This Week in SABR: January 5, 2018

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 5, 2018:

2018 SABR Analytics: Player Development Panel

We are pleased to announce the Player Development Panel at the seventh annual SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

The SABR Analytics Conference will be held Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. The conference is open to all baseball fans, and early registration is now available online. Click here to register!

Our featured panelists are expected to include:

  • David Bell, Vice President of Player Development for the San Francisco Giants
  • Chris Getz, Director of Player Development for the Chicago White Sox
  • Andy McKay, Director of Player Development for the Seattle Mariners
  • Moderator: Mike Ferrin, Arizona Diamondbacks and SiriusXM radio host

They will join Brian Kenny of MLB Network, ESPN’s Jon “Boog” Sciambi and Eduardo Perez, FanGraphs’ Eno Sarris, and SABR President Vince Gennaro as featured panelists at the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference. Click here to learn more about our speakers and panelists.

In its first six years, the SABR Analytics Conference has brought together many of the top minds of the baseball analytic community under one roof to discuss, debate, and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball. Stay tuned as we announce more featured speakers and panelists at the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference! Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.

For more information, visit

Early registration still open for 2018 SABR Analytics Conference

We hope you’ll join us for the seventh annual SABR Analytics Conference on Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 11, 2018, 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.

Early registration is now open at Sign up today to join us!

This year’s conference will feature the high-quality content you’ve always enjoyed at the SABR Analytics Conference and the same number of featured panels and research presentations, but there will be a few changes to the usual schedule: We will begin programming early Friday afternoon on March 9 and will run through Sunday afternoon on March 11. The change in schedule is due to the availability at our host hotel this year. However, we have a large block of rooms for SABR Analytics Conference attendees on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

In addition, the Diamond Dollars Case Competition will start at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening and the networking reception will be held on Saturday evening, March 10 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. Lunch, which is included in your conference registration, will be served at noon on Friday — before the regular programming begins — and also on Saturday between the morning and afternoon sessions.

Visit to learn more.

Last call: Seeking nominations for 2018 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards

What are the best baseball analytics articles you read in 2017?

Tonight is the deadline for nominations for the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards, which recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year in the following categories:

  • Contemporary Baseball Analysis: Honoring the best analysis focusing on a subject related to the modern game(s), team(s) or player(s).
  • Contemporary Baseball Commentary: Honoring the best commentary focusing on a subject related to the modern game(s), team(s) or player(s). 
  • Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary: Honoring the best original analysis or commentary focusing on a subject related to a game(s), team(s) or player(s) throughout baseball history.

Please send all nominations via e-mail to this address: no later than 11:59 p.m. MST on Friday, January 5. Include author, title, date of publication and a URL link (if applicable). Click here for complete details and category criteria.

Voting for the winners will be conducted online in January-February 2018 at,,, and, with results weighted equally at 20%.

Results will be announced and presented at the seventh annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 9-11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more at

To view past award winners and finalists, click here.

Thank you for your support in our 2017 donation drive

Thanks to your generous support, SABR’s 2017 year-end donation drive was a big success! We were able to reach our goal and raise $75,168 to help fulfill our mission. By making a contribution, you help SABR increase the impact of our baseball analysis and historical study.

The Society for American Baseball Research is an organization driven by individuals with a passion for baseball. Our organization wouldn’t exist without all the time, effort, and financial support provided to SABR by our members and nonmembers alike.

SABR depends upon the volunteer work of members to mount our exciting events like the SABR Convention and the Analytics Conference; to produce groundbreaking research through the SABR Digital Library e-book program, the Baseball Research Journal, and The National Pastime; and to expand the online resources of the research committees, regional chapters, the BioProject, the Games Project, and much more. SABR continues to offer unparalleled opportunities for involvement and benefits for members around the world.

As a 501(c)3 organization, tax-deductible donations allow SABR to expand member opportunities and to become an even larger voice in the baseball community. Many members have already become donors, and you can join them at any time throughout the year by making your gift online at

All of us at SABR appreciate your support of our great organization and the game we love.

To learn more, visit

Save the date! SABR Day is coming up on January 27, 2018

Just a reminder to all that the ninth annual SABR Day will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018. We’re compiling details now on 2018 SABR Day chapter meetings around the globe. We’ll post them as soon as we get them at  

Regional SABR meetings are open to all baseball fans and are usually free to attend, so bring a friend! Guest speakers often include current and former baseball players, managers, umpires, executives, scouts, writers and authors.

Check our SABR Day map at for more information on a SABR Day meeting close to you. Chapter leaders, please be sure to send any details on your SABR meeting to Blane Ferguson at so we can update our SABR Day map.

SABR Day meetings are scheduled for Saturday, January 27 in the following cities:

  • Albuquerque, NM (Rio Grande Chapter)
  • Austin, TX (Rogers Hornsby Chapter)
  • Birmingham, AL (Rickwood Field Chapter)
  • Boston, MA (Boston Chapter)
  • Cherry Hill, NJ (Goose Goslin Chapter)
  • Columbus, OH (Hank Gowdy Chapter)
  • Cooperstown, NY (Cliff Kachline Chapter)
  • Denver, CO (Rocky Mountain Chapter)
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL (South Florida Chapter)
  • Hoboken, NJ (Elysian Fields Chapter)
  • Knoxville, TN (East Tennessee Chapter)
  • Las Vegas, NV (Maddux Bros.-Las Vegas Chapter)
  • Louisville, KY (Pee Wee Reese Chapter)
  • Milwaukee, WI (Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter)
  • Minneapolis, MN (Halsey Hall Chapter)
  • Nashville, TN (Rice-Russell Nashville Chapter)
  • New Orleans, LA (Schott-Pelican Chapter)
  • New York, NY (Casey Stengel Chapter)
  • Phoenix, AZ (Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter)
  • Rochester, NY (Luke Easter Chapter)
  • San Diego, CA (Ted Williams Chapter)
  • Seattle, WA (Northwest Chapter)
  • St. Louis, MO (Bob Broeg Chapter)
  • Toronto, ON (Hanlan’s Point 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:

For a complete recap of 2017 SABR Day activities, visit

Save the date! SABR 48 will be held in Pittsburgh in 2018

SABR will be returning to the Steel City for our 48th national convention on June 20-24, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Registration information will be available at beginning in mid-January.

The Wyndham Grand is conveniently located within walking distance from PNC Park and a light rail station, many downtown cultural amenities, and right across the street from the picturesque 36-acre Point State Park where the three rivers converge.

SABR’s 2018 national convention will be our 48th annual gathering; the organization’s founding in Cooperstown in 1971 is counted as the first. Learn more about SABR’s convention history by clicking here.

Registration now open for 2018 SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference

The 10th annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference will be held April 20-21, 2018, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Conference registration is open to all SABR members and up to two non-SABR family members or friends (18 years old or over). Download the registration form for “Welcoming Dinner,” “Luncheon Only,” and “Post-Conference Gathering” options.

Note: Space is extremely limited due in part to ongoing renovations of the Hall of Fame’s Grandstand Theater, and some research presentations will be double-tracked. On page 2 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 forms (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 $60 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 forms no later than February 6. The Bullpen Theater can accommodate 58 persons, the luncheon and the Friday evening Welcoming Dinner up to 75 persons 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 2018 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from baseball historian Don Jensen, along with a panel discussion on “Playing Ball: A Tribute to Tom Altherr” with John Thorn, David Block, and Larry McCray; a special presentation by Bill Ryczek: a re-created play-by-play broadcast of the greatest 19th-century game, Red Stockings at Atlantics, June 14, 1870; a Member Spotlight interview of Bob Tholkes by Tom Simon; plus book signings, more research presentations than ever before, and a welcome dinner.

For more information, or to register, visit

SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference on hiatus in 2018

Hosted by SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee, the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will be on hiatus for 2018. But we are now accepting proposals to host the 2019 Malloy Conference. If your local committee or SABR chapter has an interest in being a site coordinator, please send an email to Larry Lester ( requesting an application proposal with guidelines and recommendations. We look forward to helping you promote the rich history of black baseball in your local area.

Since 1998, the Malloy Conference has been the only symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of black baseball history. The conference is open to baseball and history fans of all ages. Each year, monies are targeted to donate books to schools or libraries; raise funds for the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project; and award scholarships to high school seniors in a nationwide essay contest and a nationwide art contest.

Click a link below to learn more about the 2018 SABR Negro Leagues Committee essay contest/scholarships and school library grants.

  • High School Essay Contest: SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee will award $1,000 scholarships to two high school seniors in its 10th annual Thomas R. Garrett Scholarship essay contest in 2018. Students must write a 1,200-word essay answering a question related to one of the Negro League figures who are the namesakes of the scholarships. Click here to learn more or to download an application. The deadline to apply is April 16, 2018. Eligible applicants must be 1) a current high school senior, 2) anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application, 3) planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution, and 4) carrying a minimum 2.5 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school. Please e-mail or mail all materials to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at
  • Dick Clark Memorial Library Grants: SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee will award two $500 Dick Clark Memorial Library Grants for 2018. School and community libraries from across the country are invited to submit grant proposals centering on educating students and the community about black baseball and American history. Click here to download the PDF application for eligibility requirements, submission criteria, and style guidelines. The deadline to apply is May 8, 2018. Questions can be directed to Leslie Heaphy (, Mark Moore (, Tim Bottorff (, or Marlene Vogelsang (

For more information, visit

SABR welcomes new international chapter in Taiwan

SABR’s Board of Directors has approved the formation of a new international chapter. The Taiwan Chapter, based in Taipei, serves members in Taiwan; the chapter leader is JyhHow Huang.

SABR’s 73 regional chapters cover 37 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.; plus international chapters in Canada (Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia), Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Nepal, Australia, Latin America (Venezuela, Dominican Republic), the United Kingdom, Europe (Netherlands), and Italy. For a list of all SABR chapters, visit A calendar of upcoming SABR meetings can be found at

To sign up for chapter email announcements and receive instant notification of upcoming SABR events in your area, click here to select from the list of chapters, then click “Join Group” at the top of the chapter page. All SABR members are eligible to sign up for announcements from any chapter or committee.

New Team Ownership History: Cleveland Indians

The new SABR Team Ownership Histories Project, which launched last month at, is a joint effort of SABR’s Business of Baseball Committee and the BioProject. The intention is to keep its essays up-to-date and to provide as much detail as possible about the organization and composition of ownership groups, franchise sales, relocations, stadiums, and other issues that provide the financial context for team success on the field. One new article was published this week:

Click on a link below to read more Team Ownership History articles published recently:

This project is a continuing effort. Some team articles have been assigned, but anyone who wishes to contribute is encouraged to contact Andy McCue at Thanks to Len Levin for his work in copy editing all of these essays.

To find out which essays still need authors, or to read author guidelines, click here.

15 new SABR biographies published

Fifteen new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,338 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here:

7 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Seven 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

If you have any questions about the Games Project, please contact Mike Huber. 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 started 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.
  • Seeking volunteers to help enhance Games Project articles on website: Any volunteer who is willing to assist with linking player biographies in previously published Games Project stories on the SABR website, please contact Jacob Pomrenke. No experience necessary, but any background working in Drupal, WordPress or other standard content management systems is a plus.
  • Read all articles from Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos online: All articles from Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos” (SABR, 2016), edited by Norm King, can now be found online at the SABR Games Project. To read more articles from this book, click here. To download your free e-book copy of the Montreal Expos book or to get 50% off the paperback edition, click here.

Call for SABR award nominations

  • SABR Baseball Research Award, due 1/31/2018: 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 2018 awards, please contact Bill Felber at
  • McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2018: 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 2018 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.

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

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 expected to include Emma Baccellieri of Deadspin and Craig Edwards of FanGraphs.

There will be no new show this week due to the holidays, but you can listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App, and you can watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from

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.

December 2-3 Board minutes posted

Minutes from the Board of Directors meeting on December 2-3, 2017, have now been posted on the SABR website.

You can view all past minutes of SABR Board meetings by going to the page below:

Or you can go to the Members’ Info page and click on “Org. files”, then “Board Minutes” to view the minutes.

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:

For more information, click 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
Curtis Akey Jefferson, LA     Natalie Levine Washington, DC
Nicholas Apostoleris Lima, NY     Adam Levine Dallas, TX
Jesse Asbury Norman, OK     Brandon Lewis Avon, IN
Manny Bardeguez Coram, NY     Dennis Losin Marietta, GA
Bill Bennett Richardson, TX     Justin Loy Hopkinton, MA
Kevin Black Wilton, CT     Richard Marzulli Fresh Meadows, NY
Mark Boteler Kansas City, MO     James McClellan Cambridge, MA
Michael Boyd Victoria, TX     Kyle McCrann Boston, MA
Tom Branen Washington, DC     Evan Muir Takoma Park, MD
Ian Braun Ellsworth, ME     Seth Nadel Springfield, NJ
Philip Bump Rye Brook, NY     Jeff Nayadley West Chester, IA
Matthew Clemson Evanston, IL     Brian O’Malley Keller, TX
Ryan Corkrean Woodbury, MN     Joseph O’Neill Mechanicsburg, PA
Emily Curtis Redmond, WA     Noel Ocasio Quebradillas, PRI
Bo Dealey Topeka, KS     Chris Pesqueira Medford, NY
Jonathan Denzler Arvada, CO     Adam Picciano Youngsville, NY
Ivan Diaz Matthews, NC     Jim Schaefer New Palestine, IN
Greg Diersing Cape Coral, FL     Levi Schulman Phoenix, AZ
Fernando Espinosa Madison, WI     Thomas Shreeve Holladay, UT
Nathaniel Fagelson Austin, TX     Rich Silverman Lyndhurst, NJ
Penny Flowers Savannah, GA     James Simmons Newport News, VA
Jonah Gabry New York, NY     Barbara Sloan Baden, PA
Ed Gerard O’Fallon, MO     Scott Spencer New York, NY
Bill Ginley Cleveland, OH     Guy Spurrier Toronto, ON
Richard Giovanoni Morton Grove, IL     Dave Stevens Chicago, IL
Justin Girshon New York, NY     Max Teply Rockledge, FL
Ben Goodrich New York, NY     Casey Thomas Cedartown, GA
David Hahn Orange, CA     Mike Thorell Gilbert, AZ
Greg Harder Santa Rosa, CA     Sullivan Tomich Clarkston, MI
Ross Heart Superior, WI     Susan Tyma Chicago, IL
Mark Holm Harwood Heights, IL     John VanDerLinden Englewood, FL
Tony Hui Hambra, CA     Nelson Walters Easton, PA
Jeannie Irwin Chicago, IL     Jennifer Wheeler Thornton, CO
Stephen Jacobs Riverdale, MD     Shawn Williams Brooklyn, NY
Dan Krentz Fox Lake, WI     Daniel Willits Raleigh, NC
Noah LaBelle Southborough, MA        


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: January 5, 2018. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.