This Week in SABR: February 28, 2014
Welcome to "This Week in SABR!" Here's what we've been up to as of February 28, 2014:
SABR and Sportvision are pleased to continue their collaboration to integrate the PITCHf/x Summit into the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference, scheduled for March 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona.
Integrating these two popular gatherings of influential baseball analysts and thought leaders has further enhanced this event as the premier baseball analytics conference. Sportvision will manage a series of presentations specifically related to f/x data much like the PITCHf/x Summit. The presentations will be integrated with other SABR Analytics talks throughout the course of the event.
Here is the schedule of research presentations for the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference:
Thursday, March 13
- RP1—Vince Gennaro, “An In Depth Study of Team Chemistry: A Progress Report,” 3:15-4:00 p.m.
Friday, March 14
- RP3—Graham Goldbeck, “An Introduction to In-Game Biomechanics Data,” 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sportvision PITCHf/x Summit presentation
- RP4—Kevin Tenenbaum and Dave Allen, “Scouting Bayes: A Bayesian Forecast with Scouting Priors,” 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
- RP5—Ben Jedlovec, “The Anatomy of a Stolen Base,” 3:00-3:45 p.m.
- RP6—Jeff Zimmerman, “Using PITCHf/x Data to Help Determine Pitcher Injury Risk,” 3:00-3:45 p.m. Sportvision PITCHf/x Summit presentation
Saturday, March 15
- RP7—Bill Petti, “Quantifying and Understanding the Consistency of Pitchers,” 11:00-11:45 a.m.
- RP8—Lewie Pollis, “If You Build It: Rethinking the Market for Front Office Personnel,” 11:00-11:45 a.m.
The Diamond Dollars Case Competition is back at the SABR Analytics Conference, March 13-15, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.
The popular Case Competition provides student teams from undergraduate and graduate and professional programs from around the country to compete against each other to solve a case that encompasses the real-world decisions facing a baseball front office.
The case will be authored and led by SABR President Vince Gennaro, a consultant to MLB teams, someone who's been in the front office helping teams analyze key baseball operations decisions. Vince is the author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball and a regular contributor to MLB Network's "Clubhouse Confidential," the first show of its kind focused on baseball analytics.
The participating schools in the 2014 Diamond Dollars Case Competition are:
- Graduate and Professional School Division: University of Alabama-Manderson School of Business, Carnegie Mellon-Tepper School of Business, University of Chicago-Booth, Duke University-Fuqua School of Business, Pepperdine University-School of Law and Graziadio School of Business, University of San Francisco-School of Management, Santa Clara University-Leavey School of Business, and Tulane University Law School
- Undergraduate Division 1: Cornell University, NYU-SCPS Tisch Center, Ohio University, Rutgers University, St. John Fisher College, Tufts University Team 1
- Undergraduate Division 2: Elon University, Loras College, Macalester College, Rice University, Tufts University Team 2, VCU-Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School
For more information and to view the full presentation schedule, visit SABR.org/analytics/case.
Kirk Goldsberry, a staff writer at Grantland.com, has been added to the featured panel Which Numbers Athletes Love, Which Numbers Athletes Hate at the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference. This panel is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13.
Goldsberry is a visiting scholar at the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis and an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
He will join ESPN's Aaron Boone, Manny Acta, Eduardo Perez and moderator John Walsh on the panel.
For more information, visit SABR.org/analytics.
The Next Frontier of Baseball Analytics, presented by SABR, will be the 2014 baseball analytics panel at the eighth annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.
Tickets to the conference are sold out, but you can watch the live webcast online. Click here for details on ordering the live webcast to view all recorded panels at Sloan.
The panel will take place at 9 a.m. EST on Saturday, March 1 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, visit sloansportsconference.com.
"With our experience in bringing together the top minds of the baseball analytics community, we're excited to be presenting The Next Frontier of Baseball Analytics at the MIT Sloan Conference this year," SABR Executive Director Marc Appleman said. "It's a great opportunity for baseball fans to experience a taste of the insightful panel discussions that we present every year at the SABR Analytics Conference."
The 2014 SABR Analytics Conference will take place March 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Find a complete schedule and registration information at SABR.org/analytics.
Here are the scheduled speakers for The Next Frontier of Baseball Analytics, presented by SABR, on March 1: Vince Gennaro, President, SABR; Brian Kenny, Host, MLB Network; Jeff Luhnow, General Manager, Houston Astros; Rob Neyer, Senior Baseball Editor, FoxSports.com; Nate Silver, Founder, FiveThirtyEight; and Bill Squadron, Head of Bloomberg Sports.
For more information on the Next Frontier of Baseball Analytics panel, click here.
To learn more about the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, visit sloansportsconference.com.
Once again, SABR is offering its members the opportunity to opt out of receiving the printed version of the Spring 2014 Baseball Research Journal. We'll deliver the e-book version of the BRJ in the format of your choice (EPUB, MOBI/Kindle or PDF) straight to your inbox around Opening Day 2014. Click here to learn more about receiving the e-book edition of the BRJ.
Opt out of receiving the printed edition by February 28, 2014, in order to get early access to all the great content in the BRJ in e-book format and online at SABR.org.
- To opt out of receiving the printed version of the Baseball Research Journal: Click here to edit your membership profile. Scroll to the bottom and select "Receive publications electronically." Then save your changes.
Please note: If you do nothing, you will continue to receive two print editions of the Baseball Research Journal every year by mail.
If you've never read a Baseball Research Journal in e-book form, click here to try it out with the Fall 2013 edition. The Baseball Research Journal, and all SABR e-books, are available in EPUB, MOBI/Kindle or PDF formats.
You still have a few days left to submit your research presentation abstracts for SABR 44 in Houston. The final deadline is 12 a.m. PST on SUNDAY, MARCH 2.
In addition, we are issuing a Call for Reviewers. These volunteers will read and evaluate approximately 10 de-identified abstracts during March. Members who submit abstracts may also act as reviewers (you won't review your own submissions). To volunteer as a reviewer, send a note to either of the email addresses below.
SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 44, the 2014 annual convention in Houston, Texas. Oral presentations are expected to last 20 minutes, followed by a five minute question-and-answer period. Posters will be presented, with the author on-hand to discuss the work, during a poster session of 90 or so minutes, and will probably remain on display throughout the convention.
For more details on submission criteria and guidelines, click here.
Questions regarding the submission, review, and evaluation procedures should also be sent to the firstname.lastname@example.org address.
SABR 44 will be held at the Royal Sonesta in Houston, Texas, from July 30-August 3, 2014.
- SABR 44 registration to begin next week: Stay tuned for "This Week in SABR" next Friday, as information on how to register for SABR 44 and book your hotel room in Houston will be announced. Complete information for SABR 44 can be found at SABR.org/convention.
The fifth annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference Art Contest is now accepting applications in three categories: professional, amateur and youth. Art from the winners and runners-up will be on display in a special area at the Malloy Conference, scheduled for August 14-16, 2014, in Detroit, Michigan.
The winning entry in the professional and amateur categories will receive a $300 prize and a certificate. The winning entry in the youth category will receive $150 and a certificate.
- Where to send: Lheaphy@kent.edu
- Cost: $30 for up to 3 JPG entries; $10 for youth. Make your check out to "SABR."
- Deadline for submissions: May 26, 2014
Entries should show clear relation to the Negro Leagues. Detailed criteria and submission requirements can be found in the PDF application above.
SABR member Ryan Whirty reports in the Philadelphia Inquirer this week that the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project, led by SABR member Jeremy Krock, will honor former Negro Leaguer Bill Francis with a new grave marker in Chicago:
Philadelphia is, remarkably, a baseball city known for its third basemen. Four of the hot corner players in the Hall of Fame were inducted as members of Quaker City teams, earning renown not only for themselves but also for the city they represented.
But instead of a spot in the hallowed halls of Cooperstown, one Philadelphia-born third sacker — one much respected by both his contemporaries and historians — has been long forgotten. His place in the history of America’s pastime has for decades been an unmarked grave hundreds of miles from his hometown.
But, that, at least, will soon change, when William Henry “Bill” Francis, who is anonymously buried in Chicago’s Lincoln Cemetery, becomes the latest beneficiary of the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project, which places stones at the final resting places of the league’s players. Such a development perhaps takes on extra significance now, during Black History Month.
NLBGMP president Jeremy Krock said Lincoln Cemetery is a place where numerous other Negro League figures rest. Krock said Francis deserves recognition as one of the best, if overlooked, segregation-period hardballers.
“It takes some research for one to recognize that Billy Francis was one of the premier Negro Leagues players in the early 1900’s, playing on some of the finest deadball-era teams,” Krock said.
Read the full article here: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/Philly_Negro_League_star_Bill_Francis_to_have_grave_marked_.html
- Related link: Make a tax-deductible donation to support the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project
SABR members, you have the opportunity to take advantage of a special offer from MLB Advanced Media for the 2014 season:
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Five new biographies were posted as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 2,677 published biographies. Here are the new bios:
- George Harper, by Stephen V. Rice
- Scotty Ingerton, by Mark Sternman
- Jack Perrin, by Bill Nowlin
- Bill Stafford, by Dan McHale
- Sammy Vick, by Bill Nowlin
All new biographies can be found here: http://sabr.org/bioproj/recent
You can find the SABR BioProject at SABR.org/BioProject.
Bios on more than just ballplayers: The ambitious goal of the SABR Baseball Biography Project is to publish a full-life biography of every major league player in history. But SABR members write about a lot more than just ballplayers. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Games, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires and a lot more on the BioProject website. You can browse all of these categories at http://sabr.org/bioproj/browse. So if you've ever thought, "Hey, that person (or ballpark) should get the full BioProject treatment" — write the story and we'll publish it!
Get involved! If you'd like to help contribute to the SABR BioProject, visit our BioProject Resources page or read the FAQs section to get started. We're also looking to expand the BioProject to include all "encyclopedic" articles on baseball-related subjects from past SABR publications or committee newsletters. If you come across an article you think should be included in the SABR "baseball repository" at the BioProject, send a copy or link to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SABR Nominating Committee seeks nominations for candidates for the Spring 2014 elections. All candidates for the Board of Directors must have been members of the Society for at least the preceding four years to be eligible for election. Deadline for nominations is today, February 28, 2014. Nominees must prepare a Candidate Statement Form following guidelines that will be available from any Nominating Committee member.
The Candidate Statement Form must be received by the Nominating Committee chair no later than March 15, 2014.
The offices to be filled:
- Vice-President (2-year term; currently Bill Nowlin)
- Treasurer (3-year term; currently F.X. Flinn)
- Director (3-year term; currently Emily Hawks)
The Nominating Committee also seeks your input. Members are asked to submit office-specific questions for each of the offices open in this election. We also seek input on general questions for every nominee. Candidates will answer selected questions on the Candidate Statement Form. Regional Chapter leaders and Research Committee Chairs are especially encouraged to pass on this request to their respective members to better address member needs.
Self-nominations are welcome. If you would like to nominate yourself or another candidate or suggest a question for the candidates, contact a member of the Nominating Committee: chair R.J. Lesch (email@example.com), Rick Schabowski (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Barry Deutsch (email@example.com).
- Ron Gabriel Award, due 3/1/2014: The Ron Gabriel Award honors the author(s) of the best research, published or unpublished, on the subject of the Brooklyn Dodgers completed during the preceding calendar year. Nominations should be sent to a member of the nominating candidate no later than March 1, 2014: Paul Hirsch (chair), Craig Murden, or Gary Sarnoff.
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We've heard your feedback: Some of you have said you look forward to "This Week in SABR" every Friday, but sometimes there are just too many compelling articles and announcements to read every week. We're not complaining — hey, keep up the great work! — but we know the feeling. So in an effort to make the length of this newsletter more manageable to read, we'll summarize some of the repeating/recurring announcements in a special "In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)" section of "This Week in SABR".
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don't want you to miss:
- Download your free copy of SABR's The Miracle Braves of 1914: Boston's Original Worst-to-First World Series Champions
- Also just re-published: John Montgomery Ward's Base-Ball: How To Become A Player
- The SABR Bookshelf: Winter 2014
- Announcing the 2014 Henry Chadwick Award recipients
- Full schedule posted online for 2014 SABR Analytics Conference
- Primary election begins for Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend of 2014
- SABR 44: Panels to be held at Minute Maid Park in special ballpark session
- Registration now available for 2014 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference
- Call for Papers: 2014 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library now available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: http://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
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|Mark Bricker||Cincinnati, OH||Richard Lipinski||White Haven, PA|
|Warren Campbell||Toronto, ON||Scott Matteson||Shawnee, KS|
|Ralph Carhart||Staten Island, NY||Gary Miesle||Toledo, OH|
|Sean Carroll||West Pittston, PA||Jody Porter||Marion, KY|
|Jordan Collier||Houston, TX||William Rath||Hazlet, NJ|
|Larry Dumas||Burleson, TX||Martin Rioux||Boucherville, QC|
|Joseph Durso||Las Vegas, NV||Amy Roberts||Decatur, GA|
|James Finn Garner||Chicago, IL||Jim Romig||Easton, PA|
|Mike Haslee||Milwaukee, WI||Mike Stephens||Colorado Springs, CO|
|David Hoffman||Cleveland, OH||Richard Tepedino||Hillsborough, NJ|
|Michael Horn||Highland Lakes, NJ||Jonathan Thomas||Port Orange, FL|
|Katelyn Johnson||Sacramento, CA||Sean Tuber||Granada Hills, CA|
|Steven Landfried||Edgerton, WI||Erik Watkins||Grimes, IA|
|Paul Langendorfer||Aurora, CO||Gene Winters||Independence, MO|
Here are the new SABR research committee newsletters published this week:
- Biographical Research: January/February 2014
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new chapter meeting recaps published this week:
- Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting recap (St. Louis, MO; February 24)
- Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting recap (Lakeway, TX; February 22)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- February 28-March 1: 2014 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (Boston, MA)
- March 1: Talkin' Baseball: Kevin Kerrane (Columbia, MD)
- March 1: Smoky Joe Wood Chapter meeting (Hamden, CT)
- March 2: Lefty O'Doul's birthday lunch/Farewell Candlestick tour (San Francisco, CA)
- March 2: Boston Baseball Hack Day (Boston, MA)
- March 4: "Purpose Pitch: Ben Sakoguchi and the Baseball Reliquary" (Arcadia, CA)
- March 6: Seymour-Mills Chapter meeting (Naples, FL)
- March 7: "The Only Real Game" film screening (Scottsdale, AZ)
- March 8: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Richfield, MN)
- March 8: Smoky Joe Wood Chapter breakfast (Hamden, CT)
- March 8: Baseball Prospectus: Prospects, Pizza and More (Chicago, IL)
- March 11: Howard Rosenthal: "How Sarasota Became A Baseball Town" (Sarasota, FL)
- March 12: Bob Davids Chapter monthly Hot Stove dinner (Arlington, VA)
- March 12: "You Sure Know A Lot About Baseball For A Girl" (Brooklyn, NY)
- March 12-15: NINE Conference/Seymour Medal Banquet (Tempe, AZ)
- March 13-15: 2014 SABR Analytics Conference (Phoenix, AZ)
All SABR meetings and events are open to the public. Feel free to bring a baseball-loving friend ... and make many new ones! Check out the SABR Events Calendar at SABR.org/events.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Negro Leagues Baseball Museum establishes 'Hall of Game' tribute to former MLB stars
- Ken Rosenthal: MLB's push for diversity goes beyond numbers (FoxSports.com)
- Ben Lindbergh: The year of living less dangerously (Grantland.com)
- Wendy Thurm: How MLB teams are allocating their 2014 payrolls (FanGraphs)
- Bill Barnwell: Bridging the analytics gap (Grantland.com)
- Tony Blengino: Area scouts, the home visit, and the Phillies/Wetzler affair (FanGraphs)
- Bob Elliott: Recalling manager Jim Fregosi (Canadian Baseball Network)
- John Thorn: Woodrow Wilson, the first fantasy baseball player? (Our Game)
- Jeff Polman: Being Christy Mathewson (Huffington Post)
- Teenager Cam Perron's focus on Negro Leagues gaining exposure (MLB.com)
- Paola Boivin: India's Manipur passionate about baseball (Arizona Republic)
- Jeff Sullivan: Exceptional defense touches everyone (FanGraphs)
- Jack Moore: Peter Ueberroth's self-fulfilling prophecy (The Score)
- Bill Petti: How batted ball distance ages (The Hardball Times)
- Mike Bates: What we talk about when we talk about Frank Robinson (SB Nation)
- Alex Skillin: The left-on-base conundrum (Beyond the Box Score)
- Bradley Woodrum: The state and future of pitch-framing research (The Hardball Times)
- Joanne Hulbert: DeWolf and the Kid (The National Pastime Museum)
- Zachary Levine: What it means for catchers to change positions (Baseball Prospectus)
- Ryan Whirty: 1929 game brings meaning to Black History Month in Billings (Billings Gazette)
- Mike Lynch: My favorite player, Carl Yastrzemski (The National Pastime Museum)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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