This Week in SABR: August 30, 2019

Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web. Please note: The SABR office will be closed on Monday, September 2 for the Labor Day holiday. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of August 30, 2019:

SABR launches new SocialLink communication tool for members

SocialLink mobile appSABR has launched a new communication tool for members called SocialLink, along with a fresh look for our membership system at

The SocialLink platform will allow for all groups (research committees, chapters, and more) to communicate in online forums. Each chapter and research committee will have its own dedicated discussion forum, and we will also have new community-wide discussion forums that all SABR members can access online or through the SocialLink app.

In addition, members will be able to message one another directly and there will be more traditional social media functionality, allowing all SABR members to connect with each other regardless of chapter affiliation or research committee involvement.

Finally, members who download the SocialLink app will be able to access this functionality from their smartphones or tablets, creating greater access to member benefits and eliminating the need to be on a computer to communicate with other members.

We’ll highlight some of the new features in the SocialLink platform in the coming weeks, but we encourage you to start taking advantage of the new tools available to all SABR members today!

To start exploring SocialLink, visit

New speakers announced for 2019 SABR/IWBC Arizona Fall League Experience

Arizona Fall LeagueWe are pleased to announce some of our featured speakers at the 2019 SABR/IWBC Arizona Fall League Experience.

Join us on October 10-12, 2019, at The Saguaro in Scottsdale, Arizona. This conference is focused on women in baseball, co-hosted by the International Women’s Baseball Center, and held in conjunction with the Arizona Fall League (, baseball’s premier player development league. Click here to register!

Here is some more information about our featured panelists:

  • Elizabeth Benn, Coordinator of Labor, Diversity, and Baseball Development at MLB’s Office of the Commissioner
  • Debbie Castaldo, Vice President, Corporate & Community Impact with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Executive Director of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation
  • Meg Rowley, Managing Editor of FanGraphs and The Hardball Times
  • Eric Longenhagen, Lead Prospect Analyst, FanGraphs

Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.

For more information, visit

3 days left to submit abstracts for 2019 SABR/IWBC Arizona Fall League Experience

All SABR members are invited and encouraged to submit a research presentation proposal abstract on any topic related to women in baseball for the SABR/IWBC Arizona Fall League Experience on Thursday, October 10 to Saturday, October 12, 2019, in Phoenix, Arizona.

To apply: Please send a 150-200 word abstract to Leslie Heaphy at by September 2, 2019. Please include full contact information and a short bio. Please note: You must be registered for the conference in order to give a presentation.

All baseball fans are welcome to attend the SABR Arizona Fall League Experience.

  • Registration: Click here to register online. Registration is $199 for all SABR members and guests; $219 for non-members. Single-day rates are available for $90 on Friday (includes breakfast and game ticket) or $110 on Saturday (including breakfast, lunch, and game ticket).
  • Hotel: SABR’s recommended hotel is The Saguaro (4000 North Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251) in Old Town Scottsdale. Please e-mail Ally Bascom at or call 480-385-4800 and mention “SABR” to book your room at our special group rate of $189/night (plus tax).

Visit for registration information and complete details.

New speakers announced for SABR Black Sox Scandal Centennial Symposium

We’re excited to announce new speakers for the SABR Black Sox Scandal Centennial Symposium in Chicago.

The SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee will host this once-in-a-century event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1919 World Series from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Chicago History Museum. All baseball fans are welcome to attend; click here to register.

The full symposium schedule will be available soon. Here are our featured speakers:

  • Bruce S. Allardice, history professor at South Suburban College near Chicago, and author of numerous articles on the Black Sox Scandal
  • Dr. Susan Dellinger, author of Red Legs and Black Sox: Edd Roush and the Untold Story of the 1919 World Series and granddaughter of Hall of Famer Edd Roush
  • Michael Haupert, Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and co-chair of SABR’s Business of Baseball Committee
  • Rick Huhn, associate editor of Scandal on the South Side and the author of three baseball books, including Eddie Collins: A Baseball Biography
  • Bill Lamb, author of Black Sox in the Courtroom: The Grand Jury, Criminal Trial and Civil Litigation and the 2019 recipient of SABR’s Bob Davids Award
  • Daniel A. Nathan, Professor of American Studies at Skidmore College and author of Saying It’s So: A Cultural History of the Black Sox Scandal
  • Jacob Pomrenke, SABR’s Director of Editorial Content, chair of the Black Sox Scandal Research Committee, and editor of Scandal on the South Side
  • Bill Savage, English professor at Northwestern University, instructor at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and baseball author/historian
  • More speakers to be announced soon!

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABR Defensive Index rankings released through August 18

Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed and Oakland third baseman Matt Chapman remain in the top spots in their respective leagues in the most recent SABR Defensive Index rankings.

Click here to view full SDI rankings by position through games of Sunday, August 18.

For the seventh consecutive season, the SABR Defensive Index will be used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™, presented by SABR. The SABR Defensive Index accounts for approximately 25 percent of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process that will be added to the votes from the managers and coaches.

The final SDI results will be released following the conclusion of the 2019 season at The SDI is compiled by the SABR Defensive Committee, which includes former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro; Sean Forman of; Ben Jedlovec, MLB’s Director of Engineering, Data Quality; SABR Director F.X. Flinn; author and defensive metrics expert Chris Dial; and author Michael Humphreys.

Seeking nominations for the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards

What are the best baseball analytics articles you’ve read so far in 2019?

We’re seeking nominations for the 2020 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: no later than December 31, 2019. Include author, title, date of publication and a URL link (if applicable).

Results will be announced and presented at the ninth annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 13-15, 2020, at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more at

Click here to read the full announcement at

Call for papers: 2020 SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference

All SABR members are invited and encouraged to submit a Research Presentation Proposal Abstract on any topic of 19th-century baseball for the 2020 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The 12th annual Ivor-Campbell Conference is scheduled for April 24-25, 2020.

The deadline for proposal Abstracts is October 31, 2019. Your abstract must be between 200-400 words for a 20- to 25-minute presentation. Please include name, title, and contact information and send your proposal as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to Peter Mancuso at

Click here to read the full announcement at

Join us on September 14 in Philadelphia to honor baseball pioneers Hicks Hayhurst and Octavius Catto

Octavius CattoThe SABR Nineteenth Century Grave Marker Project will hold a commemoration to honor Philadelphia baseball pioneers Hicks Hayhurst and Octavius Catto in a dual ceremony to further recognize their contributions to American and Philadelphia history.

The ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at Mount Peace Cemetery, 3111 W. Lehigh Avenue in Philadelphia. All baseball fans are welcome to attend this free event, which should last about 30 minutes.

A Republican councilman for Philadelphia, Hayhurst was also a baseball player and president of the National Association champion Athletics of Philadelphia of the late nineteenth century. In 1866 Catto, a civil rights activist, helped found one of the earliest black clubs in the U.S., the Pythian Base Ball Club. Together they organized the first widely reported integrated baseball game in United States history in September 1869; the game was the first of its kind in Philadelphia.

SABR’s Connie Mack Chapter will honor the 150th anniversary of the first integrated game between the Olympic Ball Club and Catto’s Pythians Club. The game was played on September 3, 1869, a victory for the Olympics witnessed by 4,000 fans. The SABR Nineteenth Century Gravemarker Project will dedicate a new grave marker for Elias Hicks Hayhurst and his wife Elizabeth.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Save the date! Join us for the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference

SABR is pleased to announce that the ninth annual SABR Analytics Conference will be held Friday, March 13 to Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Renaissance Phoenix Downtown is at 100 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Conference registration and hotel information for the 2020 conference will be available beginning in October 2019 at

The SABR Analytics Conference brings together industry insiders from the baseball community, data innovators, thought leaders, members of the media and college students who will participate in the popular Diamond Dollars Case Competition.

Visit to learn more.

SABR Digital Library: The Newark Eagles Take Flight: The Story of the 1946 Negro League Champions

Add a soaring baseball book to your collection with our newest title from the SABR Digital Library:

The Newark Eagles Take Flight: The Story of the 1946 Negro League Champions 
Edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin 
Associate Editors: Rich Applegate and Len Levin 

ISBN (e-book): 978-1-9701-5906-6, $9.99 
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5907-3, $29.99
8.5″ x 11″, 230 pages

Click here to read the full description at

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with J.J. Cooper of Baseball America

J.J. CooperListen to a new episode of SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a new weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer — which is now available on your favorite podcast streaming services! Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays.

Visit to listen to Episode #22 — our guest this week is J.J. Cooper, Executive Editor at Baseball America, where he has covered baseball at all levels since 2002. This season, he has written extensively about the home-run explosion in Triple-A thanks to a new baseball, along with stories on the Atlantic League’s rules changes and the impact of “robot umpires.”

Every week, SABRcast will feature insights and analysis of what’s happening in modern baseball on and off the field, plus compelling interviews with figures from around the game — and music from The Baseball Project.

To learn more, visit

Become a Friend of SABR by joining our On-Deck Circle with monthly giving

SABR’s mission is to foster the study, discussion, and understanding of all aspects of baseball. In order to fulfill this mission, we rely not only on member dues but also gifts from our generous supporters. You can become a Friend of SABR by giving as little as $10 per month. When you do so, you will be inducted into a community of passionate baseball fans dedicated to supporting SABR’s work.

Get in the SABR On-Deck Circle, and help SABR become the essential community for the world of baseball. Your support will build capacity around all things SABR, including publications, website content, podcast development, and community growth.

A monthly gift is deducted from your bank account or charged to a credit card until you tell us to stop. No more email, mail, or phone reminders.

Visit or contact Ben Rose at to learn more.

SABR members, get a discount when you subscribe to Baseball Digest Archive

Baseball DigestBaseball Digest is pleased to announce the launch of the Baseball Digest Archive.

Every regular print issue of Baseball Digest from 1942 through March/April 2019 is viewable and searchable online at

Interested SABR members can subscribe using a special Discount Coupon Code to receive 36% off a one-year rate. Click here to view the discount code at

Register now for the 2019 SABR Minnesota 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium

The SABR Minnesota 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium will take place on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at the Minneapolis Public Library, 300 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The day-long Saturday symposium will be devoted to 19th-century baseball as it was played and evolved in Minnesota and the greater Midwest region. The event is a joint project of the SABR Nineteenth Century Committee, SABR’s Halsey Hall Chapter, and the Hennepin County Library.

Guest speakers are expected to include John Thorn, MLB’s Official Historian; Larry Millett, longtime St. Paul Pioneer Press architecture critic and author of more than 10 books, including The Curve of the Arch and Lost Twin Cities; Stew Thornley, author of Baseball in Minnesota: A Definitive History and other books; Dan Levitt, author of Paths to Glory: How Great Baseball Teams Got That Way and other books; Mike Haupert, Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; Kristin Anderson, art and architecture professor and author of an upcoming book on the history of sports facilities in the Twin Cities; Frank White, author of They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in MinnesotaBrian Madigan, SABR member and associate librarian for Hennepin County Libraries; and more.

For more information, contact event organizers at

6 new SABR biographies published

John OlerudSix new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,991 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here:

5 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Catfish HunterFive new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:

New Games Project stories can be found at Find all published Games Project articles at

  • Get involved: Have memories of a game you attended? Or a game you watched that caught your interest? Write about it! Writing for the Games Project is an easy way to get involved as a SABR member. Find out how by reading the Games Project FAQs section or checking out the Authors’ Guidelines. We have editors and fact checkers who are willing to help you write your first article.

Listen to Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Saturdays

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, will air this season at a new time. Listen in from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on Saturdays on MLB Network Radio.

This week’s guests are Neil Paine of FiveThirtyEight and SABR Director F.X. Flinn.

You can also listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App. Click here to learn more.

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM focuses on examining and interpreting the statistical analysis that plays a critical role in baseball today. It airs weekly throughout the year on MLB Network Radio, available to subscribers nationwide on XM channel 89, Sirius channel 209, and on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.

Seeking book designers for SABR Publications Program

Are you a SABR member with book design experience? As our Publications Program grows, so does our need for folks who can handle book layout and ebook creation duties. QuarkXPress or InDesign preferred.

If you’d like more information or to throw your hat into the ring, please email your resume and book design samples to Cecilia Tan at

ICYMI: Highlights from last week’s This Week in SABR

We’ve heard your feedback: Some of you have said you look forward to “This Week in SABR” every Friday, but sometimes there are just too many compelling articles and announcements to read every week. We’re not complaining — hey, keep up the great work! — but we know the feeling. So in an effort to make the length of this newsletter more manageable to read, we’ll summarize some of the repeating/recurring announcements in a special “In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)” section of “This Week in SABR”.

Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:

All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here:

Welcome, new members!

We’d like to welcome all of our new SABR members who have joined this week. You can find all Members-Only resources at and the Membership Handbook can be downloaded here.

Please give these new members a warm welcome and help them make the most of their membership by giving them the opportunity to get involved in their local chapter or a research committee.

You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Rob Bain San Francisco, CA     Ryan Gomez San Francisco, CA
Collin Barnett Little Rock, AR     Allen Hoag Nashua, NH
Jared Chesnut Effingham, IL     Max Krueger Denver, CO
John Crawford Overland Park, KS     Greg Parson Payson, UT
Jeffrey Dominique El Dorado Hills, CA     Addison Payden Overland Park, KS
Maximilian Effgen Seattle, WA     Alex Richmond Ottawa, ON
Nick Elam Fishers, IN     Chris Rudd San Jose, CA
Ryan Eversole Columbus, IN     Ken Ruth Fredericksburg, VA
Bob Garrett Potomac, MD     Kenneth Spencer Jacksonville, AL
James Gelvin Belleville, IL     Weston Tate San Francisco, CA


Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:

Visit for more information on SABR regional chapters.

SABR Events Calendar

Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:

All SABR meetings and events are open to the public. Feel free to bring a baseball-loving friend … and make many new ones! Check out the SABR Events Calendar at

Around the Web

Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:

Read these articles and more at

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Originally published: August 30, 2019. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.