Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Please note that the SABR office will be closed for convention week beginning Monday, July 28. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of July 25, 2014:
We hope you’ll join us for SABR 44 next week at the Royal Sonesta in Houston, Texas. We’ve got an exciting convention coming up. Visit SABR.org/convention for complete information. Here are some of the highlights in store for attendees in the Lone Star State:
The featured speakers at SABR 44 include Reid Ryan, President of Business Operations for the Houston Astros; and Larry Dierker, former Astros pitcher, broadcaster, and manager who is also the namesake of the local Houston SABR chapter.
In addition, we’ll have several exciting panel discussions, including:
- College Baseball Panel with Roger Clemens, seven-time Cy Young Award winner and University of Texas legend, and coach Jim Gilligan of Lamar University
- Decision Sciences Panel led by Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and executives Sig Mejdal and David Stearns
- Astros Player Panel with Art Howe, Kevin Bass, and Alan Ashby
- From Playing Field to Front Office with Dr. Bobby Brown, former American League president, Bob Watson, former Astros player and GM, and Eddie Robinson
- Houston Colt .45s Panel with Jimmy “Toy Cannon” Wynn, Bob Aspromonte, Hal Smith, Carl Warwick, and sportswriter Mickey Herskowitz
- 1980 Houston Astros Panel with Enos Cabell, Jose Cruz, coach Deacon Jones, and GM Tal Smith
- Media Panel with Astros broadcaster Bill Brown, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, Alyson Footer of MLB.com, and Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez
- Women in Baseball Panel which includes former Astros President of Business Operations Pam Gardner, Jana Howser of the College Baseball Hall of Fame, and All-American Girls Professional Baseball League alumnus Marie “Red” Mahoney.
A special treat is in store for SABR 44 attendees: On Saturday, August 2, SABR convention attendees will have the opportunity to visit Minute Maid Park for an exclusive pregame ballpark session with Houston Astros executives and players. Before the Astros’ 6:05 p.m. game against the Toronto Blue Jays, two SABR 44 panel discussions will take place inside Minute Maid Park.
We’ll also visit Constellation Field, home of the Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters, for a game against the Bridgeport Bluefish on Thursday, July 31. Before the game, former Houston Astros president and SABR member Tal Smith, a special advisor to the president of the Skeeters, will welcome SABR 44 attendees, along with Ira Liebman, voice of the Skeeters and also a SABR member.
There will be 32 groundbreaking presentations of baseball research — including a study of the Astrodome and its place in popular culture; facial hair and the 1972 World Series; the Retroactive All-Star Game Project; an examination of MLB managers and leadership qualities; an insider’s look at Cuban baseball defectors; an in-depth study of team chemistry in baseball; and the Negro League Houston Eagles.
The Awards Luncheon will include keynote speaker Larry Dierker, along with the presentation of SABR’s highest honor, the Bob Davids Award. As always, there’s the highly competitive and entertaining SABR Trivia Contest finals on Friday night.
We hope you’ll join us! Visit SABR.org/convention for complete information on SABR 44.
- Registration: On-site registration will be available beginning at noon on Wednesday, July 30 at the Royal Sonesta. The regular registration rate is $199 for SABR members or $249 for non-members. Single-day rates are also available. Please note: The discounted all-inclusive package is no longer available. Click here for complete information on SABR 44 registration rates.
- Hotel: Visit Sonesta.com/RoyalHouston or call (713) 627-7600 to book a reservation on your own. The Royal Sonesta is at 2222 W Loop S Fwy., Houston, TX 77027, in the heart of the Galleria, just minutes from downtown and Minute Maid Park. Please note: Our special group rate of $129/night is now expired.
- Ballgame: Blue Jays at Astros, Saturday, August 2. Please note: Our block of Astros game tickets is no longer available. If you wish to purchase Astros tickets on your own, visit Astros.com. The SABR block of tickets will be around Sections 128-29 in the Field Box I-III level, and around Section 254 in the Mezzanine Level. Purchase of SABR 44 conference registration AND a game ticket will be required to attend our exclusive pregame ballpark session at Minute Maid Park. Registration will not be available at the ballpark; you must register for SABR 44 at the hotel before 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 2.
- Schedule: Click here for the full schedule of events at SABR 44.
- Speakers: Click here to learn more about our featured speakers at SABR 44, including Reid Ryan, Jeff Luhnow, Larry Dierker, Roger Clemens, Tal Smith, Jimmy Wynn, Dr. Bobby Brown, and many more.
- Attendees list: SABR members can view a list of SABR 44 attendees at the Members’ Only page at members.sabr.org
- Transportation tips: Click here for more information on getting to the Royal Sonesta from Houston’s major airports and getting around town.
- Research presentations: Click here for the schedule of research presentations at SABR 44, along with presenter bios and abstracts. Note: On-site presentation judges are needed to help select the Doug Pappas Award and the USA Today Sports Weekly Award. Click here to learn more.
- Poster presentations: Click here to view abstracts and bios for poster presentations at SABR 44.
- Committee meetings: Click here for the schedule of research committee meetings at SABR 44.
- Vendors room: Click here to visit our SABR 44 digital vendors room; come visit our supporters in Houston, too.
- Complimentary Houston baseball book and The National Pastime: All SABR 44 convention attendees will receive complimentary copies of Houston Baseball: The Early Years 1861-1961, edited by Mike Vance and produced by SABR’s Larry Dierker Chapter; and The National Pastime, our annual convention journal focusing on baseball in the Houston area.
- Scholarships: Applications are no longer being accepted for the SABR 44 Yoseloff Scholarship. Click here to learn more about future Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR conferences.
- Host chapter: Visit SABRHouston.org to learn more about the host Larry Dierker Chapter.
You won’t want to miss any of our featured panels at SABR 44 in Houston. The annual SABR Convention is a great opportunity to hear from current and former front office executives, players, managers, scouts, writers, and analysts.
Click here to learn more about the featured panels at SABR 44. All panels to be held in the Legends Ballroom IV/VII at the Royal Sonesta hotel, except where otherwise noted. Please note that all speakers are subject to change depending on availability.
Thursday, July 31
- 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Opening Remarks: Reid Ryan
- 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Houston Colt .45s Panel: Bob Aspromonte, Mickey Herskowitz, Hal Smith, Carl Warwick, Jimmy Wynn, moderator: Greg Lucas
- 2:00-3:00 p.m.: College Baseball Panel: Roger Clemens, Jim Gilligan, moderator: Mike Vance
Friday, August 1
- 10:00-11:00 a.m.: 1980 Houston Astros Panel: Enos Cabell, Jose Cruz, Deacon Jones, Tal Smith, moderator: Kenny Hand
- 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Keynote speech: Larry Dierker
- 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Media Panel: Bill Brown, Evan Drellich, Alyson Footer, Buck Martinez, moderator: Brett Dolan
- 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Women in Baseball Panel: Alyson Footer, Pam Gardner, Jana Howser, Marie “Red” Mahoney, moderator: Leslie Heaphy
Saturday, August 2
- 10:00-11:00 a.m.: From the Playing Field to Front Office: Dr. Bobby Brown, Eddie Robinson, Bob Watson, moderator: C. Paul Rogers III
- *2:30-3:30 p.m.: Astros Player Panel: Alan Ashby, Kevin Bass, Art Howe, moderator: Bill Brown
- *3:30-4:30 p.m.: Decision Sciences Panel: Jeff Luhnow, Sig Mejdal, David Stearns
* These panels will be held as part of the SABR 44 ballpark sessions at Minute Maid Park before the Astros-Blue Jays game. You must register for the conference AND purchase an Astros game ticket in order to attend these panels. Registration will not be available at the ballpark; you must register for SABR 44 at the hotel before 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 2. Click here for complete information on SABR 44 registration rates, game tickets, and optional events.
If you haven’t registered for SABR 44 in Houston or can’t make it for the full convention, we don’t want you to miss out on the fun! Single-day registration for SABR 44 will be available on-site for $79 per day.
Single-day registration is available for Thursday, July 31; Friday, August 1; and/or Saturday, August 2. The rate includes admission to all convention panels, research presentations, and committee meetings at the Royal Sonesta Houston. The rate does NOT include the following optional events:
- Thursday, July 31: Single-day rate does NOT include a ticket to the Sugar Land Skeeters game. In order to attend the Skeeters game, you must purchase an optional game ticket.
- Friday, August 1: Single-day rate does NOT include a ticket to the SABR 44 Awards Luncheon. In order to attend the Awards Luncheon, you must purchase an optional banquet ticket.
- Saturday, August 2: Single-day rate does NOT include a ticket to the Houston Astros game or SABR 44 ballpark session at Minute Maid Park. In order to attend the exclusive SABR 44 ballpark session and the Astros game, you must purchase conference registration AND an Astros game ticket. Please note: Registration will not be available at the ballpark. You must register for SABR 44 at the hotel before 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 2.
Single-day rates will be available on-site at the Royal Sonesta Houston beginning at 12:00 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, July 30. The daily rate is $79 for SABR members or non-members, and it can be purchased during normal registration hours via cash, check or credit card (sorry, no American Express accepted.)
Please note: Single-day attendees will not receive a copy of Houston Baseball: The Early Years 1861-1961 or The National Pastime in their registration packets. Click here for more information about our SABR 44 all-inclusive packages and regular registration rates for the full conference.
Hope to see you in Houston!
A late schedule change to announce:
Bryan Soderholm-Difatte will deliver a two-part research presentation, “What Options did the Managers Have?” on Saturday, August 2. Part 1, “Charlie Dressen’s Bad Day at the Office,” will take place in the RP28 timeslot at 12:00-12:25 p.m. in the Legends I/III room on the first floor of the Royal Sonesta Houston. Part 2, “The Brooks Lawrence Affair,” will take place in the RP31 timeslot at 1:00-1:25 p.m. in the Legends IV/VII room.
In this presentation, Soderholm-Difatte explores the context of key decisions by two different managers — Charlie Dressen, in the 1951 playoff game where Bobby Thomson hit his epic home run off Ralph Branca, and Birdie Tebbetts, in the 1956 stretch drive when the Cincinnati Reds were fighting in a three-way race for first place — that may have cost their teams a pennant. Soderholm-Difatte considers the underlying realities about his pitching staff that confronted Dressen down the stretch drive and in the playoff series, which came to a head in that fateful ninth inning. He also discusses, based in part on game logs, whether Tebbets handled Brooks Lawrence exactly as befitting the ace of his staff, or whether the assertion of other researchers that ineffectiveness or even the fact that Lawrence was black may have played a role in Tebbets’s decision making.
Click here to see the full schedule of research presentations at SABR 44.
SABR member Rob Neyer of FoxSports.com has agreed to speak at the SABR 44 Oral History Committee meeting. He will talk about the art of interviewing players and other baseball figures.
The Oral History Committee will hold its annual meeting from 7:30-8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 31 at the Royal Sonesta Houston. All convention attendees are welcome to attend.
Click here to view the schedule of all committee meetings at SABR 44.
Mike Gustafson, Executive Director of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, has agreed to speak at the SABR 44 Collegiate Baseball Committee meeting.
The Collegiate Baseball Committee will hold its annual meeting from 5:15-6:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 31 at the Royal Sonesta Houston. All convention attendees are welcome to attend.
Click here to view the schedule of all committee meetings at SABR 44.
We’re pleased to introduce a permanent home for the SABR Baseball Games Project at SABR.org/GamesProject.
Spawned by the popular and successful Baseball Biography Project, the Games Project was launched in January 2014 as a new initiative to research and write articles on major-league and Negro League regular, postseason, and All-Star Games. These game accounts will complement Retrosheet and Baseball-Reference box scores, as well as BioProject essays on the players involved.
The articles are not intended to be mere play-by-play summaries, nor should they be first-person narratives. Rather, the goal is to put each game in historical context — whether that history is of a particular player, team, season, or something even broader.
Articles can cover the range of significance, from Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” Jack Morris’s 10 shutout innings in Game Seven or The Sandberg Game, to a regular-season contest where nothing of great consequence occurred, such as Dave Freisleben’s greatest day in baseball or Len Boehmer’s first career hit (a walkoff!)
You can use the new website to search for published SABR game stories by decade or by categories such as Postseason, All-Star Games, No-Hitters, Notable Debuts, and more. Cross-reference searches between select categories are also available. Each game story also includes a link to the box score and play-by-play, when available, from Retrosheet and Baseball-Reference.com.
Visit the new Games Project website at SABR.org/GamesProject.
- Two new Games posted this week: Check out the two newest Games Project stories posted this week: “October 10, 1904: Jack Chesbro uncorks a wild one” by Jerrod Cotosman; and “September 27, 1917: All-stars turn out for Tim Murnane benefit” by Jack Zerby.
- Get involved: 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.
The SABR Encyclopedia and the Baseball-Reference.com Bullpen are combining their vast repositories of baseball knowledge under one roof.
Continuing a longstanding partnership, SABR and Sports Reference, LLC, have decided to merge their baseball research wiki sites and organize their collective baseball knowledge online. Thanks to the diligent efforts of Sean Lahman and the community of editors at both sites, SABRpedia entries such as the Spread of Baseball Project and the Collegiate Baseball Database are now available in the same place as the Bullpen’s detailed histories of Negro League teams and minor league players.
“No one has more breadth and depth of baseball knowledge than the members of SABR,” said Sean Forman, President of Sports Reference, LLC. “It’s an honor for Sports Reference to have the chance to work with them in cataloging this knowledge and making it available for the public to use and learn from. The Bullpen already has 70,000 pages and I feel that with SABR and its members’ involvement we are poised to make this the primary repository of baseball knowledge in the world.”
Who can use the SABR/Baseball-Reference Encyclopedia? Anyone. With a little collective effort, the Encyclopedia can become the best place to find information about baseball. All content posted in the Encyclopedia is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, meaning that people using or copying this material must attribute it properly and must share any derivative products with the same license. Want to help out? Read how to contribute.
We welcome input from editors and contributors to the SABRpedia and Bullpen sites, and encourage you to continue advancing our collective knowledge of baseball in the new SABR/Baseball-Reference Encyclopedia. As with all wikis, editors and contributors are the lifeblood of the site, and we look forward to combining the best of both worlds with SABR and Baseball-Reference.com. For more information, please contact Sean Lahman or Jacob Pomrenke.
SABR was in Minnesota for the 2014 MLB All-Star FanFest!
SABR members participated in a variety of panels throughout All-Star Weekend. To learn more about the All-Star FanFest, held July 11-15, 2014, at the Minneapolis Convention Center (1301 Second Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55403), visit http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2014/index.jsp?content=asg_fanfest.
Watch our 2014 SABR panels at FanFest by clicking on the links below:
The History of the Twins and Baseball in Minnesota
2:00-3:00 p.m., Friday, July 11
Panelists: John Bonnes, Joel Rippel, John Swol, moderator: Doug Skipper
SABR Statistical Analysis Panel
2:30-3:30 p.m., Saturday, July 12
Panelists: Mike Ferrin, Jack Moore, Bill Parker, moderator: Vince Gennaro
Toni Stone Panel
1:30-2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 13
Panelists: Peter Gorton, Stew Thornley, Frank White, moderator: Leslie Heaphy
Official Scorers Panel
5:00-6:00 p.m., Monday, July 14
Panelists: Ron Roth, Stew Thornley, Gregg Wong, moderator: Dan Levitt
The Twin City Stadiums—Yesterday and Today
5:00-6:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 15
Panelists: Kristin Anderson, Logan Gerken, Joe O’Connell, moderator: Chris Kimball
To learn more about the 2014 MLB All-Star FanFest, click here.
- Watch SABR panels from the 2013 MLB All-Star FanFest in New York
- Watch SABR panels from the 2012 MLB All-Star FanFest in Kansas City
- Watch SABR panels from the 2011 MLB All-Star FanFest in Phoenix
On-site judges are needed for SABR 44 research presentations. Each judge will be responsible for viewing and evaluating oral and poster presentations during SABR 44 in Houston.
Potential judges need not be “experts” in particular topics. They may choose which oral presentations they wish to evaluate, but are requested to judge all oral presentations they attend.
Through on-site judging, the most highly regarded presentations will receive the Doug Pappas Award for best oral presentation and the USA Today Sports Weekly Award for best poster presentation.
To view the complete schedule of SABR 44 presentations, click here.
We want to offer a special thanks to all of our vendors at SABR 44 for their support. We invite you to visit our digital Vendors Room at SABR.org/convention/sabr44-vendors and check out these groups, both online and at the convention in Houston next week:
- Houston Astros
- McFarland & Co.
- University of Nebraska Press
- Baseball America
- Rowman & Littlefield
- The National Pastime Museum
- Bright Sky Press
- Johns Hopkins University Press
- Gillespie Games LLC
Please stop by the first-floor Founders Ballroom at SABR 44 — July 30-August 3, 2014, at the Royal Sonesta Houston, 2222 W Loop S Fwy., Houston, TX 77027 — and purchase an item to remind you of your experience at the 2014 SABR convention.
If you would like to reserve a table in the Vendors Room at SABR 44, please contact Jeff Schatzki. Space is limited.
Visit SABR.org/convention for more information.
For more information on SABR 44, visit SABR.org/convention.
We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a spectacular SABR 44 convention beginning next week.
Members of the host Larry Dierker Chapter have compiled a list of transportation tips to help visitors and convention attendees enjoy their stay in the Bayou City, including directions to the hotel from both of Houston’s major airports (IAH and Hobby), along with a special SABR 44 SuperShuttle discount.
If you have any questions during your stay, please don’t hesitate to ask a friendly SABR 44 volunteer for assistance.
To view the SABR 44 Transportation Tips page, click here.
Six new biographies were posted as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 2,861 published biographies. Here are the new bios:
- Norm Baker, by David Nemec
- Dave Black, by Bill Nowlin
- Bob Connery, by Steve Steinberg
- Sid Farrar, by David Nemec
- Curt Fullerton, by Bill Nowlin
- Joe Harris, by Bill Nowlin
All new biographies can be found here: http://sabr.org/bioproj/recent
You can find the SABR BioProject at SABR.org/BioProject.
1947 New York Yankees biographies now posted online: Bridging Two Dynasties: The 1947 New York Yankees, edited by Lyle Spatz and published as part of SABR’s “Memorable Teams” series with the University of Nebraska Press, commemorates this historic club — the players, on the field and off, and the events surrounding their remarkable season. The book features player biographies, including those of future Hall of Famers Yogi Berra and Phil Rizzuto, plus Tommy Henrich, Allie Reynolds, and more, along with a seasonal timeline and pertinent topics such as the winning streak, the Yankees’ involvement in Leo Durocher’s suspension, and the thrilling World Series. The SABR BioProject biographies that appeared in that book can now be read online at: http://sabr.org/category/completed-book-projects/1947-new-york-yankees.
Bios on more than just ballplayers: The ambitious goal of the SABR Baseball Biography Project is to publish a full-life biography of every major league player in history. But SABR members write about a lot more than just ballplayers. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires and a lot more on the BioProject website. You can browse all of these categories at http://sabr.org/bioproj/browse. So if you’ve ever thought, “Hey, that person (or ballpark) should get the full BioProject treatment” — write the story and we’ll publish it!
Get involved! If you’d like to help contribute to the SABR BioProject, visit our BioProject Resources page or read the FAQs section to get started. We’re also looking to expand the BioProject to include all “encyclopedic” articles on baseball-related subjects from past SABR publications or committee newsletters. If you come across an article you think should be included in the SABR “baseball repository” at the BioProject, send a copy or link to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Longtime SABR member Joe Garagiola will be honored Saturday in Cooperstown during the Baseball Hall of Fame’s star-studded Induction Weekend ceremonies. Garagiola was named as the recipient of the 2014 Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Board of Directors.
The Buck O’Neil Award is presented to an individual for extraordinary efforts to enhance baseball’s positive impact on society. SABR member Roland Hemond, a three-time MLB Executive of the Year and founder of the Arizona Fall League, received the award in 2011. O’Neil, the late Negro Leagues ambassador, was the first recipient of the award in 2008.
As columnist Richard Justice writes at MLB.com, “No one has ever loved his life more than this man. No one has ever loved baseball more. Garagiola is 88 now and moving a bit slower these days. But his spirit remains strong, his sense of humor as sharp as ever. … Garagiola’s wonderful life has been one of humor and giving, of dignity, integrity and grace. Baseball has been a constant — his enduring love. Yet that’s just part of the story. Rather than curse the darkness, he has lit candles, hundreds of them.” Read more about Garagiola’s long, happy baseball life by clicking here.
Garagiola will be honored Saturday, July 26 at Doubleday Field along with J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Roger Angell, the longetime writer and editor for The New Yorker, and Ford C. Frick Award winner Eric Nadel, broadcaster for the Texas Rangers.
On Sunday, July 27, the illustrious Class of 2014 will get inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame: Atlanta Braves pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, Chicago White Sox first baseman Frank Thomas, and managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, and Tony La Russa. If you’re in Cooperstown this weekend, join SABR after the ceremony for the annual Induction Day meeting of the Cliff Kachline Chapter, starting at 6 p.m. at Tillapaugh’s (28 Pioneer Street). All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
- Read SABR biographies on Joe Torre, by Alan Cohen, and Tony La Russa, by Lawrence Baldassaro
- Hillel Kuttler: Cooperstown’s mayor, HOF chief get set to greet baseball’s elite (JTA.org)
- Tom Verducci: The passion of Roger Angell (Sports Illustrated)
- Tim Wendel: Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa, baseball lifers (The National Pastime Museum)
SABR is pleased to announce the winner of the Lee Allen History of Baseball Award for 2014.
Harrison O’Brien of Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, won the Lee Allen History of Baseball Award for his senior individual exhibit, “The Curt Flood Case: Free Agency for Athletes.”
Since 1996, SABR has honored the best baseball research project at the National History Day competition, an annual event in which students compete on a regional basis, followed by state competition, and then national finals at the University of Maryland.
The award is named in honor of Lee Allen, the historian at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum from 1950 to 1969. To view a list of past winners, click here.
For more information on National History Day, visit http://www.nhd.org/SpecialPrizeinfo.htm.
The 2014 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will be held in downtown Detroit from August 14-16. As the only national conference devoted to the history of the Negro Leagues, the Malloy is coming to Detroit for the first time. This year’s theme is “Turkey Stearnes and Black Baseball in Michigan.”
If you’re planning on joining us in Motown, you have until MIDNIGHT on Monday, July 28 to book your room at the Courtyard Marriott in Detroit. Click here to book your room online or call the hotel at (313) 222-7700. The special Malloy rate is super low, $115 per night (plus tax) for this four-star hotel. There are a limited number of rooms left, so hurry!
In addition to great research presentations and an education program a few highlights for the conference include a visit to location of the old Hamtramck Stadium, a discussion with Robert Paige and the family of Turkey Stearnes, a Tigers-Mariners game on Friday night, and a panel with former Negro League players. Come and join us for the full conference or even just a day.
Registration is open to all baseball fans; single-day rates are available. Click here to learn more about the schedule and speakers:
What are the best baseball analytics articles you’ve read in 2014?
We’re seeking nominations for the 2015 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: email@example.com no later than January 15, 2015. Include author, title, date of publication and a URL link (if applicable).
For more information about the criteria, click here.
Voting for the winners will be conducted online in January-February 2015 at SABR.org, BaseballProspectus.com, FanGraphs.com, HardballTimes.com and BeyondtheBoxScore.com, with results weighted equally at 20%.
Results will be announced and presented at the fourth annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 12-14, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more at SABR.org/analytics.
To view past award winners and finalists, click here.
What: SABR Luis Castro Chapter “Baseball Scoring and Sabermetrics” workshop
Where: Computer Lab, Foundation for Lara Sports; Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela.
When: July 25-27, 2014
Time: Friday, July 25: 4 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27: 9 to 5 p.m.
SABR’s Luis Castro/Latin America Chapter offers the second baseball Scoring and Sabermetrics workshop this year. This time, the city of Barquisimeto, Lara State, will host the workshop at the Foundation for Lara Sports (FUNDELA) in the heart of the passionate fandom of the Cardenales de Lara of the Venezuelan Winter League. The Luis Castro Chapter continues to expand on activities in Latin American countries in Spanish language.
The Scoring and Sabermetrics workshop will embrace participants into the techniques and official baseball rules of scorekeeping and provide and detailed explanation and examples of advanced stats. In addition, participants will be immersed into debates of ruling cases of analysis and the role of the scorekeeper in official pro baseball games. This course is intended to help the Larean community professionals in the areas of baseball, softball and kickball.
The workshop will be guided by instructor Gil Reyes, Director for Venezuela for SABR’s Luis Castro Latin American Chapter. Reyes is a head official scorer for the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League and a former president of the Federation of Venezuelan Sports Scorekeepers. His experience includes 40 seasons in Venezuela, Caribbean Series, World Baseball Classis and MLB International Exhibition Games.
Writing opportunity for SABR members
We’d like to pass along a call for baseball history articles that SABR members might be interested in:
Helmar, a new magazine devoted to baseball history, announces an open submission policy for writers. We are seeking well-written articles on all aspects of baseball history, for which we will pay $125.
Please query Editor Mike Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Not interested in articles laden with statistical analysis.
— Mike Shannon
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:
- SABR 44: Convention schedule now available online
- SABR 44: Click here to learn more about our featured speakers, including Larry Dierker, Reid Ryan, Jeff Luhnow, Roger Clemens, and Dr. Bobby Brown
- 2014 SABR Annual Report has been posted online
- SABR Houston chapter unveils plaque for West End Park historic site
- Download your free copy of Baseball: The Fan’s Game, by Mickey Cochrane
- Introducing the 2014 NYC 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium
- Join SABR Deadball Era Committee members at 2014 Christy Mathewson Days festival
- SABR members, get 20% discount on all MLB.TV Premium Monthly subscriptions in 2014
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library now available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: http://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
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There were no new SABR research committee newsletters published this week.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates for this week:
- Flame Delhi Chapter Summer 2014 newsletter (Phoenix, AZ)
- Halsey Hall Chapter August 2014 newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
- Ted Williams Chapter July 2014 newsletter (San Diego, CA)
- Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting recap (July 20; Round Rock, TX)
- What have members in the Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter been up to lately? Check out the chapter’s new website at www.smokyjoewood.com.
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- July 25-27: Luis Castro Chapter “Baseball Scoring and Sabermetrics” workshop (Barquisimeto, VZ)
- July 26: Forbes Field Chapter at the Roberto Clemente Museum (Pittsburgh, PA)
- July 27: Cliff Kachline Chapter Induction Day meeting (Cooperstown, NY)
- July 30-August 3: SABR 44 (Houston, TX)
- August 4: The Most Powerful Man in Baseball? An Evening With Superagent Scott Boras (Washington, DC)
- August 8: Luke Easter Chapter at Batavia Muckdogs (Batavia, NY)
- August 8-9: Christy Mathewson Days festival (Factoryville, PA)
- August 9: Halsey Hall Chapter book club (Roseville, MN)
- August 9: Robinson-Kell Chapter meeting (Little Rock, AR)
- August 9: Ted Williams Chapter meeting (San Diego, CA)
- August 14-16: Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference (Detroit, MI)
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:
- Max Mannis: Playing fantasy baseball with sabermetrics (Sports Illustrated For Kids)
- Baseball-Reference.com removes 1901-02 Baltimore Orioles from Yankees history
- John Thorn: The Yankees, the Orioles, and major league record-keeping (Our Game)
- Rob Neyer: When does a franchise end? (FoxSports.com)
- Anna McDonald: Braves manager, SABR member Fredi Gonzalez stresses the importance of defense (ESPN.com)
- Jeff Long: Why PITCHf/x is important (Beyond the Box Score)
- Clint Longenecker: A modern history of unsigned first-rounders (Baseball America)
- Paul Dickson: The importance of Oscar Charleston (The National Pastime Museum)
- Larry Levine: You never forget your first pennant (SmokyJoeWood.com)
- Pete Palmer: On the relationship between Runs and Wins (Our Game)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: July 25, 2014. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.