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 No unpublished work will be considered.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.
Here are the finalists for the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards:
- Russell Carleton, "Dating the Impulse to Protect Pitchers," Baseball Prospectus, December 2, 2013.
- Frank Jackson, "Papa Hemingway vs. Fireman Casey," The Hardball Times, January 31, 2013.
- Barry Krissoff, "Society and Baseball Face Rising Income Inequality," Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Spring 2013.
- Max Marchi, "Catcher Framing Before PITCHf/x," Baseball Prospectus, May 16, 2013.
- Alex Remington, "Why Aren't There More Muslims in Baseball?" FanGraphs, August 8, 2013.
Contemporary Baseball Commentary
- Chris Jones, "When 772 Pitches Isn't Enough," ESPN The Magazine, July 22, 2013.
- Jonah Keri, "Grand Theft Baseball," Grantland.com, March 20, 2013.
- Ben Lindbergh, "The Rays' Changeup Revolution," Baseball Prospectus, June 26, 2013.
- Jon Roegele, "The Strike Zone in the PITCHf/x Era," The Hardball Times Annual 2014, November 2013.
- Wendy Thurm, "Dodgers Could Be Last Team to Strike Gold With Local TV Deals," FanGraphs, July 26, 2013.
Contemporary Baseball Analysis
- Andrew Ball, "2013 MLB Draft: How Valuable Are Draft Picks?" Beyond the Box Score, June 25, 2013.
- Dave Cameron, "The Myth of the Passive Hitter," FanGraphs, May 16, 2013.
- J.J. Cooper, "Just How Tough Is It To Throw Out Billy Hamilton?" Baseball America, September 19, 2013.
- Adam Kilgore, Sohail Al-Jamea, Wilson Andrews, Bonnie Berkowitz, Todd Lindeman, Jonathan Newton, "A Swing of Beauty," WashingtonPost.com, May 14, 2013.
- James Santelli, "Pirates Defensive Shifts: The Hidden Secret Behind Baseball's Best Team," Pirates Prospects, July 4, 2013
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 from January 31-February 17, 2014, 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 third annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 13-15, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more or register for the conference at SABR.org/analytics.
- 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
Details on nominations for the 2015 awards, for any works published in 2014, will begin after the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference, scheduled for March 13-15, 2014. Learn more at SABR.org/analytics.
For any questions, please contact Jacob Pomrenke at email@example.com.