Live from the fourth annual SABR Analytics Conference, welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Here’s what we’ve been up to as of March 13, 2015:
Couldn’t make it to Arizona for the SABR Analytics Conference? Visit SABR.org/analytics for full coverage of this exciting event that brings together the top minds in the baseball analytics community in 2015. You’ll feel like you’re wandering through the Hyatt Regency Phoenix with stories and multimedia clips from the great panel discussions and research presentations on our schedule, photo galleries, and much more.
- During the conference, you can follow along on Twitter by searching for the hashtag #SABRanalytics or by reading tweets from our account (@SABR) and from other conference attendees.
- View our photo galleries from each day of the conference at SABR.org/analytics/photos.
We’ve already posted some highlights from the first day at SABR.org/analytics:
- Highlights from Brian Kenny’s opening remarks
- Highlights from the Player Panel with Curt Schilling, John Kruk, Doug Glanville, and Brian Kenny
- Teams from Arizona State, Stanford win Diamond Dollars Case Competition
- Sam Miller wins 2015 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for Historical Analysis/Commentary
- Check out the social media buzz on Day 1 with our Storify recap
- Check out a photo gallery from Day 1 of the 2015 SABR Analytics Conference
- Max Mannis: Recapping Day 1 at the 2015 SABR Analytics Conference (SI For Kids)
- Jeff Passan: Inside the new system that wants to revolutionze how we look at pitches (Yahoo! Sports)
- Matt Eddy: Quality Of Pitch metric promises clarity to, well, pitch quality (Baseball America)
- Mike DiGiovanna: Did Angels’ Joe Smith throw baseball’s best pitch — in 2010? (Los Angeles Times)
The full schedule is available online at SABR.org/analytics/schedule.
The 2015 Diamond Dollars Case Competition winners were announced Thursday, March 12 during the SABR Analytics Conference at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona.
A team from Arizona State University won the Graduate and Professional School Division. The team consisted of Sean Aronson, Emerson Frostad, David Bocchino, Reid Smith, and captain Cody Callahan.
In the Undergraduate Division, the winning team was from Stanford University. Stanford’s team consisted of Avner Kreps, Vihan Lakshman, Do-Hyoung Park, Alec Powell, and captain Jordan Wallach.
“The judges thought the results were very impressive … in the complex way these students are processing this data,” said SABR President Vince Gennaro, who develops the case studies in the Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
The runner-up in the Graduate and Professional School Division was Ryerson University (captained by D’arcy Mulligan). The runner-up in the Undergraduate Division was Tufts University (Team 2, captained by Caleb Pykkonen).
In this year’s case, students were asked to determine the best possible trade package for Philadelphia Phillies star left-hander Cole Hamels in terms of present and future value to both teams involved in the deal.
To learn more about the winners, click here.
Sam Miller and Grant Brisbee were announced as winners of 2015 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards this week at the SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
Miller was voted as the winner of the Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary award for his article “Baseball’s Seven Wonders: Kerry Wood’s 20-K Game,” published by Baseball Prospectus on March 18, 2014. Miller is the editor-in-chief of Baseball Prospectus. He has contributed to four Baseball Prospectus annuals and co-edited the 2015 edition. He also co-hosts the “Effectively Wild” podcast with Ben Lindbergh, and is a contributor to ESPN The Magazine.
Brisbee was voted as the winner of the Contemporary Baseball Commentary award for his article “Rumors, Rumors, Every Where, Nor Any Drop to Drink,” published by SB Nation on December 15, 2014. Brisbee is the senior baseball writer for SB Nation. Since 2005, he also has been the lead writer for McCovey Chronicles, a San Francisco Giants-themed website on the SB Nation network. His work has appeared on MLB Network, Deadspin, and Business Insider. He is a graduate of San Jose State University.
The award for Contemporary Baseball Analysis will be announced on Saturday at the 2015 SABR Analytics Conference.
You can read all the 2015 finalists by clicking here.
We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a spectacular SABR 45 convention, June 24-28, 2015, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois.
Hotel and conference registration for the 2015 convention is now available. Click here for complete information on SABR 45 registration rates, all-inclusive packages, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 45. More details on guest speakers, panelists, and presenters will be announced soon.
- Hotel: Click here to book your room at the Palmer House Hilton online. The deadline to book your room at the SABR group rate of $189/night (plus tax) is 11:59 p.m. MST Friday, May 15, 2015. The Palmer House Hilton is at 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603, in the heart of the downtown Loop, right next to two CTA stops (Blue Line at Adams/Wabash or Red Line at Monroe.) If you have any questions about your reservation, please call the hotel at (312) 726-7500.
- Conference registration: Click here for complete information on SABR 45 registration rates. Once again, we’re offering a discounted all-inclusive package for the annual SABR convention. For a savings of $44 off the regular rate, SABR members can get:
— 1 full conference registration (regular rate: $199)
— Choose: 1 Upper Deck Box ticket to the Cubs game on Thursday, June 25 (regular: $48) OR 1 Terrace Reserved ticket (regular: $38)
— 1 round-trip ticket on the CTA Red Line train to and from Wrigley Field (regular: $6)
— 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 26 (regular: $50)
The all-inclusive package is available to SABR members for $259 with an Upper Deck Box ticket or $249 with a Terrace Reserved ticket to the Cubs game instead, plus all of the above amenities. Please note: The all-inclusive packages are only available until May 15, 2015. Click here to register for SABR 45.
- Cubs ballgame: At SABR 45, we’ll be attending the Cubs-Dodgers game on Thursday afternoon, June 25, at Wrigley Field. The SABR block of tickets is available in two sections when you register: Upper Deck Box-Outfield ($48) or Terrace Reserved-Outfield ($38). This game is expected to sell out and our ticket block is only available on a first-come, first-serve basis through Friday, May 15, 2015. Game tickets in the SABR block will NOT be available for purchase on-site at the convention. Please note: Your purchase of a SABR 45 all-inclusive package includes round-trip transportation to and from Wrigley Field on the CTA Red Line train. (Purchasing a game ticket as part of regular/a la carte registration does NOT include transportation.) Click here for more details on SABR 45 registration.
- The Baseball Project concert: On Thursday evening, June 25, SABR 45 attendees will have a special opportunity to see The Baseball Project in concert in the Grand Ballroom at the Palmer House Hilton. Advance presale tickets are available for $25 members/$40 non-members when you register for SABR 45 before May 15, 2015. Tickets will be $40 online after May 15 or until the concert venue reaches capacity. Click here for more details.
Please note: The SABR 45 all-inclusive package includes 1 full conference registration; 1 ticket to the Cubs game on Thursday, June 25; 1 round-trip ticket on the CTA Red Line train; and 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 26. It does NOT include any other optional events such as the Downtown Baseball Walking Tour on Wednesday, June 24, The Baseball Project concert on Thursday, June 25, or the Historical Ballpark Sites Bus Tour on Sunday, June 28. Those tickets must be purchased separately.
All SABR 45 attendees will also receive a souvenir print edition of The National Pastime, our annual convention journal, focusing on baseball teams, players and events in the Chicago area. All SABR members, whether you attend the convention or not, will receive the expanded e-book edition of The National Pastime in their inboxes later this summer. Click here to register for SABR 45.
For more information on SABR 45, visit SABR.org/convention.
Save the date! The 18th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, hosted by SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee, will be held August 6-8, 2015, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The conference is open to all baseball, history and sports fans of all ages. Registration and hotel information will be available soon.
The Malloy Conference promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. For the past 17 years, the event 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.
For more information about the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, visit SABR.org/malloy.
- Call for papers: Click here to learn more about submitting your Negro Leagues research presentation on this year’s theme, “Baseball’s Best: the Grays and the Crawfords.” Your proposal must be submitted no later than April 24, 2015.
- Essay contest: Click here to download the PDF application for the Negro Leagues Committee high school essay contest. All applications must be postmarked no later than March 23, 2015.
- Learn more: Click here to learn more about groundbreaking Negro Leagues historian Jerry Malloy, who was the recipient of SABR’s Henry Chadwick Award in 2015.
Registration is now closed for the seventh annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference, which will be held April 17-18, 2015, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.
Anyone wishing to be placed on a waiting list in event of cancellations should contact Peter Mancuso at firstname.lastname@example.org. The conference is open to all SABR members and up to two non-SABR family members or friends (ages 18 or over.)
- Program and schedule: Click here to download the 2015 conference program and schedule
The 2015 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from baseball historian Jerrold Casway, along with a panel discussion, “Sporting News: Baseball in the 19th Century Press” with Jim Overmyer, Bob Tholkes, George Thompson, and John Thorn; a special presentation by James Brunson III (“Black Baseball: 1858-1900”); a Member Spotlight interview of Bob Bailey by Tom Simon; plus book signings, more research presentations, a welcome dinner, and more.
2015 Seymour Medal winner Andy McCue, a past SABR President and a former business journalist from Riverside, California, will receive his award at the banquet of the 22nd annual NINE Spring Training Conference on Saturday, March 14 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tempe, Arizona (formerly the Fiesta Inn and Resort.)
The banquet includes the Seymour Medal ceremony with Dorothy Seymour Mills, dinner, and the NINE keynote address by SABR member Terry Cannon, founder and Executive Director of the Baseball Reliquary, a California-based nonprofit dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the prism of baseball history.
To register for the NINE conference, visit nineregistration.com.
McCue won the Seymour Medal — which honors the best book of baseball history or biography published during the preceding calendar year — for Mover & Shaker: Walter O’Malley, the Dodgers, and Baseball’s Westward Expansion, published by the University of Nebraska Press.
The Seymour Medal, named in honor of Dr. Harold Seymour and Mrs. Dorothy (Seymour) Mills, was first awarded by SABR in 1996. To be considered for the medal, a work must be the product of original research or analysis. The winning book shall significantly advance our knowledge of baseball and shall be characterized by understanding, factual accuracy, profound insight and distinguished writing.
To see a list of previous Seymour Medal winners, click here.
You now have the opportunity to take advantage of a special offer from MLB Advanced Media for the 2015 season.
All SABR members can get a 20% discount off a MLB.TV Premium Monthly subscription. This discount is valid for each month of the 2015 season, so you can use it all year long:
- Visit SABR.org/offers/MLBTV-2015 to access the discount link for the 2015 MLB.TV subscription package
With MLB.TV, you can watch every 2015 Regular Season out-of-market game LIVE or on-demand in HD Quality. Choose home or away broadcasts. MLB.TV is on your favorite devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android phones, Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation and more. Watch up to four games at once with Mosaic. DVR functionality lets you pause or rewind live games. PLUS, watch select 2015 Spring Training games LIVE online.
For any questions about your subscription, please contact MLB.TV Customer Service.
This week’s episode of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a new radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, will include highlights from the SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix.
Baseball SABR Style made its debut on February 15. The show — focused on examining and interpreting the statistical analysis that plays a critical role in baseball today — will air 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. (The show will also be available afterward in the “on-demand” section of the app.)
For more information, click here.
The Spring 2015 issue of the Baseball Research Journal is in typesetting now, and I thought this might be a good moment to remind folks that the BRJ is open to research by all SABR members.
The BRJ is interdisciplinary, meaning that we define “baseball research” very broadly. So everything from physics to physiology might find its way into our pages. Economics, history, sociology, game theory, etymology, architecture, psychology, records, biomechanics, meteorology: if it’s “research” we are open to being queried about it.
If you’re interested in writing for the Fall 2015 edition of the BRJ, a query is the simplest way to start: send me an email at email@example.com describing your idea for an article, a few sentences about your topic, a rough idea of where you expect the investigation or analysis to go, and if possible give a guess as to the length. (BRJ articles are typically 2,000 to 6,000 words long, but this is not a hard limit by any means.) Please also include in your query how you became interested in the topic and any qualifications you have to research it, and what sources you might draw on to complete the research.
If you have a completed paper or near-completed manuscript, please write me for the writers guidelines which will give you more information on how to format the submission and where to email it (hint: JournalSubs@sabr.org).
The peer review process can take months to complete, so the sooner we receive a paper, the sooner we can start the process. There is no single firm “deadline” but I would expect most papers received before April 1 have a good chance to make it into the fall issue, whereas those arriving in May might be cutting it close, and by June the issue will likely be full or only have a few slots left.
— Cecilia M. Tan
SABR Publications Editor
- Related link: Click here for SABR.org’s Publications section, which includes the SABR Style Guide, Submission Guidelines, Tips for Prospective Authors, and more.
Three new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- July 30, 1917: Babe Ruth twirls 4-hit gem against White Sox, by Stephen V. Rice
- May 20, 1976: Bill “Spaceman” Lee brawls with Yankees’ Graig Nettles, by Frederick C. Bush
- August 25, 2012: Roger Clemens returns to pitch for Sugar Land Skeeters, by Frederick C. Bush
The SABR Baseball Games Project was launched in January 2014 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.
Visit the new Games Project website at SABR.org/gamesproject.
- 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.
- Questions: Contact Greg Erion for more information about the Games Project, James Forr to request an assignment, or Chip Greene to submit your draft article.
- Longtime SABR member Donald Hazelwood, 91, of Walnut Creek, California, died on February 21, 2015. He joined SABR in 1982 and was active in the Lefty O’Doul Chapter and the Pacific Coast League Historical Society; he was a devoted fan of the old Oakland Oaks and then the Oakland A’s. Born on February 16, 1924, in Oakland, Don was a proud graduate of St. Joseph’s High School in Alameda in 1941 and of Santa Clara University with a degree in business in 1948. During his college years, Don served in the US Navy during World War II. Following his college graduation, Don worked the majority of his career at Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco before retiring in 1982. In retirement, Don loved to lawn bowl and was a member of the Rossmoor Lawn Bowling Club. He was also an avid baseball fan and collector of baseball memorabilia. Don is survived by his wife of 59 years, Rosary; son Scott and his wife, Rachael; brother Robert and his wife, Barbara; and grandchildren James and David. He was preceded in death by brother, Jack (survived by wife Jean). A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 14 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 1600 Rossmoor Parkway, Walnut Creek, CA 94595.
- Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award, due 6/1/2015: Students have until June 1, 2015, to submit entries for this year’s Jack Kavanagh Memorial Youth Baseball Research Award, which offers a prize of up to $200 and a one-year SABR membership for researcher in grades 6-8 (middle school category), grades 9-12 (high school category), or undergraduates 22 and under (college category). All entries must have to do with baseball history and cannot be fictional pieces. Submission and formatting guidelines are available by clicking here. For more information, contact Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu.
Please note: Only ONE entry per nomination will be considered (do not submit multiple nominations for the same award). For more information on SABR Awards, click here.
We’ve heard your feedback: Some of you have said you look forward to “This Week in SABR” every Friday, but sometimes there are just too many compelling articles and announcements to read every week. We’re not complaining — hey, keep up the great work! — but we know the feeling. So in an effort to make the length of this newsletter more manageable to read, we’ll summarize some of the repeating/recurring announcements in a special “In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)” section of “This Week in SABR”.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- Announcing the 2015 Henry Chadwick Award recipients
- In Memoriam: Joe Simenic, SABR founding member
- Download SABR’s newest e-book: Winning on the North Side: The 1929 Chicago Cubs
- Karl Cicitto: Q&A with Mike Sandlock, baseball’s oldest living major-leaguer
- Herm Krabbenhoft: Solving the mystery of Heinie Zimmerman’s 1912 National League Triple Crown
- Check out the SABR Bookshelf listings for Winter 2015
- Dorothy Seymour Mills: Reflections on a life in baseball research
- Check out finalists for the 2015 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award
- SABR 45: Join us for a special concert with The Baseball Project
- Students: Apply for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 45 in Chicago
- Register now for 2015 SABR Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Conference
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: /content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
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|Chris Byrum||Arlington, TX||Mark Ramsey||Iowa City, IA|
|Joe DeZarlo||South River, NJ||Mike Raymond||Odessa, TX|
|Steven Haas||Clarksville, MD||Daniel Roland||Kent, OH|
|Desiree Hanford||Bartlett, IL||Jeff Sanborn||Brentwood, TN|
|John Holdforth||Omaha, NE||Kevin Schramm||Morris, IL|
|Gordon Janis||Alexandria, VA||David Tabor||Chicago, IL|
|Stephen Katz||New York, NY||Veronica Thompson-Crew||Sparks, NV|
|Jeff Lantz||St. Petersburg, FL||Robert White||Zanesville, OH|
|George Moskal||Woodland Park, NJ|
Here are the new SABR research committee newsletters published this week:
- Negro Leagues: March 2015
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates published this week:
- Robinson-Kell Chapter newsletter – SABR Day recap (Little Rock, AR)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- March 13-14: NINE Conference/Seymour Medal Banquet (Tempe, AZ)
- March 13-14: 2015 SABR Analytics Conference (Phoenix, AZ)
- March 12: Bergino: “Joe Black: More Than a Dodger” with Martha Jo Black (New York, NY)
- March 14: Connie Mack Chapter meeting (Philadelphia, PA)
- March 16: Larry Dierker Chapter meeting (Houston, TX)
- March 17: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- March 18: Rocky Mountain Chapter 100th consecutive monthly luncheon (Denver, CO)
- March 18: Baseball Industry Network Grapefruit League Meet-Up (Bradenton, FL)
- March 19: Magnolia Chapter “Third Thursday” meeting (Atlanta, GA)
- March 21: Rogers Hornsby Chapter 100th consecutive monthly meeting (Austin, TX)
- March 21: Maddux Brothers-Las Vegas Chapter spring meeting (Las Vegas, NV)
- March 24: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter monthly meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- March 25: Magnolia Chapter “Fourth Wednesday” meeting (Tucker, GA)
- March 26: “Preserving and Promoting Baseball Research” with Marc Appleman, Jacob Pomrenke, Barry Bloom (Scottsdale, AZ)
- March 26: Bergino: “Amazing Aaron to Zero Zippers” with Matt Nadel (New York, NY)
- March 28: Baseball Reliquary: “Meal Tickets & Miracle Workers: Icons of Los Angeles Baseball” (Arcadia, CA)
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:
- Mark Armour and Dan Levitt: The evolution of baseball ops (Our Game)
- Q&A with John Thorn on ‘the illusion of how to play baseball’ (Boston Globe)
- Musashi Miyamoto: Negro League Baseball: African American Baseball, History And Archaeology (Shadow Ball Express)
- Ryan Whirty: Gentleman Dave Malarcher: The plantation connection (Home Plate Don’t Move)
- Marty Appel: My dream game, Game 7 of 1960 World Series (The National Pastime Museum)
- Jonah Keri: Q&A with Dr. Glenn Fleisig on the Tommy John surgery epidemic (Grantland)
- David Schoenfield: Are pitchers really getting hurt more often? (ESPN.com)
- Owen Watson: Mike Norris and the moral winter (The Hardball Times)
- Christina Kahrl: How the Giants use metrics on defense (ESPN.com)
- Jonathan Judge: Putting FIP in context (The Hardball Times)
- Bob McGee: Arthur Richman: Making baseball history, with a bird’s-eye view (The National Pastime Museum)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: March 13, 2015. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.