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Subscribe to the Play Index!

Posted by Neil Paine on February 17, 2010

The Play Index (PI) is a set of research tools that allow you to create customizable queries on our database, save the results, and share them with others. Using the PI, you can:

  • Search full-season or multi-year totals to find your own custom leaderboards - Look at the entire history of baseball from 1871-2009 with every year, team, and position available, or filter the results in a vast number of ways: by specific years, by age, by first six seasons or last ten seasons, by American League only, by Cubs only, by switch-hitters, by catchers, by outfielder or infielder, by year of debut, but active or retired, by Hall of Famer, by height and weight, by living or deceased, or by a range of common statistical categories. Then sort the results by any common statistic, by the teams with the most players matching that category, by players with the most seasons matching that category, or by most recent, youngest, oldest, final year, or year of debut, and others.
  • Search player game totals - Filtering on any of a dozen or more choices, search for games on a single player level, or on any batter in the last 55 years, or on any pitcher. The same can be done for Team Batting or Team Pitching Totals.
  • Search player games looking for the most consecutive games matching a particular set of criteria - This can be done either on a single player level or on any batter in the last fifty years or on any pitcher. The same can be done for Team Batting or Team Pitching Streaks.
  • Search the records of a specific player - Output a detailed summary and play-by-play list of all events of a specific type from a single year or an entire career. For example, you can see all of Harmon Killebrew's triples or even his outs to the second baseman.
  • Search Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups - This tool presents a complete sortable list of batter or pitcher with totals for every opponent they faced by career or by year. Clicking on the player's name will lead you to a detailed output of their head-to-head plate appearances.
  • ...And more!

Personal Subscriptions to the Play Index cost $36 for a year, $6 for a month, or $2 for 24 hours. Subscriptions may only be used by a single user, and there are discounts for users sponsoring at least $35 in pages.

Organizational Subscriptions can be set up for either an unlimited number of users ($600/year, this includes three hours of custom programming and reporting to be used at your discretion), or for up to five users ($125/year, this includes one hour of custom programming and reporting to be used at your discretion).

There are Two Steps to Subscribe to the Play Index:

  1. Login to or create a Sports-Reference.com account (the same account used to sponsor pages).
  2. Already logged in (or just created an account)? Go to our subscription page to sign up.

Our Always-Available Free Trial: Non-subscribers can use the PI's features as much as you like. However, your outputs will be restricted to a limited number of results.

The Play Index comes with a money back guarantee. We will gladly return the unused portion of any Play Index Subscription should you be dissatisfied with the Play Index.

So go ahead, give the Play Index a try -- we're confident that once you start using it, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.

5 Responses to “Subscribe to the Play Index!”

  1. Dave Says:

    sorry to be a pain but the first segment should be "1871-2009" and the next one should be more than just "fifty years"

  2. FrankPereiro Says:

    The Play index is a must have tool for us baseball fans.

    The one thing I miss is being able to search some fielding data.

  3. TheGoof Says:

    The PI is awesome. I just wish my subscription were working or that I'd get a reply to my e-mail about the problem...

  4. Neil Paine Says:

    Re: #3, We don't have your e-mail in our system at all right now... Please send another message to [email protected] so that we can help you.

  5. DoubleDiamond Says:

    I know I promised to sign up for the Play Index after I completed a professional exam on January 26, one thing after another followed that, so I didn't sign up until I was snowed in last week. I plan to have a lot of fun with it.

    The first thing I did was to look up who had exactly 99 hits in 1999.

    Tony Phillips
    Kevin Jordan
    Brook Fordyce

    Jordan, who wore #23, the same number worn by Ryne Sandberg, was a utility player with the Phillies. I never knew he got anywhere close to 99 hits in any season. I mention Sandberg in connection with him because as a baseball-first sports fan, if you ask me who wore #23 on any Chicago team in the 1980s or 1990s or who had the last name of Jordan and wore #23 in the 1990s, these are my answers. OK, I know there was a guy on the White Sox AA team managed by Terry Francona, who wore #45 for that team, whom some people will answer.