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 A new featured article?
How about an article that features some of the top foreign leagues? Sorry but these "Features Articles" are Featured way to long of a time period.--Isais1 11:15, 27 February 2011 (EST)
Any suggestions? - --Mischa 12:45, 28 February 2011 (EST)
I am Sick and tired of seeing Koichi Tabuchi get a NEW ARTICLE!!!!!--Isais1 17:59, 10 October 2010 (EDT)
Comments on BR Bullpen:Featured Article Candidates/1942 Colored World Series requested. - --Mischa 12:45, 22 October 2010 (EDT)
Manuel looks like a good choice to me --Just me 19:46, 2 January 2007 (EST)
How about Travis Hafner? The guy leads the league three times in a row in Adjusted OPS but he can't get into an All-Star game and he can't get close to an MVP award. The guy is so under-rated as to be off the map. - Randy 23:20 2 January 2007 (EST)
If Hafner's article is ever as complete as Manuel's, then he might make a good feature. --Just me 23:47, 2 January 2007 (EST)
I replaced Gibson with Manuel. - --Mischa 20:37, 10 January 2007 (EST)
As Manuel was there almost two months, I replaced him with the 1983 Expos as had been discussed. Feel free to change the write-up on the main page if it doesn't seem complete. - --Mischa 12:16, 8 March 2007 (EST)
Can we get a new featured article? I'm tired of looking at Enos' face when you load up the bullpen... Whatever you choose is fine.Oaktree_b 21:11, 23 October 2009 (EDT)
The discussion will be at BR Bullpen:Featured Article Candidates/Lou Brissie . Please comment! - --Mischa 20:12, 14 November 2009 (EST)
We've done a good job this year of rotating the featured articles every couple months instead of 5-6 months as we were doing before. Next, I think one with an international focus might be nice after covering a MLB player and a minor league team with our last two - --Mischa 12:19, 9 September 2011 (EDT)
 Today in Baseball
I tried to fill in the January 10 Today in Baseball slot but the entry won't show up on the Main Page. When you go to edit Main Page, it says it's looking for Template: Today in Baseball/January 9 and I filled that in too, but it still isn't showing up. Can someone help?
Weird. Now, it shows up without any edits to the Main Page or the Template, but the formatting is all wacky.
All fixed now.
- --Mischa 12:49, 10 January 2007 (EST)
Today in Baseball works from my home computer and from Internet Explorer at work but Mozilla Firefox at work keeps bringing up the January 15 events the last few days. Can someone figure this out? - --Mischa 12:42, 18 January 2007 (EST)
- When a template on the main page is changed (such as the TDiH), the page cache must be purged.
Is it just my browser, or is the Bullpen acting odd the last couple of days? I get pages opening with huge fonts randomly. --Jeff 00:12, 21 May 2007 (EDT)
Mine has been working okay. - --Mischa 17:58, 21 May 2007 (EDT)
 Player debuts?
Hello...what happened to the link for player debuts in a particular year?
I think they got erased in the new year section format. They're still available on the main B-R page so I see no need to add them back in unless there's great demand. - --Mischa 10:45, 24 June 2007 (EDT)
 Software Version?
I copied some code from wikipedia over here and it doesn't seem to be working (see: Chief Yellow Horse). Is there someway to upgrade the version of software on here? //Baseball guy 05:01, 4 July 2007 (EDT)
 Jose Mesa - 11th "Player"?
I think you mean Mesa is the 11th pitcher to reach 1,000 games in the majors. There have been many "players" who have accomplished that. - Randy 19:06, 29 July 2007 (EDT)
Thanks. - --Mischa 20:27, 29 July 2007 (EDT)
 Season articles
- Hey, I gave you guys an extra half day. I appreciate the votes, and 3 people of 4 agree with #2, therefore I have started moving again. Alert me if you truly protest this.
FYI, #1 and #3 will be redirects. That way it'll work well from the main B-R page. Happy editing! Soxrock 12:53, 14 August 2007 (EDT)
Re: redirects, you are creating a lot of double redirects, because everything redirects to Year, team's name at the moment. So those will all be double redirects to Year, team's ful name now. --Jeff 13:12, 14 August 2007 (EDT)
- Oh, sorry. But, how would #3 redirect to #1? I'm confused, either way, I'll fix all double redirects I see. Can you give me an example of what your talking about right now? A link? Thanks Soxrock 13:21, 14 August 2007 (EDT)
I just fixed the 5 or 6 that had been created. If option 3 redirects to option 1 now, and option 1 is moved to option 2, then option 3 automatically becomes a double redirect to option 2. Hopefully I'm explaining it right. Any time a page is moved, the old page becomes a redirect to the new page. --Jeff 13:33, 14 August 2007 (EDT)
- Ok, I see now. However, #2 is what the pages will be ultimately moved to. So, if I can say this understandably, #1 currently redirects to #3 for a few teams. If I redirect #3 to #2, then #1 is a double-redirect to #2. So, when it's done, I have to fix the double redirects of #1 to #2. However, for the majority of the teams which I have yet to move, i.e. #2 redirects to #1, I'll need to reverse that. Oh the hard work. Thanks for saying it in a way you can understand it Jeff. Soxrock 13:37, 14 August 2007 (EDT)
 HEAD'S UP
Ok, I just thought that I'd make a comment so that I don't have to repeat myself to everyone:
I am an editor at Wikipedia named, well, Soxrock. I decided to chip in over here to help develop this place. However, I thought of taking elements of Wikipedia and incorporating it into the Bullpen. However, since some of the names don't work here (like Jack Clark (baseball)|Jack Clark) I've tried to remove all those kind of names as I find them. When I was busy with the World Series articles, I removed so many red links it's not even funny. I think that because of the links still found red and whatnot that I am somewhat unjustly criticized. It's not like I'm just giving a could shoulder to those red links. So when you find articles from Wikipedia and find a couple red links, I just happened to either miss them or they still linked somewhere else. I did not purposely ignore them. Thanks for your help everyone Soxrock 17:20, 17 August 2007 (EDT)
 Wikipedia vote
- Yall win, and I'll oblige. Especially after the mini-controversy caused by me adding a few stat tables. I'll just use Wikipedia as a source at most, barring what I've said above. SoxrockTalk/Edit list 12:29, 30 September 2007 (EDT)
There are 9 pages with over 100 links and 25 total pages with over 50 links to them on the wanted pages list.
We're down to 3 pages over 100 links and 16 total over 50 links! Let's keep wittling 'em down. --Jeff 20:07, 16 November 2007 (EST)
I'd ask MichaelEng. - --Mischa 07:24, 3 January 2008 (EST)
Only 5 pages left over 50 links. 22 total over 25 links. Great! --Jeff 22:46, 5 August 2008 (EDT)
Now only 2 pages over 50 links (1993 Intercontinental Cup and Softball) and 6 total over 25 links (1999 Baltimore Orioles Cuban National Team Exhibition Series, List of Cuban Defectors, 2009 Futures Game, 2010 Kinston Indians) --Jeff 13:48, 25 December 2010 (EST)
 Pat ourselves on the back
I have a feeling Sean's intent for the Bullpen was to have a biographical encyclopedia of major leaguers, but at this point the Bullpen is probably the best source on the web for minor league info, and one of the best (if not the best) for international competition, Negro League, Cuban, and Japanese baseball. --Jeff 12:25, 24 August 2007 (EDT)
I think japanbaseballdaily is probably the best Japanese source and Wikipedia might have more on Cuba and possibly on the Negro Leagues (of course, they've been around three times as long) but I think we're certainly up there in all those categories and after we've been around for five or ten years, I think this will be a very comprehensive site. Still a ways to go, but what progress we've made! - --Mischa 13:12, 24 August 2007 (EDT)
 Image for Today's News
Can someone add our Clay Buchholz image to the Today's News as it is more current than the LLWS. I hope to catch up a bit this week as I plan to take off a week to help with the baby. - --Mischa 21:09, 2 September 2007 (EDT)
 New Category?
I have come across quite a few players who were doctors, or lawyers, away from the diamond. Any thoughts to creating categories for things like that... or is that adding unnecessary categories? -Chisoxfan 23:11, 10 September 2007 (EDT)
I'm ambivalent about it. It might be neat (like the politicians category) but there is a lot more major work to be done. - --Mischa 09:41, 11 September 2007 (EDT)
Probably more suitable for a list, categorized under frivolities. --Philippe 10:46, 11 September 2007 (EDT)
 Uh, what?
Every recent President has a page. Bush Sr. actually played baseball at Yale. Note that their biographies focus on links to baseball, not on their political accomplishments. --Philippe 08:44, 28 September 2007 (EDT)
Hopefully I didn't overstep my bounds, and I really hope I didn't chase away a potential source of improvement for the Bullpen. I just don't think we need to be a wikipedia clone. --Jeff 12:42, 29 September 2007 (EDT)
- I relented Jeff. Everything is good. That note I wrote yesterday morning just ate at me all day, and, as I've read before (here) there was no way I would really leave the Bullpen.
- Having said this, I'm not any happier at the transgressions of the other day, but I just couldn't leave. Besides, I had great work for the playoff pages lined up, and leaving now would've been bonehead. I'll be on a semi-break for an indefinite period (probably a few weeks) but I won't be inactive for weeks to come. I've unhidden my talk page and changed my userpage notice on the top. And, if you would please note, the part about the 1918 Red Sox, I was given permission by Mischa to do that stuff, just in case your wondering. Thanks SoxrockTalk/Edit list 12:24, 30 September 2007 (EDT)
 Question about Removal
I, for one, think it should stay. It creates a section on the page. When the bio fills up, it can be changed to simply "Biographical Information" --Jeff 01:11, 5 October 2007 (EDT)
That is from the beginning of the BR Bullpen - Sean put it on all the thousands of player pages. I don't see the need for it - just putting biographical information works for me. - --Mischa 11:24, 7 October 2007 (EDT)
 This is weird
Tell me this isn't totally odd. I've been going a little edit crazy the past couple hours or however long, and well, I came across the same random page twice. To have proof I had edited the page 21 minutes ago. jj137 (Talk) 22:57, 4 October 2007 (EDT)
I guess the "random page" generator needs more randomness. I'll check with Sean. - --Mischa 11:24, 7 October 2007 (EDT)
- No, no, there really is no "element of randomness", as it could pick any of those 42000+ articles. I think it's more just that I'm hitting the button way too much (maybe 200+ times a day) and I've had some "luck" with it. (BTW, it just happened a third time. No worries, I won't post here if it happens again) jj137 (Talk) 17:00, 7 October 2007 (EDT)
I have a question about some of the location articles. Would it be OK to move articles such as "Cincinnati, OH" to "Cincinnati, Ohio"? Well, actually, a better question would be whether we should write out the state names or abbreviate them. Thanks jj137 (Talk) 21:33, 23 October 2007 (EDT)
I see no reason to move the pages. Abbreviating the state names is fine by me. - --Mischa 10:10, 24 October 2007 (EDT)
You can write a re-direct link from Cincinnati, Ohio to Cincinnati, OH, but please don't change the geographic names system. It's been the subject of many discussions and is the result of consensus. --Philippe 10:53, 24 October 2007 (EDT)
How do you create a template? I want to make templates for minor league stadiums by league (PCL Stadiums, IL Stadiums etc) I think that if more people see that we need pages for a good number of these stadiums they may get done more quickly and better. --Biggtone23 14:49, 25 October 2007 (EDT)
What type of template? If you want to look at the "coding" for a template, type Template:(name of the template) in the search box. For example, Template:Cincinnati Reds Seasons. jj137 (Talk) 12:13, 26 October 2007 (EDT)
The Bullpen has been running real slow the last day or two. Am I the only one who has to wait for a couple minutes for the Recent Changes page to load? Am I the only one getting advertising pages popping up? --Jeff 12:42, 6 November 2007 (EST)
I don't have advertising pages. It was running slowly for me yesterday after Sean adjusted the editing for non-registered users but is going okay today. - --Mischa 12:49, 6 November 2007 (EST)
That was Sean's protection against the gibberish-insertion. It seems to have worked but was only supposed to apply to non-registered users. Let me notify him it's affecting registered users too. - --Mischa 19:33, 6 November 2007 (EST)
Does anyone think the main (big, at top) link to the BB-Ref site should be plainlinked? I personally think it would make it a bit better, but let's get some other opinions on this. jj137 (Talk) 17:02, 8 December 2007 (EST)
 43,000 pages
We've reached 43,000 content pages. Way to go, everybody. - --Mischa 14:49, 23 December 2007 (EST)
44,000 pages now. - --Mischa 20:13, 10 March 2008 (EDT)
We've passed 45,000! -Chisoxfan 00:08, 14 May 2008 (EDT)
Over 47,000. - --Mischa 14:37, 17 October 2008 (EDT)
Someone noted we're over 48,000 now. - --Mischa 14:32, 30 December 2008 (EST)
Anyone want a challenge? Can we break the 50,000 mark by the end of 2009? --Oaktree b 00:41, 3 January 2009 (EST)
Easily. Looking at the above, we had just under 5,000 new entries in 2008, so getting 2,000 in 2009 would be easy. - --Mischa 20:41, 3 January 2009 (EST)
49,000. - --Mischa 09:13, 19 March 2009 (EDT)
Over 53,000. Another year of about 5,000 new entries. - --Mischa 14:49, 14 December 2009 (EST)
 Pages looks off
I dont know if anyone else is having this problem but the navigation and search boxes are coming into the articles and the box with the links back to the main page and BB-Ref home are smaller. --Biggtone23 16:20, 8 March 2008 (EST)
I'm not getting that problem. Anyone else? - --Mischa 11:12, 9 March 2008 (EDT)
I have the same issue biggtone describes. --Philippe 11:19, 9 March 2008 (EDT)
We should notify Sean. - --Mischa 11:28, 9 March 2008 (EDT)
I've got the issue too, FWIW --Jeff 15:36, 9 March 2008 (EDT)
 Possible (future) Featured
Hey, just wanted to tell everyone to keep an eye on John Mayberry; I've been putting the card template on a lot of articles - and so far that one has a lot of potential - just needs some length and a few more references.--danielfolsom 23:46, 5 July 2008 (EDT)
- Just to avoid confusion, let me amend that statement - what I'm trying to say is that article seems to have a lot of potential given that it's on a relatively famous player and that it is already in prose form.--danielfolsom 00:05, 6 July 2008 (EDT)
 Typo in the "Did you know" section
Hey there. I just came back to see how things were doing. I noticed there was a typo in the 'Did you know" section on the Main Page. It is the following hook: "...that Jiangang Lu was the first Chinese player to sign wit ha NPB team?" The bold characters is where you should see the problem. Can an administrator fix this please? Thanks! -- RyanCross (talk) 03:30, 9 September 2008 (EDT)
- Fixed than kyou. Kinston eagle 08:25, 9 September 2008 (EDT)
 MLB Network
Anyone seen the new MLB Network yet? They just finished showing one of the episodes from Ken Burns' Baseball documentary. --Jeff 22:28, 6 January 2009 (EST)
 Mistake in News section
There is a mistake in the current news section, stating that Bowden resigned from the Reds instead of the Nats. --Biggtone23 17:50, 6 March 2009 (EST)
Fixed. Thanx --Jeff 18:27, 6 March 2009 (EST)
 Division Elite season
The Div. Elite season starts up again on March 29, 2009. Just an FYI if we wanted to add it to the "What's happening" section on the main page.--Oaktree_b 22:04, 22 March 2009 (EDT)
 Congressional Baseball Game
Would the Congressional Baseball Game be worthy of an article on here? It's an interesting oddity, but doesn't involve pro players, so I'm not sure... see Congressional Baseball Game--Oaktree_b 17:07, 5 April 2009 (EDT)
 Unused Categories
No idea. - --Mischa 16:13, 14 April 2009 (EDT)
 New websites for European baseball
The IBAF along with the various international federations have created websites with stats, box scores, game updates, player interviews, all in English and the native language (German, French etc) for each country involved. [www.baseball-france.com French baseball site] [www.baseballgermany.com German baseball site]
Nice! The French site is overseen by Gaspard Fessy who plays on the French National team. --Oaktree_b 23:28, 13 May 2009 (EDT)
Cool news. I've been working on the 2009 Division Elite season for a freeware baseball simulator and have had trouble finding box scores for some teams. - --Mischa 08:36, 14 May 2009 (EDT)
 Wikipedia licensing news
I don't know if you all know about this, but I'll post it just in case. Wikipedia recently had a vote among contributors over the possibility of going from the GFDL only to either CC-BY-SA only, both CC and GFDL or leaving things as they are now (GFDL). The results should be announced any day now.
I only post this here as an FYI. If they do go CC-BY-SA, it would affect our ability to copy text from their site and use it here, as the Bullpen is GFDL only. I see no point in changing our licensing here, but if Wikipedia changes, we should all be aware before posting both here and there. --Oaktree_b 21:22, 19 May 2009 (EDT)
Apparently Wikipedia has voted to go with the CC-by-sa and the GFDL starting June 15th. All contributions will be dual licensed, or CC only. They won't be able to import GFDL only text. Good news, bad news, I'm not sure. I guess we won't be able to import text here as the Bullpen isn't CC licensed... --Oaktree_b 21:16, 25 May 2009 (EDT)
I'm fine with not importing text from them. Are they still allowed to rip us off as they so often do? And can people still "cross-post"? - --Mischa 21:23, 25 May 2009 (EDT)
From what I understand, when you post on Wikipedia, you will now (soon, after June 15th) dual license your contribution under the GFDL and the CC-by-sa. I don't think they'll be allowed to import from an only GFDL source like the bullpen, and I guess cross posting won't work either, and the text will be under both CC and GFDL, but the Bullpen is only GFDL. From the discussions on the Wikimedia website, they'll be fine to import from CC-only sources, but not from GFDL-only sources. I guess the Bullpen is the odd-man out here. It seems that most wikis are now going the CC route, as it makes it easier to share the data without having to print the GFDL license and include it with every copy you make. I guess you could cross post, putting the info here first, then changing it ever so slightly before going to wikipedia. I'm not a lawyer, so I don't really know how it would work. Maybe we should double check with Sean Forman, or ask some of the more senior peopl here... --Oaktree_b 22:13, 26 May 2009 (EDT)
OK, directly from the wikimedia foundation, I found the following:
Are you basically replacing the GFDL on Wikipedia with CC-BY-SA? No, we proposed that all content currently available under GFDL will also be made available under the CC-BY-SA license, and that all future revisions must be dual licensed, with the exception of CC-BY-SA-only additions from external sources. What is dual-licensing? How are you going to administer it? It simply means that content will be available under both the GFDL and CC-BY-SA licenses simultaneously, unless some CC-BY-SA-only materials are imported and incorporated into that piece of content. In other words, reusers will be able to choose whether to reuse Wikipedia content under the GFDL license or the CC-BY-SA license (with a few exceptions). We have worked with Free Software Foundation and others to try to implement dual-licensing in a way that requires relatively little administrative overhead (or editor or user overhead). The outline of this arrangement were spelled out in e-mail by Richard Stallman, who was mindful of the need to make the problems of dual-licensing manageable: ALL contributors agree to the following: Wikipedia can release their newly written text under both GFDL and CC-BY-SA in parallel. However, if they imported any external material that's available under CC-BY-SA and not under GFDL, Wikipedia is bound by that. All old revisions are released under GFDL and CC-BY-SA. All new revisions are released with this license statement: This page is released under CC-BY-SA. Depending on its editing history, it MAY also be available under the GFDL; see [link] for how to determine that.
So we may still be able to import under the GFDL, unless the Wikipedia article has used some CC-by-sa only text. You'd have to look at the page history to determine it. Cross posting should be ok then, so long as we don't include any CC-by-sa only text in our post.
--Oaktree_b 22:27, 26 May 2009 (EDT)
 Funniest baseball blog post
I just had to point this out - if you're an old Zork fan, take a look - Deanna Rubin's Japanese baseball blog on NH-Yakult game
 Nettuno logo
The Nettuno logo on Today's News is ugly. Does someone have a better copy of it? - --Mischa 16:25, 21 June 2009 (EDT)
 Jeff Conine is 88?
I think he's 43, but Today in Baseball says 88.
- That was my fault. Sorry. Should be fixed now. Kinston eagle 19:18, 27 June 2009 (EDT)
 Stats for many, many leagues
Found this while getting stats for the Cros brothers (Anthony and Gregory). Baseballcharts.com. It's searchable by country or team/league; they seem to have lots of university teams... The individual team coaches post the stats, so it seems pretty reliable...--Oaktree_b 23:25, 16 July 2009 (EDT)
Over 50 million total page views. - --Mischa 13:21, 11 December 2009 (EST)
At the bottom of the main page it says the Bullpen was founded/opened in June 2005, isn't it June 2010 now? The Bullpen is five years old! Happy Birthday! No special graphics on the main page? Oaktree_b 20:58, 1 June 2010 (EDT)
The oldest pages say they were created at 01:43, July 21, 2005. --Jeff 21:40, 1 June 2010 (EDT)
OK, we can hold off on the celebrations for another month yet... Oaktree_b 23:40, 1 June 2010 (EDT)
Some dude is spamming their crappy baseball card website on a ton of pages. It might be useful if the checklists for each player was somewhat complete but it's not even close. Contributons (spam) from user Anwrak. Is there a way to roll back all of these or do you have to go in and edit them individually? -- Trauty
 Image upload problems
I try to upload an image, and I get this message: The upload directory (public) is not writable by the webserver. Oaktree_b 22:36, 23 June 2011 (EDT)
Sean said that it should be working now. - --Mischa 20:22, 27 June 2011 (EDT)
Still having problems using the Flickr upload bot, where you can search for a name and it returns flickr images that match. It's been down for a while now. I get this message: Set $wgShowExceptionDetails = true; at the bottom of LocalSettings.php to show detailed debugging information. Oaktree_b 15:15, 4 December 2011 (EST)
- I still get the same error when using the upload file under the Special Pages option, it's been down since last year. I've tried it in Internet Explorer and Firefox, same problem. Can this be fixed? Oaktree_b 23:10, 9 May 2012 (EDT)
I've asked our host to install phpFlickr which should fix the problem. Admin 14:21, 31 May 2012 (EDT)
Unfortunately, it looks like i need to upgrade mediawiki which is a big job. I hope to do so this summer. Admin 17:03, 5 June 2012 (EDT)
 Who is this guy?
Does anybody know who the guy in the suit/tie is? I imagine he's an executive for the Rangers, but I can't figure out who... http://www.dvidshub.net/image/440047/guard-recruits-enlist-major-league-baseball-game#.TslvMVauOdk Oaktree_b 16:25, 20 November 2011 (EST)
 Today's Birthday
"Today's featured birthday is that of Jay Kleven who turns 62". Well, he would of... if he hadn't died two years ago. -Chisoxfan 03:12, 2 December 2011 (EST)
 retirement letter of rick powalski
I have a addressed envelope to cleveland indians attention joan pachinger a signed and dated july 16 2002 retire from professional baseball signature rick powalski does anyone no if it is worth anything email firstname.lastname@example.org ive looked everywhere thank you.
We've passed 65,000 pages... on to 100,000! - Chisoxfan 23:16, 28 June 2012 (EDT)
 Add stat?
I am a sabermetrician. Is it okay if I add a few statistics I created?
It would be preferable if you would add only more generally accepted statistics to mainstream pages, but you can create articles about some of your own statistics and classify them under the "sabermetrics" category. Someone will come around and have a look at them and tell you if they're acceptable or not. Like wikipedia, we try to avoid articles about stuff someone and his buddies just made up. There are better places to present new statistical measures in order for them to gain mainstream acceptance. --Philippe 04:09, 27 January 2013 (EST)
 Edit request
I can't edit the main page myself, but I noticed something that should probably be corrected. At the bottom of the main page, there is a notice that reads "The BR Bullpen is modeled on the Wikipedia: for more help use their help, view their Tutorial and Introduction". Perhaps it would be better if that read "The BR Bullpen is modeled on the English Wikipedia: for more help use their help, view their Tutorial and Introduction". Just my 2 cents. AutomaticStrikeout 18:52, 11 February 2013 (EST)