Lindbergh, Ring, Baseball Prospectus team win 2019 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards

Ben Lindbergh, Sheryl Ring, and a team from Baseball Prospectus were announced as the winners of 2019 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards on Sunday, March 10 at the eighth annual SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Lindbergh was voted as the winner of the Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary Award for his article “The Sabermetric Movement’s Forgotten Foremother,” published by The Ringer on February 20, 2018. Lindbergh is a staff writer for The Ringer. He also hosts the Effectively Wild podcast for FanGraphs and regularly appears on MLB Network. He is a former staff writer for FiveThirtyEight and Grantland, a former editor-in-chief of Baseball Prospectus, and co-author of the best-selling book The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team. His next book, The MVP Machine: How Baseball’s New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players, is due out in the summer of 2019.

Ring was voted as the winner of the Contemporary Baseball Commentary Award for her article “The Human Side of the Cubs’ Addison Russell Decision,” published by FanGraphs on December 6, 2018. Ring is a contributor at FanGraphs and a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America. She is a litigation attorney and General Counsel at Open Communities, a nonprofit legal aid agency in the Chicago suburbs.

Wayne Boyle, Sean O’Rourke, Jeff Long, and Harry Pavlidis were voted as the winners of the Contemporary Baseball Analysis Award for their article “Robo Strike Zone: It’s Not as Simple as You Think,” published by Baseball Prospectus on January 29, 2018. Boyle is an electronics and software engineer and the founder of Pitchgrader, which creates advanced software used by college and professional teams for baseball analysis and simulation. O’Rourke is a Statistical Analyst for BP and a research engineer. Long is the Marketing Director at BP and a consultant to an MLB team. Pavlidis is the Director of Research and Development at BP and the founder of Pitch Info, providing data management and consulting services for MLB teams.

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, 2019, at,,,, and, with results weighted equally at 20%.

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

Originally published: March 10, 2019. Last Updated: July 27, 2020.