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Partnership with College Baseball Foundation
The Baseball Cube is proud to announce a partnership with the College Baseball Foundation (CBF). CBF's purpose is to preserve and recognize the history of College Baseball, which works perfectly with TBC's plan to rebuild the recent history (1965-present) of College Baseball Stats for D1 schools.

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2021 Spring Stats
Did you know that Josh Rojas of the Diamondbacks had the most spring training plate appearances in 2021 with 79?

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Prospects Updated
February and March are baseball prospect season! Leading rankings sites such as Baseball America and MLB Pipeline provide their rankings for teams, organizations and a more generalized MLB ranking list. Its essentially a gift to baseball fans who are mostly unable to evaluate player talent for minor leaguers. Scouting and evaluation is a difficult task and requires aggregation of information to get a full picture. BA and Pipeline are well-connected to industry scouts and so can come up with lists based on their handling of this information.

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2021 D1 Rosters/Bios Updated
One of those long daunting projects each Fall/Winter that takes a lot of discipline to get through. The College Roster project includes not only adding a player profile for all new D1 players for the new college season but also includes bio information and links to existing college or high school stats in our database to build as complete of a history as possible for incoming D1 players, whether Freshmen, JUCO Transfers or transfers from D2/D3/NAIA.

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Tracker Update + HCBOW
First of all, Happy College Baseball Opening Weekend (HCBOW)! An exciting time for those of us who like the College game and haven't see any action for a year.

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TBC Player Tracker Suspended
For various reasons ... that I will get into in a later post. The Tracker will return in a different form for all PREMIUM subscribers.

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Pointing Towards Something
Its easy to get off-track. Especially for me. The Baseball Cube is a labor of love. Its an albatross in my life. I love it. But its heavy. For a while, it was on the zeitgeist but with the evolution of "analytics", the site has been tossed to the side into the less "cool" of the genre of baseball sites. Why did I miss the boat on analytics? To start, I didn't have the bandwidth to understand. I was more concerned with beefing up the historical data. Quantity. Length instead of width. WAR is great but how can I compete with BR or Fangraphs or Baseball Savant. Next-level analytics. Meh. I lost my way. I started off on the cutting edge simply because I was providing a view of data on the web that nobody else had. Over time, analytics took over and The Baseball Cube faded into a secondary niche site with various datasets that people needed. But not the masses. Just a few hundred (Thousand?) people here and there. And that's fine. How does 1 person compete with the multi-employee companies (BR) and the corporations (MLB/ESPN). Well, I don't. They can have their zeitgeist. I'm going longitudinal. And I'll work harder than them, pound for pound, then any of them.

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Player Salaries Updated
Completed a touch-up project to fill in some missing salaries over the last 15 years. There were many records for players without a salary listed and so we researched and filled them in. This includes call-ups for 2019-2020 who never had their salary included. Most of the injected players had league minimum but not all. I also revised the League/Team ranks to be more accurate. If tied, players receive the same rank as opposed to the prior method. Also, players with minimum salary are not ranked for either the league or the team. Some salaries were corrected but mostly for players who had an entry level contract higher than the minimum. Many Japanese or Cuban players join MLB with a higher salary while some draft picks sign an entry level Major League contract as well.

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2020 Service Time
2020 Service Time has been added for all players who played at least 1 game in the Major Leagues in 2020.

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MLB Uniform #s ++ ... Twitter Reboot
Small update for 2020. Added Uniform #s for 2020 MLB. I like Uniform #s displayed in the stat grids. College is also already up to date for 2020.

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2020 Summer Leagues ++
++ Means added. I just made that up. But going forward, any new data added will have the ++ in the subject.

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MLB Height/Weight update
Player bios are normally initiated when they start at a D1 college or are drafted/signed. This means that they are usually 18 years old are less and their height/weight attributes are for a teenager and not an adult male. And since I don't really have any yearly project to update these values, you'll often have seen many Major Leaguers weighing in at 170 which is most likely their Freshman Year weight.

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2020 MLB Stats + Slight Focus Shift
MLB stats being updated is not a big deal. 1000 other sites have up-to-date, more comprehensive MLB stats. This site update is more about my shift in focus.

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Stats for 5000+ HS Players
So TBC PREMIUM is going well despite the pandemic which has resulted in the sudden cancellation of the College Baseball season as well as the full minor league season. Not to mention the delayed MLB season. I am happy with the membership so far and I haven't received any negative feedback so I will take that as a good sign.

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Looking for D1 College Stats 1965-2001
Big project. Looking to rebuild College Baseball stats history. Starting with D1. TBC has 2002-present at about 99.8% completion. Now, trying to fill in historical stats.

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MINI GOAT Strikes again
When you are 47, you tend to stray from the zeitgeist of the vernacular. Words appear out of nowhere from millenials. The kids have created this new language, truncating mine. At my day job, there are many millenials. Younger, smarter, sharper and nicer. Self-aware. But they use words that I have to google. Fam. Lit. Sick. Dope. Chill. GOAT. Once, at my company gym, a couple of friends told me that at first, I am intimidating as a co-worker because of my experience/knowledge but then they told me I was quite chill. The only thing I could think to say was "What does chill mean exactly?"

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2020 College Stats - All Levels
This is one of the biggest projects each year. Stats for 1350+ schools have been added to the college section for 2020. With Division I being added earlier this summer, we have now added NCAA Division II and III, the NAIA and all Junior Colleges across the country including the NJCAA, the California JC league (CCCAA) and the Northwest Athletic Conference. The data included batting/pitching and basic team info. Players are linked to their profile if exists.

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2020 Salaries added
Player salaries are a standard dataset. Given the circumstances of the shortened 2020 season, it is clear that the salary $ values do not reflect actual earned dollars for the year. The schedule will only be 60 games plus playoffs and the exact payment structure is not clear to me. All this to say that the 2020 salary values were the intended base salaries for each player for the year. I will be leaving the values as-is for ease of future comparison between seasons.

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Injuries History Part II
A quick post to let you know that complete injury history for all active Major Leaguers since 2012 are now included on the player page under "Transactions".

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Injured List history 1970-2019
The Baseball Cube (that's me) has a new data product in the data store that I think might be underpriced so it might be a good time to get it now. For $45, you can get a list of all Injured List (IL) appearances for Major Leaguers since 1970 PLUS the added bonus of minor league IL appearances since 2012.

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