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 No unpublished work will be considered.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.
Voting is now open for the 2016 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards. Click here to vote!
Here are the finalists:
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, Vol. 11, Issue 2, June 2015.
- Jonathan Judge, Harry Pavlidis, and Dan Turkenkopf. “Introducing Deserved Runs Average — And All Its Friends,” Baseball Prospectus, April 29, 2015.
- Ben Lindbergh, “Among the Power Pitchers: Does Kansas City’s Contact-Heavy Approach Give the Royals a Postseason Edge?” Grantland, October 20, 2015.
- Jeff Sullivan, "So You Want An Edge Against Mike Trout," FanGraphs, August 27, 2015.
- Jeff Zimmerman, “Velocity's Relationship with Pitcher Arm Injuries,” The Hardball Times, April 22, 2015.
Contemporary Baseball Commentary
- Alexis Brudnicki, “I'm Different. I'm the Same.” The Hardball Times, November 18, 2015.
- Nathaniel Grow, “The MLBPA Has A Problem,” FanGraphs, March 30, 2015.
- Dan Rosenheck, "Spring Forward," The Economist, March 4, 2015.
- Meg Rowley, “Post-Moneyball's Clubability,” Baseball Prospectus, November 4, 2015.
- Eno Sarris, “Joey Votto on Aging,” FanGraphs, September 22, 2015.
- Adam Darowski, “The Standards of Today Would Create a Very Different Hall of Fame,” The Hardball Times, December 18, 2015.
- Jason Foster, “How One Pitch Might Have Sent John Smoltz on a Path to the Hall of Fame,” The Sporting News, July 24, 2015.
- Bryan Grosnick, “Jason Giambi, Patron Saint of the '00s,” Beyond the Box Score, February 17, 2015.
- John McMurray, “Examining Stolen Base Trends by Decade from the Deadball Era through the 1970s,” SABR Baseball Research Journal, Fall 2015.
- Alex Remington, “Anniversary of a Myth: The Knickerbockers’ Most Famous Game,” The Hardball Times, June 19, 2015.
- Historical Analysis/Commentary: Sam Miller, "Baseball's Seven Wonders: Kerry Wood's 20-K Game," Baseball Prospectus.
- Contemporary Commentary: Grant Brisbee, "Rumors, Rumors, Every Where, Nor Any Drop to Drink," SB Nation.
- Contemporary Analysis: Jeff Sullivan, "Alex Gordon Barely Had a Chance," FanGraphs.
To view the finalists for the 2015 awards, click here
- Historical Analysis/Commentary: Max Marchi, "Catcher Framing Before PITCHf/x," Baseball Prospectus
- Contemporary Commentary: Jonah Keri, "Grand Theft Baseball," Grantland.com
- Contemporary Analysis: James Santelli, "Pirates Defensive Shifts: The Hidden Secret Behind Baseball's Best Team," PiratesProspects.com
To view the finalists for the 2014 awards, click here
- Historical Analysis/Commentary: Dave Studeman, "The Most Critical At-Bat of All Time," The Hardball Times
- Contemporary Commentary: Lewie Pollis, "Did Hall of Fame's Founders Want Voters to Judge With Their Eyes?", Beyond the Box Score
- Contemporary Analysis: Bill Petti and Jeff Zimmerman, "Pitcher Aging Curves: An Introduction," FanGraphs
To view the finalists for the 2013 awards, click here