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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

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

Power Stats For 2011 Home Run Derby Participants

Posted by Neil Paine on July 8, 2011

Just for fun, here are the HR per AB and Isolated Power (Slugging % minus Batting Avg.) numbers for each HR Derby contestant:

2011 Season Park-Adjusted Career - Chase Field
Player G AB HR/AB ISO HR/AB ISO G AB HR/AB ISO Odds
Jose Bautista 81 288 0.101 0.358 0.087 0.309 14 34 0.059 0.206 3/1
Matt Kemp 89 319 0.069 0.279 0.076 0.308 33 124 0.040 0.186 7/1
Prince Fielder 89 311 0.071 0.286 0.067 0.269 18 66 0.061 0.242 7/2
Matt Holliday 64 228 0.057 0.250 0.067 0.292 43 167 0.024 0.144 4/1
David Ortiz 84 292 0.062 0.271 0.066 0.270 2 7 0.000 0.143 7/2
Adrian Gonzalez 86 353 0.048 0.241 0.053 0.244 45 169 0.077 0.290 7/1
Rickie Weeks 88 357 0.045 0.201 0.043 0.192 14 55 0.036 0.219 12/1
Robinson Cano 85 333 0.045 0.229 0.040 0.218 3 12 0.000 0.000 15/2

Park-Adjusted numbers were calculated by applying ESPN's 2011 Event Park Factors to the player's home statistics. Odds via Bodog Sportsbook.

16 Comments | Posted in All-Star Game, Stats

Minor League Stats Available on Major League Pages

Posted by Sean Forman on July 7, 2011

Tug Hulett Statistics and History - Baseball-Reference.com

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

Brett Gardner, Consistent Slugger

Posted by Steve Lombardi on June 10, 2011

Here are Brett Gardner's career big league stats, to date:

Year Age G PA AB R 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2008 24 42 141 127 18 5 2 0 16 13 1 8 30 .228 .283 .299
2009 25 108 284 248 48 6 6 3 23 26 5 26 40 .270 .345 .379
2010 26 150 569 477 97 20 7 5 47 47 9 79 101 .277 .383 .379
2011 27 59 197 169 27 6 3 3 14 11 7 21 37 .254 .339 .379
4 Seasons 359 1191 1021 190 37 18 11 100 97 22 134 208 .265 .355 .369
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/10/2011.

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Note his Slugging Percentage the last three seasons. Pretty consistent, huh?

41 Comments | Posted in Stats

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

Leading the League in Complete Games, Shutouts, and … Saves?

Posted by Neil Paine on May 16, 2011

B-R reader Nash noticed something interesting about Mordecai Brown's black ink this weekend:

"Everyone talks about unbreakable records (DiMaggio's 56, Cy Young's 511, etc.), and I know that this is in the context of the 'dead ball' era, so I don't know how relevant this is -- but in 1910, Mordecai Brown led the league in CG, SHO, and ... SAVES.

Don't think that anyone will pull THAT off again anytime soon!"

Keep in mind that the save policy we're using for pre-1950 seasons is the so-called "encyclopedia rule" (a pitcher who finished a game his team won, but did not get the win himself, is awarded a save). Still, Brown is just one of four pitchers since 1901 to lead his league in complete games, shutouts, and saves in the same season:

Player Year Lg CG SHO SV
Cy Young 1903 AL 34 7 2
Christy Mathewson 1908 NL 34 11 5
Ed Walsh 1908 AL 42 11 6
Mordecai Brown 1910 NL 27 6 7

Like Nash says, this is one club that's unlikely to expand beyond its four current members anytime soon.

19 Comments | Posted in History, Leaders, Mailbag, Stats

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

Pre-1910 Batter Strikeout Data

Posted by Neil Paine on April 13, 2011

A B-R user recently wondered about the source for our pre-1910 batter strikeout data (example), given that those stats were not officially kept track of until 1913 in the AL and 1910 in the NL. I posed the question to Pete Palmer, stat legend and season-data provider to Baseball-Reference, and here was his reply:

"The strikeout data came from Jonathan Frankel, who did a tremendous amount of work with a number of helpers checking box scores in various newspapers. He identified about 90% of NL batters and 80% of AL batters from 1897-1909. The results were then prorated for the remainder of the season. Work is continuing on digging up more boxes and also on 1910-12 AL.

I was surprised that Jonathan was able to find so much data. What happened is that the local papers often carried the strikeouts for their games, so it required volunteers all over the country to check the papers, plus some inter-library loans. It was a terrific undertaking."

It turns out that Jonathan has a blog where he posts updates about the progress of his batter strikeout research. He says the 1910 AL is 89% complete right now, and that he has begun work on the 1912 AL as well.

8 Comments | Posted in Administration, History, Mailbag, Stats

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