After a long journey, we’re thrilled to announce that FBref.com, our website dedicated to world football, is going live today!

That’s the TL;DR version of this blog post. However, we want to take this opportunity to explain the process that brought us here, why we’re launching now, and where we hope to take the site going forward.

In summer of 2013, when we first began seriously working on this project, the champions of the five largest European domestic leagues were Manchester City, Barcelona, PSG, Bayern Munich, and Juventus, the best players in the world were Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo…

Bryce Harper was the #1 Overall Pick in the 2010 MLB Draft

In just a couple of weeks, Rob Manfred will announce that the Minnesota Twins are on the clock, kicking off the 2017 MLB Draft. There’s no shortage of talent in this year’s draft pool: one MLB.com writer suggested Hunter Greene might be the best right-handed high school pitcher ever (no HS RHP has ever been drafted #1 overall), while Baseball America thinks Kyle Wright from Vanderbilt University has a better shot of going to the Twin Cities with the top pick.

For the Twins and other teams with high picks, like the Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, and Tampa Bay…

When we last left Major League Baseball, one of its oldest franchises had broken the most storied title drought in American sports. It took over 100 years, not to mention the second 3–1 championship comeback in four months, but, for the first time since William H. Taft’s inauguration, the Cubs have a title to defend.

This year may not end in the same kind of joyous history-making, but there’s still plenty to look forward to. …

In November, we announced that we were no longer able to support automatic export of our tables to Excel. This was due to newer browsers not behaving in ways we expected, making it difficult to support the feature. We’re happy to announce that we’ve figured this out, however.

Today, the automatic Excel export feature has returned to all of our sites. To export any of our tables to Excel, please hover over “Share & more” above the table you’d like to export. Once you hover, you’ll see a dropdown where you can select “Get as Excel Workbook (experimental)”, which will download the table into an xls file you can open with Excel.

We hope you enjoy the convenience of this returned feature. Please let us know if you encounter any issues using it.

On the old version of the site on the front page, we placed the cursor into the search box automatically which could cause some issues if you had already scrolled down the page. Your browser would then be jerked back to the top of the page. On the site redesign, all you have to do is (once the page has loaded) hit the tab key one time and you’ll be put into the search box. Lickety Split.

I want to give a short update as to where the new redesign stands. We have fixed we believe all of the bugs (that didn’t already exist) in the play index. There are a few open issues in the register section. We have incorporated many of the suggested changes to the site from users who were experiencing issues.

Open issues

  • The register has a few open bugs
  • The in memoriam is not yet showing our non-players
  • There are a few bullpen style and administrative issues.
  • There appear some issues relating to Internet Explorer hanging in a way we can’t reproduce.
  • We are working on publishing the 2017 spring training stats, the projections, and the foreign leagues already underway.

We are working through all of these and expect to be 100% ready to go on Opening Day.

As you probably noticed, we re-designed Baseball-Reference.com last week. Our goal is to have all of the kinks ironed out as soon as possible. This means that we don’t have as much time as we normally would to get things like Spring Training stats up and running. Many people would like to see them now, but the fact of the matter is that few will care about them a month from now, so it’s not our highest priority. That said, we hope to have Spring Training stats up and running within the next two weeks. We are also hopeful to get 2017 Marcel Projections up, but we cannot make any promises

Thank you for your patience as we work on perfecting the new site.

By Sean Forman

First off, change is hard. I know that. We’ve moved a few things and some things have changed, but please be assured that we had very good reasons and have tried to make the redesigned site more useful than it was before. It’s not perfect, but neither was B-R last month. Please keep an open mind for a day, and if you still hate it, please let us know.

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While the National Baseball Hall of Fame voters didn’t agree that there were at least 12 candidates worthy of election this year, they did go ahead and vote in three very deserving candidates. It will be beyond thrilling to watch Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez, three of the greatest to ever play the game, take their rightful places in Cooperstown this summer.

However, time marches onward and, with this year’s voting in the books, it seems like a good time for an early peek at what lies ahead for voters. In short, it looks like the 2018 Hall…

Welcome to Part Three of our look at the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot. If you’re just joining us, make sure to go back and read Part One, which was about the 13 players that I think are easy Nos, and Part Two, about four players who were automatic Yes votes.

In our final installment, we’ll be getting into the real meat of the issue. There are 17 players left to review and, with a few exceptions, all of them are plausible Hall of Famers. However, they all have flaws that could keep them out for a couple of…

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