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This Week in SABR: February 23, 2024

This Week in SABR: February 23, 2024

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, February 23, 2024.
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Top Headlines

Check out the full schedule for SABR Analytics Conference
Early registration for SABR 52 in Minneapolis is now open
SABR 52: Call for presentations
Subscribe to the Baseball Research Journal
Call for nominations: Board of Directors election
Read more articles from SABR’s Willie Mays book

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

2024 SABR Analytics Conference

Check out the full schedule for the 2024 SABR Analytics Conference

All baseball fans are invited to join us at the SABR Analytics Conference on March 8-10, 2024, at the Beus Center for Law and Society on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus in Phoenix, Arizona. SABR members, check your email inbox for details on a special opportunity to attend the conference virtually via a Zoom livestream. Register today to join us!

The Analytics Conference schedule consists of research presentations and guest speakers from throughout the baseball analytics community, career development sessions led by experienced sports professionals, and industry networking opportunities — all available for any aspiring front office executive or baseball fan to attend.

Students have the option of choosing virtual ($50) or in-person ($150) registration. Both include access to General Session panels and presentations on Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10, and a student-only virtual session on Thursday, March 7. All student registrations also include a one-year SABR membership ($25 value) and a complimentary Rapsodo certification course ($395 value).

To learn more about the SABR Analytics Conference, or to register, visit

SABR Analytics Conference: Research Presentations

SABR and Sports Info Solutions are excited to announce the list of research presentations for the SABR Analytics Conference on March 8-10, 2024, in Phoenix, Arizona. Presentation abstracts and presenter bios will be available soon at

  • Scott Brave and Levi Bognar, “The Carrot and the Stick: Cleaning Up PED Use in Minor League Baseball”
  • Ryan Brill and Abraham Wyner, “Introducing Grid WAR: Rethinking WAR for Starting Pitchers”
  • Takafumi Hayashi, Takaaki Nara, and Takehiko Sano, “Refining Baseball Pitching Accuracy: Assessing the Impact of Immediate Feedback on Pitching Precision”
  • Jeremy Losak and Jonah Soos, “Changes in Minor League Umpire Tendencies With The Challenge and Automatic Ball-Strikes Systems”
  • Rob Mains, “Do Pitchers Learn How to Avoid the Third-Time-Through-the-Order Penalty?”
  • Tim Niiler, “Regression Based Approach for Predicting Ground Reaction Forces in Pitching”
  • Emily-Anne Patt and James Stockton, “Noisier Judgments: In-Game Applications of Probability Surface-Based Analysis of Umpiring Variability”
  • Sean Sullivan, “Weighted Bullpen Management Score Plus: Quantifying MLB Pitching Change Decision Making”
  • Connor Turner, “Predicting Pitch Sequences Using Conditional At-Bat Modeling and Neural Networks”
  • James Wright, “Is Less More? A Validation in Baseball Pitching Comparing a 4 vs 8 Camera Setup”

Student Presentations:

  • Reece Calvin, “Optimizing Lineup Simulators with Statcast”
  • Erick Figueroa, John Nunez, Renee Brown, Pamela Carbajal, Nogales High School Sports Analytics Club, “Kenny Lofton Portfolio for Induction Into the National Baseball Hall of Fame”
  • Henry Gliedman and Benjamin Reinhard, “Bringing Pitching+ to DIII Baseball: The Art of W.A.R. Model”
  • Adam Nebel, “Influence of Leverage Index on Pitching Biomechanics”
  • Thomas Stanton, “How Did the Pitch Clock Affect Pitcher Performance?”

Visit to learn more or to register.

Diamond Dollars Case Competition participating schools

The Diamond Dollars Case Competition will be held during the 2024 SABR Analytics Conference on the morning of Friday, March 8 at the Beus Center for Law and Society on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus in Phoenix, Arizona.

Here are the participating schools in the 2024 Diamond Dollars Case Competition:

  • Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
  • The Branson School (Ross, CA)
  • College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA)
  • Elon University (Elon, NC)
  • Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School (Richmond, VA)
  • NYU-Tisch Institute for Global Sport (New York, NY)
  • Rice University (Houston, TX)
  • St. Norbert College (De Pere, WI)
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
  • Tufts University (Medford, MA)

Visit to learn more.

Early registration is now open for SABR 52 in Minneapolis

Join us in Minneapolis for SABR’s 52nd annual convention! Conference and hotel registration for SABR 52 on August 7-11, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, is now available at

  • Click here for complete details on SABR 52 Early-Bird Registration and optional sessions, including a Minnesota Twins game, St. Paul Saints game, and Target Field ballpark tour.

SABR 52 will be distinct from its predecessors, as it will feature a Hall of Fame speaker lineup we know you’ll love — including Rod CarewTony OlivaBert Blyleven, and Jim Kaat — and will be the most accessible and social experience we’ve ever organized as we emphasize SABR’s ability to unite all of us in baseball fellowship. This year’s streamlined registration options will provide for a consistent and accessible experience for all attendees and the lowest registration price since 2018. We hope you’ll join us this summer in Minneapolis!

Visit to learn more.

SABR 52: Call for presentations

SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 52, the 2024 annual convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Click here to submit presentation abstracts for SABR 52. The submission deadline for SABR 52 abstracts is Sunday, March 10, 2024.

In addition, we seek volunteers who wish to participate in the blind review process (beginning in March) and/or on-site judging (at the convention in Minneapolis.) Those volunteers can apply by sending an email to

Click here to read the full announcement at

Apply now for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 52

With generous funding from The Nanar and Anthony Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to 4 scholarships to high school or college students to attend SABR 52 on August 7-11, 2024, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation and lodging (double occupancy) up to a total value of $1,250.

The objective of this scholarship fund is to encourage high school and college-level student engagement with baseball research and to engender an active interest in baseball and SABR. All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Scott Carter at no later than May 17, 2024.

Click here to download an application form at

SABR Baseball Research Journal covers

Subscribe to the Baseball Research Journal in 2024

Beginning in 2024, all SABR members will exclusively receive the Baseball Research Journal electronically. A majority of SABR members already receive the BRJ electronically and will not be affected by this change.

For any members who are interested in a hard copy of the publication for their personal library, we are rolling out a new subscription option at a significantly discounted rate: $7 per issue for members, compared to $19.95 at retail. (International members will pay $11 per issue.)

  • Visit to receive future printed editions of the BRJ in the mail. Or click here if you’d like a tutorial on how to subscribe.

As with any change, we understand that you may have questions or concerns that you would like to share. Please feel free to reach out to any SABR staff member.

Call for nominations: 2024 SABR Board of Directors election

The SABR Nominating Committee is now seeking nominations for candidates for the 2024 Board of Directors elections. To be eligible for the Board of Directors, candidates must have been members of the Society for at least the preceding four years. Any candidate for an officer position must have at least one year of prior service on the Board during the preceding five-year period. The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2024. The offices to be filled are:

  • Vice President (2-year term)
  • Secretary (3-year term)
  • Director (3-year term)
  • Director (3-year term)

Self-nominations are welcome. If you would like to nominate yourself or another candidate or suggest a question for the candidates, contact Nominating Committee chair Stew Thornley.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Register now for the 2024 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference

Registration is now open for the 15th annual SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference, which will be held on April 19-20, 2024, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. All baseball fans are welcome to register for this special event.

The 2024 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from author Michael Haupert, along with a panel discussion on the Knickerbocker club with Bruce Allardice, Thomas Gilbert, Bob Tholkes, and moderator Bill Ryczek; a 19th-century artifact session with Robert Mayer, Gary Passamonte, and Jonathan Popovich; a Member Spotlight interview of Thomas Gilbert by Bob Bailey; plus research presentations.

Visit to learn more or to register.

SABR Analytics Certification: Sign up now for new Level 3 course

We’re excited to announce that the newest course in the SABR Analytics Certification program, Level Three – Introduction to Baseball Programming, is now available.

Taught by award-winning baseball writer and analyst Rob Arthur, the Level Three course provides an introduction to programming using a practical approach in its application for baseball and focusing on R (with a dash of SQL) as a programming language, the goal of this online, on-demand course is to give learners a foundational understanding of the technical skills necessary for a career in data science and baseball analytics.

To sign up now, or to learn more about previous courses, visit

Call for volunteers: Weiss Baseball Player Questionnaires

SABR seeks volunteers to help transcribe the Bill Weiss Baseball Player Questionnaires, a collection of self-completed surveys of professional baseball players from 1945-2005, which will soon be made available at Since we began this project in October 2023, more than 50,000 questionnaires have already been transcribed; we are more than halfway done to meet our goal of finishing before SABR 52 this summer.

No experience is needed, just a love for baseball, data, and history. We are looking for any volunteers who can spare a few hours a week (or more!) with help reading these questionnaires and writing down the player’s ambitions, background, and signing scout. Please contact Jason Sigler if you would like to be a part of our team.

Writing opportunities for SABR members

We are still seeking contributing authors for several of SABR’s upcoming projects, including new books on the 2005 Chicago White Sox and First At-Bat Home Runs.

If you are interested in seeing which player biographies, game recaps, or other essay ideas are available, please contact Bill Nowlin. All SABR members are eligible to contribute to any upcoming SABR projects.

SABR Research Collection updates

Find new updates to the SABR Research Collection below, including the Baseball Biography Project, Games Project, and Oral History Collection.

SABR Research Collection: Willie Mays, Adrián Beltré, John Tudor

New Oral History interview: John Tudor

  • John Tudor, former St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox pitcher
    Recorded February 13, 2024, by John McMurray

Visit to find more interviews from the SABR Oral History Collection.

7 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

In addition, more stories from SABR’s Willie Mays: Five Tools (2023), edited by Bill Nowlin and Glen Sparks, were posted online this week:

Visit to learn more about the SABR Games Project or to get involved.

Featured E-Book from the SABR Digital Library

One-Win Wonders, edited by Bill Nowlin

One-Win Wonders
Edited by Bill Nowlin

Visit to download the free e-book edition or save 50% off the paperback edition of all Digital Library books.

Recent Highlights

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

New Members

Please give a warm welcome to all new SABR members who joined this week! View more Members-Only resources at or click here to download the Membership Handbook. Find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Andres Acosta Deerfield Beach, FL     Matthew Merrow San Diego, CA
Geoff Arnold Baltimore, MD     Carlos Moreno Guadalajara, MEX
Nathaniel Beebe Champaign, IL     Matt Murphy Prosper, TX
Jim Carroll Duryea, PA     Melanie Newman Baltimore, MD
Chris Charron Lakewood, WA     Joshua Nisim Bakersfield, CA
Nicholas Esposito Gainesville, FL     Aaron Oden Bakersfield, CA
Bob Friitzen Reading, PA     Sungkwon Park Tempe, AZ
Dan Galloway Ijamsville, MD     Brandon Schofield Toronto, ON
Henry Gliedman Northfield, MN     Takaaki Shima Tokyo, JPN
Reinaldo Gonzalez Houston, TX     Kristian Sogge Gresham, OR
Stuart Hall Cary, NC     Miguel Solano Santo Domingo, DOM
Quentin Halyama Columbus, OH     Ayad Somo El Cajon, CA
Jason Hearty Albany, NY     Cameron Spaulding Athens, OH
Steve Heineman Ijamsville, MD     Thomas Stanton Evanston, IL
Ian Hembree San Diego, CA     Connor Turner Linköping, SWE
Aneudis Holbrook Flushing, NY     Sebastien Vanderlinden Braine-le-Comte, BEL
Logan Kamelhar Orlando, FL     Johnny Vecchio East Lansing, MI
Jake Kleiner Toronto, ON     Gregor Weiss Duesseldorf, GER
Blake Kluender Henderson, CO     Megan Whittaker Lincoln, NE
Roch Kubatko Baltimore, MD     Deb Williams Sterling Heights, MI
Connor Loomis Tampa, FL     Noah Wright Washington, PA
Nathan McCarroll Sherwood, AR     Dawson Wright Fresno, CA
Dan Mcvay Honey Brook, PA     Adam Zhang Fremont, CA

SABR Events Calendar

SABR's Northern New England Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at 7:00 PM Eastern Time. All baseball fans are invited to attend. The meeting will be a  presentation by Keith O'Brien on his book, "Charlie Hustle."

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • February 27: Northern New England Chapter meeting with Keith O’Brien (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • February 27: Games and Simulations Committee meeting with Dave Koch (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 4: Elysian Fields (NJ) Chapter meeting with Max Martinez and Ron Shandler (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 4: Central Florida Chapter/Roush-Lopez Gulf Coast Chapter meeting with Jacob Pomrenke (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 4: Central Illinois Chapter meeting with Eric Vickrey (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • March 5: Games and Simulations Committee meeting with J. Thomas Hetrick (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 7: Goose Goslin (NJ) Chapter meeting with Keith O’Brien (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 7: Magnolia (GA) Chapter meeting with Brian Powers (7:30 p.m. EST)
  • March 8-10: SABR Analytics Conference

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • February 24: Connie Mack-Dick Allen Chapter SABR Day meeting (Philadelphia, PA)
  • February 24: Hoyt-Allen Chapter SABR Day meeting (Cincinnati, OH)
  • February 24: Rocky Mountain Chapter baseball card meeting (Aurora, CO)
  • March 6-9: NINE Spring Training Conference (Tempe, AZ)
  • March 6: Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter meeting (Tallahassee, FL)
  • March 6: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting (St. Louis, MO)

To add your SABR event to our calendar listings, please contact Jacob Pomrenke.

Research Committee news

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Regional Chapter news

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Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.

Around the Web headlines

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

Please note: Some articles may require a separate subscription to view online. SABR does not endorse, and is not responsible or liable for, any content that appears on a third-party website.

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Originally published: February 23, 2024. Last Updated: February 23, 2024.