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This Week in SABR: March 12, 2021

This Week in SABR: March 12, 2021

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 March 12, 2021:


2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference is now under way!

Download the 2021 SABR Analytics digital programThe 10th annual SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, presented by Major League Baseball, Rawlings, and Sports Info Solutions, kicked off Thursday and will continue through Sunday, March 14. With a record attendance of nearly 1,000 registrants for this four-day online conference, we’re bringing 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.

Click here to download our Analytics Conference digital program to learn more about our featured panelists and presenters.

Programming will run on Friday evening from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Eastern, all day Saturday from 12:00-7:00 p.m. Eastern, and Sunday afternoon from 1:00-4:45 p.m. EDT.

Visit SABR.org/analytics for highlights and to learn more about the conference.


Watch tomorrow on Facebook Live — Analyze This: The Varying Roles and Skillsets of Baseball Analysts

2021 SABR Analytics: Analyze This panelThanks to MLB’s Diversity and Inclusion Department, all baseball fans are invited to join us on Facebook Live to watch a free livestream of the Analyze This: The Varying Roles and Skillsets of Baseball Analysts panel, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 13 from the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference.

The Analyze This panel will include Ehsan Bokhari of the Houston Astros; Maggie O’Hara of the Detroit Tigers; Josh Ruffin of the Minnesota Twins; and moderator Eduardo Perez of ESPN.

Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.

Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists.


University of Chicago, Cornell, Syracuse, Horace Mann teams win 2021 Diamond Dollars Case Competition

2021 Diamond Dollars Case Competition winners from the University of Chicago-Booth (clockwise from top-left): Jacob Fain, Cam Harrigan, Omar Taveras, and Trevor MillionThe 2021 Diamond Dollars Case Competition winners were announced Friday, March 12 during the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference.

The winning teams selected were from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Cornell University, Syracuse University, and the Horace Mann School in New York City.

The University of Chicago team — which was picked to deliver an encore presentation in front of the full SABR Analytics Conference on Saturday — included Jacob Fain, Cam Harrigan, Trevor Million, and Omar Taveras.

The Cornell University team included Alexandra Conte, Kirk Greenspan, Daniel Johnson, Tyson Kochan, and Matthew Simeoni.

Syracuse University sent four teams to participate; the Team 2 winners were Seth Warner, Sam Auerbach, Brent Huot, Kevin Ivers, and Preston Klaus.

The Horace Mann School team included Maxwell Resnick, Aidan Resnick, Jake Federman, and Eshan Mehere.

In this year’s case, the students were asked to devise an improved metric for Game Score, created by Bill James (and later updated by Tom Tango) to evaluate the performance of starting pitchers.

Visit SABR.org/analytics/case to read the full announcement.


SABR 50 at 50: Baseball Books

SABR 50 at 50As part of the SABR 50 at 50 project to commemorate the organization’s fiftieth anniversary, we offer 50 baseball books worth reading from the past 50 years.

There have been thousands of books on baseball published since SABR was founded in August 1971. That’s far more than any other sport. Many have come from the pens, then typewriters, then word processors of SABR members. To celebrate the Society’s 50th anniversary, a panel of our members set out to identify those works published since the founding which have best stood the test of time.

The list features reference works, histories and biographies as well as examinations of particular incidents and broad trends. It includes statistical works, novels, collections from eminent journalists and books of art and photography. In one way or another, these books have all added to our understanding and appreciation of the game. Visit SABR.org/50at50/books to view the full list.

We anticipate that the next 50 years of SABR research will produce works so we can appreciate and understand an even broader range of topics.

— Andy McCue


SABR Digital Library: A Palace in the Nation’s Capital: Griffith Stadium, Home of the Washington Senators

A Palace in the Nation’s Capital: Griffith Stadium, Home of the Washington SenatorsAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

A Palace in the Nation’s Capital: Griffith Stadium, Home of the Washington Senators
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf

Associate Editors: Len Levin, Bill Nowlin, and Carl Riechers
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5949-3, $24.95
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9701-5948-6, $9.99
8.5″ x 11″, 317 pages

Click here for a full description of this book at SABR.org.

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.

SABR members can download all Digital Library publications for free and save 50% off the paperback edition. Visit SABR.org/ebooks to find more Digital Library titles.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Dr. Raymond Doswell (NEGRO LEAGUES BASEBALL MUSEUM)SABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at SABR.org, 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: On Monday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m. EDT, the Jack Graney Chapter in Cleveland will hold a virtual Zoom meeting with a virtual tour of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum by Dr. Raymond Doswell, Vice President of Curatorial Services, and a talk on the Cleveland Buckeyes by Ike Brooks. All SABR members are invited to attend. Click here to register in advance for this meeting.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from Brian Frank on Buffalo’s Sahlen Field; Chanel Zapata on Latino Baseball Initiatives; Dan Szymborski on 2021 baseball predictions; and Jerry Casway on “Before Hank Greenberg There Was Lipman Pike,” part of the Nineteenth Century Committee’s monthly Speaker Series. 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:

  • March 12-14: SABR Virtual Analytics Conference
  • March 12-13: NINE Spring Training Conference
  • March 13: Hank Gowdy (OH) Chapter meeting (11:30 a.m. EST)
  • March 13: Pee Wee Reese (KY) Chapter meeting with Dr. Jack Sullivan (12:30 p.m. EST)
  • March 13: Rogers Hornsby (TX) Chapter meeting with Dan Levitt (1:00 p.m. CST)
  • March 15: Jack Graney (OH) Chapter meeting with Dr. Raymond Doswell and Ike Brooks (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • March 15: Larry Dierker (TX) Chapter meeting with David King and Stephen Bratkovich (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • March 16: Rocky Mountain Chapter meeting (12:00 p.m. MDT)
  • March 16: IBWAA: Up Next with Benjamin Chase (9:00 p.m. EDT)
  • March 17: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting with Mike Gimbel (12:00 p.m. EDT)
  • March 17: New Member Experience with Chanel Zapata (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • March 18: Casey Stengel NYC Chapter meeting with Jerry Manheim (7:30 p.m. EDT)
  • March 18: Magnolia (GA)/Larry Doby (SC) Chapter joint meeting with Will Cheney and Kris Willis (7:30 p.m. EDT)
  • March 19: NINE Spring Training Conference (6:00 p.m. MST)
  • March 20: Hanlan’s Point (Toronto) Chapter meeting with Chip Martin (10:00 a.m. EDT)
  • March 20: Byron Motley: Forgotten No More: Remembering the Silent Men of the Diamond (12:00 p.m. EDT)
  • March 20: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting with Bob Dernier (2:00 p.m. CDT)
  • March 20: Ken Keltner (WI) Chapter meeting with John Graf and Duke Goldman (3:00 p.m. CDT)
  • March 19-20: NINE Spring Training Conference / SABR Seymour Medal Ceremony with Eric Nusbaum (6:00 p.m. MST)
  • March 21: Field of Dreams (IA) Chapter Meeting (1:30 p.m. CDT)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.


Last call for papers: 2021 Brooklyn 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium

Jim Creighton (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)SABR’s Nineteenth Century Committee is seeking abstracts for research presentations for the upcoming Brooklyn 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium, which is scheduled for Saturday, November 13, 2021.

Abstracts of 200 to 400 words for a research presentation of 20-25 minutes in length on any topic related to the amateur through early professional period of baseball in Brooklyn should be submitted to Peter Mancuso by March 15, 2021, with presentation title, your name, and contact email.

If the Symposium is held virtually/online, you will need to have access to a computer equipped for Zoom (audio and visual). If the Symposium is to be held in person, it will be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 13 at St. Francis College, located in the historic neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights, in downtown Brooklyn, New York. A final decision on the venue will be made by June 15.

Click here for the full announcement at SABR.org.


SABR 50, Jerry Malloy conferences rescheduled for 2022

With travel restrictions and public health measures still in place due to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the SABR 50 convention in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, have been rescheduled for the summer of 2022.

The SABR 50 convention is now scheduled for August 10-14, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore. The next in-person Malloy Conference will be held on June 2-4, 2022, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham.

Any members who requested a roll-over from their 2020 registrations will have their fees automatically refunded to their credit card on file. Please contact the SABR office with any questions.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with Strat-O-Matic president Adam Richman

SABRcast Episode #101: Adam RichmanBaseball 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 #101 on Monday, March 8 featured Adam Richman, president of the Board of Directors for Strat-O-Matic and co-founder of Double Nickel Entertainment with his partner, Jenette Kahn. With his father, Hal Richman, who created Strat-O-Matic in 1961, he has helped transform the iconic sports board game company into a digital powerhouse in the 21st century, relaunching Strat-O-Matic’s website; changing all of its software distribution over to a modern, digital downloadable system; launching the Company’s first apps, casual games and licensed digital product. At Double Nickel, he has been a producer or executive producer on such films as Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino, and he previously served as Senior Vice President of Production and Development for the Motion Picture Corporation of America.

Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to the full episode.

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


3 new SABR biographies published

Luis Aponte (TRADING CARD DB)Three new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject


16 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

In 2014 major-league baseball returned to Australia and the Sydney Cricket Ground for the first time in 100 years with an exhibition game between Team Australia and the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 21, 2014 (ROBERT LAIDLAW)Sixteen 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 SABR.org/gamesproject.

  • 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.

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. Listen to new episodes at 4:00-5:00 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.


Seeking volunteers for SABR’s Publications Marketing Committee

SABR’s new Publications Marketing Committee is growing. Do you have experience in marketing or communications? Want to help share the tremendous work that SABR members are producing? The committee is tasked with promoting SABR’s latest publications by building relationships with different chapters and local, regional, and national media connections.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Marketing Committee Chair Bill Pearch at wcpearch@comcast.net.


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: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.


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 members.sabr.org 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
Paul Appelbaum Swampscott, MA     Aaron Dubester Oshkosh, WI
Hunter Augins Gainesville, FL     Brenden Freedman New York, NY
Steven Austin Los Angeles, CA     Jim Hunt Flintstone, GA
Alejandro Baradat Phoenix, AZ     Gillian Husovsky San Diego, CA
Dylan Baxter Hanford, CA     Nicholas Inverno San Diego, CA
Seth Bienstock Westport, CT     Janet Moran Chicago, IL
Todd Brunning Portland, OR     Barry Rahmy Weatogue, CT
Michael Castro San Diego, CA     Roger Ratzenberger Milford, CT
William Crawford West Hempstead, NY     Jon Reno Blair, NE
Brian Culler Ashland, OH     Tim Ryder West Babylon, NY
Jonathan Davis Naples, FL     Paul Semendinger Wyckoff, NJ
Joseph Davis Naples, FL     Alexander Speier Dedham, MA
Ernie DeGraw Leesburg, VA     Glenn Tanner San Marcos, TX
James Dimond Kent, WA     Devin Thompson Pullman, WA
Nick DiNatale Lowell, MA     Lane Westernan Bellville, TX
Jason Dodge Tampa, FL     Ben Williams Canton, NC

Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.


Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:

Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.


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.


This Week in SABR is compiled by Jacob Pomrenke. If you would like us to include an upcoming event, article or any other information in “This Week in SABR,” e-mail jpomrenke@sabr.org.

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Originally published: March 12, 2021. Last Updated: March 12, 2021.

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