Comments on: Jacoby Ellsbury’s historically amazing season http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14137 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14137/comment-page-2#comment-144034 Thu, 01 Sep 2011 00:53:46 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14137#comment-144034 Jbird, I don't know the answer to the Fournier question. I'm sure that Sean has used biographical data from some legitimate source, but that doesn't mean there wasn't an error. My suggestion would be to ask a question via the feedback link.

As for old-time stats, I know Sean handles them on a case-by-case basis, again going with whatever the best information available is. I think he often relies on Retrosheet, as those guys put in countless hours researching historical boxscores in order to try to get it right.

Sorry I don't have more concrete answers!

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By: Jbird http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14137/comment-page-2#comment-144016 Thu, 01 Sep 2011 00:13:01 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14137#comment-144016 There is so great a deal of information available confirming his name is Jacques that it really seems as though "John Frank" is just something someone made up to fill in an empty blank. Do you have references for the information in your databases? I would love to know the source on that one. Anyway... looking forward to hearing what you are able to dig up.

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By: Jbird http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14137/comment-page-2#comment-143978 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:55:04 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14137#comment-143978 I've actually found materials telling us it's Jean Jacques Fournier.

I also asked a question on a blog which went unanswered. When and for what reason do we not respect the officially released baseball records of the day with regard to Keeler hitting 213 for .381 (officially released by NL President Nicholas Young) in 1898?

I know baseball rules have changed significantly as time has passed and so have a few stats (Cobb's career average, Hack's disputed RBI, et al). Though, I'm beginning to see that the most ancient history of the game is not accurately archived. If you ever decide to spend resources in this area, please consider including me on the team. In the meantime, anything you can provide me with will be appreciated tremendously as my wheels are turning and I'm thirsting for the knowledge.

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By: Jbird http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14137/comment-page-2#comment-143957 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:17:13 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14137#comment-143957 Andy,

Can you please tell me why Jack Fournier's given name is listed as John Frank and when I have uncovered several materials with ranges from pre-'27 to 1986 indicating his real name is more likely Jacques. Given his last name, that wouldn't be so unbelievable. Tell me what you think.

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By: Detroit Michael http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14137/comment-page-2#comment-140085 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 15:58:39 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14137#comment-140085 I don't recall there being any evidence that Brady Anderson used steroids. Obviously, that means we don't know whether he did (in 1996 or in other years) but I don't think we want to start caveating expressly every seasonal performance since Jose Canseco entered the majors.

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By: Joe Mauer and catchers splitting time in right field » Baseball-Reference Blog » Blog Archive http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14137/comment-page-2#comment-139231 Sun, 21 Aug 2011 10:06:36 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14137#comment-139231 [...] How about Brian Downing showing up on another unusual list? Recently he showed up on the list of great seasons by a leadoff hitter. [...]

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By: Neil L. http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14137/comment-page-2#comment-139049 Sat, 20 Aug 2011 18:31:52 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14137#comment-139049 @130
".... it is read mostly by like-minded folks...."
Andy, BR does have its little spats, though, from time to time. 🙁

Factor in to this comment my suck-up tendencies, but I believe recruiting John Autin was important this year.

And, at risk of embarrassing him if he reads this, Kahuna Tuna seems to have a nice blend of accurate research, sense of humor and witing ability also.

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By: Mike L http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14137/comment-page-2#comment-139048 Sat, 20 Aug 2011 18:29:25 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14137#comment-139048 Andy, I was serious. I read a lot of political stuff, left and right, in the Times, WSJ, Washington Post, Barron's, etc. Most of it is written by very smart knowledgeable people (regardless of their ideological bents) who write really well. The forums that follow are almost exclusively junk-people ranting at each other-no new ideas or different insights, repetition of the same accusations, blah blah. There's much less of that in this blog-here there are strong opinions expressed, but the writers find data to back it up, sometimes even things that are counter-intuitive.

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14137/comment-page-2#comment-139030 Sat, 20 Aug 2011 18:00:11 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14137#comment-139030 Mike, that's actually what I meant--as more and more people read the blog, it means we have more and more work to do to keep providing good content.

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By: Mike L http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/14137/comment-page-2#comment-139015 Sat, 20 Aug 2011 17:42:00 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=14137#comment-139015 Andy, I'm a little more optimistic than you are. As long as you can keep finding fresh things to write about and different takes on things, people will read it, and suggest others read it. Keep going.

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