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June 25, 2013

Feature Focus

Team Tracker, Basics

by Rob McQuown

The Baseball Prospectus Team Tracker is the most sophisticated stat-tracking tool available on the web. But that doesn't mean it has to be complicated to use. Starting at the beginning, when you click on the Team Tracker page for the very first time, an empty report is presented to you, as such:

Teams

This is empty because you have no teams to track yet. But that's easy to change, and you can add dozens of teams with any combinations of players, such as all your teams in your various fantasy leagues as well as each of your competitors' teams as well. Or, if you don't have a "team," you can enter any list of names you desire, such as the Cubs' current 40-man roster or the list of players leading in All-Star voting. The first step is to click on the "Edit Teams" link, which takes you to this page:

Entering "NL-Only Yahoo Team" and clicking Add Team adds this new team. At this point, you can set some options for your newly created organization, one of which is the time period you prefer to view by default when you see the report. This default time period can be changed later, and you can always select any option while looking at the report. But here's what's available, to give you an idea:

Forecasts are most useful during the offseason, when you can compare PECOTA projections for your players, while daily or weekly options appeal to many fantasy players.

Players

Now, you wonder, "where do the players go?" If you aren't copying a fantasy roster, skip forward to the "Edit Roster" section below. If you do have a fantasy roster—such as this one taken from my NL-only Yahoo league—some shortcuts for loading your players are available:

Using some basic cut-and-paste into a spreadsheet, and then cleaning up the rows that aren't really players (since Yahoo doesn't have an "export" function for rosters), the player list comes out as 25 names:

Edit Roster

You don't need to be armed with a list of names as above in order to populate a roster. Just type in names or parts of names to look up players from the approximately 9000 that are available in the Team Tracker system (Note: only MLB stats—and projections of MLB stats—are available in Team Tracker, though the comments from last week's article about Prospect Tracker give some suggestions of where to look for minor-league stats for your tracked players). To look up Mike Trout, for example, I entered "Trout" in the "Search by Name" box and chose "CF" for a position, and clicked "Do Filter and/or Search." This returns a list of all players with names like "Trout" who are center fielders. Without much surprise, there's only one:

But pitchers with "Smith" in their name is a different story:

One (or more) of the names in the leftmost box can be highlighted (using control-click to highlight a second player after clicking on the first one), and then the box below to add them to your team or watched list can be clicked. For now, don't worry about the watched list—just highlight Mike Trout to add him to the roster.

Remember the list of 25 names from above? I don't really want to retype all 25 players, and fortunately, Team Tracker doesn't require me to. I simply click on the link "click here to add a list of players" and paste in the 25 names to one of the two boxes (Roster or Watched List). When I do that with my 25 names from above and click the "Add Players" button, I see:

I want to add all these guys, so I leave them all checked and click the "Confirm" button. After doing that, I click on the "My Team Tracker" link, and I'm taken back to the original page, except that my fantasy production from yesterday is now shown for each of my players:

Those are the basics of Team Tracker, enough to get you started. Feel free to play around with the features, and check back next week for details about more advanced options.

Rob McQuown is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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dianagram

Thanks for the article Rob. I've been trying to add in my Scoresheet league team for my Team Tracker, and after selecting the league and typing in the team #, the team fails to load. Our league is definitely active. I tried a different (random) Scoresheet league and team, and still no dice.

Any ideas?

Jun 25, 2013 08:37 AM
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BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff

That's no good, sorry you're having troubles. I Dropped and re-loaded my Scoresheet team in the process of writing this, and tried it again just now, with no problems. It's actually accessing the Scoresheet site, so it's possible that something in your browser settings is blocking it from working, or that you chose two leagues which aren't working.

Also, to be sure that you're clicking the correct place, here's a screen grab of me loading my team (after I dropped all my players)...

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/u/images/team_tracker_load_scoresheet.PNG

From this spot, I clicked "Add Scoresheet Team to My Team", and it worked as advertised. Before clicking that, you need to be sure that the correct Scoresheet league is chosen, the correct Team Tracker team is chosen, and the number of your team is entered into the box.

Feel free to reply here if it's still not working, or to use the Contact Us form to drop me a note.

Jun 25, 2013 08:59 AM
 
John Carter

Ah, very cool about loading a list. I could have cut and pasted my Scoresheet ranking list for the supplemental draft just passed. Next month.

Jun 25, 2013 09:32 AM
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Joal K.

Any chance you'd make the columns sortable? I use this to track my Strat league rosters, including upcoming free agents. It would be really nice to sort by position or at bats or games started.

Thanks!

Jun 25, 2013 10:19 AM
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BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff

Good idea. I've added it to the queue. No promises on delivery date yet, though.

Jun 25, 2013 12:44 PM
 
David Sullivan

Thanks for this. Completely forgot it was here. Great tool.

Jun 25, 2013 10:22 AM
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teaaker

When can we expect Julio Urias to be added to the database?

Jun 25, 2013 12:22 PM
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BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff

Ask, and you shall receive. He's in there now. We haven't been automatically adding players, but are always happy to add requests.

Jun 25, 2013 12:36 PM
 
sbnirish77

Any chance the batters stats could include lefty / righty OPS (VSL_OPS, VSR_OPS)?

How about any splits for pitchers?

Jun 25, 2013 15:21 PM
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MaineSkin

Can we have Luiz Gogara P TEX, any thoughts?

Jun 27, 2013 15:02 PM
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BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff

I think when you say his name backward, you get "Aragog Ziul". On a more serious note, you can now add him to your Team Tracker teams. Always happy to add new players. Even lists, though if you send me a list, please include BP ID numbers if you can (available on their player cards, or via a link from the Sortable Statistics page - http://www.baseballprospectus.com/sortable/playerid_list.php, then if you don't see the player you want, there's another link for a complete CSV)

Jun 28, 2013 07:31 AM
 
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