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Feature Watch: Other Leaderboards

Posted by Neil Paine on August 28, 2009

I'm sure most (if not all) of you have seen this page at one time or another: Leaders & Records. It's a popular page, given that it links to all of our leaderboards for batting and pitching. But our feeling is that many people scan the top of the page and find the leaderboard link they want, but remain unaware of the content "hidden" at the very bottom of the page. So today, I'm going to show you some of the other features you can access from the Leaders & Records page, features that you may not have known about because they were tucked away at the bottom of the screen.

First, there's the salary leaderboard, which lists the most money raked in by players in a single season and a career (dating back to 1985, when our salary data begins). We also have a number of yearly leaderboards, which list the highest-paid player, as well as the oldest and youngest players, for each league-season (on a related note: dang, Dave Stieb got himself paid!).

Below that, we list the age-based leaderboards, which really contain 3 leaderboards on each page. For each age linked, we list the all-time cumulative leaders up to and including that age (for instance, highest OBP through age 23), the leaders just for the season in which the player was that particular age (ex: best ERA by a 26-year-old), and the cumulative leaders for seasons including and after that age (i.e., most HR including & after age 33). These make killer trivia questions... and answers, for that matter.

We also list some award leaderboards in the bottom section. We have career leaders for MVP and Cy Young Shares, as well as pages that show all multiple winners of an MVP or Cy Young, multiple Gold Glove winners, and multiple Silver Slugger winners. And in the same area we have the leaders for our Hall of Fame standards metrics like the HoF Monitor and the Black Ink Test, which are a few of the pages we get requests for often (with users not knowing the pages already exist).

Then we get to some of the more frivolous -- but fun -- leaderboards on the page: we list the most popular teams and players (both all-time and recently), as well as the most unique players ever, the biggest winners, the guys who have played the most without a ring, and more... In fact, you'll just have to check it out for yourself, because these things are most enjoyable when you play around with them and explore the site in the process. Go ahead, have fun with them!

Anyway, I hope I was able to help you find some new leaderboards and pages you didn't know about before. And if you did know about all of these leaderboards already, then I hope I jogged your memory and prompted you to rediscover some old features you may not have thought about in a while. Because, really, who can't get enough of lists like this? (Aside from Ernie Banks and Luke Appling, that is.)

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2 Responses to “Feature Watch: Other Leaderboards”

  1. kingturtle Says:

    i love the leaderboards. i refer to them quite often. one of my favorite parts is how deep they go. Active leaderboards go 100 deep, single-Season go 500 deep, and lifetime lists go 1000 deep! Nick Markakis has 75 lifetime homeruns today. He's 995th all time! Quite remarkable to think that only 994 guys in the history of baseball have more lifetime homeruns. How mant lifetime wins does it take for a pitcher to make the top 1000? Only 63 - hello Jake Westbrook.

    i also refer often to the yearly League Leaders lists and have made some interesting (to me) Wikipedia pages related to the topic: and .

    The only thing that I wish desperately for are fielding leaderboards (lifetime, season, yearly, etc.) That would be extremely useful.

    Love the site, as always.

  2. Thanks for the tip, and the links! Is there any way to find out the pitchers who have played the longest without making the playoffs (either by starts, or appearances, or innings)?

    Cheers, and love the blog -