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Mike Kania joins Sports Reference Team

Posted by Sean Forman on June 2, 2011

I'm pleased to announce that Mike Kania has joined Sports Reference as a web developer. Mike previously worked as a developer for SixApart and AOL and also designed the very valuable reference site HasTheLargeHadronColliderDestroyedTheWorldYet.com. He dramatically increases the number of Cleveland fans on staff (bringing us to one) and works in our Philadelphia office. Mike will be focusing on football initially. He's been on the job a couple of weeks and is already close to rolling out a couple of new features on the football site.

7 Comments | Posted in Administration, Announcements

Site News: Dominican & Venezuelan Summer Leagues Now Updating for 2011

Posted by Neil Paine on June 2, 2011

Quick announcement about the Minors section of the site: we ran the most recent SABR update yesterday, so stats from the Dominican Summer League and Venezuelan Summer League are now updating daily.

1 Comment | Posted in Administration, Announcements, Minor Leagues

Loney Snaps Homerless Streak: 45 Games, 161 At-Bats

Posted by John Autin on May 28, 2011

Dodgers 1B James Loney hit his 2nd HR of the year tonight, off Javier Vazquez.

What next? -- the McCourts reconcile?

Now that he's (ahem) "out of his slump," let's have a look at the worst qualifying seasons by a 1B in the live-ball era:

OPS+ of 75 or less by a qualifying 1B, 1920-2011

Rk Player OPS+ Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Ivy Griffin 47 1920 23 PHA AL 129 508 467 46 111 15 1 0 20 17 0 49 11 13 0 0 3 3 .238 .281 .274 .555 *3/4
2 Adam LaRoche 54 2011 31 WSN NL 43 177 151 15 26 4 0 3 15 25 0 37 0 0 1 2 1 0 .172 .288 .258 .546 *3
3 Johnny Walker 54 1921 24 PHA AL 112 443 423 41 109 14 5 2 46 9 0 29 3 8 0 0 5 0 .258 .278 .329 .607 *3/2
4 Howie Schultz 56 1947 24 TOT NL 116 430 404 30 90 19 1 6 35 21 0 70 1 4 0 11 0 0 .223 .263 .319 .582 *3
5 Johnny Sturm 58 1941 25 NYY AL 124 568 524 58 125 17 3 3 36 37 0 50 3 4 0 10 3 5 .239 .293 .300 .592 *3
6 Charlie Grimm 59 1920 21 PIT NL 148 581 533 38 121 13 7 2 54 30 0 40 4 14 0 0 7 8 .227 .273 .289 .562 *3
7 Buddy Hassett 60 1940 28 BSN NL 124 485 458 59 107 19 4 0 27 25 0 16 0 2 0 14 4 0 .234 .273 .293 .566 *39
8 Phil Todt 61 1927 25 BOS AL 140 571 516 55 122 22 6 6 52 28 0 23 3 24 0 0 6 2 .236 .280 .337 .617 *3
9 James Loney 63 2011 27 LAD NL 51 196 181 9 43 6 0 1 14 12 3 20 1 0 2 3 2 0 .238 .286 .287 .573 *3
10 Aubrey Huff 67 2011 34 SFG NL 48 199 181 13 39 10 0 4 23 15 3 41 0 0 3 8 2 1 .215 .271 .337 .608 *39/7
11 Ray Schmandt 67 1922 26 BRO NL 110 429 396 54 106 17 3 2 44 21 0 28 1 11 0 0 6 6 .268 .306 .341 .647 *3
12 Daric Barton 68 2011 25 OAK AL 48 207 175 20 36 11 0 0 12 28 3 35 2 0 2 4 1 1 .206 .319 .269 .587 *3
13 Jim Bottomley 68 1935 35 CIN NL 107 423 399 44 103 21 1 1 49 18 0 24 2 4 0 11 3 0 .258 .294 .323 .617 *3
14 Walter Holke 68 1921 28 BSN NL 150 621 579 60 151 15 10 3 63 17 0 41 2 23 0 0 8 11 .261 .284 .337 .621 *3
15 Pete Rose 69 1983 42 PHI NL 151 555 493 52 121 14 3 0 45 52 5 28 2 1 7 11 7 7 .245 .316 .286 .602 *39/7
16 Pete Runnels 69 1957 29 WSH AL 134 536 473 53 109 18 4 2 35 55 5 51 2 1 5 7 2 3 .230 .310 .298 .608 *354
17 Roy Leslie 69 1922 27 PHI NL 141 567 513 44 139 23 2 6 50 37 0 49 0 17 0 0 3 7 .271 .320 .359 .679 *3
18 Harley Boss 70 1933 24 CLE AL 112 470 438 54 118 17 7 1 53 25 0 27 1 6 0 0 2 5 .269 .310 .347 .657 *3
19 Walter Holke 70 1925 32 TOT NL 104 353 318 35 86 13 4 2 37 20 0 18 0 15 0 0 1 3 .270 .314 .355 .669 *3
20 Les Scarsella 71 1937 23 CIN NL 110 354 329 35 81 11 4 3 34 17 0 26 1 7 0 10 5 0 .246 .285 .331 .617 *37/9
21 Enos Cabell 72 1981 31 SFG NL 96 413 396 41 101 20 1 2 36 10 0 47 1 4 2 6 6 7 .255 .274 .326 .600 *35
22 Whitey Lockman 72 1957 30 NYG NL 133 502 456 51 113 9 4 7 30 39 3 19 2 2 3 3 5 5 .248 .308 .331 .639 *37/98
23 Eddie Waitkus 72 1951 31 PHI NL 145 664 610 65 157 27 4 1 46 53 0 22 0 1 0 8 0 3 .257 .317 .320 .636 *3
24 Jack Burns 72 1931 23 SLB AL 144 621 570 75 148 27 7 4 70 42 0 58 1 8 0 0 19 12 .260 .312 .353 .664 *3
25 Walter Holke 72 1922 29 BSN NL 105 424 395 35 115 9 4 0 46 14 0 23 1 14 0 0 6 8 .291 .317 .334 .651 *3
26 Kevin Young 73 1993 24 PIT NL 141 508 449 38 106 24 3 6 47 36 3 82 9 5 9 10 2 2 .236 .300 .343 .643 *3/5
27 Mickey Vernon 73 1948 30 WSH AL 150 619 558 78 135 27 7 3 48 54 0 43 1 6 0 17 15 11 .242 .310 .332 .641 *3
28 Art Mahan 73 1940 27 PHI NL 146 591 544 55 133 24 5 2 39 40 0 37 1 6 0 10 4 0 .244 .297 .318 .615 *3/1
29 Earl Sheely 73 1931 38 BSN NL 147 586 538 30 147 15 2 1 77 34 0 21 2 12 0 0 0 0 .273 .319 .314 .633 *3
30 Justin Morneau 74 2011 30 MIN AL 43 178 165 12 38 11 0 2 13 11 0 27 2 0 0 5 0 0 .230 .287 .333 .620 *3/D
31 Darin Erstad 74 1999 25 ANA AL 142 638 585 84 148 22 5 13 53 47 3 101 1 2 3 16 13 7 .253 .308 .374 .683 *37/8D
32 Tony Lupien 74 1948 31 CHW AL 154 700 617 69 152 19 3 6 54 74 0 38 0 9 0 3 11 7 .246 .327 .316 .643 *3
33 Charlie Grimm 74 1933 34 CHC NL 107 413 384 38 95 15 2 3 37 23 0 15 0 6 0 16 1 0 .247 .290 .320 .610 *3
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Generated 5/28/2011.

Five current seasons on that list.  It's early yet, but it's getting pretty late for Adam LaRoche, Aubrey HuffDaric Barton, Loney and Justin Morneau.

How about that Johnny Sturm? He gets one season in the big leagues, starting at 1B for the Yankees, ending the 2-year tenure of Babe Dahlgren; sullies the sainted Lou Gehrig's position even more than Dahlgren did; and winds up a World Champion.

Sturm is the only one of the past players here whose team won it all. Pete Rose made it to the Series.

25 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Home Runs, Streak Finders

2011 Park Factors Updated

Posted by Sean Forman on May 27, 2011

2011 New York Yankees Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com.

Last year in August, there was a bit of a debacle when I started incorporating 2010 season stats into the park factors. Yankee Stadium III had been a much better hitters park and SafeCo a better hitter's park and adding in the 2010 season stats swung the AL pitcher WAR race (temporarily) in Sabathia's favor.

To avoid a similar problem this year and in future years I am going to begin updating the park factors around Memorial Day.

UPDATE: The Win Probability Added calculations for 2011 will also be updated daily to reflect the 2011 park factors and run scoring environment.

The Park Factors on B-R are 3-year factors when appropriate, so 2000's park factor relies equally on 1999, 2000 and 2001.

So now for 2011 since it is underway, we start with the PERCentage of the season played and

PF_2011_3yr = (PERC*PF_2011 + PF_2010 + (1-PERC)*PF_2009)/2

PF_2010_3yr = (PERC*PF_2011 + PF_2010 + PF_2009)/(2+PERC)

This should prevent violent swings in the park factors and at the end of the season we will end up with PF we were going to have throughout the offseason.

2011 pages will of course be updated daily. 2010 pages will be updated less often. To see what goes into each team's park factor you can look at the various one-year park factors listed on their team/year pages.

6 Comments | Posted in Administration, Announcements, Stats

Awards Voting: WHIP and ERA+ added to Cy Young ballot tables

Posted by Neil Paine on May 16, 2011

A quick note to let everybody know that we now list WHIP and ERA+ on the Cy Young Award voting tables:

2010 NL Cy Young Voting

1969 AL Cy Young Voting

Special thanks to B-R user Brendan for the suggestion!

5 Comments | Posted in Administration, Announcements, Awards, Stats

Baseball StatHead: May 4, 2011

Posted by Neil Paine on May 4, 2011

Baseball StatHead: May 4, 2011

Today's Stathead entries include links to The Hardball Times, SweetSpot, and Baseball Analytics, plus many reactions to Liriano's no-hitter.

19 Comments | Posted in Administration, Announcements, Bloops, StatHead

Baseball StatHead: May 3, 2011

Posted by Neil Paine on May 3, 2011

Baseball StatHead: May 3, 2011

Today's Stathead entries feature research from Baseball Prospectus, Fangraphs, The Book, and a new edition of JQAS.

1 Comment | Posted in Administration, Announcements, Bloops, StatHead

Stathead Blog

Posted by Sean Forman on April 25, 2011

Sports Reference's New Blog: Stathead

I have to admit that I find it very hard to follow all of the great research that people people are producing every day on the web. Just for baseball, culling through the good stuff on Baseball Prospectus, Hardball Times and FanGraphs is hard enough, but when you add in team blogs, other stathead blogs and everything else, it becomes impossible. This doesn't even include trying to locate recent research in hockey, basketball, football and soccer.

So we've decided to do something about it. Every weekday, the Stathead blog will summarize the best research-related studies, news, conferences, and resources for baseball, basketball, football, hockey and soccer.

The blog will primarily be edited by Neil Paine and will typically feature 20-30 links to analytic content around the internet. We've been working out the format over the last two weeks, and we think you'll soon appreciate our concise summaries for all of the articles we write about.

Feedback as always is welcome.

10 Comments | Posted in Administration, Announcements, Blogroll, Power Users, Sabermetrics

Baseball Biography Project: What’s New?

Posted by Mark Armour on April 25, 2011

I have not checked in here in a while, principally because (a) I have learning a new computer architecture and tools, and porting several year's work, (b) SABR's new web site has taken some of my thunder--it is now announcing things I used to announce, and with nice pictures, (c) I have been bummed about the Red Sox, and (d) I have been lazy.

6 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Blogroll, History

Spanish version of B-R Linker now available

Posted by Neil Paine on April 25, 2011

Automatic Player Linker / Add your site to our newsfeeds

This weekend, we added a version of our Linker Tool that will work on Spanish-language sites:

B-R Linker.es Bookmarklet

When you use that bookmarklet on a post, it will now find matching names with tildes and accent marks, ensuring that players like Magglio Ordóñez, etc. will never again go unlinked again.

And if you like this feature, be sure to email us to let us know you want to be added to our player newsfeeds. ¡Muchas gracias!

1 Comment | Posted in Administration, Announcements, Site Features

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