Comments on: “The” search feature http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2018 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: llewdrac http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2018/comment-page-1#comment-8412 Sun, 09 Aug 2009 11:13:42 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2018#comment-8412 The Rookie = {} (empty set). I guess there has never been a player with a name or nickname like Rookie?

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By: llewdrac http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2018/comment-page-1#comment-8411 Sun, 09 Aug 2009 11:11:31 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2018#comment-8411 The Good = Dwight Gooden
The Bad = (Bad) Henry Aaron
The Ugly = Johnny (Ugly) Dickshot

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By: jetpac http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2018/comment-page-1#comment-8308 Sat, 01 Aug 2009 01:10:41 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2018#comment-8308 In case anyone was curious, Jim Morris was the player that the movie "The Rookie" was based off of.

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By: tomepp http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2018/comment-page-1#comment-8274 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 22:13:58 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2018#comment-8274 According to The Baseball Biography Project at SABR’s Website, Eppa was Rixey’s given first name (actually, he seems to be Eppa Rixey II, as his son and grandson are named Eppa Rixey III and IV.) The nickname Jephtha (or Jeptha) was apparently hung on him by sportswriter William Phelan, and he (Rixey) tolerated it, but was none too pleased with it.

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By: lpoulas http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2018/comment-page-1#comment-8269 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 11:38:02 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2018#comment-8269 We love you Sean.

By the way, is Ichiro you favorite player? When you type in "the Sean" you get Ichiro!

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By: DoubleDiamond http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2018/comment-page-1#comment-8252 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 01:31:59 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2018#comment-8252 Using an upper case T at the beginning of "the" - That must explain why I got all of those Theodores!

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By: Sean Forman http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2018/comment-page-1#comment-8243 Tue, 28 Jul 2009 17:32:46 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2018#comment-8243 I've fixed the uppercase lowercase issue so "THE aaron" now returns Hank. I also entered a couple hundred new misspellings and shortcuts, and applied the misspellings to the minor leagues as well, so things should be a bit better on the search side now. I have a hard time believing it, but "Alez Rodriguez", "Alex Rodgriguez" and a couple others have been entered more than 600 times into the search box, and there are about 5 spellings of Mark Teixeira used an equal amount.

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By: gerry http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2018/comment-page-1#comment-8225 Tue, 28 Jul 2009 03:12:57 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2018#comment-8225 Duster Mails was a very interesting character. "Great" was the nickname he gave himself - no lack of self-confidence there. And he was great - for a very brief while. If he was never an All-Star, that's at least in part because there was no All-Star game when he was playing. Heck, Ty Cobb was never an All-Star.

As for Rixey, I thought Jephtha was his given name (it's Biblical), Eppa, his nickname. Eppa sounds like a shortened version of Jephtha, or maybe as close to Jephtha as he could come to saying Jephtha when he was three years old. Sometimes these chilhood pronunciations live on as nicknames.

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2018/comment-page-1#comment-8215 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 23:49:59 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2018#comment-8215 Good job by all finding interesting cases as well as chasing down the full performance of the search code. Sean relayed to me that this brainstorm was a quick addition he was able to make, and now I think it'll be even better.

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By: tomepp http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/2018/comment-page-1#comment-8212 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 23:02:21 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=2018#comment-8212 Sean: I tested the previously mentioned cases with caps and lc - there is a difference (e.g. "The Aaron" does indeed find Vance Aaron Law, but "the Aaron" finds Hank.)

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