Just before Opening Day 2009, Baseball-Reference.com launched its newly re-designed site. Now included in the site is the SABR Minor League Database.
The addition of the SABR Minor Leagues database adds about 175,000 players and 4,000 league seasons to Baseball-Reference.com. “SABR is pleased to license Sports Reference LLC this dataset and bring it to the attention of the wider audience on baseball-reference.com” said SABR Executive Director John Zajc. “SABR’s mission is to share baseball research information and we felt that providing a licesne to Sports Reference was a real win-win situation.”
Later this year, baseball-reference.com plans to add the Pete Palmer-Gary Gillette historical statistical database, which has powered recent editions of The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia and is being sub-licensed through SABR. When completed, this will make baseball-reference.com the most accurate online source of historical major league data, another focus of SABR’s mission.
Work on improving the SABR Minors Leagues database is continuing as one of SABR’s biggest volunteer efforts. Volunteers are needed to compile, cross-check, verify, and fill in the gaps in statistics. To find out more about volunteering, contact the database steering committee at sabrmilb at gmail dot com.
Originally published: April 7, 2009. Last Updated: April 7, 2009.