MiLB.com Frequently Asked Questions
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Stats, Scores and Transactions:
Do you have a page that lists scores by organization?
Is there a way to see scores and boxes/recaps from games played earlier in the season?
What happened to last season's game-by-game results, which were available on the schedule page?
How can I find out what the abbreviations mean at the tops of columns on the stats page?
How do I view information for players I have bookmarked on the player's bio page?
Why is it that many of your stats only go back as far as 2005?
Is there an injury report published for the Minor League clubs? If so, where would I look for that information?
Are transactions reports maintained throughout the offseason?
Locating MiLB.com Content:
What are best ways to search MiLB.com for particular types of content?
During the playoffs, is there one page that has all scores for all the leagues?
What's the quickest way to locate information about an individual player if I don't know his current team?
Is there a way I can search for more than just a player's stats and bio information on MiLB.com?
How are the Players of the Week selected? Is there a link to an archive with past selections?
Is there a list of all the radio stations that cover Minor League games and which teams they cover?
I'm looking for photos from a game I attended. Have you got an archive of those?
I really enjoy MiLB.com Moniker Madness. Is there an archive with the results of past contests?
I am looking for attendance figures since the time of my team's most recent stadium renovation. Can you help?
Where are the ballparks in which the teams in the Gulf Coast League play?
Why don't you maintain links to archives of discontinued feature series?
Is there any way to find out the number of teams and the number of stadiums in Minor League Baseball?
How can I find out who is calling the games I see on MiLB.TV or on MiLB Gameday Audio?
Do you have a list of alumni of certain colleges or high schools?
Do you have a list -- or even just a head count -- of active players in MiLB and MLB during a given year?
Do you have a list of player agents and their clients?
Why don't more teams provide info on walk-up music for batters and entry music for relief pitchers?
Is there a list of all Minor League coaches somewhere on the website?
Mexican and Offseason Leagues:
I see the Arizona League in your lists of leagues, but why can't I find any coverage of the Arizona Fall League?
Why doesn't MiLB.com feature more coverage for Mexican League news and highlights?
Why is the Mexican Pacific League not listed on your website, but the Mexican League is covered?
I can't find tickets for the Arizona Fall League games. How can I buy advance tickets for those games?
Where can I get Arizona Fall League caps or merchandise? I looked online and could not find anything.
Do you know what team's cap/jersey/logo this is? Where can I purchase the team's current cap/jersey/logo?
Are there ever any special items available, especially signed or game-used caps, jerseys or photographs?
Other Site Questions:
How many polls do you have running at the same time? Can fans contribute other than just voting?
I'm planning a trip this summer. How would I check the schedules for teams in the places I'll be visiting?
Why do I see Minor League news on both MiLB.com and MLB.com?
MLB.com has a roster of past and present umpires. Does MiLB.com?
I took photographs at a recent game and was hoping to submit some to MiLB.com. How do I do that?
I sang the national anthem at a game and would like a video. Can you tell me how I might purchase one?
Why am I having trouble seeing a league scoreboard or some other page on MiLB.com?
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Stats, Scores and Transactions:
Q. Do you have a page that lists scores by organization?
A. MiLB.com has a composite schedule page that gives live score updates and is linkable from "Schedule" in the site masthead. It allows the user to filter for organization and league. We are currently working on a scoreboard page that would allow the user to find scores by MLB affiliation.
Q. Is there a way to see scores and boxes/recaps from games played earlier in the season?
A. The scoreboard and schedule pages linked from the site masthead allows the user to find games by date with links to box score, recaps, etc.
Q. What happened to last season's game-by-game results, which were available all season on the schedule page?
A. During the offseason, as teams begin to send in their Schedules for the upcoming season, the Schedule pages for all teams are cleared, then individual Schedules are updated as soon as the new slate is available. You can still find results back to 2005 on each team's site. For example, here are the Potomac Nationals' game-by-game results since 2005.
Q. How can I find out what the abbreviations mean at the tops of columns on the stats page?
A. The different stats pages for most individual teams and leagues now include a Stats Legend link that explains what the acronyms stand for.
Q. How do I view information for players I have bookmarked on the player's bio page?
A. You can find it linked from the "Stats" dropdown on the main site navigation.
Q. Why is it that many of your stats only go back as far as 2005?
A. MLB Advanced Media, which produces MiLB.com (as well as most individual Minor League team and league sites), took over as the official statistician for Minor League Baseball in 2005. In order to display accurate "official" stats, MiLB.com typically includes only numbers for the years 2005-present.
Q. Is there an injury report published for the Minor League clubs? If so, where would I look for that information?
A. If you go to any league website home page, select the pull-down stats menu in the masthead, and click on "League Transactions," you'll find a record of every player placed on the disabled list by any team in the league. The month-by-month list identifies the Minor League or Major League team making the move, and you can select different months to view. If a team identifies the specific injury, it will be listed there. Here's a California League report, for example. You can also get to the same information by selecting the Stats menu in the MiLB.com masthead. It provides access to a variety of league-by-league statistical information, including transactions.
Q. Are transactions reports maintained throughout the offseason?
A. Yes, the league Transactions pages are updated throughout the year.
Locating MiLB.com Content:
Q. What are best ways to search MiLB.com for particular types of content?
A. The masthead at the top of the main MiLB.com features a set of links to the key content types throughout the website. Clicking on one of the masthead menu items, such as Info, will display a page of content, and often a set of links in the left column for related content. If instead of clicking on the masthead menu item you mouse over it, a drop-down menu will offer the same or a similar set of links to related content. We also have a site content search that is accessible at the top of most MiLB.com pages.
Q. During the playoffs, is there one page that has all scores for all the leagues?
A. We have one-page access to full playoff coverage by league, and you can quickly get to the box scores, as well as news and more, for all leagues from that page. During the playoffs, there will be a link to this page from the main page, or you can always access it from the Events menu in the masthead. MiLB.com also has a composite schedule page that gives live score updates all season long and is linkable from "Schedule" in the site masthead.
Q. What's the quickest way to locate information about an individual player if I don't know his current team?
A. You can search for any Minor League player by last name using the player search field in the masthead of any MiLB.com page.
Q. Is there a way I can search for more than just a player's stats and bio information on MiLB.com?
A. The main source of this information is the archive available by selecting News in the masthead. It helps if you know the approximate date of any news events for the player, as there's no search within the archive.
Q. How are the Players of the Week selected? Is there a link to an archive with past selections?
A. Players of the Week are selected by the individual leagues in which they play. The News header in the masthead offers a pull-down menu with a link to Player of the Week information. Or if you click News to open the page, there will be a set of links on the left side, including one to current and archived Player of the Week coverage. All players of the week since 2006 can be found on the landing page.
Q. Is there a list of all the radio stations that cover Minor League games and which teams they cover?
A. Clubs that have set up radio broadcasts are listed on our Gameday Audio page, available in the MiLB.TV pull-down menu in the masthead. Click the link next to the club to see the local station that broadcasts its games. If both teams have radio coverage of the game, you can choose to listen to the home team or the opponent's broadcast.
Q. I'm looking for photos from a game I attended. Have you got an archive of those?
A. MiLB.com has made arrangements with dozens of photographers, but with more than 150 affiliated Minor league teams, we face two challenges: getting photos from as many games as possible, and selecting which photos to feature in galleries in addition to pictures published with News stories. On the main MiLB.com page, there is a Photos section if you scroll down a bit. You may find a photo from a game you've attended in one of those galleries. Also, the News dropdown in the masthead has a link to Photo Galleries. Finally, some leagues and teams also create and publish their own photo galleries. If they have that kind of content -- like this one from the Reno Aces -- there's usually a link to it somewhere in their masthead, perhaps under a Fans, Community or Multimedia menu.
Q. I really enjoy Minors Moniker Madness. Is there an archive with the results of past contests?
A. If you click on or mouse over the Fans menu in the masthead, you can access a link to the page for the annual Minors Moniker Madness contest. On that page, under "Previous Winners," click on the name of a winner and you'll be taken to the completed bracket for that year's contest. Or, if you open the Fans page and click on Minors Moniker Madness in the left column, there are links to past brackets.
Q. I am looking for attendance figures for my team since the time of its most recent stadium renovation. Can you help?
A. Attendance figures and team averages for the most recent season are published on the websites for all leagues. This information can be found in the "Stats" menu, accessible from the masthead. For example, here's the California League's year-to-date attendance numbers for each of its clubs, including averages. The websites for some leagues also include additional attendance information of various types. If it is published, this information is most likely to be found by selecting the "History" or "About" menu in a team's masthead. For example, here are the California League's attendance figures for each year since 2005. Some leagues may publish additional attendance information in their media guides but not on the league website. You can contact leagues directly to inquire about and request any historical information they may have about attendance.
The Minor League Baseball Information Guide probably aggregates this data the best.
Q. Where are the ballparks in which the teams in the Gulf Coast League play?
A. GCL teams play at the Spring Training/Florida State League complexes of their parent affiliate. You can find addresses for each stadium on the GCL information page.
Q. Why don't you maintain links to archives of discontinued feature series?
A. Feature series, such as Movin' on Up and Cracked Bats, have primarily been written by an individual writer. Once that writer leaves MiLB.com, the decision will often be made to retire the series -- or at least place it on hiatus. Maintaining a link to those stories in the same menu with newer series that are still running might create the mistaken impression that we've forgotten about some series altogether. If you bookmarked any individual stories, though, you should still have access to them. You can also find items linked from search engines.
Q. Is there any way to find out the number of teams and the number of stadiums in Minor League Baseball?
A. There's a list of all teams in the Minors available from the Teams menu in the masthead. Highlight that menu and click on the "Find team by: Affiliation" link (on the right side above all the individual team links). Most teams have their own ballpark, although some share one stadium, like Jupiter and Palm Beach. Some of the lower-level Rookie leagues, like the Gulf Coast and Arizona (Summer) Leagues, play in their parent clubs' spring complexes.
Q. How can I find out who is calling the games I see on MiLB.TV or on MiLB Gameday Audio?
A. That information can be found on the site of each individual team. Look for an About or Contact Us menu and click on that for a list of front office personnel, including the broadcasters. For example, here's one of the more extensive team personnel directories, belonging to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, which identifies Johnny Doscow as the team's radio broadcaster, and includes a link to additional information about him.
Q. Do you have a list of alumni of certain colleges or high schools?
A. Unfortunately, there is no search-by-school feature available at this time on MiLB.com -- although other sites may offer something like that. You may want to contact your school's sports information office. They are likely to have records of alumni who've been drafted or signed as free agents.
Q. Do you have a list -- or even just a head count -- of active players in MiLB and MLB during a given year?
A. We don't publish that information in a single list. The number of players who played in the Majors in 2010 was 1,249. The number of players who were signed to contracts with affiliated Minor League clubs was 7,778 in 2010. Since the Mexican League is not affiliated, that number does not include players from that league. Those totals will vary a little each year, but not too much.
Q. Do you have a list of player agents and their clients?
A. We don't have any listings of agents, sorry. The website for Cot's Baseball Contracts has information for players on the 40-man rosters of MLB teams.
Q. Why don't more teams provide a page featuring the current walk-up music for batters and entry music for relief pitchers?
A. It would be extremely difficult to get all, or even most, of the 160 affiliated teams to agree to maintain a database/archive of this music. Ticket sales and promotions tend to take priority, and when you consider the constant player movement throughout the Minors, many teams -- especially those in smaller cities and towns, with limited front-office staffs -- find it difficult enough just to keep up with publishing transactions. But with new technology available, perhaps more clubs will decide to get into the act.
Q. Is there a list of all Minor League coaches somewhere on the website?
A. The website does not contain a single view of the coaching staffs for all teams, or even all the teams in a given league. Coaching staffs are listed on the roster pages for each individual team, however. Just go to any club's website and click or highlight the Roster selection in the masthead.
Mexican and Offseason Leagues:
Q. I always see the Arizona League in your lists of leagues, but why can't I find any coverage of the Arizona Fall League?
A. The Arizona Fall League is run by Major League Baseball, so all coverage of that league -- including Rosters, Schedules, Tickets and Scoreboards, and News -- can be found on MLB.com, at the AFL website, MLBfallball.com.
Q. Why doesn't MiLB.com feature more coverage for Mexican League news and highlights?
A. It comes down to not having the resources, especially with the language barrier, to provide daily editorial coverage of the Mexican League. The league's own website does provide dedicated coverage of the teams, as well as stats for all players and live Gameday box scores for all LMB games. We've tried to aim MiLB.com editorial coverage toward content that the largest number of baseball fans might be interested in: top Major League prospects, Draft picks, unique club promotions, etc. And, though the Mexican League is part of Minor League Baseball and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, its teams and players are not directly affiliated with Major League organizations, so it's tough for them to crack the editorial lineup.
Q. Why are Įguilas de Mexicali and the other teams of the Mexican Pacific League not listed on your website, but the Mexican League is covered?
A. Unlike the Mexican League (Liga Mexicana de Beisbol, or LMB), the Mexican Pacific League is not part of Minor League Baseball or the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. On MLB.com, you can find coverage of several "Winter Leagues" with rosters that include Major League prospects, as well as free agents and former Major Leaguers. That coverage starts with the Arizona Fall League in October and November, and also includes four Caribbean Leagues with Schedules staggered from October into January: Liga de Beisbol Dominicano, Liga Mexicana del Pacifico, Liga de Beisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico and Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional.
Q. Where can I get Arizona Fall League caps or merchandise? I looked online and could not find anything.
A. The Arizona Fall League offers long- and short-sleeve shirts and hats at ballpark merchandise stands, but currently there is nothing online. You can call the AFL office at 602-681-9362 to learn what's available.
Q. Do you know what team's cap/jersey/logo this is? Where can I purchase the team's current cap/jersey/logo?
A. If you want to look over paraphernalia from Minor League teams, the "Shop" menu on the masthead is a gateway to all licensed merchandise for Minor League Baseball.
Q. Are there ever any special items available, especially signed or game-used caps, jerseys or photographs?
A. Have a look at what's available at the Auction page, accessible from the masthead menu of most MiLB.com page views.
Other Site Questions:
Q. How many polls do you have running at the same time? Can fans contribute other than just voting?
A. There is only one poll running at any given time. You can find it on the main MiLB.com page by scrolling down and voting in the lower right part of the homepage. The same poll may appear on one or more of the pages in the Fans menu -- such as the Roadtrip page -- accessible from the masthead. The polls are created by MiLB.com editors, and there is currently no "app" to enable fan participation in that phase. However, if you send ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org, it's possible your ideas could be included in future polls.
Q. I'm planning a trip this summer. How would I check the schedules for teams in the places I'll be visiting?
A. The schedules for teams in the upcoming seasons arrive at different times during the offseason and are updated accordingly. If you don't see your team's current schedule yet, you may want to contact the club directly. The Tickets page, accessible from the MiLB.com masthead, features a list of all teams by state with links to each team's home page -- in case you're still deciding where you'll be visiting. And you might also want to check out some of the road trips we have put together for fans.
Q. Why do I see Minor League news on both MiLB.com and MLB.com?
A. MLB Advanced Media is licensed by contract to produce website content for both the Major Leagues and the Minor Leagues. MiLB.com rarely covers news related to Major League players or organizations. Minor League news can be accessed on the main MiLB.com home page and also by selecting News from the masthead menu. For the affiliated Minor Leagues and their teams, MLB.com does regularly publish a certain amount of news content separately from MiLB.com. On MLB.com, Minor League news can be found on a landing page dedicated to the regular season U.S.-based affiliates, and on another landing page covering several winter leagues that feature some players under contract to Major League Baseball teams or hoping to secure a free-agent contract.
If you know the player's team, you should check that team's website, perusing its news archive and adding its RSS news feed to your online reader. RSS feeds are available from an icon in the "Headlines" section on the team's main page or a link in the news menu. You could also go to the website of the league that team is in and check the sources there. Links to team and league pages are available in the MiLB.com masthead and also in that same spot on team and league pages. We are also working on a site content search that should be ready at some point in 2011.
Q. MLB.com has a roster of past and present umpires. Does MiLB.com?
A. Some league websites have lists of umpires available, typically accessible from a masthead menu such as About or Umpires. There are a significant number of umpire moves throughout the season due to promotions, injuries, etc., so the list of umpires by league may not be current. We do not have a comprehensive list of former umpires.
Q. I had the opportunity to take photographs at a recent game and I was hoping to submit some to MiLB.com. How do I do that?
A. We have a slideshow on the MiLB.com Fans page, accessible from the masthead, dedicated to showcasing photos taken and submitted by fans. You can email the images to: MiLBwebmaster@mlb.com.
Q. I sang the national anthem at a game and would like a video. Can you tell me how I might purchase one from your website?
A. Unfortunately, that's not a standard item of merchandise. You will need to contact the home team -- and possibly the visiting team -- to see if either of them have a video or audio recording they could make available to you.
Q. Why am I having trouble seeing a league scoreboard or some other page on MiLB.com?
A. There is a chance that your ad-block settings are interfering with certain pages on MiLB.com. Adjusting your ad-block settings on certain pages -- notably the league scoreboard and audio links pages -- has resolved this problem for many people.