When the Hall of Stats was introduced, one of the very first feature requests (from M.Cook and KJOK) was the ability to view players by position. Since the launch, I’ve been thinking of the best way to do just that. And I think I’ve got it.
In a weekend project with Michael Berkowitz (he’s the guy who brought you single-season stats and similarity scores), we put together positional ranking pages. These pages show an extended list of the top 200 players (or 500 pitchers or 25 DHs) at each position.
Check them out:
- First Base
- Second Base
- Third Base
- Left Field
- Center Field
- Right Field
- Designated Hitter
We’ve added lists to the sidebar of each page, showing the Top 5…
- players of all time at each position
- players at that position outside the Hall of Fame
- players at that position outside the Hall of Stats
- active players at that position
- retired-but-not-yet-eligible players at that position
On each page, you’ll see the same filters you’re familiar with from the homepage (Hall of Stats inductees, Hall of Fame inductees, Active and Worthy players, etc.). We also now number players in the list, even re-numbering once the list is filtered.
You can get to these pages from the “baseball field” view on the homepage. You can also get to them from any player page via the hyperlinked position in the header. (When you get there from a player page, it jumps you to that player’s spot on the list, if he’s on the list.)
Let me know what you think. We’re always looking for useful ways to present our data and positional rankings seemed like a no-brainer. Thanks M.Cook and KJOK! (And an even bigger thanks to Michael for continuing to make all my Hall of Stats dreams come true.)