Marchi wins 2014 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award – Historical Analysis/Commentary

Max Marchi was announced as the winner of a 2014 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at the SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Marchi was voted as the winner of the Historical Analysis/Commentary award for his article “Catcher Framing Before PITCHf/x,” published by Baseball Prospectus on May 16, 2013.

Marchi, of Bologna, Italy, is a former contributor for Baseball Prospectus and The Hardball Times who last month was hired as an analyst by the Cleveland Indians. He is the co-author of Analyzing Baseball Data with R and he was a featured speaker at the 2010 and 2011 Sportvision PITCHf/x Summits.

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 January 31-February 17, 2014, at,,,, and, with results weighted equally at 20%.

You can read all the 2014 finalists here:

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Originally published: March 13, 2014. Last Updated: July 27, 2020.