This Week in SABR: November 8, 2013
Welcome to "This Week in SABR!" Here's what we've been up to as of November 8, 2013:
Major League Baseball's A-listers will take home 2013 GIBBY trophies — the ultimate honors of the industry's awards season — based on votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research.
SABR members will help get to decide who had the best performances of the 2013 baseball season in the 12th annual MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards.
To cast your vote in the 2013 GIBBYs, click here:
This year's GIBBY Awards feature nominees in 22 categories. Individual honors will go to the MLB MVP, in addition to the year's best Starting Pitcher, Hitter, Closer, Setup Man, Rookie, Breakout Hitter, Breakout Pitcher, Comeback Player, Defensive Player, Manager, Executive and Postseason Performer.
GIBBY trophies also will be awarded for the year's top Play, Storyline, Hitting Performance, Pitching Performance, Oddity, Walk-off, Cut4 Topic, Regular-Season Moment and Postseason Moment, with video available via MLB.com's Must C highlight reels.
All 30 clubs are represented among the award candidates. In fact, every team has multiple nominees in 2013 — a testament to the parity of talent around the game.
SABR members will have the opportunity to play a key role in selecting the winners of the GIBBYs. The votes from SABR members will be equal to each of the other four categories.
- SABR members (20%)
- MLB.com fans (20%)
- Front office personnel (20%)
- Retired players (20%)
- Media (20%)
The winners will be announced at a reception at the annual Baseball Winter Meetings, which will be held December 9-12, 2013, in Orlando, Florida.
Good news! You can now read articles from the Fall 2013 edition of the Baseball Research Journal online at SABR.org:
Those of you who receive the print edition should find your BRJ arriving in the next two to three weeks. For electronic subscribers, the e-book edition was delivered to your inboxes on Thursday morning.
Here's a note from BRJ editor Cecilia Tan about the new issue:
SABR’s publications program has had various periodicals over the decades, including not only the BRJ, but also The National Pastime (aka TNP), The SABR Review of Books, and others. I was surprised to hear some members tell me they thought that in the past the BRJ was for novice researchers and TNP was for the seasoned pros. A more common, lingering perception is that The National Pastime was for history and the Baseball Research Journal was for stats.
Even if that dichotomy was once somewhat true, there were always articles that were both history and stats. Which would you consider Herm Krabbenhoft’s articles on correcting the RBI and runs-scored records for Hank Greenberg, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig — of which there is an additional piece in this issue? Or Steve Gietschier’s look into the performance of batters in the potential final out of the World Series in this issue? Or the examination of past 20- and 30-game winners, and their current dearth, by John Daniels and Steve Kuehl?
But regardless how tricky it might be to divide “historical” articles from others, The National Pastime changed its function beginning in 2009. Since then TNP has been devoted annually to baseball history in whatever region the SABR national convention takes place, and has been edited, written, and directed by the local host chapter. When that change took place, the Baseball Research Journal became SABR’s flagship publication, open to submissions of any discipline being researched by SABR members.
Since I took the editorial seat in 2011, the BRJ has included plenty of both history and stats, not to mention physics, economics, psychology, game theory, sociology, and physiology. Historical topics have ranged from the Negro Leagues to international women’s baseball to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with healthy doses of the minor leagues, college baseball, and nineteenth-century ball served alongside major league history. SABR’s thousands of members are knowledgeable in so many fields, it’s only a matter of time before some architecture, materials science, or meteorology comes across my desk, too.
We would love to see more articles that are as meticulously researched (and footnoted) as the piece on Bill Veeck Sr. by Jack Bales that opens this issue or Bob Ruzzo’s article on the fate of the Federal League, as thought-provoking as Leonard Newman’s contribution from the world of psychology to the clutch-hitting debate, as germinal as Justine Siegal’s survey of current female baseball players and David Ogden et al.’s research into minor league attendance factors, as foundational as Alan Cohen’s history of the Hearst Sandlot Classic.
- Click here to read more articles online from the Fall 2013 Baseball Research Journal.
- Click here to download the e-book version in PDF, EPUB or MOBI/Kindle format.
- Click here to purchase a softcover edition from the SABR Bookstore.
We hope you enjoy reading the Fall 2013 Baseball Research Journal!
As the 2013 SABR Arizona Fall League Conference entered its final day on Saturday, November 2, the Detroit Tigers made a splash by hiring former catcher Brad Ausmus as their manager, replacing Jim Leyland.
Leyland, 68, a veteran of 22 seasons, led the Tigers to three American League Central titles and two AL pennants. Ausmus, 44, retired as a player in 2010 after 18 seasons with the Astros, Padres, Tigers and Dodgers. He is the fourth rookie manager to be hired this offseason, along with Bryan Price of the Cincinnati Reds, Matt Williams of the Washington Nationals and Rick Renteria of the Chicago Cubs.
Four other skippers — Ryne Sandberg of the Phillies, Mike Redmond of the Marlins, Walt Weiss of the Rockies and Bo Porter of the Astros — were first-time managers in 2013.
Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com, a featured speaker at the AFL Conference, said baseball is entering a new golden age of managerial talent.
"The great managers of the last generation — Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox, Leyland — are all retiring, and their acolytes are now getting jobs in other places," Bloom said. "Most of these guys, like Sandberg and Matt Williams, have no managerial experience but they've worked their way up."
Williams spoke about his desire to be a manager at the 2012 SABR AFL Conference.
On Saturday, Bloom answered questions at the SABR Flame Delhi Chapter meeting about a variety of baseball topics, including speculation about Bud Selig's replacement as commissioner; the Phillies' hiring of Larry Bowa as bench coach, and the importance of team chemistry in the Boston Red Sox's championship run.
Former scout Bernie Pleskoff, who writes a regular column for MLB.com, also spoke Saturday and offered his take on the Fall Stars Game prospects that the SABR group would be seeing later that day.
The chapter meeting concluded with research presentations by Charles Kapner on the 1969 Seattle Pilots and Chuck Johnson on the 1961 Phillies' record 23-game losing streak.
Flame Delhi Chapter president Rodney Johnson also announced that the SABR 29 convention journal, Mining Towns to Major Leagues: A History of Arizona Baseball (1999), has been republished as an e-book and is available for purchase at the chapter's website, SABRAZ.org.
Three SABR Presidents were in attendance at this year's Arizona Fall League Conference: Gene Sunnen (1986-88), Larry Gerlach (1997-98) and Vince Gennaro (elected 2011.)
Later, SABR conference attendees traveled to Surprise Stadium for the AFL Fall Stars Game, where Phoenix native Brett Nicholas of the Texas Rangers organization won MVP honors with a two-home run night as the West Division all-stars beat the East all-stars, 9-2, before a record crowd of 6,529.
For more coverage and photos of the 2013 SABR AFL Conference, visit SABR.org/AFL.
For those of you whose SABR memberships expire on December 31 — that is, anyone who joined before August 2012; you can check your current membership status here — it's almost time for you to renew. We're excited about the upcoming year ahead of us and we hope you'll take advantage of all the great membership benefits offered to SABR members in 2014. Here's a short list:
You can renew your membership for 1 year or 3 years online at the SABR Store; by phone at (602) 343-6450; or by mailing this downloadable PDF form and your payment to the SABR office at 4455 E. Camelback Road, Ste. D-140, Phoenix, AZ 85018.
Dues are the same as they have been in recent years: for this, you get two editions of the Baseball Research Journal, the expanded e-book edition of The National Pastime; 6-8 free e-books published by the SABR Digital Library; "This Week in SABR" every Friday; access to research resources such as Paper of Record (with complete archives of The Sporting News); discounts to all SABR conferences such as the National Convention (Houston 2014), the SABR Analytics Conference, the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, and the Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference; discounts to MLB.TV, the MLB.com Store and much, much more.
We believe SABR has something for everyone, from the active researcher to someone passionate about baseball. We hope you'll invite your friends, colleagues and family members to join at http://store.sabr.org.
Unlike many nonprofit organizations that hold monthly donation pledge drives and continually solicit donations, SABR has never been proactive about asking for donations. However, like all other nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations, SABR relies heavily on generous donations to supplement its membership dues and help the organization survive and prosper. We appreciate those members who have given in the past and continue to donate to SABR. As SABR continues to serve its members and move forward with exciting new member opportunities, we are going to become more proactive by asking our passionate and knowledgeable members to support their very special organization.
All donations to SABR are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. We thank you for supporting SABR and baseball research in all its forms.
To make a donation to support SABR, visit SABR.org/donate.
— Marc Appleman, SABR Executive Director
SABR has a long and storied history with baseball statistical analysis, evidenced by the link between our name and sabermetrics. While SABR is a multi-faceted organization involved in virtually every aspect of baseball, we have taken a major step to re-connect with our beginnings by producing and hosting the third annual:
SABR Analytics Conference
March 13-15, 2014
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Once again, we're bringing together the top minds of the baseball analytic community under one roof to discuss, debate and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball.
The schedule will consist of a combination of Guest Speakers, Panels and Research Presentations — plus the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition, in which undergraduate, graduate and law school students from across the country analyze and present a real baseball operations decision.
- Early registration rates:
— SABR members: $395 early rate; $595 full rate.
— Non-SABR members: $495 early rate; $695 full rate. If you are not a SABR member, click here to join.
— Students: $350; includes one-year membership to SABR. Must be a currently enrolled high school or college student. Please e-mail Deb Jayne with a photocopy of your student ID to receive the registration promo code.
Please note: Lunch is included with your registration on Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15. The mixer/welcome reception is included with your registration on Thursday, March 13. Specify any special dietary needs when you register.
- Hotel: The 2014 SABR Analytics Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 122 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Click here to book your hotel room at the special SABR group rate of $169/night (plus tax.) Or call (602) 252-1234 and mention that you're with the SABR Analytics Conference.
Complimentary wireless Internet is available in all rooms booked under the SABR block. The cutoff date to book your room is February 18, 2014. The SABR group rate is only available for the nights of March 10 to March 18, 2014, based on availability. Book your room today!
Some of the topics we are planning to cover include:
- General Managers Panel on how analytics shapes front-office decisions
- Player Panel - how major league players take advantage of analytics
- Biometrics/Injury Prevention Panel NEW!
- International Baseball Panel NEW!
- Baseball Scouting Panel NEW!
Check back soon at SABR.org/analytics as we announce more featured speakers, panels and presentations!
For complete coverage of the 2013 SABR Analytics Conference, visit SABR.org/analytics/2013.
- SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards: We're seeking nominations for the best baseball analytics research of 2013; click here for details.
The 17th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, hosted by SABR's Negro Leagues Research Committee, will be held August 14-16, 2014, in Detroit, Michigan.
The Malloy Conference promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. For the past 16 years, the event has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of black baseball history. The conference is open to baseball and history fans of all ages. Each year, monies are targeted to donate books to schools or libraries; raise funds for the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and a nationwide art contest.
The Negro Leagues Committee is one of SABR's original committees, formed in 1971. It has continued to preserve and highlight the contributions of African-American players in baseball history. Led by co-chairs Dick Clark and Larry Lester, the committee published the landmark The Negro Leagues Book in 1994, which featured a complete register of more than 3,000 players, team rosters and in-depth histories from leagues of the late nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth.
The committee has also spawned the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project, which was started in 2003 by SABR member Jeremy Krock and has provided proper grave markers to the unmarked graves of more than 20 former Negro Leagues players around the country.
Check back at SABR.org for registration and hotel information on the 17th annual Malloy Conference in 2014. Hope to see you in Detroit!
The 2014 SABR national convention will take place July 30-August 3, 2014, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston, Texas.
To coincide with the convention, the summer 2014 issue of The National Pastime will focus on Houston-area baseball. In particular, we will be focusing on 1962-present to avoid overlap with the special book on pre-Astros baseball that the Houston chapter is concurrently producing. We expect most of the articles will center on the Astros, but we are open to other topics that fit the time frame (Women's baseball? Little league? Fan studies? College baseball? You tell us.) Articles may be historical, biographical, or analytical, but please avoid personal narrative.
This issue of The National Pastime will be edited by publications director Cecilia Tan. She will be taking queries and abstracts until November 15, 2013, and will make assignments no later than December 1. First drafts of articles will be due by March 1, 2014, and rewrites (if needed) will be due by April 15.
Queries should include 1-2 paragraphs of brief but detailed encapsulation of the article idea, as well as a description of why you are interested in it or qualified to research it. Be specific about the sources you plan to use and what of your research is original. If you can estimate the length of the finished article, that is good, too. Typical articles tend to run 2,000 to 5,000 words — the size of a midterm paper, not a masters thesis. The upper limit on papers for the TNP is around 6,500 words.
To query, email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "TNP Query:" and a key word or two on your subject. For example: "TNP Query: Bagwell/Biggio Comparison."
Some possible subjects that could be included:
- invention of Astroturf/uniqueness of the Astrodome
- the April 15, 1968 marathon 24-inning game
- 1963 all-rookie game
- Colt Stadium's contribution to the establishment of Sunday night baseball
- the lone game in Astrodome history that was rained out
- Leo Durocher's over-the-hill misfit time as Houston's manager;
- analysis of the blockbuster trade of 1971
- the so-called Astrodome Indian Burial Grounds Curse
- Astros pitchers dying young (Don Wilson, Jim Umbricht, possibly Darryl Kile)
- 1986 All Star Game
- Astros postseason performance analysis
- The Killer Bs
Remember that every article must include proper citation of sources and present a clear thesis, and to be published in a SABR journal your SABR membership must be current. For full writers guidelines, submit a query to email@example.com and you will receive the full guidelines in reply.
For more information on the SABR 44 convention in Houston, visit SABR.org/convention.
The launching event of SABR's new Luis Castro/Latin America Chapter, "Perspectivas del Béisbol," will be held on November 15, 2013 in the heart and soul of Winter Baseball, Maracaibo, Venezuela. Click here for more details.
A vibrant city with one of the richest baseball traditions outside the United States and home of many generations of major leagues, the event will take place in the middle of the Venezuelan Winter Baseball season and minutes away from Luis Aparicio “El Grande” Stadium, home of the Águilas del Zulia.
The Rafael Urdaneta University will host the event in its grand “Lecture Hall” on the shores of Maracaibo Lake and will feature recognized baseball speakers, industry leaders and experts on different areas that will discuss ideas, similarities and differences of baseball coverage and angles from their unique positions. Guests will have the opportunity to be part of the conversation with panelists and share baseball knowledge, debate positions and benefit from a unique baseball experience.
Featured speakers will include Leonte Landino of ESPN Deportes, Dominican broadcaster Ernesto Jerez, Luis Alfredo Alvarez of ESPN International, Venezuelan broadcaster Jose Luis Mora, and author/writer Augusto Cardenas.
For more details or to register for the "Perspectivas del Béisbol" event on November 15, click here.
The 16th annual Rocky Mountain SABR Banquet will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, November 15, 2013, at the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place Denver, Colorado 80204.
Make your reservation now. Just a short time remains before our special baseball evening!
The Keynote Speaker will be Bryn Smith, the starting and winning pitcher in the Colorado Rockies' inaugural home opener in 1993. He pitched in the Major Leagues from 1981–93, signed with the Rockies as a free agent and went on to defeat Montreal, 11-4, on April 9, 1993 at Mile High Stadium.
Our Featured Speaker will be Jeff Bridich, Senior Director of Player Development for the Colorado Rockies, who joined the organization in 2004 and was involved with development of their player database used in making personnel decisions.
Tickets for this special evening are $50.00 per attendee. Reservations can be made by sending a check to:
5803 Orchard Creek Ln
Boulder, CO 80301
OR you can use PayPal via the link below:
Peter O’Malley, president of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1970-98 and a longtime SABR member, is now responsible for managing Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida, the spring training home of the Dodgers from 1948-2008.
The year-round, multi-sport site, which recently changed its name to Historic Dodgertown, offers an all-encompassing experience for teams to train, play, stay, dine and have fun in one resort location.
History is everywhere as memorabilia adorns the Dodgertown walls throughout. Jackie Robinson made his Dodgertown debut on March 31, 1948 when the Brooklyn Dodgers played the Montreal Royals, their Triple-A affiliate from the International League, in the first major league exhibition game played in Vero Beach. Robinson homered in the first inning for the Dodgers.
Besides a training camp which caters to many sports, 80-acre Historic Dodgertown is also available for meetings, conferences and special events. For information about the site, please contact Brady Ballard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Base Ball is the Greatest Game in the World!
Cast Your Vote For The 1921 All-Stars!
Base Ball stands for everything that is good about this Great Land of ours. The high character and integrity it takes to play this game at the highest level takes a backseat to no profession. And the greatest stars in The Game reflect that probity better than anyone.
Long established stars like Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson and Eddie Collins will join arms with the new stars of today, like George “Babe” Ruth, George Sisler and Rogers Hornsby, to stand in the vanguard of Base Ball’s mission to shine a light on the best that America has to offer!
On Saturday, July 16, 1921, the brightest stars in The Game will convene at Dunn Field, home of the world’s champion Indians, in Cleveland to play in the fifth annual All-Star Game. And the starters, including three pitchers, for each side will be selected by YOU, the loyal fan!
The games will be played using Out of the Park 14, and the game account and box score will be posted over at Seamheads.com.
Vote for the 1921 All-Star starters and pitchers here:
Voting will be open until 3:00 a.m. EDT on November 22, 2013. At that time, we will count up the votes, put together the rosters, and sim the game.
To learn more about the Retroactive All-Star Project, visit SABR.org/retroactive-all-star-project/about.
— Chuck Hildebrandt
With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to college students who wish to attend the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference on March 13-15, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona. This scholarship will pay for registration, air transportation and lodging up to a total value of $1,250.
The objective of this scholarship fund is to encourage student engagement with baseball analytics, and to engender an active interest in baseball research and SABR. The Yoseloff scholarship is to assist young researchers who want to attend SABR's Analytics Conference and to introduce them to fellow SABR members and professionals within the baseball community. Through this fund, SABR hopes to inspire future baseball research, expose students to high-quality research and build the research capability of interested students.
- Download an application form: Click here to apply for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference
To apply, submit an essay of 750 words or less answering the following questions: "How does attending this conference help you in analytics and/or baseball research? Why would this conference be beneficial for you to attend?" Style guidelines are available on the application form.
Students must be currently enrolled in a high school, college undergraduate or graduate program, and be between 18 and 29 years of age at the time of the conference. Some form of age verification (photocopy of driver’s license, passport, etc.) must be attached to your application.
Submissions must include a brief letter of recommendation from a current high school/college teacher, guidance counselor or a school administrator. All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Jeff Schatzki at email@example.com no later than December 31, 2013.
For full details on how to apply, click here.
Four new biographies were posted as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 2,580 published biographies. Here are the new bios:
- Benny Bengough, by Cort Vitty
- Bill Narleski, by Bill Nowlin
- Rocky Point Grounds (Warwick, RI), by Charlie Bevis
- Wally Shaner, 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
MLB.com, the official web site of Major League Baseball, is seeking stats stringers to cover these clubs in 2014 and beyond:
- Anaheim/Los Angeles
- Chicago (both teams)
- Oakland/San Francisco
Stats stringers are responsible for digitally scoring games from the MLB ballparks, which provides the data used in the live content applications on MLB.com, including At-Bat, Gameday and MLB.TV, real-time highlights and text alerts, and by our business partners. This is a perfect part-time job for a responsible, computer-savvy person who happens to be a big baseball fan.
For more details on the responsibilities required and the desired qualifications, click here.
Those interested in applying should send a resume and cover letter, addressing the above-listed qualifications, to firstname.lastname@example.org. ONLY those who reply to this e-mail address will be considered, and due to volume, we may be unable to respond to all applicants.
Thanks and good luck!
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:
- Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners announced
- Dollar Sign on the Muscle, by SABR member Kevin Kerrane, returns to the spotlight
- Emily Hawks selected as interim Director on SABR Board
- Watch "Padres Memorable Moments: A Radio Re-Creation"
- New SABR chapter for Spanish-speaking members in Latin America
- Reserve your spot at 16th annual Rocky Mountain SABR Banquet on Nov. 15
- Save the date: SABR Day is January 25, 2014
- 'Spectacular' SABR Baseball Research Center opens at new San Diego library
- 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.
|James Berardinucci||Norwalk, CT||David Margulies||New York, NY|
|Ben Bloomberg||San Rafael, CA||Matthew Mauro||Colchester, CT|
|Jeremy Bloomberg||San Rafael, CA||Dennis Morgan||Estero, FL|
|Nicholas Campion||Minneapolis, MN||Gary Mueller||Lebanon, IL|
|Kenton Dean||Arosa, SWI||James Owen||Columbia, MO|
|Joseph DiPietro||Coral Springs, FL||Julia Payne||Fairfax, VA|
|Thomas Dunmire||Grand Island, NY||Jack Petty||Leawood, KS|
|David Fenko||Chicago, IL||Rick Rickenharp||San Francisco, CA|
|Joe Heffron||Cincinnati, OH||Alexander Sanders Jr.||Charleston, SC|
|Christopher Hughes||Brooklyn, NY||Jeremy Schmidt||La Vernia, TX|
|Stefan Jovanovich||Chapel Hill, NC||Susan Shaffer Nahmias||Phoenix, AZ|
|Brian Knapp||Redwood City, CA||Pat Shier||Burlington, IA|
|Brian Madigan||St. Louis Park, MN|
Here are the new SABR research committee newsletters published this week:
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new chapter meeting recaps published this week:
- Allan Roth Chapter meeting recap (October 26; Los Angeles, CA)
- Halsey Hall Chapter newsletter/recap (November 2; Minneapolis, MN)
- Lajoie-Start Southern New England Chapter newsletter (Providence, RI)
- SABR 29 convention journal now an e-book: The Flame Delhi Chapter has republished the SABR 29 convention journal, Mining Towns to Major Leagues: A History of Arizona Baseball (1999) as an e-book and has made it available for purchase at the chapter's website, SABRAZ.org.
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- November 8-9: SABR Board of Directors fall meeting (New York, NY)
- November 11: Larry Dierker Chapter meeting (Houston, TX)
- November 13: Bob Davids Chapter Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- November 15: Rocky Mountain Chapter annual banquet (Denver, CO)
- November 15: "Baseball Perspectives/Perspectivas del Béisbol" (Maracaibo, VZ)
- November 16: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Richfield, MN)
- November 16: Forbes Field Chapter meeting (Pittsburgh, PA)
- November 16: Cliff Kachline Chapter meeting (Cooperstown, NY)
- November 16: East Tennessee Chapter meeting (Knoxville, TN)
- November 17: Bethesda Baseball Holiday Auction (Bethesda, MD)
- November 18: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- November 19: Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting (Austin, TX)
- November 20: Rocky Mountain Chapter meeting (Denver, CO)
- November 20: "Black Baseball and Black Music in the Jim Crow Era" (New York, NY)
- November 23: Emil Rothe Chapter meeting (Chicago, IL)
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:
- David Laurila: Q&A with Alan Nathan on the physics of pitching (FanGraphs)
- Barry Bloom: Managers headline Hall of Fame's Expansion Era ballot (MLB.com)
- Steven Goldman: A guide to the Hall of Fame's Expansion Era ballot (SB Nation)
- John Dewan's Stat of the Week: Making a great defensive play then leading off the next inning (ACTA Sports)
- Ben Lindbergh: Brad Ausmus and the new model for managers (Baseball Prospectus)
- Jeff Sullivan: The changing reality of the lefty strike (FanGraphs)
- ESPN Films: On the husband-and-wife team that built MLB schedules from scratch for 25 years (Grantland.com)
- Chad Dotson: The Hall of Fame case for Andruw Jones (The Hardball Times)
- Jack Moore: On Calvin Griffith, Rod Carew and free agency (The Score)
- Bill Petti: Introducing the interactive spray chart tool (FanGraphs)
- Mitchel Lichtman: The penalty for pitchers going through the batting order (Baseball Prospectus)
- Matt Hunter: Joey Votto and the value of a walk (FanGraphs)
- Dorothy Seymour Mills: Women and men, playing pro baseball together (The National Pastime Museum)
- Anthony Bush: The end of the Northern-Copper Country League (Zenith City Online)
- John Thorn: Home-field advantage in the World Series (Our Game)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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