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Archive for the 'Announcements' Category

Bloops: Vote on the 2011 Internet Baseball Awards

Posted by Neil Paine on October 17, 2011

Just a quick reminder to cast your vote for the 2011 Internet Baseball Awards:

BP Unfiltered: Internet Baseball Awards Are Here

This year's edition marks the 20th anniversary of the longest-running baseball awards in web history. Vote today!

3 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Awards

Wanted: Sports-Reference Usability Testers

Posted by Neil Paine on October 13, 2011

Attention readers in the Delaware Valley -- we need users like you to come in and help us improve our sites!

If you're in the area -- our HQ is located in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia -- and can spare an hour next week to help us test out S-R sites (we'll even pay you $50 for your time), please email me your name, the SR site you use most frequently, and a contact phone number.

UPDATE: Thank you for the response. We've filled our quota of testers, but even if we don't use you now we may contact you for future tests. Thanks.

We are looking for 5 testers, so we may not be able to use everyone. Please remember testing will be done in Philadelphia only.

Thanks in advance for your help!

3 Comments | Posted in Administration, Announcements, Power Users

User Survey –

Posted by Sean Forman on September 19, 2011

User Survey -

In an effort to better serve our users, we've posted a feedback form on our overall company site,

In addition to your feedback, we are looking for a couple dozen volunteers to sign on for occasional, additional surveys and perhaps some early beta testing of new features. We are calling these volunteer groups Sports Reference User Boards. You can still give us feedback without having an interest in being on a user board.

Thank you, as always, for your support and feedback.

12 Comments | Posted in Administration, Announcements

MLB Network: The Stat Story, Sept. 18, 10pm ET

Posted by Neil Paine on September 6, 2011

A heads-up for anyone who didn't see this note at Stathead or BBTF... At 10 p.m. on 9/18, MLB Network is running a special Behind The Seams called "The Stat Story" -- a documentary (narrated by Bob Costas) about the history of sabermetrics, as well as its spread into front offices over the past few decades.

12 Comments | Posted in Announcements

Site Speed

Posted by Sean Forman on August 19, 2011

I try to be very careful with how the site's code is structured, so that the pages will load and render as blazingly fast a possible. Users like it and it can have a direct impact on our bottom line.

One item that has been out of my control is the ad code we include on the pages. Some of these ads load 5-15 additional files and quite frankly some of the ad servers don't seem to have a good idea of what speed means, so the pages hang and we get lots of frustrated e-mails. As well as being frustrated ourselves.

56 Comments | Posted in Administration, Announcements

MLB Milestone Watch –

Posted by Sean Forman on July 18, 2011

MLB Milestone Watch: Hits -

I'm a few weeks late for the countdown to Jeter's big hit, but don't miss another milestone as our Milestone Watch points out all of the batters, pitchers and fielders as they cross major statistical milestones and move up the career leaderboards.  This new feature will be linked on the front page just below the standings.

Any suggested additions will be welcome.  These pages should be updated daily as the site updates.   Please note that we include National Association stats in our leaderboard stats.  Thanks to Justin Kubatko, who had this on <a href=""></a> quite awhile ago.

45 Comments | Posted in Administration, Announcements, Awards, Site Features, Stats

Franchise-to-Franchise Trade History –

Posted by Sean Forman on July 18, 2011

Find Franchise Trade History -

In honor of the trade deadline approaching, I've created a tool that will show you all of the trades between two franchises, or all of the most recent trades for any one franchise and every other franchise.


45 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Power Users

Photo Updates for Player Mug Shots

Posted by Sean Forman on July 18, 2011

Thanks to Dave Davis and lots of bug reports from users we've updated the photos on the site with about 4,000 new images. This includes some previously missing images and some corrected images for players that were previously incorrectly identified.

As I've stated earlier I use pre-1960 images for copyright reasons, though I'm always looking through our options as head shots for every player would be a wonderful addition.

10 Comments | Posted in Administration, Announcements, Stats

We Now Return You To Your Regularly Scheduled Newsfeeds

Posted by Neil Paine on July 12, 2011

As many of you noticed over the past few days, the player newsfeeds stopped updating on July 6th, and were down entirely last night and this morning. We apologize for this outage and have worked to fix the bug, so your posts should now be showing up on the appropriate player pages again. Thanks for your patience.

Comments Off on We Now Return You To Your Regularly Scheduled Newsfeeds | Posted in Administration, Announcements

Minor League Stats Available on Major League Pages

Posted by Sean Forman on July 7, 2011

Tug Hulett Statistics and History -

On the major league player pages we are now including summary minor league lines for each season in the minor leagues for this player.    By default, they are hidden, but clicking the "Show Minors" tooltip above the Standard Batting or Standing Pitching tables will cause them to be shown.

For now, you'll be able to see this just for active players, but I'm rerunning everything and you'll be able to see them on all player pages later this evening.

18 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Minor Leagues, Stats

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