Alternate ID for players

Issue No. 171





Reported By

Paul Rossotti






5/Apr/14 1:00 PM EDT


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Hello, I know that there has been discussion about using a unique id to handle players with the same name in the past. While that would be the ideal solution, I wanted to see if you could return the birth date of a box score player for the time being. It would help me to minimize the risk of identifying unique players. Thanks


1. Erik Berg 7/Apr/2014 at 7:02 PM EDT

Working hard to introduce MLB rosters in the next few days--as soon as all of the data can be inputted. You will be able to query a team's active and expanded (40-man) rosters. Maybe that will help?

2. Paul Rossotti 8/Apr/2014 at 12:27 AM EDT

Yes, based on your answer, I have a clear approach for my design. One more question, do you anticipate being able to pass a date into the roster method to return a roster for a given date? Thanks so much for all your hard work. Cheers

3. Erik Berg 9/Apr/2014 at 3:51 PM EDT

Passing a date to return the roster for that particular date would be nifty. Initially, the plan is to add MLB support to /api/methods/roster. The data model has partial support for querying by date. I may implement it for MLB, but leave it undocumented until it is supported for NBA, too.