SABR 48: Call for presentations

SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 48, the 2018 annual convention in Pittsburgh.

Oral presentations are expected to last 20 minutes, followed by a five minute question-and-answer period. Posters will be presented, with the author on-hand to discuss the work, during a poster session of 60 minutes and they will remain on display throughout the convention.

Through on-site judging, the most highly-regarded presentations will receive the Doug Pappas Award for best oral presentation and the SABR Convention Poster Presentation Award for best poster presentation. 

SABR 48 will be held June 20-24, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh. Early registration rates and hotel information are now available at

Click here to submit abstracts for SABR 48:

The submission deadline for SABR 48 abstracts is midnight PST, Sunday, FEBRUARY 25, 2018.

2018 represents an anniversary of Pittsburgh baseball-related events that could provide inspiration for topics. For example, it has been:

  • 5 years since the Pirates broke their streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons
  • 10 years since the Pirates signed two pitchers because they won the reality TV show, The Million Dollar Arm
  • 25 years since the Pirates found themselves without then 3-time MVP Barry Bonds
  • 45 years since Roberto Clemente was inducted into the Hall of Fame
  • 50 years since ground was broken for Three Rivers Stadium, sounding the death knell for Forbes Field
  • 70 years since the Bucs hired manager Billy Meyer, whose number (1) was retired by the club for no known reason
  • 105 years since Honus Wagner’s 15th and last consecutive .300-hitting season
  • 115 years since the Pirates lost the first modern World Series to Cy Young and the Boston Americans

In general, we will follow the procedures used in recent years for reviewing and selecting research abstracts.

  • Oral presentations will be limited to one presentation slot (20 minutes, plus five minutes for Q&A) in length.
  • While submitters may express preference for one format or the other, all abstracts will be evaluated as both oral and poster presentations. Reviewers will not be informed of the submitter’s preference if one is expressed. If you believe the presentation cannot possibly be delivered in one of the formats, please make that clear in your submission to help simplify the acceptance process.
  • At most two abstracts — one oral and one poster — will be accepted from each submitter. Researchers are encouraged to submit multiple abstracts, but no more than two of them will be accepted for presentation. In addition to the reviewers’ scores, the submitters preferred medium will be taken into consideration in the selection process. If more than one of a submitter’s abstracts scores well enough to be accepted in one medium (but neither scores well enough in the other medium for acceptance), the researcher will choose which one to present in its medium at SABR 48.
  • The poster presentation display boards measure at 48″ x 48″ and all posters must include the SABR 48 convention logo (at least 2″ x 2″) somewhere on their poster. Please check out our Tipsheet to learn more about designing and displaying a high-quality poster at the SABR convention.
  • Abstracts of proposed research presentations should be no more than 500 words in length, and must include the abstract’s title, review of previous work on the subject, a summary of the research methodology and anticipated results, and the expected contribution to the field of baseball research offered by this work.

Please note: If your abstract is accepted and you intend to make a research presentation, you must register to attend the SABR 48 convention. Registration details are now available at

When submitting an abstract, the author should describe anticipated audio-visual needs if the abstract is accepted as an oral presentation. For oral presentations at the convention site, SABR will provide laptops and computer-connected projection systems. If your work will need another type of AV equipment, please let us know.

As noted above, authors may submit multiple abstracts. SABR membership is not required in order to submit an abstract.

All research submissions will be evaluated by blind review. While it is not absolutely mandatory, we very strongly encourage researchers to submit their abstracts electronically through the website.

Questions regarding the submission, review, and evaluation procedures should also be sent to

Originally published: January 17, 2018. Last Updated: January 17, 2018.