posted on Monday, September 28, 2020
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.
posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
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?"
posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2020
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.
posted on Monday, July 6, 2020
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.
posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2020
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".
posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2020
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.
posted on Sunday, June 28, 2020
All player bios for 2020 Division I College Baseball Players
have been updated. 301 schools. Very many players. Lots of work. Glad it's done for the year.
posted on Thursday, June 18, 2020
The 2020 MLB Draft
was added to the site. Shortest draft in history at 5 rounds. From Torkelson
posted on Tuesday, June 9, 2020
The MLB entry draft will take place on June 10-11 and will be only 5 rounds instead of the usual 40. Next year's draft will only be 20 rounds. The strategical impact will play out this week. Free agent signings will become a thing or maybe it won't. Nobody knows just yet.
posted on Sunday, May 24, 2020
My daughter is only 15. She wants to play US College Softball. She oscillates between typical teenage girl and softall fanatic. We watch NCAA Softball games at the dining room table. She rewinds all the great plays. She understands almost EVERYTHING about the game. She knows all the Power-5 colleges. We practice outside every 2nd day for an hour. Her team practices 5 times a week on Zoom. I'm her catcher on Wednesday mornings, headphones on for my own daily huddle with my own workteam. I'm talking about data while she is throwing me changeups and drops. At nights, in darkness, I stand in the driveway launching missiles into the square-spotlight of the garage with my daughter standing in front of a net, working on backhands. 50 backhands. 50 short-hops. 50 more to her left. I can't throw hard enough to defeat her. The cars prone behind me, she hits my glove with her throws everytime. We're in Canada. We're in a good program but its not that easy to get noticed up here for College softball. My daughter wants D1. She will settle for D2. But I don't know. She's good but I don't know.
posted on Thursday, May 14, 2020
I'm always trying to improve the TBC Draft Section
. Though I have all historical draft picks in there, the undrafted free agent signings needed a data infusion.
posted on Sunday, May 10, 2020
7 degrees Trudeau. That's 45 degrees Trump. I'm standing in my dark driveway. Hoodie. Trying to keep warm. Its after 9. The neighbourhood prepares for a commute-less tomorrow. In the bright garage, my 15-year old daughter dances from left to right as I throw her grounders. 50 backhands. Rollers, bouncers, soft, hard. The hitting net catches the few errors. I throw about 50 more. To her left, her right, directly at her. She's Sis Bates. The ball travels through her and back to me in a second. She plays 2b. But her arm has improved a lot. Her team has 4 other SS. I don't care. I can see her playing some Sis Bates SS. 4 hours a day of working out will do that. I am beyond impressed. We are a Nike commercial tonight. Grounders when others sleep. The camera will pan back into the sky and all you will see is the bright square garage getting smaller and smaller, the ball rebounding effortlessly in and out as the words "Just do It." fade into the dark sky.
posted on Sunday, May 3, 2020
The Player Notes section in the PREMIUM section now has Expansion Draft information from 1960-1997. I haven't yet included the Montreal 2024 expansion draft.
posted on Friday, May 1, 2020
I'm looking for pre-2002 College Baseball Media Guides, preferably Division I. I don't care so much about the media guide itself as much as certain elements within.
posted on Monday, April 27, 2020
2020 Division I College Stats
: I refreshed the data with respect to the stats only. Most likely a few conferences were missing a game or two but now they should all be up to date. I will be completing the accessory data soon. Team Records, uniform numbers, player class.
posted on Sunday, April 19, 2020
Another week at home. Many more to come. I'll be one of the last to go back since I am able to WFH (work from home as we say in the industry). The collective morale of the collective is starting to burn. The novelty of forced lockdown and perpetual LFH (living from home as we say in the industry) is wearing off. The movement towards opening up is gaining steam and is headed towards 1.21 gigawatts of power, at which point Doc and Marty will leave their homes and socially distance in 1955.
posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2020
I added Team USA Stats to the "Other Stats" section. These are college players who played for Team USA in the summer. Usually the top College Players of the year. Underclassmen. They play Internationally mostly. Maybe they played in the Olympics too. The stats won't be linked so you can't see the full Team USA stats. You can only view by player. For now. The data goes back to 1984. I am missing 1988. The Team USA web site made a mistake for 1988. So...
posted on Sunday, April 5, 2020
It has been 2 weeks since I have posted an update. 24 days of isolation in the books. Time goes both slow and fast. Life is both good and bad. It is both restful and stressful. There are a lot of dichotimies these days. The world has become a simple place with a complex problem, the ultimate dichotomy.
posted on Sunday, March 22, 2020
10 days of isolation in the books. No known end in sight. The world has become surreal. I am wise enough to find the positive in this situation. I can work more. I can drive less. I can still run and lift weights. The Internet works. We have hot water and food. The town still operates. I can work and earn money for now. I can still derive much purpose from my day.
posted on Friday, March 13, 2020
The TBC Tracker is on hold. That's it. I won't tell you to wash your hands or self-isolate. If you're like me, you get an email or Facebook post every 22 minutes on the subject. Your world is probably imploding 1 email at a time like me. Everything you love is being taken away from you. College baseball. Pro baseball. Kids Activities. School. And now work has asked you to stay home because you had the nerve to go to a neighbouring country at a time when nobody was concerned about the beer virus.
posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Back from Florida. Did not attend a Spring Training game. My choices were Jupiter and West Palm. I have seen both parks multiple times and I was focused on a softball prospect instead. At a softball camp, the prospect batted >.350 with an OBP near .500.
posted on Sunday, March 8, 2020
I don't rank prospects
. I don't do anything really. I aggregate. That's what I do. So I aggregated the prospect rankings for 4 expert sites. Baseball America, MLB Pipeline, FanGraphs and Baseball Prospectus. In the case of BA and MLB, they rank top 30s per team as well as top 100 MLB. The other 2 rank only for MLB top 100 or 101 in BP's case. The result is a more interesting view of prospect rankings. I've been capturing the rankings since BA started ranking in the 1990s.
posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2020
You now have the ability, as a TBC PREMIUM subscriber
to enter notes for any player that will now stick to your player page. The notes will appear on the right-hand side, next to the Player Biograpny. The notes can be entered as Public or Private. Public notes will appear for all subscribers while Private notes will appear for your account only. Remember this feature is only available to PREMIUM subscribers.
posted on Sunday, February 23, 2020
Every now again I will post some bullet points that are generally too small for their own post. More like little Tweets merged together into an article.
posted on Friday, February 21, 2020
High School stats research project will have incremental updates. Each day, we'll do some research and upload the latest available stats and player bridges. At the time of this entry, there are 1069 school/seasons available. Keep checking in to see this number grow and eventually, the number will impress you enough to sign up to a TBC PREMIUM
posted on Thursday, February 20, 2020
The following list is based on an extract from The Baseball Cube's Draft Database
posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2020
All Head Coaches and paid assistant coaches have been added to Division I schools. Why only paid coaches? I don't know man. I draw lines in the sand and I stick to them.
posted on Monday, February 17, 2020
The College Baseball season started on Friday. Valentines Day. You probably missed it. Missed dinner with the other I mean. No way you missed MLB4 Michigan/Vanderbilt right? Um, I did. Because I'm in Canada. Stupid Canada. Don't have MLB Network. Which surprised me. THought I did ... but I digress ... The College kickoff means the Tracker is ready to go.
posted on Saturday, February 8, 2020
Over the next little while, The Baseball Cube will delve back into High School data
. Though it existed in a prior version of TBC, it was thin and for only a few selected schools. The latest attempt will be a long-term project and will be available only to TBC PREMIUM
subscribers. I have been collecting data for a month and today, I started development to integrate the data into the site. On High School pages, (See Blessed Trinity
in Georgia), above the alumni, you will see a list of available seasons. Regular visitors will see the years available unlinked while subscribers will see more information. You may also see notes of availability on players pages if data exists...designed to tease. Sorry. The data is still thin but will be growing at a fair rate over time.
posted on Saturday, February 1, 2020
The Division I NCAA season starts on Friday, February 14, 2020. Only 2 weeks away. College World Series defending champions Vanderbilt
are the pre-season #1, according to Baseball America
. I'm not sure what percentage of baseball fans care about college baseball. But in case you didn't know, The Baseball Cube cares very much
posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2020
The Empire league
is a Professional Independent Baseball League. It is named after the Empire State (New York). According to Wikipedia
, there are 3 teams from upstate New York, 1 in Puerto Rico, 1 in New Hampshire and a travelling team. To complicate matters, the league office is in Tampa. Someone once asked me to add the league to my Indy League section
. I have complied.
posted on Sunday, January 26, 2020
Visit this page for site updates and random, possibly baseball-related information on the progress of the site and life in general. Hey Cube ... seems kinda old school to go this old format when y'all got Twitter, Facebook, Instachat and all those them there social media things. Well, to be honest, I don't like Twitter or Facebook. I find the updates drop out of feeds rather quickly and therefore, is hard to keep people informed. I also don't like the comments and easy/direct access to insult me publicly. This is not healthy. Instead, I will provide a link to this section at the top of each page where visitors can, at their leisure, click through to read about my latest updates or even my latest rants. You will not be able to comment or reply directly. Its only there for you to read. You can comment privately to me via email if you wish. Old School works better for me.