Baccellieri, Ghiroli, Sarris win 2022 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards

2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

Congratulations to Emma Baccellieri, Brittany Ghiroli, and Eno Sarris, winners of the 2022 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards. They will be recognized in an online award presentation ceremony on Saturday, March 19 at the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference.

Sarris was voted as the winner of the Contemporary Baseball Analysis Award for his article “What is ‘seam-shifted wake’ and which pitchers benefit most from it?,” published by The Athletic on January 21, 2021. Sarris is a staff writer for The Athletic, where he specializes in pitching analytics, taking the best public analytics findings to the players in the clubhouse to get their reactions. He has also been a contributor to FanGraphs, ESPN,, Fox Sports, SB Nation, The Hardball Times, and others.

Ghiroli was voted as the winner of the Contemporary Baseball Commentary Award for her article “Cockroaches, car camping, poverty wages: Why are minor-leaguers living in squalor?,” published by The Athletic on August 5, 2021. Ghiroli is a national MLB senior writer for The Athletic. She spent two years on the Washington Nationals beat and, prior to that, a decade with, covering the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, and Tampa Bay Rays.

Baccellieri was voted as the winner of the Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary Award for her article “Deadening the Baseball? MLB’s Done It Before,” published by Sports Illustrated on February 9, 2021. Baccellieri has been a staff writer since 2018 at Sports Illustrated, where her work often weaves together elements of baseball’s past and present. Previously, she wrote for Deadspin — where she won a SABR Analytics Conference Research Award in 2018 for a story on MLB Statcast — and Baseball Prospectus.

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 1-11, 2022, at,,, and, with results weighted equally at 25%.

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

Originally published: March 3, 2022. Last Updated: March 3, 2022.