MLB Standings Plugin Now Available

A few years ago I was looking for a plugin to display the standings of a Major League Baseball (MLB) division on one of my other blogs. I came across only one plugin for this and luckily it worked very well. Unfortunately it depended on something on MLB’s site which was changed just prior to the start of the current baseball season. The change rendered the plugin useless leaving the WordPress community with no such plugin. (I know it’s a small market but it’s still a shame to not have this covered.)

After trying to troubleshoot the plugin with no success I decided to write my own plugin. Instead of depending on MLB’s site I decided to base my plugin on XMLSTATS. Using XMLSTATS, erikberg.com has been publishing an XML file for MLB standings daily for several years. I used this file for a custom plugin in 2006 and the data has always been there for me.

Now that I’ve been using a finished version of the plugin for a few days I decided it was time to make it available to the public. If you’re interested in it check out the MLB Standings page for more details.

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Comments

Hi, I love this plugin. You mention the template tag code, but I dont see it in the post. Is it in a readme file in the plugin?

Joe –

I’m glad you’re enjoying the plugin. As a Mets blogger myself (though I don’t write as much as I’d like) I’m familiar with your blog. You do some good work. (BTW, I do http://mostlymets.golddave.com).

I fixed the plugin page so the template tag is showing properly now. Just be sure to wrap it in PHP tags. The readme also includes this information.

Dave, that’s awesome. I know and enjoy your site very well. 🙂

Thanks for the kind words. I’m gonna try inserting the code in my sidebar template and give it a test run. Thanks for responding and most of all thanks for creating a plugin like this which was really needed and provides a great resource for baseball bloggers.

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