we trust it when I can't calculate it?

For the first question, our announcement today of a consistent replacement level between FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.com has done a considerable amount to bring our two methodologies into alignment at least on the question of how big of a basket of WAR to hand out to players each year. Previously, FanGraphs allotted nearly 300 additional WAR due to a much lower replacement level. Our meeting in the middle has erased this difference to zero.

For the next two questions, I would point to a very widely quoted and very widely used statistic from economics, Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Here is the Wikipedia article on Gross Domestic Product. I'm going to argue that WAR is essentially GDP for baseball.

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