Adams, Davis, Taylor win 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards

2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

Congratulations to Tony Adams, Bradford William Davis, and Shakeia Taylor, winners of the 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards. They will be recognized in an online award presentation ceremony on Saturday, March 13 at the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference.

Adams was voted as the winner of the Contemporary Baseball Analysis Award for his research and analysis at, published on January 29, 2020. Adams is a Houston-based graphic designer and web developer who spent more than 60 hours writing an application to analyze video and audio footage of the 2017 Houston Astros’ sign-stealing operation.

Davis was voted as the winner of the Contemporary Baseball Commentary Award for his article “Baseball Let Unity Stand in the Way of Protest,” published by the New York Daily News on July 28, 2020. Davis has been a sports columnist at the Daily News since 2019. He also co-hosts the “Five and Dive” podcast at Baseball Prospectus. Previously, he was an award-winning digital content strategist at HBO, where he created digital and editorial content for many of the network’s programs.

Taylor was voted as the winner of the Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary Award for her article, “Effa Manley’s Hidden Life,” published at SB Nation on April 30, 2020. Taylor is a Chicago-based baseball historian and freelance writer whose work has appeared at SB Nation, FanGraphs, Baseball Prospectus, The Hardball Times,, Yahoo! Sports, and other outlets.

The SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year.

Voting for the winners was conducted online from February 1-12, 2021, at,,, and, with results weighted equally at 25%.

To view past winners of the SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards, click here.

Originally published: March 1, 2021. Last Updated: March 1, 2021.