Improved Article Searching

Over the past two years, there’s been a couple thousand posts published on FanGraphs. Searching the archive has been difficult to say the least. In comes Google Custom Search which in my opinion allows for a simple and effective way to search the FanGraphs archives.

On the homepage and in the blog sections you can now search for any topic you like, including players and hopefully you’ll be able to find what you were looking for much more easily than in the past.

I’m sure at some point we’ll come up with a great way to do a unified article/player search on the site, but until then, I think this will do the trick.

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David Appelman is the creator of FanGraphs.

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Unifying the searches could be more cumbersome, depending on how it’s handled. So much of the time I’m jumping in here just to look something up about a player really quickly… if unifying the article and player searches adds another step where you have to pick between listings (e.g. for player pages, articles, etc) instead of taking you directly to the player page you just searched for, I think I would prefer the two separate. Just my two cents.

Of course, if it was some kind of drop down box which defaults at “Search for players” and has an option underneath for “Search for articles”, that would be neat, though not necessarily much more efficient space-wise.

In any case, the article searching is a welcome addition, and something I’ve definitely felt was missing before. Nice work!