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Saturday, September 5, 2015

baseball-reference.com shows player age as "yy.ddd". Who knew?

Not my friend John who taught high school math for 40 years.  Certainly not I.

baseball-reference.com uses this form for age: yy.ddd, which to them means two digits for years, then a period to separate, then three digits for days with leading zeroes.  Example:

Barry Bonds

Height: 6' 1", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: July 241964 in Riverside, CA (Age 51.043)

No matter how much it may look like a decimal point, it's not.  baseball-reference.com could have made it explicit as it did for the traditional form for height but it did not.  baseball-reference.com could have done this:

Age: 51 years, 43 days

Why not be consistent and present height the same way: 6.01?  Who the heck would figure that out?

I exchanged messages with someone at baseball-reference.com and the company seems very satisfied with what it's doing.  That exchange was a result of this recent post:

Age can be misleading at baseball-reference.com Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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