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This Week in SABR: February 7, 2020

Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of February 7, 2020:

Early registration now open for SABR 50 in Baltimore

Join us in Baltimore to celebrate a special occasion this summer: SABR’s 50th annual convention! Conference and hotel registration for SABR 50 — scheduled for July 15-19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore — is now available at

Click here for complete details on the SABR 50 All-Inclusive Package, Early-Bird Registration, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 50.

Attendees at our SABR 50 convention this summer in Baltimore will have a special opportunity to visit Camden Yards for an exclusive Day at the Ballpark session on the morning of Thursday, July 16 to hear from Baltimore Orioles executives and players. Guest speakers and more details will be announced later this spring. Access to the Day at the Ballpark session at Camden Yards is included in your registration for SABR 50. We’ll return to Camden Yards on Friday night for a game between the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays.

Our featured speakers for SABR 50 are expected to include:

  • Tim Kurkjian, ESPN analyst, author of three baseball books, and Maryland native
  • Janet Marie Smith, who oversaw the building of Camden Yards and the revitalization of Baltimore’s waterfront
  • Sig Mejdal, Baltimore Orioles Vice President and Assistant GM

Click on a link below for more information about SABR 50.

Visit to learn more.

SABR 50: Call for Presentations

Camden YardsSABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 50, the 2020 annual convention in Baltimore. 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. 

  • Click here to submit abstracts for SABR 50:
    The submission deadline for SABR 50 abstracts is 12:00 a.m. PST on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

SABR 50 will be held July 15-19, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Early registration rates and hotel information are now available at

2020 SABR Analytics speakers: Jonny Gomes, Brian Kenny, Rapsodo’s Seth Daniels

2020 SABR Analytics Conference speakersWe are pleased to announce more of our featured speakers and panelists at the ninth annual SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

The SABR Analytics Conference will be held Friday, March 13 to Sunday, March 15, 2020, at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown. The conference is open to all baseball fans — the early-bird registration discount is available online only through January 20. Register today to join us!

Here is some more information about our featured speakers:

  • Seth Daniels, Director of Sales and Marketing for Rapsodo
  • Jonny Gomes, Arizona Diamondbacks coach and former major-league outfielder for 13 seasons
  • Brian Kenny, MLB Network host and author of Ahead of the Curve

They will join our featured speakers at the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference: T.J. Barra, Jason Bernard, Greg Cain, Ben Jedlovec, Clay Nunnally, and Daren Willman of Major League Baseball; Rob Arthur of Baseball Prospectus; Eno Sarris of The Athletic; Jay Jaffe of FanGraphs; Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster Mike Ferrin; Chicago Cubs mental skills coordinator John Baker; SABRcast host Rob Neyer; Intangibles author Joan Ryan; former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro; Meredith Wills of SportsMEDIA Technology, and more. Click here to learn more about our featured speakers.

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

For more information, or to register for the SABR Analytics Conference, visit

2020 SABR Analytics Conference hotel block ends on Tuesday, February 11

You still have time to register for the ninth annual SABR Analytics Conference on March 13-15, 2020, at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown in Arizona, where we’ll bring together the top minds in the baseball analytics community to discuss, debate and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball. Regular registration is available until 11:59 p.m. MST on Friday, February 21, so register now to join us!

Reminder: The cutoff date to book your room at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown hotel at the special SABR group rate of $239/night (plus tax) is Tuesday, February 11. Click here to book your hotel room online or call (602) 333-0000 and mention that you’re with the SABR Analytics Conference.

The Analytics Conference schedule consists of a combination of Guest Speakers, Panels, and Research Presentations — plus the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition, in which undergraduate, graduate and law school students from across the country analyze and present a real baseball operations decision.

Programming will begin on the afternoon of Friday, March 13 and will run through Sunday afternoon on March 15. A large block of rooms for SABR Analytics Conference attendees is available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

For more information on the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference, or to register, visit

Sean Forman to be honored with 2020 SABR Analytics Conference Lifetime Achievement Award

Sean FormanSports Reference LLC president Sean Forman will be honored with the SABR Analytics Conference Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Forman launched, now baseball’s premier statistical website, in 2000. Forman recognized a need for an easy-to-use comprehensive baseball player database and almost single-handedly created and engineered what has become the best site to look up almost any statistic for any baseball player or team.

He has also expanded the scope of the Sports Reference websites to include football and basketball (pro and college), hockey, international soccer, and the Olympics.

Click here to read the full announcement at

3 days left to vote for the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards

Voting is now open to select the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award winners. Click here to cast your vote today.

The SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards will recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year. Nominations were solicited by representatives from SABR, Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs, The Hardball Times, and Beyond the Box Score.

Voting for the winners will be conducted until 11:59 p.m. MST on Monday, February 10 at,,,, and, with results weighted equally at 20%.

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 or register for the conference at

SABR member and Expos broadcaster Jacques Doucet elected to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

Jacques DoucetSABR member Jacques Doucet, the legendary Montreal Expos broadcaster who invented and popularized many baseball terms in the French language, has been elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

The 2020 induction class also includes All-Star first basemen Justin Morneau and John Olerud and former Toronto Blue Jays reliever Duane Ward. They will be inducted in a ceremony on June 20 at the Hall of Fame grounds in St. Marys, Ontario.

“I am deeply honored to be admitted into the Canadian Baseball Hall Fame,” said Doucet, a SABR member since 2005. “This, along with the Medal of Honor of the National Assembly of the Province of Québec, are the two highest honors I have received.”

Click here to read the full announcement at

Call for nominations: 2020 SABR Board of Directors election

The SABR Nominating Committee is now seeking nominations for candidates for the 2020 elections. To be eligible for the Board of Directors, candidates must have been members of the Society for at least the preceding four years. The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2020.

The offices to be filled:

  • Vice President (2-year term; currently Leslie Heaphy)
  • Treasurer (3-year term; currently F.X. Flinn)
  • Director (3-year term; currently Emily Hawks)

Nominees must prepare a Candidate Statement Form following guidelines that will be available from any Nominating Committee member and must be received by the Nominating Committee chair no later than March 27, 2020.

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 Anthony Salazar at

Friends of SABR for January 2020

Thanks to all of our supporters for helping SABR fulfill its mission! Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of January 2020:

Paul Bennett   Gregg Pericich
Bruce Brown   Chris Petroff
Paul Browne   Greg Petty
Ken Carrano   Robert Phelan
Peter Coolbaugh   Terry Phelps
David Curtoys   John Prestigiacomo
Bob Davis   Alan Raylesberg
James Dayboch   John Reynolds
Michael DePietro   Greg Rosenbaum
Reid Duffy   Michael Rosenwasser
Mark Dugo   Andrew Rothman
Steven Elsberry   Charles Roussel
D.B. Firstman   Jim Runkle
F.X. Flinn   Bob Russon
Adam Foldes   Robert Sawyer
Sean Forman   Douglas Schoppert
Steven Glassman   Tom Shaer
Leslie Heaphy   Mark Soczek
Rockwell Hoffman   Mark Stangl
Ronald Holdaway   Charles Stein
David Hughes   Thomas Stone
Enrico Innocenzi   Wesley Story
Tim Jenkins   Jim Stringfellow
Thomas Lee   Joseph Thompson
Peter Marcus   John Thorn
Rob McBride   Neal Traven
Ernestine Miller   Thomas Tuttle
Trenton Morton   Jay Walker
Christopher Moyer   Steve West
Bill Nowlin   Jeffrey Wood
James Odenkirk   Don Zminda

Want to become a Friend of SABR? Click here to make a recurring monthly contribution or click here to learn more about our Giving Circles to make a one-time contribution.

Submit your creative writing for SABR’s Turnstyle baseball arts journal

Turnstyle, Vol. 1SABR’s Baseball and the Arts Committee looks forward to presenting the second edition of Turnstyle: The SABR Journal of Baseball Arts, an offering of baseball art and literature, before the SABR 50 convention this summer in Baltimore.

The deadline for submissions for Volume 2 is June 30, 2020. We’re seeking any form of creative baseball writing: poems, short stories, articles.

Submit your baseball masterpiece to the Turnstyle editors:

Click here to download your free e-book edition or get 50% off the paperback edition of Turnstyle, Volume 1.

Registration now open for 2020 SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference

The 11th annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference will be held April 24-25, 2020, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Note: Space is extremely limited and some research presentations will be double-tracked. On the final page of your registration form, please indicate your preferred choice of Research Presentation for each of the six pairs that are double-tracked.

  • Registration: Click here to download the registration form (PDF). Registrations can be accepted by mail only: send BOTH completed 19th Century Base Ball Conference registration forms to: Peter Mancuso, 6970 Ely Road, New Hope, PA 18938. Enclose your personal check for the appropriate amount and make payable to “SABR,” with “Fred 19cBB Conference” written on the check’s memo line.
  • Cost: Conference registration is $65 per person, including the Saturday luncheon. Tickets for the optional Friday evening Welcoming Dinner ($45) at Templeton Hall and Saturday evening Post-Conference Gathering ($35) at the historic Otesaga Hotel can also be purchased in advance for you or a guest. Anyone who wishes to purchase an extra ticket for a guest to attend the Saturday luncheon only ($35) can also do so.
  • RSVP: Please mail your registration form no later than February 28. Registration is limited to the first 100 people to sign up, so please register early!
  • Contact: For questions, or if you miss the registration mailing deadline, contact Peter Mancuso at to see if space is still available.

The 2020 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from Major League Baseball’s Official Historian John Thorn, along with a panel discussion on National League president William Hulbert with Jack Bales, Richard Hershberger, Bill Lamb, and moderator Bill Ryczek; a special presentation by David Block on “Baseball’s Origins: A Progress Report”; a Member Spotlight interview of Tom Gilbert by Bob Bailey; plus book signings, research presentations, and a welcome dinner.

For more information, or to register, visit

Register now for the 2020 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Birmingham

Jerry Malloy Negro League ConferenceRegistration is now open for the SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference on June 11-13, 2020, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.

One hundred years ago, the Negro National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs (NNL) was established as a viable option for professional Black athletes barred from the all-White major leagues to showcase their talents. In 2020, SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee will celebrate their pleasure, passion, and purpose-driven path to athletic glory and honor with a centennial celebration at the annual Malloy Conference in Birmingham.

  • Register: Click here to register online for the 2020 Malloy Conference. Full registration is $175 for SABR members, $210 non-members. Students: $125 for SABR members; $150 non-members. Single-day registration is also available for $75 SABR member/$110 non-member. Extra tickets can be purchased for the Rickwood Field tours, the “meet and greet” reception at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday night, the Birmingham Barons ballgame on Friday night, or the awards banquet on Saturday night. All of these sessions are included in the full registration package.
  • Hotel: Click here to book your room online at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel at the special group rate of $135/night (plus tax). Our host hotel is located at 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd., North Birmingham, AL 35203. Call (205) 324-5000 for questions about your hotel reservation.
  • Call for papers: We welcome proposals for oral and poster presentations from all research fields. Presentations may focus on any topic related to the Negro League centennial, black baseball in Birmingham, or other related topics, especially the Negro Southern League. Please email your proposal as a Word attachment to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at before March 6, 2020. Click here for more details.
  • Contact: For questions, email Larry Lester at or Leslie Heaphy at

To learn more, visit

SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with author Don Zminda

Don ZmindaListen to a new episode of SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a new weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer.

Visit to listen to Episode #45 — our guest this week is Don Zminda, author of The Legendary Harry Caray: Baseball’s Greatest Salesman. He spent more than two decades working for STATS LLC, first as Director of Publications and more recently as the company’s Director of Research for sports broadcasts. He has co-authored or edited more than a dozen baseball books, including the annual STATS Baseball Scoreboard (1990–2000) and the SABR Digital Library publication Go-Go to Glory: The 1959 Chicago White Sox.

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. To learn more, visit

6 new SABR biographies published

Chris WelshSix new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 5,083 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here:

2 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Josh BeckettTwo 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.
  • Read all stories from Wrigley Field greatest games book online: In Wrigley Field: The Friendly Confines at Clark and Addison, edited by Gregory H. Wolf and published in 2019, we delivered an ode to that storied ballpark, evoking its history through detailed retellings of 100 games played there, including not only historic triumphs and defeats of the Chicago Cubs (and the Federal League Whales), but also Negro Leagues matchups, youth championships, and even games by the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. You can read all of the game stories from our Wrigley Field book online now at the SABR Games Project. Click here to download your free Wrigley Field e-book or get 50% off the paperback edition at


Listen to recent episodes of 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, is back for the Hot Stove offseason at a new time! Listen to a new episode at 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Saturdays on MLB Network Radio.

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.

Listen to a new episode of the SABR Media Committee’s “Baseball Buffet” podcast

SABR’s Baseball and the Media Committee welcomes you to The Baseball Buffet, our monthly roundtable podcast focusing on recent baseball events, the media’s coverage of the national pastime, and more.

  • Buffet #35 (January 2020): To kick off the new decade, we not-quite-so-buff buffet-chowing baseball buffs lead off with the sign of the times: our all-time favorite baseball sign-stealing, -giving or -missing stories; then it’s onto our incisive analysis of MLB’s latest scandal of the century: the Houston Astros’ video camera-ing, trashcan-banging, sign-stealing ways; followed by a look at this year’s Hall of Fame hits and misses, and the prospects for those on the ballots in 2021 and beyond; and finishing, as always, with our last bites. (29:35)

Click here to listen to past episodes or learn how to subscribe on your favorite podcast apps.

Deadlines approaching for SABR award nominations

Please note: Only ONE entry per nomination will be considered (do not submit multiple nominations for the same award). For more information on SABR Awards, click here.

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
Ryan Acosta-Fox Silver Spring, MD     Jack Lewis Chicago, IL
John Allison Boston, MA     Andy Martino Maplewood, NJ
Travis Arnold Moreauville, LA     Bob Morris Lincoln, CA
Nick Brigeman Bentleyville, OH     Zac Petrillo Jackson Heights, NY
Scott Clemens McDonough, GA     Joey Priftis Falls Church, VA
Charles Colvard Eagle, ID     Ted Saretsky Atlantic Beach, NY
Michael Elliott Eagle, ID     Henry Weaver Hartsville, SC
Kat Jetson San Diego, CA     Chris Welsh Cincinnati, OH
Bing-Sheng Lee Taipei City, TWN     Mark Whitsey Birmingham, ENG
Gabe Levy Seattle, WA     Adam Young Warner Robins, GA


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: February 7, 2020. Last Updated: June 17, 2020.