Monday, April 09, 2007

Disabled List Update Guidelines

More often then not, MLB.com gamedayritual users don't take any notice of the Disabled List... until one of your players is on it, and you're looking to free up roster space (in the next 30 minutes before the deadline) to bring in a replacement.

We've taken steps along with our stats provider to improve the quality of the feed, as well as the frequency with which its updated. And with those improvements, we'd like to announce some new guidelines for when users can expect GDR Disabled List to be updated. While we can't (yet) promise up-to-the-minute updates, we hope to improve on last season.

We generally receive updates to the DL from our stats provider daily at 8 AM ET and 8 PM ET. Occasionally there are drops that come later in the evening ET.

As a general rule, we would ask users to hold off until noon ET the day after a player goes on the MLB DL before they notify us of a DL discrepancy. The best place to do this is in the forum as then other users can see that we've been notified, keeping duplicate requests to a minimum. Use this are of the Forum (Technical FAQ - Baseball Edition) to post DL related issues.

http://www.gamedayritual.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=3

If a player goes on the MLB DL within 24 hours of a roster deadline, we will make every effort to add that player to the GDR DL. In this case, if you don't see the player you're looking for on the DL, please feel free to post it in the forum and we'll tend to it as soon as we can.

Note that very often there are news articles which elude to the fact that a player may go on the DL at some point in the future... this is a slippery area as many MLB teams use the DL to manage roster space and 'nagging injuries', and for that reason we follow the official MLB DL. As such, if you're posting about somebody who's gone on the DL, if you can include a link to the official MLB.com Transactions area showing the details of a player's stint on the MLB DL, that will help to expedite their addition to the GDR DL. Here's an example of the Pirates Transactions page:

http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/team/transactions.jsp?c_id=pit&year=2007&month=3

We have plans to further refine the DL feed this season, and hope to improve the level of service even further. But if you're lucky... none of this will matter to you anyway, and your squad will stay out of the infirmary in 2007!

1 comment:

Fargo Highlife said...

Thanks for the info, George. I know this is a difficult issue for the staff to keep up with, and I for one appreciate your efforts.

Now if you could just magically heal Matsui's hammy, I would be much happier....