Seeking nominations for the 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards

2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

What are the best baseball analytics articles you’ve read in 2020?

We’re seeking nominations for the 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards, which recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year in the following categories:

  • Contemporary Baseball Analysis: Honoring the best analysis focusing on a subject related to the modern game(s), team(s) or player(s).
  • Contemporary Baseball Commentary: Honoring the best commentary focusing on a subject related to the modern game(s), team(s) or player(s). 
  • Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary: Honoring the best original analysis or commentary focusing on a subject related to a game(s), team(s) or player(s) throughout baseball history.

Please send all nominations via e-mail to this address: analytics-awards@sabr.org no later than December 31, 2020. Include author, title, date of publication and a URL link (if applicable).

Works of “Analysis” will be judged on the following criteria: thorough examination of the subject matter; originality of research; factual accuracy; significance in advancing our understanding of baseball.

Works of “Commentary” will be judged on the following criteria: distinguished writing; profound insight; factual accuracy; significance in advancing our understanding of baseball.

A work can be in any format except books, including but not limited to articles, columns, blog posts, television, film, websites, spreadsheets or databases, but it must have been first published in the preceding calendar year. Individual articles published as part of a book or journal compilation are eligible. No unpublished work will be considered. No work published, in part or in whole, prior to the preceding calendar year will be considered.

No work will be considered in more than one category. Multiple nominations can be submitted, but only one work per author will be considered as a finalist.

Voting for the winners will be conducted online in January-February 2021 at SABR.org, BaseballProspectus.com, FanGraphs.com, and IBWAA.com, with results weighted equally at 25%.

Results will be announced and presented at the upcoming SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held online on March 11-14, 2021. Learn more at SABR.org/analytics.

To view past award winners and finalists, click here.



Originally published: November 2, 2020. Last Updated: November 2, 2020.

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