Gennaro, Lebowitz, Waterman re-elected to SABR Board of Directors

Members of the Society for American Baseball Research have elected three incumbents to the organization’s Board of Directors and approved one revision to the By-Laws.

Vince Gennaro was re-elected as SABR’s President in an unopposed race, receiving 745 of 761 first-preference votes.

Gennaro was elected as SABR’s President in 2011. He is the director of Columbia University’s sports management graduate program, the author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball, and the host of By The Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Sunday nights. He is also a regular contributor to MLB Network and a consultant to MLB teams. His non-baseball work is highlighted by a 20-year career at PepsiCo — including roles as Division President and GM of a billion-dollar bottling business — and ownership of a pro sports franchise. His innovative analysis of baseball has been the subject of articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and CNN Money. He has also written for Yahoo! Sports and The Wall Street Journal and is a frequent guest commentator on sports business topics. He serves on the Advisory Board of ANC Sports and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. He lives in Purchase, New York, with his wife and daughter.

Todd Lebowitz was re-elected as SABR’s Secretary in an unopposed race, receiving 742 of 754 first-preference votes.

Lebowitz was elected as SABR’s Secretary in 2011. He has been an attorney with Baker & Hostetler LLP in Cleveland, Ohio, since 1997. He has offered pro bono legal counsel to SABR since 2005, advising on numerous matters relating to intellectual property, contracts, personnel, business strategy and implementation. He has performed legal work for the Cleveland Indians, including drafting player contracts and negotiating terms with player agents, some work for Major League Baseball related to trademark enforcement, and conducted a study entitled “The Effect of Financial Rewards on Intrinsic Motivation: A Study of Long-Term Contracts in Major League Baseball”. He has been a member of SABR since 2000, is part of the Baseball Records, Business of Baseball and Latino Baseball committees, and has assisted other members with legal and historical research, including understanding legal terminology and decisions. He holds a BA in psychology and a law degree, both from the University of Michigan. He lives in Solon, Ohio.

Ty Waterman was re-elected as a SABR Director, receiving 447 of 756 first-preference votes. George Skornickel finished runner-up with 299 first-preference votes.

Waterman was elected to the SABR Board in 2012. He has been a SABR member since 1996 and is a frequent presenter at Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter meetings. He is the creator of the Great American Fantasy League (GAFL), a baseball simulation board game in which 26 SABR members participate as members of all-time franchise teams. He has attended every SABR national convention since 1999 and was involved in the creation of the Games and Simulation Research Committee in 2010. Waterman is the co-author of The Year The Red Sox Won The World Series: A Chronicle of the 1918 Championship Season, published by Northeastern University Press in 1999. He is a season-ticket holder for the Pawtucket Red Sox Triple-A team and is a strong advocate for minor league baseball. Since 1996, he has worked as a social worker, supervising foster homes in Boston, Massachusetts. He has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Maine, Orono, and a master’s degree in Theology from Boston University. He lives in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

One By-Laws revision was approved by SABR members. A proposed revision to Section 1.2, regarding the organization’s mission statement, was passed with 750 of 811 votes (92.48%).

Special thanks go out to Tellers Committee members Mort Bloomberg, Phillip Bolda, and Michael Holden for certifying the results on May 6 at the SABR office.

The 2015 SABR elections featured online voting for the sixth consecutive year as well as traditional paper ballots. A total of 826 votes were received, constituting about 13.69 percent of the membership.

SABR members can find complete 2015 election results, including write-in candidates and voting totals, posted here.

A historical list of SABR’s Board of Directors can be found by clicking here. Past voting totals can be found here.

Originally published: May 6, 2015. Last Updated: May 6, 2015.