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 27, 2017:
2017 SABR Analytics: MLB Advanced Media Statcast Panel with Tom Tango, Mike Petriello, and Daren Willman
We’re excited to announce the featured speakers for our MLB Advanced Media Statcast Panel at the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference.
All baseball fans are welcome to attend the SABR Analytics Conference, March 9-11 in Phoenix, Arizona. Early registration is still available through February 15, so sign up today to join us.
The MLB Statcast Panel will include:
- Tom Tango is the Senior Data Architect, Stats at MLB Advanced Media and is the co-author of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. He also developed the Tangotiger.com website, where fans and analysts will find a large number of research pieces devoted to sabermetrics. Tom has previously worked as a consultant for major-league teams in baseball and hockey.
- Mike Petriello is a Stats Analyst for MLB Advanced Media and writes daily about Statcast and advanced metrics for MLB.com and each of the 30 club sites, bringing the latest in stats to the baseball public. He can also regularly be seen on MLB Network, is the host of the Statcast Podcast. Prior to joining MLBAM, he wrote for FanGraphs and ESPN.
- Daren Willman is the Director of Baseball Research and Development for MLB Advanced Media. He spearheads socially fan driven content featuring Statcast in his work for MLBAM. He developed the popular data websites BaseballSavant.com, MLBfarm.com, and NFLsavant.com. Previously, he was the lead software architect at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston.
Click here to read bios for all of our speakers and panelists. All speakers are subject to change based on availability.
To learn more about the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference, visit SABR.org/analytics.
Early registration is still open for the sixth annual SABR Analytics Conference on March 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona, but you should register before February 15 to take advantage of the early registration discounted rate. Our special group rate at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix also expires on February 15, 2017.
Our all-star lineup of speakers and panelists is expected to include: sabermetric pioneer Bill James, Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto, Arizona Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen, ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza and broadcaster Jon “Boog” Sciambi, MLB Network host Brian Kenny and analyst Eric Byrnes, MLB Advanced Media’s Tom Tango, Mike Petriello, and Daren Willman, SABR President Vince Gennaro, FanGraphs writer Eno Sarris, Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster Mike Ferrin, deCervo co-founder Jordan Muraskin, Dan Migala of PCG & SportsDesk Media, sports ophthalmologist Daniel M. Laby, Brian Murphy of StriVR, and many more. Click here to learn more about our speakers.
We hope you’ll join us this spring 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. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click a link below for more information:
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference; early registration is $395 for SABR members, $495 for non-members, and $350 for students (includes one-year membership). Early registration ends February 15, 2017. The regular rate after February 15 is $595 for SABR members and $695 for non-members, so sign up today!
- Hotel: Click here to book your room at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix at the special SABR rate of $188/night (plus tax). Or call (602) 252-1234 and mention that you’re with the SABR Analytics Conference. The cutoff date to book your room at the SABR rate is February 15, 2017.
- Speakers: Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists.
- Research Presentations: Click here for the list of presenters at the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, learn more about the Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference.
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition: Learn more or apply now to participate in the 2017 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
- Research Awards: Vote now for the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award winners.
SABR has a long and storied history with baseball statistical analysis, evidenced by the link between our name and sabermetrics. SABR’s long history in this area of baseball research, coupled with our mission of advancing the understanding and knowledge of baseball, makes us the perfect choice to coordinate and host this ground-breaking event.
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 2017 SABR Analytics Conference, visit SABR.org/analytics.
SABR and Baseball Info Solutions are pleased to announce the research presentations for the sixth annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. Full abstracts and presenter bios will be available soon at SABR.org/analytics.
Early registration discounts are still available for the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference. Click here to register today!
Here are the presenters for the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference:
- Glenn Healey, “The Intrinsic Value of a Pitch”
- Matt Hunter, “Streaks and Extremes: Using Simulations to Find Patterns in Daily Performance”
- Perry Husband, “Effective Velocity: Understanding the Quality of Batted Ball Contact”
- Ben Jedlovec, “Statistics vs. Data Science in Baseball”
- Rob Mains, “Has the Modern Bullpen Killed Late-Inning Comebacks?”
- Joe Rosales and Scott Spratt, “Minor League Defensive Evaluation”
- Shane Sanders, “Comparing Pythagorean Expected Wins and Alternative Models from Contest Theory: Estimation and Extension to the Prediction of Player On-Base Likelihood”
- Gerald Schifman, “How Hard are College Pitchers Worked?”
- Jeff Zimmerman, “Individual Pitch Performance: Transitioning from Prospect Grades to StatCast: Scouting and Analytics Merge to Predict Pitcher Value”
For more information or to register for the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference, visit SABR.org/analytics.
Here’s your chance to vote for the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award winners.
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.
To read any of the finalists, and to cast your vote for the winners, click on the link below:
Voting will be open through 11:59 p.m. MST on Monday, February 13, 2017. Details and criteria for each category can be found here. Only one work per author was considered as a finalist.
You’re not going to want to miss the eighth annual SABR Day on Saturday, January 28, 2017!
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.
- 2017 SABR Day schedule: Click here for complete details on all of Saturday’s events on our 2017 SABR Day map (or click here to view details on a spreadsheet).
SABR Day meetings can include premier guest speakers, such as major-league pitcher R.A. Dickey, who will speak at the SABR Day event on Saturday in Nashville at Lipscomb University; J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Rick Hummel, “The Commish,” who will speak along with Cardinals scouting director Randy Flores at SABR Day in St. Louis; or former Angels and Red Sox general manager Mike Port, who will speak at SABR Day in San Diego.
SABR’s Casey Stengel Chapter in New York City, hosts of the upcoming SABR 47 national convention this summer, will have a special SABR Day event on Saturday at the New York Public Library, with guest speakers that include Marc Appleman, SABR’s Chief Executive Officer; Marty Appel, best-selling author who will discuss his new book Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character; Kristie Ackert, Mets beat reporter for the New York Daily News, and Steve Nadel, who will give a talk on instant replay in baseball history.
Other guest speakers for SABR Day include former major-leaguers Rick Croushore (Little Rock), Chad Reineke (Louisville), and Howie Bedell (Philadelphia); MLB umpire Scott Grinder (Pittsburgh); minor-league executive John Simone (Toronto); college baseball coach Ray Birmingham (Albuquerque); reporters Thomas Harding, Jeff Huson, and Ed Henderson (Denver) and Barry Bloom, Tony DeMarco, and Bernie Pleskoff (Phoenix); and authors/historians John Carvalho (Birmingham); Jeff Katz and Mike Piazzi (Cooperstown), David Ezra and Don Zminda (Los Angeles); and Doug Wilson (Louisville), and many, many more.
SABR Day events are scheduled for tomorrow in the following cities:
- Albuquerque, NM (Rio Grande Chapter)
- Austin, TX (Rogers Hornsby Chapter)
- Birmingham, AL (Rickwood Field Chapter)
- Boston, MA (Boston Chapter)
- Columbus, OH (Hank Gowdy Chapter)
- Cooperstown, NY (Cliff Kachline Chapter)
- Denver, CO (Rocky Mountain Chapter)
- Des Moines, IA (Field of Dreams Chapter — Sunday, January 29)
- Durham, NC (Carolina Chapter)
- Fort Wayne, IN (Kekionga Chapter)
- Indianapolis, IN (Oscar Charleston Chapter)
- Kenosha, WI (joint meeting of Emil Rothe/Chicago and Ken Keltner Badger State Chapters)
- Knoxville, TN (East Tennessee Chapter)
- Las Vegas, NV (Maddux Brothers-Las Vegas Chapter)
- Little Rock, AR (Robinson-Kell Chapter)
- Los Angeles, CA (Allan Roth Chapter)
- Louisville, KY (Pee Wee Reese 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 (Flame Delhi Chapter)
- Pittsburgh, PA (Forbes Field Chapter)
- Rochester, NY (Luke Easter Chapter)
- St. Louis, MO (Bob Broeg Chapter)
- San Diego, CA (Ted Williams Chapter)
- San Francisco, CA (Lefty O’Doul Chapter)
- Seattle, WA (Northwest Chapter — Sunday, January 29)
- Tallahassee, FL (Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter)
- Toronto, ON (Hanlan’s Point Chapter)
- Victoria, BC (Northwest Chapter)
Find full details on all SABR Day events at SABR.org/sabrday.
- SABR Day doesn’t end at midnight! Check out information on all the SABR Day meetings next weekend on Saturday, February 4 in Atlanta, GA (Magnolia Chapter); Cleveland, OH (Jack Graney Chapter); Detroit, MI (Detroit Chapter); and Washington, DC (Bob Davids Chapter). Find complete details at SABR.org/sabrday.
We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a spectacular SABR 47 convention, June 28-July 2, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt New York. Conference and hotel registration is now available. Click here for more information on SABR 47 registration rates, all-inclusive packages, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 47.
This year’s SABR National Convention will combine some familiar SABR traditions along with a number of new events. For the second year in a row and third time in four years, SABR will present “A Day at the Ballpark” before the New York Mets game on Friday, June 30 at Citi Field. Special thanks to the Mets staff for this great opportunity and for offering us a large block of tickets in the Big Apple Reserved section at an affordable price. A special ballpark session will be held at Citi Field on Friday afternoon, followed by the game that night between the Mets and the Phillies. More details on the guest speakers will be announced soon, but you can be sure we will have an All-Star lineup.
The Grand Hyatt New York, one of the city’s most historic and luxurious hotels, is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan just steps from Grand Central Terminal and within walking distance of many major attractions, including Times Square, the Empire State Building, and the New York Public Library.
Click on a link below for more information about SABR 47.
- Registration: Click here for complete information on SABR 47 registration rates, all-inclusive packages, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 47! We’re again offering a special all-inclusive rate for the annual SABR convention. For $319, a savings of $39 off the regular rate, SABR members can get:
— Full registration to SABR 47 in New York (regular rate: $269)
— 1 ticket in the Big Apple Reserved section to the Mets vs. Phillies game on Friday, June 30 — includes special “A Day at the Ballpark” pregame session at Citi Field and round-trip subway transportation ($50 value)
— 1 ticket to the Awards Reception on Thursday, June 29 ($69 value)
Non-members can pay $394 for the all-inclusive rate. The deadline to register with the all-inclusive rate is Monday, May 1, 2017.
- Hotel: The special SABR group rate at the Grand Hyatt New York of $199/night (plus tax) is only available to registered convention attendees. After you register for the SABR 47 convention, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with details on how to book your hotel room at the SABR group rate. There are a limited number of rooms in our group block and it will be virtually impossible to find a comparable rate at a top NYC hotel in the Midtown area, so be sure to register for SABR 47 early!
- Awards Reception: SABR will host a special Awards Reception in the early evening on Thursday, June 29 at the Grand Hyatt New York. The Awards Reception will feature the announcement of SABR’s annual awards — including the Bob Davids Award, our highest honor — plus an array of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The reception will be held this year in place of the Awards Luncheon. One ticket to the Awards Reception is included in the all-inclusive package or guest tickets are available for $69 when you register for SABR 47.
- Research presentations: SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 47. The deadline to submit your abstract is Sunday, February 26, 2017. Click here for complete details and application form.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, click here to learn more about a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 47 in New York City.
We hope you’ll join us this summer in New York City! Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more.
For a multimedia look at every SABR convention since 1971, click here.
SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 47, which will be held June 28-July 2, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt New York in Midtown Manhattan. Early registration rates and hotel information are now available at SABR.org/convention.
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 90 or so minutes, and will probably remain on display throughout the convention.
- Click here to submit abstracts for SABR 47: http://bit.ly/sabr47-presentations
The submission deadline for SABR 47 abstracts is midnight PST, Sunday, FEBRUARY 26, 2017.
Click here for complete details and criteria. Please note: If your abstract is accepted and you intend to make a research presentation, you must register to attend the SABR 47 convention. Registration details are now available at SABR.org/convention.
For those of you whose memberships expired recently, there’s still a little time left to renew and be a part of the SABR community again in 2017. If you’ve already renewed, we thank you for your support and look forward to another exciting year ahead.
Renew now to receive the Spring 2017 edition of the Baseball Research Journal, plus discounts on registration to the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference and SABR 47 in New York City, and a lot more! Please note: We MUST receive your dues by February 28, 2017, in order for you to receive the upcoming BRJ.
- Here’s how to renew: You can renew your membership for 1 year or 3 years online at the SABR Store; by phone at (602) 496-1460; or by mailing this downloadable PDF form and your payment to the SABR office at Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Dues are the same as they have been in recent years: $65 for an annual membership or $45 for anyone under 30 or over 65. For this low price, you get two editions of the Baseball Research Journal, the expanded e-book edition of The National Pastime; 8-10 free e-books published by the SABR Digital Library; “This Week in SABR” every Friday; access to research resources such as Paper of Record (with complete archives of The Sporting News); discounts to all SABR conferences such as the National Convention (NYC 2017), the SABR Analytics Conference, the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, and the Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference; and much, much more. Click here for a list of SABR membership benefits.
We believe SABR has something for everyone, from the active researcher to someone passionate about baseball. We hope you’ll invite your friends, colleagues and family members to join at store.sabr.org.
The SABR Nominating Committee seeks nominations for candidates for the Spring 2017 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 27, 2017. 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 18, 2017.
The offices to be filled:
- President (2-year term; currently Vince Gennaro)
- Treasurer (3-year term; currently F.X. Flinn)
- Director (3-year term; currently Emily Hawks)
The Nominating Committee also seeks your input. Members are asked to submit office-specific questions for each of the offices open in this election. We also seek input on general questions for every nominee. Candidates will answer selected questions on the Candidate Statement Form. Regional Chapter leaders and Research Committee Chairs are especially encouraged to pass on this request to their respective members to better address member needs.
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 email@example.com.
Add the newest e-book from the SABR Digital Library to your baseball collection:
Overcoming Adversity: Baseball’s Tony Conigliaro Award
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Clayton Trutor
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9438-1643-9, $14.95
ISBN (e-book) 978-1-943816-42-2, $6.99
211 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
The Tony Conigliaro Award is given each year to the MLB player who “overcomes an obstacle and adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination, and courage that were trademarks of Tony Conigliaro.” Conigliaro was hit in the face by a pitch in 1967. His injuries were so severe that he did not return to the playing field until 1969, homering on Opening Day. Despite his dramatic return, Conigliaro continued to be plagued with vision problems and was forced to retire at age 30. Instituted in 1990 by the Red Sox to honor Conigliaro after his death, the award has been given to 29 players including Rocco Baldelli, Dickie Thon, Jim Abbott, Curtis Pride, and R.A. Dickey. The life stories of these players have been gathered in this book through the collective efforts of 27 authors and editors who are members of SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research.
Professional athletes perform seemingly superhuman feats at work every day. While they possess extraordinary skills, they, too, must persevere through human struggles, both physical and personal. Many MLB players have overcome significant adversity, obstacles, and disabilities to achieve their dreams on the diamond. The 29 athletes who have been presented with the Tony Conigliaro Award offer inspirational examples of ballplayers who have overcome significant adversity to enable them to pursue their professional careers.
Contributors include: Rich Bogovich, Ryan Brecker, Mark Brunke, Alan Cohen, Rory Costello, Gordon Edes, Greg Erion, Charles F. Faber, Eric Frost, Joy Hackenmueller, Donna L. Halper, Mike Huber, Norm King, Susan Lantz, David Laurila, Bob LeMoine, Len Levin, Scot Johnson, Skip Nipper, Bill Nowlin, Joel Rippel, David E. Skelton, Mark S. Sternman, Rick Swaine, Clayton Trutor, Saul Wisnia, and Gregory H. Wolf.
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Overcoming Adversity: Baseball’s Tony Conigliaro Award for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on Overcoming Adversity: Baseball’s Tony Conigliaro Award paperback edition for $8.95 (plus shipping) from CreateSpace.
Having trouble downloading our e-books? To view PDF files on your computer, click here to download the free Adobe Reader software. Having trouble downloading e-books to your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader or iPad? Click here for additional help.
SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. If you’re not a member, click here to join SABR.
For past titles from the SABR Digital Library, visit SABR.org/ebooks.
2017 is here and it’s time to start the ball rolling as we choose our Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend of the year.
Last year, Jack Glasscock (pictured at right) joined previous winners Pete Browning (2009), Hall of Famer Deacon White (2010), Harry Stovey (2011), Bill Dahlen (2012), Ross Barnes (2013), Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams (2014), and Tony Mullane (2015) as SABR’s Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legends.
The preliminary voting process, which we call the Overlooked Primary Election, will consist of each voter selecting 10 names from the list of 25 candidates. The top 10 will be presented to the SABR membership in May 2017, when all members will be able to vote in the final election. The winner will be announced at the SABR 47 convention this summer in New York City.
Below is a PDF with the 25 candidates for 2017 and a brief explanation of their baseball accomplishments and/or contributions to our national pastime. You can download the PDF with biographies for the 25 candidates by clicking on the link below:
The voting in the Overlooked Primary Election will end at 11:59 p.m. MST on Monday, February 13, 2017.
Four new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 3,982 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Ray Benge, by David E. Skelton
- Lou Berberet, by Bill Nowlin
- Ed Rakow, by David E. Skelton
- Willie Smith, by Andrew Sharp (first-time author)
All new biographies can be found here: /bioproj/recent
- Search for any SABR biography: You can now visit sabr.org/bioproj_search to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. You can also browse all of these BioProject categories and a lot more, including 300-game winners, Hall of Famers, 1960s All-Stars, or Negro Leaguers, at our Browse page: sabr.org/bioproj/browse.
- 1975 Reds essays posted: Essays from SABR’s The Great Eight: The 1975 Cincinnati Reds (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), edited by Mark Armour, were published last week at SABR.org. Click here to read articles from this book, including “Pete Rose mans the hot corner” by Rory Costello, “The Big Red Boys of Summer” by Steve Treder, and “The Fall of the Big Red Machine” by Anthony Giacalone. Or click here to read all player biographies that appeared in The Great Eight at the SABR BioProject.
Six new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- August 13, 1921: George Sisler becomes first American League player to hit for the cycle twice, by Mike Huber
- August 25, 1952: Virgil Trucks hurls his second no-hitter of the season, by Steven C. Weiner
- October 15, 1969: Seaver’s pitching, Swoboda’s defense help Mets win Game 4, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- September 16, 1979: Dave Cash hits walkoff grand slam for Expos, by Gary Belleville
- June 18, 2000: Rockies’ Mike Lansing hits fastest cycle in MLB history, by Mike Huber
- August 10, 2009: Tulowitzki hits for cycle, drives in 7 runs for Rockies, by Mike Huber
If you have any questions about the Games Project, please contact Greg Erion. If you want to know if a game is available to write about, please contact Bruce Slutsky. After the article has been completed in accordance with our Authors’ Guidelines, please submit it to Len Levin, who will initiate the editing process and get your story ready for toward publication.
- 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.
- Contributor Release Form: As of January 1, 2017, all writers publishing articles (biographies, essays, game pieces, etc.) are being asked to sign a Contributor Release Form which can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or hard copy to SABR, 555 N. Central Ave., Suite #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The form only needs to be filed once for all future SABR publications. Click here to download the form.
- Still seeking a Chief Editor: We are still seeking a Chief Editor to help coordinate the editing for all Games Project stories. This is a crucial role that is necessary to keep the project running smoothly. If you are interested, please contact Greg Erion for more information.
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 members Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer and Bill Petti of FanGraphs and The Hardball Times.
- Video highlights: Eno Sarris of FanGraphs breaks down the best pitchers of 2016 (MLB.com)
You can watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on MLB.com. Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from MLB.com. You can also listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.
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 Baseball Research Award, due 1/31/2017: 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 2017 awards, please contact Bill Felber at email@example.com.
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2017: 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 2017 awards, please contact Len Levin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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:
- Early registration discount expires February 15 for 2017 SABR Analytics Conference
- SABR 47: Early registration now open for 2017 national convention in New York City
- Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017; read their SABR biographies
- Call for papers: 2017 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
- Students: Apply for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 47 in New York City
- Interested in baseball cards? Join SABR’s Baseball Cards Research Committee
- Essays from The Year of the Blue Snow: The 1964 Philadelphia Phillies books now available at SABR.org
- Delayed but not defeated: Marjorie Adams, Doc Adams, and the Hall of Fame
- Students, submit your entries for 2017 SABR Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award
- Read articles from the Fall 2016 Baseball Research Journal online
- SABR Digital Library celebrates five years of publications
- Entries now accepted for 2017 Women on the Diamond art competition
- Anthony Rizzo, Francisco Lindor win 2016 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards, presented by SABR
- SABR 46: Check out complete multimedia highlights from our Miami convention
- SABR Digital Library: Baseball’s Business: The Winter Meetings: 1901-1957
- Read all biographies from our 1986 Mets book online at the SABR BioProject
- Learn more about new SABR Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- Educators, sign up your class for a discounted SABR Student Group Affiliate Membership
- Help support SABR’s 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: /content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
For more information, click here.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|Joe Barbella||Staten Island, NY||Pat Namanny||Laguna Niguel, CA|
|Tim Blaker||London, ON||John Nugent||New York, NY|
|Larry Boord||W. Hempstead, NY||Adam Pendrith||Whitby, ON|
|Jim Chapman||Waxahachie, TX||Jerald Podair||Appleton, WI|
|Lauren Cronin||Wheat Ridge, CO||Jose Rodriguez||Arecibo, PRI|
|Strom Dahlgren||Las Vegas, NV||Gary Rosenthal||Forest Hills, NY|
|Richard Goetz||Washington, MI||Shane Sanders||Fayetteville, NY|
|Greg Huber||Macungie, PA||David Senkow||Dallas, PA|
|Owen King||New Paltz, NY||Alex Sherrard||Louisville, KY|
|Andrew Lee||Pittsburgh, PA||Bob Silverman||Carmel, CA|
|Jeff Maslan||Encinitas, CA||James Thornberry||Oviedo, FL|
|Ken McIntosh||New Westminster, BC||Shawn Vuocolo||S. Williamsport, PA|
|Mark Millikin||Raleigh, NC||Charles Young||Naperville, IL|
|Ray Montgomery||Simsbury, CT||Christian Zehner||Henrico, VA|
|Christopher Morabito||Boise, ID|
Here are the new SABR research committee updates this week:
- Baseball and the Arts: The Baseball and the Arts Committee has announced plans for a new SABR publication focused on baseball and the arts, including poetry, music, essays, fiction, and visual art. First, we need a couple of motivated, interested souls to join an editorial board to review the deluge expected from SABR members. If you have an interest in serving as an editor or future contributor, please contact Joanne Hulbert at email@example.com.
- Ballparks: The Ballparks Committee has launched new social media accounts to help promote its work, led by Kevin Johnson. On Facebook, Ballparks updates can now be found at SABR Ballparks and Twitter at @SABRBallparks.
- Games Project: The Games Project has also launched new social media accounts, thanks to Nathan Bierma. On Facebook, find Games Project updates at SABR Games and on Twitter at @SABRGames.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Monarchs Chapter SABR Day meeting recap (January 21; Kansas City, MO)
- Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter SABR Day/Strat-O-Matic meeting recap (January 21; Middletown, CT)
- Larry Dierker Chapter SABR Day/Astros FanFest recap (January 21; Houston, TX)
- Oklahoma Chapter SABR Day meeting recap (January 21; Stillwater, OK)
- Rogers Hornsby Chapter: Season 5 of the Alzheimer’s Talking Baseball program, or BasebALZ, held at Westminster Senior Living in Austin, Texas, began this week. Last year’s program fran from September 12 to November 14, and 11 participants and caregivers were in attendance. The program continues to be a success for all involved. Click here to learn more at SABRHornsby.org.
- Casey Stengel Chapter website: Our Casey Stengel Chapter in New York City has relaunched its website at a new address, thanks to Kevin Carter. Visit sabrnyc.org for more information on the chapter’s SABR Day event on January 28 and the upcoming SABR 47 convention at the Grand Hyatt New York.
- Quebec Chapter website: Our Quebec Chapter has relaunched its website at a new address. Visit sabrquebec.org for more information on baseball in Montreal and upcoming chapter events.
- SABR Day is tomorrow! Find complete details on all SABR Day meetings at SABR.org/sabrday.
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- January 28: 2017 SABR Day
- January 29: SABR Board of Directors conference call
- January 29: Northwest Chapter SABR Day meeting (Seattle, WA)
- January 29: Field of Dreams Chapter SABR Day meeting (Des Moines, IA)
- February 1: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter “First Wednesday” meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- February 3: Babe Ruth’s Birthday Bash (Baltimore, MD)
- February 4: Jack Graney Chapter SABR Day meeting (Cleveland, OH)
- February 4: Magnolia Chapter SABR Day meeting (Atlanta, GA)
- February 4: Detroit Chapter SABR Day meeting (Detroit, MI)
- February 4: Bob Davids Chapter SABR Day meeting (Arlington, VA)
- February 8: Bob Davids Monthly Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- February 9: Bergino: Denise Stillman: “Field of Dreams Movie Site” (New York, NY)
- February 11: Halsey Hall Chapter book club meeting (Roseville, MN)
- February 11: Seymour-Mills Chapter meeting (Naples, FL)
- February 11: Hank Gowdy Chapter book club meeting (Columbus, OH)
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 SABR.org/events.
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- David Cycleback: Assorted Authenticity Notes, Thoughts and Tips (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jeff Katz: Finding the Right Woman (and the Right Card) (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Anthony Salazar: Latino Commons in a 1965 Topps Card Lot (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Mark Armour: Doing my part to win the Cold War (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Stephen Roney: Post Cereal Issues from 1961-1963 (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Tim Jenkins: The “Laughing Bob” Trade (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- 1950s/1960s Oddballs: Spic and Span Milwaukee Braves
- Jeff Long/Jonathan Judge/Harry Pavlidis: Introducing pitch tunnels (Baseball Prospectus)
- Malcolm Ritter: Study shows jet lag can wipe out home-field advantage (Associated Press)
- Jay Jaffe: Projecting a five-year outlook on Hall of Fame voting (Sports Illustrated)
- Eno Sarris: The adjustments that made the Hall of Famers (FanGraphs)
- Patrick Dubuque: Command, control, and Tommy John surgery (Baseball Prospectus)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: Pitch framing: Which is it gonna be, Atlanta? (ACTA Sports)
- Gabriel Schechter: Bill Dinneen: World Series stalwart as player and umpire (The National Pastime Museum)
- Daniel Wyatt: Burleigh Grimes, the last legal spitballer (The National Pastime Museum)
- Travis Sawchik: Baseball’s embattled middle class (FanGraphs)
- Bill Ryczek: War and integration: baseball in the 1940s (The National Pastime Museum)
- Rob Mains: New Year’s resolutions: pitchers’ plate discipline (Baseball Prospectus)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: January 27, 2017. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.