SABR Analytics Research Awards
The SABR Analytics Research Awards, created in 2013, recognizes 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. No unpublished work will be considered.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 and The Hardball Times and sent to Jacob Pomrenke at the SABR office. SABR chooses the final 3-4 nominees in each category, from the list submitted by each group. Voting for the winnersis conducted online at SABR.org, BaseballProspectus.com, FanGraphs.com and HardballTimes.com, with results weighted equally at 25%.
Results are announced and presented at the annual SABR Analytics Conference. Learn more 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 about submitting nominations for the 2014 awards, for works published in 2013, will be available here soon.