SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards
The SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year in the following categories:
- Contemporary Baseball Analysis: Honoring the best analysis focusing on a subject related to the modern game(s), team(s) or player(s).
- Contemporary Baseball Commentary: Honoring the best commentary focusing on a subject related to the modern game(s), team(s) or player(s).
- Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary: Honoring the best original analysis or commentary focusing on a subject related to a game(s), team(s) or player(s) throughout baseball history.
Works of "Analysis" will be judged on the following criteria: thorough examination of the subject matter; originality of research; factual accuracy; significance in advancing our understanding of baseball.
Works of "Commentary" will be judged on the following criteria: distinguished writing; profound insight; factual accuracy; significance in advancing our understanding of baseball.
A work can be in any format except books, including but not limited to articles, columns, blog posts, television, film, websites, spreadsheets or databases, but it must have been first published in the preceding calendar year. Individual articles published as part of a book or journal compilation are eligible. No unpublished work will be considered. No work published, in part or in whole, prior to the preceding calendar year will be considered.
No work will be considered in more than one category. Multiple nominations can be submitted, but only one work per author will be considered as a finalist.
Nominations are solicited by representatives from SABR, Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs, The Hardball Times, and Beyond the Box Score, and sent to Jacob Pomrenke at the SABR office. SABR chooses the final 3-5 nominees in each category, from the list submitted by each group. Voting for the winners is conducted online at SABR.org, BaseballProspectus.com, FanGraphs.com, HardballTimes.com, and BeyondtheBoxScore.com, with results weighted equally at 20%.
Results are announced and presented at the annual SABR Analytics Conference. Learn more at SABR.org/analytics.
Here are the finalists for the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards:
Contemporary Baseball Analysis
- August Fagerstrom, “The Game Plan: How the Indians Almost Won It All,” FanGraphs, November 4, 2016.
- Ben Lindbergh and Rob Arthur, “Are Juiced Balls the New Steroids?” FiveThirtyEight, July 20, 2016.
- Kate Morrison and Russell A. Carleton, “The Perils of MLB's Sorting System,” Baseball Prospectus, June 20-23, 2016. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.
- Eno Sarris with Bill Petti, “Are Veterans Better at Slump Busting?” FanGraphs, May 25, 2016.
- Jeff Sullivan, “Pitch Framing Was Doomed From the Start,” The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2017.
Contemporary Baseball Commentary
- R.J. Anderson, “MLB Analytics Guru Who Could Be The Next Nate Silver Has A Revolutionary New Stat,” CBS Sports, December 1, 2016.
- Henry Druschel, “There's no such thing as a small-market team,” Beyond the Box Score, December 13, 2016.
- Rany Jazayerli, “The Curious Have Won,” The Ringer, November 3, 2016.
- Sam Miller, “Cubs win! Cubs won. Now what do we stay alive for?” ESPN.com, November 5, 2016.
- Meg Rowley, “Let Ballparks Get Old,” Baseball Prospectus, May 26, 2016.
- Patrick Dubuque, “Byron McLaughlin Avoids the Tag,” The Hardball Times, June 22, 2016.
- Tim Healey, “The Doug Mirabelli Trade: An Oral History,” The Hardball Times, April 29, 2016.
- Wade Kapszukiewicz, “Golden Pitches: The Ultimate Last-at-Bat, Game Seven Scenario,” SABR Baseball Research Journal, Spring 2016.
- Mina Kimes, “The Art of Letting Go,” ESPN The Magazine, October 4, 2016.
- Gerald Schifman, “How Much Hope and Faith Is in Major League Baseball?” The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2017.
Details and criteria for each category can be found here. Only one work per author was considered as a finalist.
Voting for the winners was conducted online in January-February 2017 at SABR.org, BaseballProspectus.com, FanGraphs.com, HardballTimes.com, and BeyondtheBoxScore.com, with results weighted equally at 20%.
Results will be announced and presented at the sixth annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 9-11, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more or register for the conference at SABR.org/analytics.
- Contemporary Baseball Analysis: Benjamin S. Baumer, Shane T. Jensen, Gregory J. Matthews, “OpenWAR: An Open Source System for Evaluating Overall Player Performance in Major League Baseball,” Journal of Quantitative Analysis.
- Contemporary Baseball Commentary: Alexis Brudnicki, “I'm Different. I'm the Same.” The Hardball Times.
- Historical Analysis/Commentary: John McMurray, “Examining Stolen Base Trends by Decade from the Deadball Era through the 1970s,” SABR Baseball Research Journal.
To view the finalists for the 2016 awards, click here
- Contemporary Analysis: Jeff Sullivan, "Alex Gordon Barely Had a Chance," FanGraphs.
- Contemporary Commentary: Grant Brisbee, "Rumors, Rumors, Every Where, Nor Any Drop to Drink," SB Nation.
- Historical Analysis/Commentary: Sam Miller, "Baseball's Seven Wonders: Kerry Wood's 20-K Game," Baseball Prospectus.
To view the finalists for the 2015 awards, click here
- Contemporary Analysis: James Santelli, "Pirates Defensive Shifts: The Hidden Secret Behind Baseball's Best Team," PiratesProspects.com
- Contemporary Commentary: Jonah Keri, "Grand Theft Baseball," Grantland.com
- Historical Analysis/Commentary: Max Marchi, "Catcher Framing Before PITCHf/x," Baseball Prospectus
To view the finalists for the 2014 awards, click here
- Contemporary Analysis: Bill Petti and Jeff Zimmerman, "Pitcher Aging Curves: An Introduction," FanGraphs
- Contemporary Commentary: Lewie Pollis, "Did Hall of Fame's Founders Want Voters to Judge With Their Eyes?", Beyond the Box Score
- Historical Analysis/Commentary: Dave Studeman, "The Most Critical At-Bat of All Time," The Hardball Times
To view the finalists for the 2013 awards, click here