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Why do some players have more games played than their teams?

In the early part of the century before lights, it was quite common for games to be called on account of darkness. These games were counted in the stats, but not in the win-loss column. Some players have 162 games played compared to 152 for their teams. As a result there are teams that played ten or more doubleheaders in the last month of the season not unlike Cleveland in 2000. This happens occassionally now due to things like rainouts. For instance, in 2003 Hideki Matsui played 163 games, while they Yankees had a 162 game season.

How is the Power/Speed Number Computed?

This value attempts to find players with a balance of speed (SB) and power (HR). It is calculated as 2*HR*SB/(HR + SB), so Eric Davis in 1986 had 80 SB and 27 HR, so his Power/Speed Number was 2 * 80 * 27/(80+27) = 40.4.

Do you know your OPS+ numbers are different from PRO+ in Total Baseball?

Yes, that is because I'm computing it in a different way. Even if it was the same technique the numbers would be different due to TB's non-use of SF in OBP, rounding in the park factors and other differences in the park factors we use. These differences are why I did not call my number PRO+.

Where can I get box scores for a specific game?

There are a couple of resources I would recommend.

Can you contact a player or do you know how to get in touch with them?

I'm sorry, but I don't have any addresses (e-mail or otherwise for players). For current players, I would recommend you write their current team to get in touch with them. For retired or out of work players, I would suggest you contact the Major League Baseball Players Association, whose website isn't set up to help such things. Here is a question? Why don't all major league players get e-mail addresses through the player's association site?

Can I get a big database (or spreadsheet) of your stats?

Yes, you can. Just not from me. Sean Lahman has a free database that is the basis for most of the stats on this site. You can get it from Baseball1.com and load it into Microsoft Access or Excel or in my case MySQL or you can get it from the Baseball Databank. If you just want career numbers, I would recommend you go to my alphabetical player registers. Here is the entry for batters whose last name starts with "A". The rest are available on the letter index page reachable either from the front page or the players page.

Can you answer a rules question for me?

I can try, but I'm no expert on the rules. A better place to look is on majorleague baseball.com. Their rules section has a surprisingly good search engine and you can generally answer your questions very quickly there.

Can you answer particular questions about home runs or grand slams?

I don't have a database of home run information as such, but I know someone who does. The Society for American Baseball Research has a home run log of every home run ever hit. Who hit it, off whom, where, when, how many were on base, etc. It is remarkably extensive and you can make requests to them.

Since 1957, I have a log of every home run hit and that is linked from the player pages.

Do you have minor league stats for the players?

All of my minor league stats are from the 1990's, but I may look at adding those at some point. For current minor leaguers, I recommend BaseballAmerica.com. The Baseball Cube has a good deal of minor league numbers as well. We hope to add a lot of minor league stats during the 2006 off-season.

Why don't you include biographies for the players?

With over 16,000 players, there is no time. Off the web, Total Baseball Biographical Encyclopedia is a must have. That said, I want to have biographical info. For instance how do you pronounce players names? Did they have any interesting nicknames, characteristics? I suspect what I'll do at some point is invite users to write biographies and include well written ones on the site.

Why don't you have Negro League statistics?

There are a couple of reasons. The first is time. I haven't been able to add a lot of the features I would like to add and this is just one more. The second is that records from the Negro Leagues are very sketchy and sometimes putting up bad statistics is worse than nothing at all. For information on Negro Leaguers, I recommend The Negro League Baseball Museum.

What is pythagorean winning percentage?

Pythagorean winning percentage is an estimate of a team's winning percentage given their runs scored and runs allowed. Developed by Bill James, it can tell you when teams were a bit lucky or unlucky. It is calculated by

               (Runs Scored)^1.83
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 (Runs Scored)^1.83 +  (Runs Allowed)^1.83
The traditional formula uses an exponent of two, but this has proven to be a little more accurate.

What are the minimum requirements to lead a Rate Stat?

This is a bit of a dicey proposition as the standards have changed quite a bit throughout time. Here are how I computed them for the website. Thanks to Bill Deane, Gerry Myerson and Total Baseball for clarifying some of these issues.

Batting Average, OBP, Slugging Percentage, OPS

Winning Percentage

Earned Run Average, WHIP, etc.

Where can I find payroll and salary data? We have that data on team, player and league pages back to 1985. Prior to that the data is not generally available.

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