This Week in SABR: January 25, 2019

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 January 25, 2019:

Join us for the 10th annual SABR Day on Saturday, January 26

You’re not going to want to miss the 10th annual SABR Day tomorrow!

SABR Day is our annual Hot Stove gathering to celebrate the beginning of a new baseball season. It’s always held on the weekend between the NFL championship games and the Super Bowl. On that day, SABR’s regional chapters organize baseball events around the globe, and you’re all invited to attend.

Here are some highlights for SABR Day 2019 this weekend:

SABR’s Ted Williams Chapter in San Diego, hosts of this summer’s SABR 49 national convention, has a terrific SABR Day event on Saturday, led by award-winning authors Andy McCue and Rob Garratt giving a talk on major-league baseball’s move to the West Coast six decades ago, while Steve Murphy takes a look at a unique baseball memorabilia collection from the early 20th century.

The annual meeting of the Bob Davids Chapter in Washington, DC, will have some interesting guest speakers from around baseball, including Washington Nationals baseball analysts Lee Mendelowitz and Scott Van Lentenax; Moe Berg documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner; FanGraphs writer Sydney Bergman on umpire ejections and ethnicity; and Steve Klein on the Black Sox Scandal.

The Casey Stengel Chapter in New York City will gather at the Scandinavia House on Park Avenue to hear a panel on the 1969 Mets with former major-leaguer Art Shamsky, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ira Berkow, and New York Daily News Mets beat writer Kristie Ackert. We’ll also be joined by Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson.

In New Jersey, the Elysian Fields Chapter will meet at the Hoboken Public Library with a panel of baseball authors that includes Ron Kaplan (Hank Greenberg in 1938), Lincoln Mitchell (Baseball Goes West), and Howard Megdal (The Cardinal Way), along with presentations from the award-winning Perry Barber on the future of women in baseball and David Krell on the rise and fall of Roosevelt Stadium. Meanwhile, the Goose Goslin Chapter will meet at the Cherry Hill Public Library and hear from Pat McFarlane and Michael Czahor from the Philadelphia Phillies Research & Development department.

In Atlanta at the Magnolia Chapter meeting, we’ll hear from Baseball Prospectus author Russell Carleton, Wayland Moore on Braves uniforms in the 1970s, and J.P. Caillault on “The Triple Crown Score.”

In Denver at the Rocky Mountain Chapter meeting, we’ll host a special Media Panel with Colorado Rockies beat writers Thomas Harding of, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, and broadcaster Taylor McGregor of AT&T Sportsnet. We’ll also hear from new SABR CEO Scott Bush.

Other guest speakers for SABR Day on Saturday are expected to include: Cincinnati Enquirer columnist Paul Daugherty (Cincinnati), former major-league players Dyar Miller (Indianapolis), Russ Nagelson (Little Rock), John and Charlie Mitchell (Nashville); former minor-league pitcher and Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown (Las Vegas); Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Lane Grindle (Milwaukee); ballpark organist Fred Costello (Rochester, NY); and authors Gaylon White (Knoxville), Katie Neipris (San Diego), and Rick Swaine (Tallahassee).

SABR Day meetings are scheduled for Saturday, January 26 in the following cities:

  • Arlington, TX (Banks-Bragan Chapter)
  • Atlanta, GA (Magnolia Chapter)
  • Austin, TX (Rogers Hornsby Chapter)
  • Birmingham, AL (Rickwood Field Chapter)
  • Boston, MA (Boston Chapter)
  • Burlington, VT (Gardner-Waterman Chapter)
  • Cherry Hill, NJ (Goose Goslin Chapter)
  • Cincinnati, OH (Hoyt-Allen Chapter)
  • Columbus, OH (Hank Gowdy Chapter)
  • Cooperstown, NY (Cliff Kachline Chapter)
  • Denver, CO (Rocky Mountain Chapter)
  • Hoboken, NJ (Elysian Fields Chapter)
  • Houston, TX (Larry Dierker Chapter)
  • Indianapolis, IN (Oscar Charleston Chapter)
  • Knoxville, TN (East Tennessee Chapter)
  • Las Vegas, NV (Maddux Bros.-Las Vegas Chapter)
  • Lexington, KY (Sweet Lou Johnson Chapter)
  • Little Rock, AR (Robinson-Kell Chapter)
  • Los Angeles, CA (Allan Roth Chapter)
  • Milwaukee, WI (Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter)
  • Minneapolis, MN (Halsey Hall Chapter)
  • Montreal, QC (Quebec Chapter)
  • Nashville, TN (Rice-Russell Nashville Chapter)
  • New Orleans, LA (Schott-Pelican Chapter)
  • New York, NY (Casey Stengel Chapter)
  • Philadelphia, PA (Connie Mack Chapter)
  • Phoenix, AZ (Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter)
  • Rochester, NY (Luke Easter Chapter)
  • San Diego, CA (Ted Williams Chapter)
  • Seattle, WA (Northwest Chapter)
  • Tallahassee, FL (Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter)
  • Toledo, OH (Bresnahan-Mud Hens Chapter)
  • Toronto, ON (Hanlan’s Point Chapter)
  • Victoria, BC (Northwest Chapter)
  • Washington, DC (Bob Davids Chapter)

In addition, SABR Day meetings will also be held on the following dates due to venue or chapter availability. Click on a link below for more information:

To learn more about a SABR Day event near you, visit

SABR to launch new baseball podcast in 2019: SABRcast with Rob Neyer

Baseball fans, tune in this season to SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a new weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer.

SABRcast, which will launch around Opening Day in the spring of 2019, 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.

“SABRcast is a great step for SABR to develop more interesting and innovative digital content for baseball fans around the world,” SABR CEO Scott Bush said. “Rob Neyer is the ideal host for this show because his deep knowledge of the game reflects the broad spectrum of our membership and their range of interests.”

Neyer is a longtime baseball writer and editor for, SB Nation, and He began his career as a research assistant for groundbreaking baseball author Bill James and later worked for STATS, Inc. He has also written or co-written seven baseball books, including The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers (with Bill James), winner of the Sporting News/SABR Baseball Research Award, and most recently Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game, winner of this year’s CASEY Award.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Carlos Peña leads All-Star lineup of SABR Analytics Conference speakers

We are pleased to announce some of our featured speakers and panelists at the eighth annual SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

The SABR Analytics Conference will be held Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. The conference is open to all baseball fans — regular registration discounts are available online only through February 14. Click here to register!

Here is some more information about our featured speakers:

  • John Dewan, owner of Baseball Info Solutions
  • Mike Ferrin, Arizona Diamondbacks and SiriusXM MLB Network Radio broadcaster
  • Vince Gennaro, SABR President, author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball, and host of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM
  • Rob Neyer, author of Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game and host of the new weekly podcast, SABRcast with Rob Neyer.
  • Carlos Peña, MLB Network analyst and an All-Star first baseman for 14 seasons in the major leagues
  • Eno Sarris, staff writer for The Athletic

Click here to learn more about our speakers and panelists. Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.

For more information, visit

Announcing finalists for the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards

We’re pleased to announce the finalists for the 2019 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.

Contemporary Baseball Analysis

Contemporary Baseball Commentary

Historical Analysis/Commentary

Details and criteria for each category can be found here. Only one work per author was considered as a finalist.

Voting for the winners will be conducted online beginning next week at,,,, and, with results weighted equally at 20%.

Results will be announced and presented at the eighth annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 8-10, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more or register for the conference at

Register now for the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference

Join us for the eighth annual SABR Analytics Conference on Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 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. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Register today to join us!

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.

For more information on the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference, visit

Early registration is now open for SABR 49 in San Diego

We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a spectacular SABR 49 convention this summer in San Diego. Conference and hotel registration is now available at

Click here for more information on the SABR 49 All-Inclusive Package, Early-Bird Registration, and optional sessions. Click here to register for SABR 49.

  • Registration: Click here for complete information on the SABR 49 All-Inclusive Package, Early-Bird Registration, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 49! We’re again offering a special All-Inclusive Package for the annual SABR convention. For the $369 all-inclusive rate, SABR members can get:
    — Full registration to SABR 49 in San Diego (early-bird: $289; regular rate: $319)
    — 1 ticket in the Upper Infield Reserved (1B) section to the Padres vs. Cardinals game on Friday, June 28 at Petco Park ($24 value)
    — 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 28 ($70 value)
    — 1 exclusive SABR 49 convention logo lapel pin
    — 2 complimentary Continental breakfasts on Thursday and Friday mornings*
    *The Continental breakfast benefit is only available when you register for the All-Inclusive Package.
    Non-members can pay $399 for the All-Inclusive Package; the deadline to register is Monday, May 6, 2019.
  • Hotel: The special SABR group rate at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego of $224/night (single rate) or $254/night (double rate) is only available to registered convention attendees. After you register for the SABR 49 convention, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with details on how to book your hotel room at the SABR group rate. If you do not receive your confirmation email after registering, please contact Deb Jayne at There are a limited number of rooms in our group block, so be sure to register for SABR 49 early!
  • Awards Luncheon: SABR will host a special Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 28 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The Awards Luncheon, which includes a meal, will feature the announcement of SABR’s annual awards — including the Bob Davids Award, our highest honor. One ticket to the Awards Luncheon is included in the all-inclusive package or guest tickets are available for $70 when you register for SABR 49.
  • Research presentations: SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 49. The deadline to submit your abstract is Sunday, February 24, 2019. Click here for complete details and application form.
  • Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, click here to learn more about a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 49 in San Diego. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 29, 2019.

Visit to learn more or to register for the SABR 49 convention.

SABR 49: Call for presentations

SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 49, the 2019 annual convention in San Diego.

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.

The submission deadline for SABR 49 abstracts is midnight PST on Sunday, February 24, 2019.

Click here for complete details and submission criteria.

Students, apply now for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 49 in San Diego

With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school or college students to attend SABR 49 on June 26-30, 2019, in San Diego. 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 Jeff Schatzki at no later than Friday, March 29, 2019.

Click here for complete details and submission criteria.

Call for nominations: 2019 SABR Board of Directors election

The SABR Nominating Committee seeks nominations for candidates for the 2019 elections. All candidates for the Board of Directors must have been members of the Society for at least the preceding four years to be eligible for election. Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2019. Nominees must prepare a Candidate Statement Form following guidelines that will be available from any Nominating Committee member. The Candidate Statement Form must be received by the Nominating Committee chair no later than March 15.

The offices to be filled:

  • President (2-year term; currently Vince Gennaro)
  • Director (3-year term; currently Chris Dial)
  • Director (3-year term; currently Bill Nowlin)

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 Neal Traven at

Click here to read the full announcement at

Rivera, Halladay, Martinez, Mussina elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019

Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, and Mike Mussina were announced as the newest inductees to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, January 22.

They will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer in Cooperstown, New York, along with former Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals closer Lee Smith and Chicago White Sox slugger Harold Baines, who were selected for induction to the Hall of Fame by the Today’s Game Era Committee.

Rivera, the legendary New York Yankees closer, became the first-ever unanimous selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame, receiving votes on all 425 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Rivera surpassed the voting record set by Ken Griffey Jr. in 2016, when the Seattle Mariners center fielder received 99.3 percent of the ballots cast.

The 2019 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend will take place July 19-22 in Cooperstown, New York. SABR member Jayson Stark, the recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, will also be honored that weekend with Ford C. Frick Award winner Al Helfer.

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABR Digital Library: 1995 Cleveland Indians: The Sleeping Giant Awakes

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

1995 Cleveland Indians: The Sleeping Giant Awakes
Edited by Joseph Wancho
Associate Editors: Rick Huhn, Len Levin, and Bill Nowlin
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-943816-94-1, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-95-8, $21.95
410 pages, 8.5″ x 11″

Click here to read the full description of this book at

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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Sign up today for the 2019 SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference

The 11th annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference will be held April 26-27, 2019, 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 6. Registration is limited to the first 80 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 2019 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from baseball historian Joanne Hulbert, along with a panel discussion on “The Birth of Baseball Cards” with John Thorn, Peter Devereaux, Tom Shieber, and Jeff Katz; a special presentation by Richard Hershberger on “The Evolution of Baseball Rules”; a Member Spotlight interview of Priscilla Astifan by Bob Bailey; plus book signings, research presentations, and a welcome dinner.

For more information, or to register, visit

4 new SABR biographies published

Four new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,705 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here:

12 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

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

Some of these articles appear in Moments of Joy and Heartbreak: 66 Significant Episodes in the History of the Pittsburgh Pirates (SABR, 2018), edited by Jorge Iber and Bill Nowlin. To read more stories from this book at the SABR Games Project, click here.

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

Listen to a new episode of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, is back for the Hot Stove League offseason at a new time, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.

This week’s guests are SABR member Tyler Kepner of the New York Times and Travis Sawchik of FiveThirtyEight.

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.

SABR Media Committee’s Baseball Buffet podcast now available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

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.

Our buffet of baseball commentators include Andie Giafaglione, Thom Henninger, Chuck Hildebrandt, Stuart Shea, and host Jim Walker. Each podcast runs about 20-25 minutes, a length which fits quite nicely as a quick listen into your own lunch schedule.

  • Listen now to the January 2019 episode, where our baseball buffet commentators/diners ask why it’s taking forever for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado to sign a contract; look at the new and not-so-new radio and TV directions of Chicago Cubs; and reflect on the occasion of our second anniversary. (24:42)

You can now listen to Baseball Buffet on your favorite podcast apps! Have every episode delivered each month fresh, hot and spicy, just the way you like it, on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, and such popular aftermarket apps as The Podcast App (Android & iOS); and Overcast, Castro, and RSSRadio (all iOS only). Just open your preferred app, search for “Baseball Buffet”, and subscribe today to listen. Each new monthly episode will be delivered to your podcast app the second it’s released. Plus, every previous episode of Baseball Buffet will always be there for you whenever the hunger for hardball talk strikes. And you can always enjoy the show on your computer by visiting and searching for Baseball Buffet.

Call for SABR award nominations

  • SABR Baseball Research Award, due 1/31/2019: The SABR Baseball Research Award (formerly the Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award) honors those whose outstanding research projects completed during the preceding calendar year have significantly expanded our knowledge or understanding of baseball. To submit a nomination for the 2019 awards, please contact Bill Felber at
  • McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2019: The McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award honors the authors of the best articles on baseball history or biography completed or published during the preceding calendar year. To submit a nomination for the 2019 awards, please contact Len Levin at

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
Jodi Bay Carlsbad, CA     Leonard Ketz Livingston, NJ
Marvin Bornstein Hollywood, FL     Michael McGuire Rocky River, OH
Janet Bratkovich New Brighton, MN     Brian Miner Chelmsford, MA
Rob Browne Chicago, IL     Tom Montelione Wooster, OH
Pedro Cortes Vega Baja, PRI     Matthew Morgen Santa Ana, CA
Mark DeVita Airville, PA     Steven Parker Bronx, NY
Frank Diekman Eustis, FL     Lonnie Spencer Olivet, MI
James Fiorentino Flemington, NJ     Brian Sullivan Cumberland, NC
Joe Gallo Croton on Hudson, NY     Linda Todd Westlake, LA
Jonathan Golnik Carlisle, MA     Tim Tucker Hickory, KY
Greg Harrison Tyler, TX     Jack Whalen Oakland, CA
Kenneth Hui Long Island City, NY     Jennifer Windham La Porte, TX
Dean Karau Burnsville, MN        


Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

  • Collegiate Baseball: A new school has been added to our SABR Collegiate Baseball Team Guides page: Texas Tech University. The guides provide a comprehensive record of key components of each school’s intercollegiate baseball program. Click here to learn more at

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: January 25, 2019. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.