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Archive for November, 2011

New Home for News & Tips

15th November 2011 » Sports Reference

We are moving all of our site and company news into a single blog for Sports Reference. We'll tag all B-R content, so you can quickly and easily find the content you want.

Also, our existing B-R blog rss feed will be redirected to the new site's feed.

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High Heat Stats

3rd November 2011

I'm happy to announce a new blog, High Heat Stats.

This blog will pick up where we left off here. I'm administering and authoring, plus John Autin and Raphy have agreed to write there as well.

Please come visit, subscribe to our RSS feed, comment, and contribute.

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This Hat Tip Is For You

1st November 2011

Have to say, I feel like Captain Spaulding at this moment.

…Hello, I must be going,
I cannot stay, I came to say, I must be going.
I’m glad I came, but just the same I must be going…

Back in June of 2007, I started contributing to the (then) "Stat Of The Day" Blog at And, I've been doing it here ever since then - over the last 5 baseball seasons.

It's said that time flies when you're having fun. And, my time here is testament to that – as it has gone by in a blink of an eye. Heck, I want to get Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes to sing a song about it - it's been so much fun. Time of my life, really.

Of course, I want to thank Sean Forman, the Henry Chadwick of the electronic age, for taking a flier on me back in the summer of 2007. It's been a privilege and an honor to be associated with him, and this site, during my time here.

And, thanks to Neil Paine for all his help while we have been here together. For a Red Sox fan, he's an OK dude.

Also, thanks to my colleagues at this blog - Andy, Raphy, and John - for adding great content to the blog and allowing me to ride on their coattails as often as I have over the years.

Sean, Neil, Andy, Raphy and John are very astute baseball fans - as are those who read this blog and leave comments herein. And, while I have already thanked the former, I especially want to thank the latter as well.

I'm a diehard baseball fan - but, not the most sabermetrically inclined one. I know just enough to be dangerous and little enough to easily make a fool of myself.

Yet, the readers of this blog have always been very friendly and kind towards me regarding my posts here. That's unheard of in cyberspace where it seems like just sharing a sundry thought publically at times opens the "You're an idiot!" shooting gallery for the veiled e-flame throwers. Those who leave comments at this blog are a unique bunch. And, it’s been great hanging with y’all.

Again, the whole thing here, since that first day back in the summer of 2007, has been wonderful. Please accept my thanks to everyone - on both sides of the curtain for this blog - for your part in making that happen.

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Farewell and thanks

1st November 2011

As the blog draws to a close, there are so many people I wish to thank:

  • First and foremost is, of course, Sean Forman. has been (and undoubtedly will continue to be) so influential, and four years ago I jumped at the chance to scribble on a tiny little corner of the massive colorful canvas he has so wonderfully painted. Sean is a credit to the sports community and has forever changed the way stats are developed, accessed, and utilized.
  • Neil Paine has been an excellent boss and sounding board for many of my ideas here, and I know has assisted Sean with many developing efforts over the last few years. He adds a lot of strength to the Sports-Reference team and will undoubtedly be a major part of accomplishments over the next few years.
  • I very much appreciate the contributions of the other authors here, but none more than Raphy. His writing style is quiet, but there is a big intellect and a very friendly guy behind those posts. Raphy developed numerous uses of the PI that nobody else seems to have thought of and taught me a lot over the last several years. We also engaged in countless interesting and useful baseball discussions.
  • Finally, there are of course all of you readers out there, without whom this blog would have been pointless. Your contributions are nearly beyond measure, and I have very much enjoyed developing virtual relationships with many of you over the past several years. There are too many of you to name individually, but I really appreciated the different perspectives from our group.

So I find myself without a baseball home on the internet. If you might be interested in having me contribute content, or if you just think I should check out some other site out there, please don't hesitate to drop me an email at andy ( at ) baseball ( dash )  reference ( dot ) com

Farewell and thanks!

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B-R Blog End of Season

1st November 2011

One of the tough parts of running a business is deciding when to put more effort into something and when to not. After a lot of internal debate, we've decided to stop posting editorial content on the B-R blog.

This obviously has nothing to do with the quality of the content produced by our writers (Andy, Steve, Raphy, John, or Neil or any of the guest writers). Their posts were phenomenal. I always looked forward to their posts and know you did to. A big thanks to them for making this such a vital place for baseball discussion and analysis. As a small company, focus is vital for our success, and we are choosing to focus our energy on pumping out as much statistical baseball data as possible and that means cutting back in other areas.

None of the existing content is going to go away. We'll keep it up here for as long as the site is open (which we intend to be a very long time). If our writers should end up writing at new venues, we'll certainly post links to their new addresses here.

As best I can tell we've had a blog in one form or the other for eleven years now dating back nearly as far as weblogs as a form and the website itself (see outside the box on the front page from Dec. 2, 2000, First post on A-Rod signing with Texas). It's been a tough decision, but we really like baseball data and want to focus ourselves more there.

Lastly, thank you most of all for your patronage as our readers.

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