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This Week in SABR: February 9, 2024

This Week in SABR: February 9, 2024

Welcome to “This Week in SABR” on Friday, February 9, 2024.
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Top Headlines

Coming soon: Early registration for SABR 52
Announcing more featured speakers at SABR Analytics Conference
Highlights, photos, videos from SABR Day
Join us for SABR Scholar Sessions with Travis Apple
Last call to vote for 2024 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards
Subscribe to the Baseball Research Journal

Research Collection Events Calendar Around the Web

Coming soon: Early registration for SABR 52 in Minneapolis

At SABR’s 52nd annual convention on August 7-11, 2024 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, we are thrilled to highlight four Hall of Famers — the most ever to speak at a SABR convention — who are scheduled to appear: 

  • Rod Carew, seven-time batting champion and 1977 AL MVP
  • Tony Oliva, Cuban star who won three batting titles and 1964 AL Rookie of the Year
  • Bert Blyleven, two-time World Series champion and longtime Twins broadcaster
  • Jim Kaat, 16-time Gold Glove winner and MLB Network broadcaster

In addition, Derek Falvey, Executive Vice President, Chief Baseball Officer for the Minnesota Twins, will give the convention’s opening remarks on Thursday, August 8. Please note: All speakers are subject to change.

Conference and hotel registration for SABR 52 will open next Tuesday, February 13 at 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!

2024 SABR Analytics Conference featured speakers

More featured speakers at 2024 SABR Analytics Conference

All baseball fans are invited to join us at the SABR Analytics Conference on March 8-10, 2024, in Phoenix. Early registration discounts expire on February 16, so register today to join us!

We’re excited to announce more featured speakers and panelists:

  • Vince Gennaro, Author and former SABR Board President
  • Brian Kenny, Host, MLB Network
  • Meg Rowley, Managing Editor, FanGraphs
  • Eno Sarris, Senior Writer, The Athletic
  • Bobby Scales, Vice President of Baseball, Sports Info Solutions
  • Mark Simon, Editorial Operations Lead and Staff Writer, Sports Info Solutions

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

2024 SABR Analytics: Student programming

We’re excited to announce student programming for the 2024 SABR Analytics Conference. Available to currently enrolled high school or college students, this schedule of student-specific presentations is geared toward those looking to gain an edge in breaking into the ultra-competitive baseball industry.

The virtual student-only programming — which will be held on Zoom from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. MST on Thursday, March 7 — will include:

  • Introduction to Baseball Databases: Sean Lahman, SABR
  • Working with Baseball-Reference Data: Jonah Gardner and Zoe Surma, Sports Reference
  • Working with Baseball Savant and R: Shanna Shi, Associate Data Quality Analyst, MLB
  • Forecasting Using Regression Analysis: David Hyland, Xavier University
  • SLICED with SABR: Nick Wan, Director of Analytics, Cincinnati Reds

Early registration ends next week for 2024 SABR Analytics Conference

Early registration ends soon for the SABR Analytics Conference, which will be held in person from March 8-10, 2024, at the Beus Center for Law and Society on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus in Phoenix, Arizona. 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.

  • Reminder: Early registration discounts end on Friday, February 16. Registration increases $150 after the early discount ends, so register today to join us!

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).

Visit to learn more or to register.

SABR Day 2024 events, clockwise from top left, in Washington, DC; Cooperstown, NY; Atlanta, GA; St. Louis, MO; Rochester, NY; and Columbus, OH

Check out SABR Day highlights, photos, and videos

On Saturday, February 3, more than 30 SABR chapters held their annual SABR Day meetings, with guest speakers that included Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Kaat and a Miguel Cabrera retrospective panel in Detroit; best-selling author Joe Posnanski in New York; Tyler Kepner, Lindsay Berra, and Andy Tuetken in New Hampshire; former major-leaguer Jerry Janeski in Anaheim; author Keith O’Brien in Austin; Baseball Hall of Fame President Josh Rawitch in Cooperstown; former major-leaguers Brian Boehringer and Jason Simontacchi in St. Louis; and many more.

Visit to find more highlights, videos, and photos from all SABR Day events.

SABR Scholar Session with Travis Apple of Logitix on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

SABR Scholar Session on February 20 with Travis Apple

All student and young professional members of SABR are invited to our next SABR Scholar Session, held virtually on Zoom at 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 20.

Join host Tyrone Brooks, Senior Director, Front Office and Field Staff Diversity Pipeline Program at Major League Baseball, for our free quarterly virtual series created exclusively for SABR student and young professional members. This session’s guest will be Travis Apple, Chief Revenue Officer at Logitix. A veteran of MLB, NBA, WNBA, and NHL front offices, Travis wrote the book, Hustle Your Way to $ucce$$ in Sports Sales, and hosts the 52 Weeks of Hustle podcast.

To learn more or to pre-register for the SABR Scholar Session on Zoom, please contact Jessica Smyth.

Shakeia Taylor, host of SABR's Ballpark Figures

SABR’s Ballpark Figures to feature Stories of the Negro Leagues

SABR’s Ballpark Figures: Stories of the Negro Leagues, hosted by award-winning writer Shakeia Taylor, will return this summer as a 10-episode podcast series focusing on Negro Leaguers and the history of Black baseball. 

Ballpark Figures will be available on your favorite podcast networks and you can listen to each episode as soon as they are released on Mondays beginning on June 3, 2024.

Click here to watch a replay of previous episodes from SABR’s Ballpark Figures, including interviews with ESPN’s Mina Kimes, Clinton Yates, and Jeff Passan, MLB executive and former All-Star pitcher Dave Stewart, filmmaker Randy Wilkins, FanGraphs’ Meg Rowley and Jay Jaffe, and more.

Vote now for the winners of the 2024 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards

Last call: Vote for winners of the 2024 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards

Online voting ends tonight for the 2024 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards, which 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 Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, and Sports Info Solutions. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. MST on Friday, February 9. The winners will be announced at the 2024 SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Click here to read the full announcement 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.

All Sports Museum and Hall of Fame honored with 2024 Russell Gabay Award

The All Sports Museum and Hall of Fame of Southern New Jersey is the 2024 recipient of the Russell Gabay Award, which honors entities or persons who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to baseball in New Jersey. The award is given out by SABR’s New Jersey-based Elysian Fields Chapter and Goose Goslin Chapter.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to thank the Elysian Fields Chapter and Goose Goslin Chapters of SABR for selecting our museum,” said Dom Valella, the museum’s chair. “To receive this award named after Mr. Gabay is truly an honor and a privilege, given his outstanding career in media and his dedication to sports, family, and the countless number of colleagues along his life’s journey.”

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.

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: Susan Shemanske, Willie Mays, Charlie Montoyo

New Oral History interview: Susan Shemanske

  • Susan Shemanske, pioneering female sports editor and Wisconsin Newspaper Hall of Fame inductee
    Recorded January 23, 2024, by Lawrence Baldassaro

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

3 new stories published at the SABR Biography Project

Visit to learn more about the SABR BioProject or to get involved.

6 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.

Jarred Adams Kennesaw, GA     Olivia Lewis Fort Collins, CO
Andrew Burget York, PA     Cooper Manes Clemson, SC
Brian Clarke Fort McMurray, AB     Jimmy Martin Bedford, TX
Kevin Collins Pittsburgh, PA     Jonathan Millsaps Kansas City, MO
Danielle Contreras Fort Collins, CO     Michael Orozco Tampa, FL
Steven Dignam Lewiston, NY     Nicholas Pollastro Coraopolis, PA
Aidan Feeley Fort Collins, CO     Derek Puth Arlington, VA
Charles Frady Evanston, IL     Hayden Ravert Oxford, PA
Xinyi Ge Ann Arbor, MI     Austin Reyling Smithton, IL
Matt Graifer       Eduardo Rojas Los Angeles, CA
Birch Herring-Jackson East Aurora, NY     Marty Rosen Louisville, KY
Paul Huang Tempe, AZ     Inaki Sardina Huixquilucan, MEX
Xin Qi Huang Houston, TX     Troy Van Damme Canandaigua, NY
Benjamin Kowalski Louisville, CO     Christopher Wait Sacramento, CA
Paul Krause Peoria, AZ        

SABR Events Calendar

SABR's Nineteenth Century Committee will hold a monthly speaker series on Zoom, and all SABR members are invited to attend. The next meeting will be held from 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. Our guest speaker is Matt Albertson, who will present on "The Scorecard Vote: A Fan's View of the 1895 Philadelphia Phillies".

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

  • February 10: Talkin’ Baseball: Doug Gladstone (9:00 a.m. EST)
  • February 13: Northern New England Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • February 13: Bud Metheny (VA) Chapter meeting with Jason Schwartz and Keith O’Brien (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • February 13: 19th Century Speaker Series: Matt Albertson (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • February 14: Roush-Lopez Gulf Coast Chapter meeting with Rick Vaughn (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • February 15: Central Virginia Chapter meeting with Keith O’Brien (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • February 15: Larry Doby (SC) Chapter meeting with Zak Ford (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • February 15: New SABR Member Experience Meeting (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • February 15: Bay Area/Sacramento Chapter joint meeting with Zak Ford (7:00 p.m. PST)
  • February 18: Lou Criger (IN) Chapter meeting with Keith O’Brien (8:00 p.m. EST)

Upcoming In-Person Meetings

  • February 10: Halsey Hall Chapter book club meeting (Roseville, MN)
  • February 10: Williamsport Sebring-Stovey Chapter SABR Day meeting (Williamsport, PA)
  • February 10: Larry Dierker Chapter SABR Day meeting (Houston, TX)
  • February 10: Pacific Northwest Chapter SABR Day meeting (Tigard, OR)
  • February 11: Roush-Lopez Gulf Coast Chapter meeting (Clearwater, FL)
  • February 15: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Sandy Springs, GA)
  • February 17: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)

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.

This Week in SABR is compiled by Jacob Pomrenke. If you would like us to include an upcoming event, article, or any other information in “This Week in SABR,” e-mail To find past editions of TWIS, click here.

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Originally published: February 9, 2024. Last Updated: February 9, 2024.