Stott: For SABR, data is just a small part of the equation

From Rob Stott at Associations Now on March 31, 2014:

If the office is looking a little empty this week, don’t worry—everyone didn’t coincidentally come down with a cold on the same day. This week just happens to be Opening Day at Major League Baseball (MLB) stadiums throughout the country (and in Toronto).

Baseball, long-referred to as America’s favorite pastime, has a knack from drawing a wide variety of fans, from casual watchers looking to catch some rays to die-hards who manage to find a way to get out to all 81 home games each year.

Still others live for the history of the game and the innovations being made in statistical analysis of the players who come and go over the years. That’s where the Society of American Baseball Research comes in. Founded in 1971 in Cooperstown, New York, SABR exists to bring together fans of the game, journalists, former players, team owners—really anyone who has a passion for the game—and give them a forum to discuss all things baseball.

“We’ve got 6,000 members around the world, and they are doing baseball-related research on every possible subject you can think of,” said Jacob Pomrenke, web content editor and producer for SABR. “We’ve got people doing research on the early origins of the game in the 1700s; we’ve got people doing research on sabermetrics in the modern game today; we’ve also got people researching the dead-ball era in the early 20th century; and we’ve got people researching the Negro League, women in baseball, all kinds of baseball-related subjects.”

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Originally published: March 31, 2014. Last Updated: March 31, 2014.