SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards
The SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards, created in 2013, 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 No unpublished work will be considered.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.
- 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.
- Russell Carleton, "N=1," Baseball Prospectus 2014: The Essential Guide to the 2014 Season, January 2014.
- Jay Jaffe, "The Case of the Disappearing Slugger: Where Did MLB's Power Go?" SI.com, September 3, 2014.
- Harry Pavlidis and Dan Brooks, "Framing and Blocking Pitches: A Regressed, Probabilistic Model," Baseball Prospectus, March 3, 2014.
- Jon Roegele, "The Effects of Pitch Sequencing," The Hardball Times, November 24, 2014.
- Jeff Sullivan, "Alex Gordon Barely Had a Chance," FanGraphs, October 30, 2014.
- Grant Brisbee, "Rumors, Rumors, Every Where, Nor Any Drop to Drink," SB Nation, December 15, 2014.
- Dave Cameron, "If Someone Has A Good Way To Evaluate Managers, Let Us Know," FoxSports.com, September 5, 2014.
- Lewie Pollis, "If You Build It: Rethinking the Market for Major League Baseball Front Office Personnel," Brown University, senior honors thesis, Spring 2014.
- Eno Sarris, "Learning the Language of the Clubhouse," The Hardball Times, March 13, 2014.
- Jason Turbow, "The Essence of Velocity: The Pitching Theory That Could Revolutionize Baseball, If Only The Sport Would Embrace It," SB Nation, June 18, 2014.
- Frank Jackson, "Shots Fired But Not Heard 'Round the World," The Hardball Times, October 7, 2014.
- Erik Malinowski, "Swing Away: The Untold Story of the First Home Run Derby," FoxSports.com, July 10, 2014.
- Sam Miller, "Baseball's Seven Wonders: Kerry Wood's 20-K Game," Baseball Prospectus, March 18, 2014.
- Bryan Soderholm-Difatte, "The 1914 Stallings Platoon: Assessing Execution, Impact, and Strategic Philosophy," SABR Baseball Research Journal, Fall 2014.
- Steve Treder, "The Strikeout Ascendant (and What Should Be Done About It)," The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2014.
Voting for the winners was conducted online from January 30-February 17, 2015, at SABR.org, BaseballProspectus.com, FanGraphs.com, HardballTimes.com, and BeyondtheBoxScore.com, with results weighted equally at 20%.
Results were announced and presented at the fourth annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 12-14, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more about the conference at SABR.org/analytics.
Information on nominating articles for the 2016 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards will be available soon. For any questions, please contact Jacob Pomrenke at email@example.com.
- 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