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This Week in SABR: July 22, 2022

This Week in SABR: July 22, 2022

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 July 22, 2022:

SABR Defensive Index rankings released through first half of 2022 MLB season

SABR Defensive IndexSt. Louis third baseman Nolan Arenado and New York catcher Jose Trevino lead their respective leagues in the updated SABR Defensive Index™ rankings through the first half of the 2022 Major League Baseball season.

For the 10th consecutive season, the SABR Defensive Index will be used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™, presented by SABR. The SABR Defensive Index accounts for approximately 25 percent of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process that will be added to the votes from the managers and coaches.

Arenado’s SDI of 10.0 is the highest in the NL among all qualified defenders, ahead of Pittsburgh third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes (9.2) and Arizona first baseman Christian Walker (8.5). Milwaukee third baseman Jace Peterson (7.0) and Chicago shortstop Nico Hoerner (6.1) round out the top five.

Trevino’s SDI of 8.6 leads all fielders in the AL, followed by Cleveland left fielder Steven Kwan (7.2), Detroit second baseman Jonathan Schoop (6.5), Los Angeles shortstop Andrew Velazquez (6.2), and Boston second baseman Trevor Story (5.8).

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABR Research Collection celebrates Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022

2022 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees: David Ortiz, Bud Fowler, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso, Tony Oliva, and Buck O'NeilOn Sunday, July 24, the Baseball Hall of Fame welcomes seven new members: David Ortiz, Bud Fowler, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso, Tony Oliva, and Buck O’Neil. SABR celebrates Cooperstown’s Class of 2022 by highlighting Research Collection articles featuring the new inductees.

SABR’s BioProject provides comprehensive biographies of all seven inductees. Author Bill Nowlin tells the story of the iconic Boston Red Sox slugger Ortiz, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Brian McKenna explores Fowler’s path as a pioneering Black player in the 19th century. John Saccoman explains why Hodges was such a beloved figure among fans of both the Dodgers and Mets. Patrick Lethert describes Kaat’s journey from a durable starting pitcher to a stalwart in the broadcast booth.

Mark Stewart’s biography of Miñoso remembers a Cuban legend whose impact on players of generations to follow was enormous. One of his compatriots, Oliva, became one of the major leagues’ top hitters with the Minnesota Twins, as Peter C. Bjarkman chronicles. Finally, Bob LeMoine tells the story of O’Neil, the Negro Leagues’ greatest storyteller and ambassador.

SABR’s Games Project also includes stories that shine a light on players inducted in the Class of 2022. David Ortiz’s heroics from the 2004 postseason to the 2013 World Series are well documented. One of Ortiz’s first walk-off hits as a professional player took place in 1996 with the minor-league Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Kaat’s contributions to the AL champion 1965 Minnesota Twins and the World Series-winning 1982 St. Louis Cardinals are also included here. Miñoso’s memorable first home run with the Chicago White Sox in 1951, Hodges hitting for the cycle in 1949, and Fowler’s debut as professional baseball’s first Black player in 1878 are stories that all baseball fans should read.

The SABR Oral History Collection includes a special audio recording from the late Buck O’Neil and SABRcast host Rob Neyer recently interviewed Jim Kaat.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Watch a preview of the Landmarks Committee’s new SABR Baseball Map

SABR Baseball Landmarks MapThe SABR Baseball Landmarks Committee has been hard at work compiling the most complete list of baseball-related sites across North America to include active and historic ballparks, statues, museums, historic markers, murals, graves, and other roadside attractions.

On Thursday, July 21, we officially launched the SABR Baseball Map, an exciting and powerful tool to help you plan baseball travel this summer and beyond.

On your desktop or laptop computer, the SABR Baseball Map will allow you to explore and discover must-see places to visit along your travel route. On your smartphone or tablet, the SABR Baseball Map will give you turn-by-turn directions to each site at the tap of a button, from wherever you are.

Click here to watch a preview of the SABR Baseball Map in action, from Landmarks Committee chair John Racanelli.

Or click here to watch the full tutorial video on YouTube during its unveiling on July 21.

SABR 50: One week left to purchase Baltimore Orioles game tickets

SABR 50 logoJust a reminder: Sunday, July 31 is the final day to purchase Baltimore Orioles game tickets in our special block at SABR 50. SABR has purchased a block of seated tickets in the Eutaw Street Bleachers (sections 94-98) at Camden Yards to watch the Orioles play the Boston Red Sox on Friday, August 19.

Learn more about the 2022 SABR convention in Baltimore below:

We have an All-Star lineup of featured speakers and exciting events planned for SABR 50, including:

  • Keynote address by Tim Kurkjian, winner of the BBWAA’s 2022 Career Excellence Award.
  • Opening Remarks by Sig Mejdal, Vice President and Assistant General Manager, Analytics, Baltimore Orioles.
  • One-on-One with Baltimore Orioles legend Boog Powell, interviewed by Dan Connolly of The Athletic.
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards panel with Bill Stetka (Orioles Team Historian), Greg Bader (Orioles Senior Vice President, Administration & Experience), and Joe Spear (founder of Populous).
  • Women in Leadership panel with Orioles executives Eve Rosenbaum (Assistant General Manager, Baseball Operations), Nicole Sherry (Director, Field Operations), Jennifer Grondahl (Senior Vice President, Community Development & Communications), and Lisa Tolson (Senior Vice President, Human Resources).
  • SABR Ballparks panel with former Orioles president Larry Lucchino and acclaimed ballpark design director Janet Marie Smith.
  • Flood v. Kuhn: Fifty Years Later panel with Judy Pace Flood, widow of Curt Flood; award-winning historian Mark Armour, A Well-Paid Slave author Brad Snyder, and moderator Shakeia Taylor of the Chicago Tribune.
  • Babe Ruth panel with authors Jane Leavy (The Big Fella), Bill Jenkinson (The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs), and Mike Gibbons, Director Emeritus and Historian for the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum.
  • Baseball Broadcasting panel with Joe Castiglione, play-by-play voice of the Boston Red Sox Radio Network, and Kevin Brown, Baltimore Orioles primary television play-by-play announcer for MASN.
  • Historic Ballparks Bus Tour on Thursday, August 18.
  • Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox game on Friday, August 19.

Please note: All speakers are subject to change due to availability.

Visit to learn more or to register.

SABR 50: Special ticket offers for Bowie Baysox, Aberdeen Ironbirds minor league games

SABR 50: Aberdeen Ironbirds and Bowie BaysoxSABR 50 attendees can take advantage of special offers to attend Minor League Baseball games during this summer’s convention in Baltimore.

On Sunday, August 21, the Bowie Baysox — Class AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles — host the Somerset Patriots at Prince George’s Stadium, which is about 30 miles from our host hotel in downtown Baltimore. A special $40 SABR package includes both a game ticket and bus transportation to and from Prince George’s Stadium. Buses will arrive at Prince George’s Stadium at approximately 11:00 a.m. for a pre-game discussion with Baysox broadcasters, exclusively for SABR 50 attendees. This is an optional event for SABR 50 attendees, and ticket purchases will be made directly through the team. To purchase tickets or learn more, visit

In addition, the Aberdeen Ironbirds, Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, are also offering a 50% discount for tickets to any home game in July or August 2022. Click here to purchase single-game tickets at and use the promo code SABR50 to receive the discount.

To learn more about SABR 50, or to register, visit

SABR 50: Transportation Tips and Area Attractions

SABR 50: Transportation Tips and Area AttractionsMembers of the host Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter have compiled a list of transportation tips to help visitors and convention attendees enjoy their stay in Baltimore. If you have any questions during your stay, please don’t hesitate to ask a friendly SABR 50 volunteer for assistance.

For more information on Baltimore’s award-winning restaurants, upcoming events, and other attractions, go to

SABR 50: Seeking volunteers for research presentation timekeepers

Anyone attending SABR 50 in Baltimore who would like to serve as a timekeeper for the research presentation rooms on Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor should contact Jessica Smyth for further details.

Timekeepers help keep the schedule on track by sitting in the front of the room and signaling to presenters when their alotted timeslot is about to end. No experience is necessary. You can sign up for a 1-hour or 2-hour shift, and watch all the presentations scheduled for that room.

Click here to view the complete schedule of SABR 50 research presentations.

SABR Latino Baseball Committee welcomes new Cuban Baseball Research Group

Estadio Latino Americano in Havna, Cuba (COURTESY OF DONALD PLAVNICK)SABR’s Board of Directors has approved a new subcommittee, the Cuban Baseball Research Group, under the auspices of the Latino Baseball Committee.

The Cuban Baseball Research Group, led by baseball journalist Reynaldo Cruz, aims to foster research on the history of Cuban baseball since its early days, its impact on American and Caribbean baseball, and the impact of the US in Cuban baseball. The group will also help research and write more SABR biographies of Cuban players, including those who played in the Negro Leagues, and correct the historical record of some Cuban baseball players.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Celebrate baseball’s All-Star Games with a new collection from the SABR Games Project

Dan Bankhead (TRADING CARD DB)Seventy-five years ago this month, with the National and American Leagues newly integrated, and the Negro National League and American League still loaded with talent, baseball’s major leagues held three All-Star Games.

The SABR Games Project has the full stories of 1947’s All-Star Games, written by SABR members:

Celebrate this week’s 92nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game by visiting the SABR Games Project’s collection of articles on past Midsummer Classics. New articles include Andrew Harner on a 1942 game between the AL All-Stars and a military all-star team, Gary Belleville on the final All-American Girls Professional Baseball League All-Star Game in 1954, and Stew Thornley on baseball’s 1985 and 2003 All-Star Games.

— John Fredland

SABR Digital Library: Our Game, Too: Influential Figures and Milestones in Canadian Baseball

Our Game, Too: Influential Figures and Milestones in Canadian BaseballAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

Our Game, Too: Influential Figures and Milestones in Canadian Baseball
Edited by Andrew North
Associate Editors: Len Levin, Bill Nowlin, and Carl Riechers
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-81-3, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-82-0, $34.95 US / $44.99 CDN
8.5″ x 11″, 459 pages

Click here to read a full description of this book at

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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.

Visit for more titles from the SABR Digital Library.

Register now for 2022 SABR Southern New England 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium

1882 Providence Grays (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)SABR’s Nineteenth Century Committee, Lajoie-Start Chapter, and the Rhode Island College’s Department of History present the Southern New England 19cBB Interdisciplinary Symposium, which will take place from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island.

The symposium will be highlighted by a welcome address from author Ed Achorn (Fifty-Nine in ’84), a keynote address from Morgan Grefe, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society, an interdisciplinary talk by Elizabeth Williams of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, plus research presentations by Robert Cvornyek, Howard Chudacoff, Lauren Tuiskula, and Rick Harris.

The 2022 Southern New England 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium will be the sixth in our city-specific series. Previous symposiums were held in New York City (2014), Philadelphia (2016), Cleveland (2018), Minneapolis (2019), and Brooklyn (2021).

Sign up now for SABR Analytics Certification online course

Watch on YouTube: SABR Analytics Certification previewIt’s time to get SABR Certified! The first course in the new SABR Analytics Certification program — Conversational Analytics and Critical Thinking in Baseball — is available online now.

The SABR Analytics Certification program is an online, on-demand curriculum offering professional development and learning opportunities for those interested in elevating their skills and knowledge relating to baseball analytics. The curriculum was developed by current baseball professionals, including employees of Major League Baseball and its clubs.

SABR members get a significant discount on this Analytics Certification course registration, saving $55 off the regular price.

Visit to sign up today or learn more.

Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

National Baseball Hall of Fame (JACOB POMRENKE)SABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at, as part of our Stay Home With SABR initiative to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

  • Can’t-Miss Event: SABR’s Cliff Kachline Chapter will hold its annual Induction Day meeting at 6:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, July 24 at Tillapaugh’s, 28 Pioneer St, Cooperstown, NY 13326. All baseball fans are invited to attend this free, open-to-the-public event. We have three great book authors lined up to talk about their books and exciting baseball topics. Join us to hear from Bill Deane on Baseball’s Who’s Who of What Ifs, from Mark Armour and Dan Levitt on Intentional Balk, and from Mike Mitchell on Mr. Rickey’s Redbirds.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from the Baseball Landmarks Committee about their new SABR Baseball Map, and from authors David Krell (1962), Jason Cannon (Charlie Murphy), and Steve Treder (Forty Years a Giant). Click here to view more video replays of virtual SABR events.

Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:

  • July 23: Jack Graney (OH) Chapter meeting (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • July 23: Schott-Pelican (LA) Chapter meeting with John Fredland and Paul Semendinger (10:00 a.m. CDT)
  • July 28: Pacific Northwest (WA) Chapter meeting with Mark Armour and Dan Levitt (6:30 p.m. PDT)
  • July 30: Mathewson-Plank (PA) Chapter meeting (2:00 p.m. EDT)
  • July 31: Baltimore Babe Ruth (MD) Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)

In addition, the following events will be held in person:

  • July 23: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Joliet, IL)
  • July 24: Cliff Kachline Chapter Induction Day meeting (Cooperstown, NY)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.

15 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Ichiro Suzuki (TRADING CARD DB)Fifteen new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project:

In addition, the following stories from Baltimore Baseball, edited by Bill Nowlin and published by SABR in 2021, were also posted online:

New Games Project stories can be found at

  • Get involved: Have memories of a game you attended? Or a game you watched that caught your interest? Write about it! Writing for the Games Project is an easy way to get involved as a SABR member. Find out how by reading the Games Project FAQs section or checking out the Authors’ Guidelines. We have editors and fact checkers who are willing to help you write your first article.
  • Social media: Follow the SABR Games Project on Twitter or Facebook to keep up with new stories and updates.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with Tigers great Willie Horton

SABRcast #171: Willie HortonBaseball fans, tune in this season to SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer.

Episode #171 on Monday, July 11 featured Willie Horton, who became the first black superstar for his hometown Detroit Tigers and spent parts of 15 seasons with the team during his major-league career from 1963 to 1980. He was a four-time All-Star outfielder and played a key role in the Tigers’ 1968 World Series championship. A tremendously powerful right-handed slugger, Horton was one of the strongest men in the game and launched 325 homers. Extremely popular in Detroit, Horton has worked in the Tigers front office since 2003, helping to bridge relations between the club and the African American community. His number 23 jersey was retired by the team in 2000. He is the author of a new autobiography, Willie Horton: 23, with Kevin Allen.

Visit to listen to the full episode.

Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, or Stitcher, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. To learn more, visit

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

Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM with Vince GennaroBehind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, is back at a new time for the regular season. Listen to new episodes at 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on Saturdays on MLB Network Radio.

You can also listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio app.

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.

ICYMI: Highlights from last week’s 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
Tony Bascone New York, NY     Peyton Monts Westfield, IN
Louis Bartoshesky Wilmington, DE     Greg Plithides Peachtree Corners, GA
Vic Buttler Carson, CA     Max Plithides Irvine, CA
Brad Comer Louisville, KY     Collin Pucher Seattle, WA
Zebulon Duco-moore Coaling, AL     Daniel Ringler Avon Lake, OH
Drew Duffy Virginia Beach, VA     Paul Schwarzenbart Reedsburg, WI
Elena Dugan Andover, MA     Sam Shein Merrick, NY
Mitch Hansen Phoenix, AZ     Dusty Sloan Ashland, OH
Doug Hutchens Lake Tapps, WA     Harry Turner Pittsburgh, PA
Melannie Jay Philadelphia, PA     Patrick Wooden Fishers, IN
Dennis Lange Audubon, MN     Jim Zhou Las Vegas, NV
Tom Lippman Washington, DC        

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 and chartered community updates this week:

Click here for more information on SABR regional chapters. Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.

Around the Web

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.

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Originally published: July 22, 2022. Last Updated: July 22, 2022.