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MLB Milestone Watch – Baseball-Reference.com

Posted by Sean Forman on July 18, 2011

MLB Milestone Watch: Hits - Baseball-Reference.com

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="http://www.basketball-reference.com/">Basketball-Reference.com</a> quite awhile ago.

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

Site Features: Composite totals added to Team Game Finder

Posted by Neil Paine on June 21, 2011

Here's another new addition to the Play Index -- the Team Batting & Pitching Game Finders will now output a team's composite batting or pitching stats from the games in question. This will allow you to find things like the teams who drew the most single-season walks in the 2000s:

Rk Tm Year BB
1 SEA 2000 775
2 OAK 2000 750
3 SFG 2000 709
4 SFG 2004 705
5 BOS 2007 689
6 CLE 2000 685
7 NYY 2003 684
8 SDP 2001 678
9 STL 2000 675
10 NYM 2000 675
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/21/2011.

Similarly, you can use the Pitching Game Finder to look for team leaders like 2000-2011 teams that allowed the most HR in a season:

Rk Tm Year HR
1 KCR 2000 239
2 COL 2001 239
3 CIN 2004 236
4 HOU 2000 234
5 CHC 2000 231
6 ANA 2000 228
7 COL 2002 225
8 CHW 2004 224
9 TEX 2001 222
10 HOU 2001 221
11 COL 2000 221
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/21/2011.

While we don't have a full-fledged Team Season Finder yet, this is an easy way to get some of the same results.

5 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Game Finders, Play Index, Site Features

2011 Draft Data & Short-Season Minor Leagues Now Updated

Posted by Neil Paine on June 20, 2011

Two quick site announcements this afternoon:

4 Comments | Posted in Administration, Announcements, Draft, Site Features

Two PI Event Finder Additions

Posted by Neil Paine on June 15, 2011

Here are two recent additions to the Play Index Event Finders (batting and pitching):

14 Comments | Posted in Announcements, Event Finders, Site Features

Minor-League Player Newsfeeds Added; Welcome New Sites to Linker

Posted by Neil Paine on June 13, 2011

Two notes:

- We have added minor-league player newsfeeds to the site, so now the names of any active minor-leaguers will be linked when you use the Automatic Player Linker Tool. Click here to read more about the linker program, and to learn how to submit your content to the B-R newsfeeds.

- Also, please welcome the following sites to the linker program:

Comments Off | Posted in Administration, Announcements, Power Users, Site Features

Site News: Oracle of Baseball Fixed

Posted by Neil Paine on June 6, 2011

After months of technical difficulties, we're happy to say that the Oracle of Baseball is once more operational.

For those who don't remember it, the Oracle is a tool that allows you to find connections between any two major league players via teammates. (As an example, here is the shortest possible chain of teammates between Joe Tinker and Starlin Castro.)

For more information about the Oracle, click here. Thanks for your patience as we worked to get the Oracle up and running again.

12 Comments | Posted in Administration, Announcements, Site Features

Longest Dodger Hit Streaks

Posted by Neil Paine on May 3, 2011

Just thought I'd post a quick PI Streak Finder leaderboard for the longest Dodger hit streaks since 1919:

Rk Strk Start End Games AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
1 Willie Davis 1969-08-01 1969-09-03 31 124 20 54 7 1 1 23 8 7 11 3 .435 .463 .532 .995 LAD
2 Andre Ethier 2011-04-02 2011-05-02 28 107 15 42 10 0 3 17 20 14 0 1 .393 .463 .570 1.033 LAD
3 Duke Snider 1953-08-19 1953-09-13 27 109 33 49 6 0 10 32 17 11 1 2 .450 .508 .780 1.288 BRO
4 Joe Medwick 1942-05-23 1942-06-25 27 107 13 43 10 2 0 25 6 7 0 0 .402 .439 .533 .971 BRO
5 Paul Lo Duca 2003-05-17 2003-06-18 25 102 14 43 8 1 4 14 8 4 0 1 .422 .449 .637 1.086 LAD
6 Steve Sax 1986-09-01 1986-09-27 25 106 15 43 10 0 1 13 7 9 11 5 .406 .457 .528 .985 LAD
7 Willie Davis 1971-05-05 1971-06-02 25 108 17 43 5 1 0 13 5 2 4 0 .398 .405 .463 .868 LAD
8 Buzz Boyle 1934-05-01 1934-06-05 25 116 24 40 8 3 2 11 7 11 3 0 .345 .406 .517 .923 BRO
9 Harvey Hendrick 1929-04-20 1929-05-30 25 93 19 41 9 1 3 21 3 9 4 0 .441 .490 .656 1.146 BRO
10 John Shelby 1988-05-14 1988-06-09 24 89 18 32 8 2 2 12 19 10 7 0 .360 .420 .562 .982 LAD
11 Zack Wheat 1924-08-21 1924-09-10 24 102 24 44 13 4 5 28 6 8 0 1 .431 .473 .784 1.257 BRO
12 Brett Butler 1991-06-15 1991-07-12 23 91 20 35 0 0 0 6 9 20 10 5 .385 .495 .385 .880 LAD
13 Duke Snider 1950-08-13 1950-09-05 23 93 14 32 9 1 3 14 12 13 4 3 .344 .425 .559 .984 BRO
14 Nomar Garciaparra 2006-06-16 2006-07-13 22 89 19 32 4 0 5 14 6 7 1 0 .360 .437 .573 1.010 LAD
15 Pee Wee Reese 1951-07-20 1951-08-15 22 97 17 33 5 2 3 17 7 8 6 2 .340 .390 .526 .916 BRO
16 Steve Garvey 1978-04-07 1978-05-02 21 89 17 29 4 1 3 16 8 4 2 2 .326 .355 .494 .849 LAD
17 Jackie Robinson 1947-06-14 1947-07-04 21 84 23 30 5 0 0 6 5 12 5 0 .357 .438 .417 .854 BRO
18 Lefty O'Doul 1932-08-04 1932-08-24 21 87 23 40 5 0 6 18 1 8 5 0 .460 .510 .724 1.235 BRO
19 Steve Garvey 1978-09-09 1978-09-30 20 74 10 36 7 1 2 16 11 7 1 1 .486 .524 .689 1.214 LAD
20 Maury Wills 1965-07-06 1965-07-27 20 89 20 41 3 3 0 7 6 3 22 5 .461 .478 .562 1.040 LAD
21 Tommy Davis 1964-07-19 1964-08-08 20 79 10 27 0 0 2 15 5 3 0 0 .342 .369 .418 .787 LAD
22 Tommy Davis 1960-07-30 1960-08-20 20 85 9 31 7 0 3 11 5 2 1 0 .365 .375 .553 .928 LAD
23 Johnny Frederick 1933-06-11 1933-06-28 20 85 13 27 4 1 1 12 3 4 0 0 .318 .356 .424 .779 BRO
24 Babe Herman 1929-07-31 1929-08-22 20 79 18 36 11 2 2 13 4 10 1 0 .456 .517 .722 1.238 BRO
25 Eddie Brown 1924-08-26 1924-09-13 20 87 16 30 11 2 0 22 3 5 1 0 .345 .380 .517 .898 BRO
Rk Strk Start End Games AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
26 Zack Wheat 1923-05-07 1923-05-30 20 80 17 33 5 2 1 17 4 8 1 0 .413 .466 .563 1.028 BRO
27 Jimmy Johnston 1921-05-21 1921-06-11 20 88 12 34 8 2 1 12 5 6 4 3 .386 .426 .557 .982 BRO
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/3/2011.

Let's also take the time to marvel once again at the fact that Ethier is still just halfway to this streak:

Rk Strk Start End Games AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
1 Joe DiMaggio 1941-05-15 1941-07-16 56 223 56 91 16 4 15 55 5 21 0 1 .408 .463 .717 1.181 NYY
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/3/2011.

10 Comments | Posted in Play Index, Site Features, Streak Finders

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

Mailbag: Pitchers whose first PA of a game came before their first pitch

Posted by Neil Paine on April 20, 2011

B-R reader Blake had an interesting question this morning:

"You folks are great at acquiring information like this, so I would like to ask:

Could you produce a list of the occasions when a visiting team starting pitcher has had an AB before he has thrown his first pitch in a ballgame?"

Using the Play Index Batting Event Finder, you can set up a search for all PAs in a given year range by a visiting pitcher in the 1st inning:

All of MLB: 189 Plate Appearances in 2003-2011, during 1st Inning, Away Games and As P

Of those 189 instances since 2003:

  • All but two teams -- the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays -- had a pitcher bat before throwing a pitch. The leaders, predictably, are all NL teams; St. Louis saw this happen an MLB-high 15 times, while the Padres and D-Backs had it happen 14 times apiece. The Twins and Angels led the AL with 3 instances apiece.
  • Pittsburgh pitchers allowed it to happen the most, as they saw their counterpart in the top of the 1st 25 times. Right behind them were the Rockies (20) and Reds (17).
  • The visiting pitcher hit .110/.148/.134, which sort of hampers your chances of making it all the way back to the top of the order -- although away leadoff men also saw a second 1st-inning PA 96 times over the same time span.

18 Comments | Posted in Event Finders, History, Mailbag, Play Index, Power Users, Site Features

2011 WAR Now Updated

Posted by Neil Paine on April 19, 2011

2011 Wins Above Replacement data is now live on the site and will be updated daily throughout the season. This includes the league pages, player pages, team pages, and Play Index, among other locations.

In the very early going, here are your 2011 WAR leaders:

Position Players

Rk Player WAR/pos Year Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Matt Kemp 1.5 2011 LAD NL 17 61 13 28 5 0 3 13 9 9 8 2 .459 .529 .689 1.217 *8
2 Joey Votto 1.4 2011 CIN NL 16 56 16 24 4 1 2 8 14 7 3 1 .429 .535 .643 1.178 *3
3 Troy Tulowitzki 1.4 2011 COL NL 16 58 12 20 3 1 7 14 14 7 0 0 .345 .466 .793 1.259 *6
4 Adrian Beltre 1.0 2011 TEX AL 16 64 11 17 4 0 5 16 1 8 0 0 .266 .288 .563 .850 *5
5 Howie Kendrick 1.0 2011 LAA AL 16 66 11 21 3 1 5 8 7 14 0 0 .318 .392 .621 1.013 *4/3
6 Jose Bautista 1.0 2011 TOR AL 13 49 9 15 1 0 3 6 12 12 2 0 .306 .443 .510 .953 *9
7 Pablo Sandoval 1.0 2011 SFG NL 16 54 8 18 1 0 4 10 7 10 0 1 .333 .410 .574 .984 *5
8 Maicer Izturis 1.0 2011 LAA AL 14 64 7 25 7 0 1 7 2 10 2 2 .391 .409 .547 .956 *6/D45
9 Jose Tabata 1.0 2011 PIT NL 16 63 14 20 4 0 3 4 11 13 8 1 .317 .427 .524 .950 *7/8
10 Asdrubal Cabrera 1.0 2011 CLE AL 16 66 9 19 2 1 4 14 5 13 1 0 .288 .342 .530 .873 *6
11 Jeff Francoeur 1.0 2011 KCR AL 15 61 11 20 4 1 2 11 4 8 2 0 .328 .358 .525 .883 *9
12 Colby Rasmus 1.0 2011 STL NL 16 66 15 24 5 2 2 5 9 14 1 0 .364 .440 .591 1.031 *8
13 Dustin Pedroia 1.0 2011 BOS AL 15 57 10 18 4 0 2 6 8 10 0 0 .316 .409 .491 .900 *4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/19/2011.

Pitchers

Rk Player WAR Year Tm Lg G W L SV IP ERA ERA+ BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1 Dan Haren 1.4 2011 LAA AL 5 4 0 0 31.0 1.16 339 .164 .179 .245 .424 19
2 Roy Halladay 1.3 2011 PHI NL 3 2 0 0 22.0 1.23 329 .210 .247 .235 .482 34
3 Gio Gonzalez 1.2 2011 OAK AL 3 2 0 0 19.0 0.47 855 .182 .308 .258 .565 62
4 Jered Weaver 1.1 2011 LAA AL 4 4 0 0 27.2 1.30 303 .137 .219 .221 .440 27
5 Brett Myers 1.1 2011 HOU NL 4 1 0 0 26.1 2.39 162 .253 .306 .444 .750 111
6 CC Sabathia 1.0 2011 NYY AL 4 0 1 0 25.0 2.52 165 .263 .327 .326 .653 82
7 Tim Lincecum 1.0 2011 SFG NL 4 2 1 0 27.0 1.67 244 .175 .245 .258 .503 40
8 Derek Lowe 1.0 2011 ATL NL 4 2 2 0 24.2 1.82 215 .225 .281 .270 .551 55
9 Jaime Garcia 0.9 2011 STL NL 3 2 0 0 20.0 1.35 291 .225 .286 .254 .539 53
10 Josh Beckett 0.9 2011 BOS AL 3 2 1 0 20.0 1.80 236 .147 .234 .206 .440 23
11 Matt Cain 0.9 2011 SFG NL 3 2 0 0 19.0 1.42 288 .206 .260 .294 .554 52
12 Jhoulys Chacin 0.9 2011 COL NL 3 3 0 0 22.0 1.64 284 .231 .291 .269 .560 48
13 Matt Harrison 0.9 2011 TEX AL 3 3 0 0 22.0 1.23 342 .187 .247 .267 .514 43
14 Trevor Cahill 0.9 2011 OAK AL 4 2 0 0 25.1 2.49 162 .177 .233 .250 .483 37
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/19/2011.

9 Comments | Posted in Administration, Announcements, Sabermetrics, Site Features, Stats, WAR

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