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 16, 2018:
Couldn’t make it to Arizona for the SABR Analytics Conference? Visit SABR.org/analytics for full coverage of this exciting event that brought together the top minds in the baseball analytics community in 2018. You’ll feel like you were 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.
Once again, we brought together the top minds of the baseball analytic community under one roof to discuss, debate and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball.
Click on a link below for multimedia highlights:
Friday, March 9
- Listen to highlights from The State of Analytics conversation with Brian Kenny and Jon Sciambi (audio)
- Listen to highlights from the MLB Team Approach to Analytics Panel with Amiel Sawdaye, Eduardo Perez, Eno Sarris, Mike Ferrin, and Vince Gennaro (audio)
- Listen to a research presentation from Sean Forman of Baseball-Reference.com (audio)
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition winners announced
- Max Mannis: Slow market, ‘tanking’ on the table for SABR Analytics MLB Team Approach Panel
- Check out a photo gallery from Day 1 of the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference
- Mike Petriello: Star catchers shine in new Statcast metrics (MLB.com)
- Mike Petriello: MLB Diversity program sends 21 students to SABR Analytics Conference (MLB.com)
- Brian Kenny: Interview with Arizona Diamondbacks Sr. VP/Assistant GM Amiel Sawdaye (MLB.com)
Saturday, March 10
- Listen to highlights from the Player Development Panel with Chris Getz, Andy McKay, and Eduardo Perez (audio)
- Listen to highlights from the Diverse Perspectives Panel with Dr. Lorena Martin, Philip Cho, Ehsan Bokhari, Emilee Fragapane, and Vince Gennaro (audio)
- Listen to highlights from the Is the Media Doing its Part to Advance the Analytics Discussion? panel with Jon Sciambi, Rob Neyer, Eno Sarris, and Brian Kenny (audio)
- Listen to research presentations from Vince Gennaro, Brian Reiff, Matt Swartz, and Rob Mains (audio)
- Pete Palmer honored with 2018 SABR Analytics Conference Lifetime Achievement Award
- Check out a photo gallery from Day 2 of the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference
- Max Mannis: SABR Analytics Media Panel focuses on educating players, broadcasters
- Brian Kenny: Interview with The Athletic’s Eno Sarris on the state of the offseason (MLB.com)
- Rob Mains: A revised look at clutch hitting (Baseball Prospectus)
- J.P. Hoornstra: Dodgers’ Brandon Gomes will maintain familiar approach to player development (Orange County Register)
Sunday, March 11
- Check out highlights from the Pitching Panel with Eric Gagné, Ed Lynch, and Barry Bloom
- Listen to research presentations from Travis Petersen, Glenn Healey, Mark Simon, Alex Vigderman, and Dorion Liston (audio)
- Emma Baccellieri, Stephanie Springer, Grant Brisbee win 2018 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards
- Check out a photo gallery from Day 3 of the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference
- Max Mannis: SABR Analytics Technology Panel discusses challenges of bringing players, colleges on board
- Brian Kenny: Interview with Daren Willman on MLB Statcast updates (MLB.com)
- Joe Favorito: How to win in baseball business? Multilingual clubhouse is key (Portada Online)
- More highlights and clips will be posted here soon!
Visit SABR.org/analytics for more coverage of the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference.
Sabermetric pioneer Pete Palmer was honored with the second SABR Analytics Conference Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, March 10 in Phoenix, Arizona.
John Thorn, Major League Baseball’s Official Historian and a collaborator with Palmer on many sports books, presented him with his award during the seventh annual SABR Analytics Conference.
“The work itself is a reward, but it’s always nice to be recognized by your peers,” Palmer said.
A mathematician and analyst; an encyclopedist and author; a historical sleuth and statistical innovator; a researchers’ invaluable guide and friendly collaborator, Pete Palmer has been at the forefront of the new approaches to how we think about the game. He has devised new stats — On Base Plus Slugging, Linear Weights, and more — and retraced the steps of statisticians of yore to correct their tabulations. His contributions to the game have been as particular as correcting Ty Cobb’s hit total and as grand as restating and evaluating all the game’s historical records through the prism of modern statistical measures. He was the first to recognize the mathematical relationship between runs and wins, and the one most responsible for the introduction of On Base Percentage into common parlance.
Palmer and Thorn’s The Hidden Game of Baseball, originally published in 1984, remains a touchstone for sabermetric thought. Palmer’s encyclopedic work commenced in the 1970s when he edited the venerable Turkin-Thompson Official Encyclopedia of Baseball, originally issued in 1951. From 1989 through 2001, he and Thorn published seven editions of the groundbreaking encyclopedia Total Baseball. Beginning in 2004 he and Gary Gillette combined to issue The Baseball Encyclopedia, endorsed in subsequent years by ESPN.
For more information on the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference, or to register, visit SABR.org/analytics.
- Bill James honored with inaugural SABR Analytics Conference Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017
- Click here to read Pete Palmer’s Henry Chadwick Award profile in the Summer 2010 Baseball Research Journal
- The history of Total Baseball and Pete Palmer’s baseball database
Emma Baccellieri, Stephanie Springer, and Grant Brisbee were announced as the winners of 2018 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards on Sunday, March 11 at the seventh annual SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
Baccellieri was voted as the winner of the Contemporary Baseball Commentary Award for her article “Major League Baseball’s Statcast Can Break Sabermetrics,” which was published by Deadspin on December 18, 2017. Baccellieri writes for Deadspin, Baseball Prospectus, and other outlets. Before focusing on sports, she held reporting internships with Open Secrets, McClatchy’s Washington, D.C. bureau, and the Charlotte Observer. She graduated from Duke University in 2016.
Springer (pictured at right) was voted as the winner of the Contemporary Baseball Analysis Award for her article “Get a Grip,” which was published by The Hardball Times on October 25, 2017. Springer is a medicinal chemist with more than a decade years of experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. Since 2010, she has worked as a patent examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She holds degrees from the University of Maryland and Boston College.
Brisbee was voted as the winner of the Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary Award for his article “Why Baseball Games Are So Damned Long,” which was published by SB Nation on March 28, 2017. 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. This is Brisbee’s second SABR Analytics Conference Research Award, having won the Contemporary Commentary award in 2015.
The SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year.
The 2018 Diamond Dollars Case Competition winners were announced Friday, March 9 during the SABR Analytics Conference at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona.
The winning teams selected were from Washington University in St. Louis, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, the University of Southern California, and Indiana University.
The Washington University team — which was picked to deliver an encore presentation in front of the full SABR Analytics Conference on Saturday — included Jarod Bacon, Isaiah Berg, Tyler Brandt, Rohan Gupta, and Bailey Winston.
In this year’s case, students were asked to evaluate the relationship between launch angle and exit velocity, using data from MLB Statcast, BaseballSavant.com, and other publicly available tools, and then determine the optimal launch angle for four major-league hitters.
Visit SABR.org/analytics/case to learn more.
The 2018 SABR Baseball Research Awards, which honor outstanding research projects completed during the preceding calendar year that have significantly expanded our knowledge or understanding of baseball, have been awarded to
Jim Leeke, From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball During The Great War, published by Bison Press
- Steve Steinberg, Urban Shocker: Silent Hero of Baseball’s Golden Age, published by University of Nebraska Press
William A. Young, J.L. Wilkinson and the Kansas City Monarchs: Trailblazers in Black Baseball, published by McFarland & Co.
The authors will receive their awards at the SABR 48 national convention, June 20-24, 2018, in Pittsburgh.
Leeke, a former news journalist and US Navy veteran, is also the author of Nine Innings for the King: The Day Wartime London Stopped for Baseball, July 4, 1918 and Ballplayers in the Great War: Newspaper Accounts of Major Leaguers in World War I Military Service.
Steinberg is a baseball historian and co-author with Lyle Spatz of 1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York, which won SABR’s Seymour Medal in 2011. Steinberg is a two-time winner of the SABR Baseball Research Award, having been honored with co-author Spatz in 2016 for The Colonel and Hug: The Partnership That Transformed the New York Yankees
Young is an emeritus professor of religious studies at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and the author of John Tortes “Chief” Meyers: A Baseball Biography and several books on world religions.
The SABR Baseball Research Award is designed to honor projects that do not fit the criteria for the Seymour Medal or the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award.
The selection committee consists of: Bill Felber (chair), Tara Krieger, and Larry Levine.
To see a complete list of SABR Baseball Research Award winners, click here.
Add this new book on baseball’s “matinee stars” from the SABR Digital Library to your collection:
From Spring Training to Screen Test: Baseball Players Turned Actors
Edited by Rob Edelman and Bill Nowlin
Associate Editors: Greg Erion, Len Levin, Emmet R. Nowlin
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-71-2, $19.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-943816-70-5, $9.99
410 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of From Spring Training to Screen Test for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on From Spring Training to Screen Test paperback edition from the SABR Store ($15.99 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Createspace can take up to 4-6 weeks. For quicker delivery, please order at Amazon.com.)
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 will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including all e-book editions for free. Visit SABR.org/ebooks for a full list of titles.
We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a spectacular SABR 48 convention on June 20-24, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Early registration is now available at SABR.org/convention; all baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click here for more information on SABR 48 registration rates, all-inclusive packages, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 48.
The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh is conveniently located within walking distance from PNC Park and a light rail station, many downtown cultural amenities, and right across the street from the picturesque 36-acre Point State Park where the three rivers converge.
Click on a link below for more information about SABR 48.
- Registration: We’re again offering a special all-inclusive rate for the annual SABR convention. For $319, a savings of $30 off the regular rate, SABR members can get:
— Full registration to SABR 48 in Pittsburgh (early-bird: $249; regular rate: $279)
— 1 ticket in the Corner Box (LF) section to the Pirates vs. Diamondbacks game on Friday, June 22 — includes special “A Day at the Ballpark” pregame session at PNC Park ($40 value)
— 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 22 ($60 value)
Non-members can pay $394 for the all-inclusive rate. The deadline to register with the all-inclusive rate is Friday, May 18, 2018. Click here for complete information on SABR 48 registration rates, all-inclusive packages, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 48!
- Hotel: The special SABR group rate at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh of $149/night (plus tax) is only available to registered convention attendees for the nights of Wednesday, June 20 through Saturday, June 23. After you register for the SABR 48 convention, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with details on how to book your hotel room at the SABR group rate. There are a limited number of rooms in our group block, so be sure to register for SABR 48 early! The Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh is located at 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
- Awards Luncheon: SABR will host a special Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 22 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh. The Awards Luncheon, which includes a full meal, will feature the announcement of SABR’s annual awards — including the Bob Davids Award, our highest honor. One ticket to the Awards Luncheon is included in the all-inclusive package or guest tickets are available for $60 when you register for SABR 48.
- A Day at the Ballpark: For the third year in a row and fourth time in five years, SABR will present “A Day at the Ballpark” before the Pittsburgh Pirates game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, June 22 at PNC Park. Special thanks to the Pirates for this great opportunity and for offering us a large block of tickets in the Corner Box (LF) section at an affordable price of $40 for SABR members ($45 for non-members). Purchase of SABR 48 conference registration AND a game ticket will be required to attend this special session. Guests and spouses can get in the ballpark early with purchase of a special SABR 48 Ballpark Session pass ($25) and a Pirates game ticket. Click here for more details.
- Roberto Clemente Museum tours: The Roberto Clemente Museum in Pittsburgh has a special offer for SABR 48 attendees: The museum will host four tours (maximum of 20 people per tour) at $20 per person on Wednesday, June 20. Space is extremely limited, and reservations will only be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please call the museum at (412) 621-1268, Ext. 2, to reserve your space. No reservations can be made online; payment is due on-site when you arrive for the tour. Tours last about 1.5 hours and the start times on Wednesday, June 20 are as follows (subject to availability): 10:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Click here for more details.
- Research presentations: SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 48. The deadline to submit your abstract was Sunday, February 25, 2018. Click here for complete details and application form.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, click here to learn more about a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 48 in Pittsburgh. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 30, 2018.
All SABR 48 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 Pittsburgh area. All SABR members, whether you attend the convention or not, will receive the e-book edition of The National Pastime in their inboxes later this summer.
Stay tuned for more featured speakers and the complete schedule to be announced in the coming months. Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more.
We hope to see you this summer in Pittsburgh!
With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school or college students to attend SABR 48 on June 20-24, 2018, in Pittsburgh. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation and lodging (double occupancy) up to a total value of $1,250.
The objective of this scholarship fund is to encourage high school and college-level student engagement with baseball research and to engender an active interest in baseball and SABR. The Yoseloff scholarship is to assist young researchers who want to attend SABR’s annual convention and to introduce them to fellow SABR members. Through this fund, SABR hopes to inspire future baseball research, expose students to high-quality research and build the research capability of interested students.
- Download an application form: Click here to download a Yoseloff Scholarship form to attend SABR 48 in Pittsburgh
All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Jeff Schatzki at email@example.com no later than FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2018.
Six new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,456 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- (Henry) Nick Cullop, by Chris Rainey
- (Norman) Nick Cullop, by Chris Rainey
- Ron Hodges, by David Krell
- Fats Jenkins, by Stephen V. Rice
- Greg Maddux, by Stew Thornley
- Milt Stock, by Phil Williams
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproj/recent
- Search for any SABR biography: You can now visit sabr.org/bioproj_search to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. You can also browse all of these BioProject categories and a lot more, including 300-game winners, Hall of Famers, 1960s All-Stars, or Negro Leaguers, at our Browse page: sabr.org/bioproj/browse.
- Read bios from the SABR Book of Umpires and Umpiring: In The SABR Book of Umpires and Umpiring, edited by Larry Gerlach and Bill Nowlin and published in 2017, we told the stories of all the umpires in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and other notable arbiters, plus essays about professional female umpires, umpiring in the Negro Leagues, explorations of the baseball rules, umpire equipment, and much more. All biographies of umpires — from Hall of Famers such as Bill Klem and Doug Harvey to pioneers such as Amanda Clement and Emmett Ashford — that appeared in The SABR Book of Umpires and Umpiring can now be read online at the SABR BioProject. You can also download the e-book for free or purchase the paperback edition at 50% off by clicking here.
In SABR’s No-Hitters, edited by Bill Nowlin and published in 2017, we focused on pitchers who threw no-hitters and the no-hitters they threw. Naturally, we couldn’t present biographies of everyone who ever threw a no-hitter nor could we present Games Project accounts of all of them. From around 300 no-hitters thrown in the majors (out of over 213,000 games), we have selected 59 no-hitters to include, along with the biographies of the men who threw them.
All of the biographies — from Hall of Famers such as Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax, and Randy Johnson to more obscure pitchers such as Larry Corcoran, Charlie Robertson, and Dallas Braden — that appeared in No-Hitters can now be read online at the SABR BioProject.
More game summaries from the No-Hitters book will be posted at the SABR Games Project soon.
You can also download the No-Hitters e-book for free or purchase the paperback edition at 50% off by clicking here.
Eight new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- October 4, 1925: Heilmann grabs AL batting title; Cobb ‘saves’ the day, by Jack Zerby
- June 4, 1927: Umpire Gerald Hayes halts tie game, infuriates Syracuse crowd, by Stephen V. Rice
- October 2, 1938: Bob Feller sets new MLB strikeout record, whiffs 18 in loss, by Joseph Wancho
- June 17, 1960: Ted Williams wallops 500th career home run in Cleveland, by Joseph Wancho
- October 1, 1967: Kansas City Athletics play their last game, by Thomas M. Knosby
- April 4, 1994: Indians open Jacobs Field in style with extra-inning win, by Joseph Wancho
- April 22, 2004: Omar Vizquel singles for his 2,000th career hit, by Joseph Wancho
- July 27, 2017: Back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs lead Nationals slugfest, by Steven C. Weiner
If you have any questions about the Games Project, please contact Mike Huber. To request an assignment, please contact Steven C. Weiner. After the article has been completed in accordance with our Authors’ Guidelines, please submit it to Len Levin, who will initiate the editing process and get your story started toward publication.
- Get involved: Have memories of a game you attended? Or a game you watched that caught your interest? Write about it! Writing for the Games Project is an easy way to get involved as a SABR member. Find out how by reading the Games Project FAQs section or checking out the Authors’ Guidelines. We have editors and fact checkers who are willing to help you write your first article.
- Read stories from Tiger Stadium greatest games book: In SABR’s Tigers by the Tale: Great Games at Michigan and Trumbull, edited by Scott Ferkovich and published in 2016, we told the stories of memorable moments at one of baseball’s most famous corners: Detroit’s Tiger Stadium. All of the stories that appeared in this book are now available to be read online at the SABR Games Project by clicking here.
- Make a donation in memory of Greg Erion: On December 29, 2017, SABR member Greg Erion, 70, who had taken on the brunt of necessary reorganization of the SABR Games Project, died of cancer diagnosed just a few weeks earlier. Despite treatments, Greg worked tirelessly to assure a smooth transition for everyone involved with the Games Project. Some members closely involved with the Games Project have already made donations to SABR honoring Greg’s memory as a friend and colleague. We ask that others who knew and worked with Greg consider doing the same to honor his leadership, sense of easy cooperation, and tireless work for the advancement of an important SABR initiative. Not only will a donation in Greg’s name honor him, but it will advance SABR’s continuing work on all fronts and serve the collaborative spirit of the organization. You can give a memorial tribute by visiting SABR.org/donate and adding Greg Erion’s name in the “Tribute Information” section when you make your contribution.
In addition to all of the fun we have talking about or trading baseball cards, I thought it would also be fun to leave a more permanent mark upon this world, to organize all of the great work we have been doing.
Since we are a SABR Research Committee, I asked Jacob Pomrenke — SABR’s Director of Editorial Content — how we could best have and use permanent web space that is more easily found, organized, and updated. He urged me to use the SABR/Baseball-Reference Encyclopedia, otherwise known as the B-R Bullpen, for this purpose. It is a wiki, which is perfect for us in my view.
Besides the front page, I already wrote up several subset pages (All-Star cards, Season Highlights, Historical Highlights, and Group Cards), and several place holders. I especially encourage any interested committee member to help, but it is a public wiki which anyone can update. My thought is that this would grow organically based on whatever it is people want to see here. Do you want to add a list of Police Sets? Let’s add it. A list of cards with people doing whimsical things (carrying snake, etc.)? Let’s add it. Cards of players signing autographs? Cards that show the wrong player? All ideas are welcome.
— Mark Armour
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, is back for the Hot Stove League offseason at a new time: 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.
This week’s show will include highlights from the recent SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix.
You can listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App, and you can watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on MLB.com. Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from MLB.com.
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.
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 announces 2018 Henry Chadwick Award recipients
- Jerald Podair receives 2018 Seymour Medal at NINE Conference banquet
- Perry Barber wins inaugural Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2018 Larry Ritter Book Award nominees announced
- SABR Digital Library: The Whiz Kids Take the Pennant: The 1950 Philadelphia Phillies
- SABR welcomes new Sweet Lou Johnson Chapter in Lexington, Kentucky
- Check out highlights, recaps, and photos from 2018 SABR Day
- SABR member Bill Humber to be inducted into Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
- Announcing finalists for inaugural Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the new SABR Store @ CafePress
- 2018 SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference is now sold out
- Apply now for SABR Negro Leagues essay contest and school library grants
- Click here to read new articles from the SABR Team Ownership Histories Project
- Learn more about the SABR Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- Educators, sign up your class for a discounted SABR Student Group Affiliate Membership
- Help support SABR’s 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: https://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
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You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
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Here are the new research committee updates this week:
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Best Practices handbook: Chapter leaders, you can download the updated Chapter Leaders Best Practices Handbook on the Admin Tools page at admin.sabr.org. The handbook offers suggestions and guidelines for meetings, speakers, revitalizing a chapter, and getting publicity for SABR and chapter events.
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:
- March 17: Smoky Joe Wood Chapter spring meeting (Hamden, CT)
- March 17: Connie Mack Chapter Hot Stove meeting (Philadelphia, PA)
- March 17: 5th annual Baseball Hack Day (Boston, Chicago, Montreal, San Diego & Toronto)
- March 18: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting/viewing party (St. Louis, MO)
- March 19: Larry Dierker Chapter monthly meeting (Houston, TX)
- March 20: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- March 21: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Called Shot” monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- March 22: Happy Hour with “39 Seconds” John Donaldson documentary filmmakers (Minneapolis, MN)
- March 24: Hank Gowdy Chapter meeting (Columbus, OH)
- March 24: Luke Easter Chapter Hot Stove Talks (Rochester, NY)
- March 24: Emil Rothe/Chicago Chapter meeting (Chicago, IL)
- March 24: Rogers Hornsby Chapter monthly lunch (Austin, TX)
- March 24: Smoky Joe Wood Connecticut Chapter Strat-O-Matic Day (Bristol, CT)
- March 25: “Boys of Summer” baseball cemetery tour (Atlanta, GA)
- March 28: Magnolia Chapter “Fourth Wednesday” meeting (Tucker, GA)
- March 28: “A Celebration of Italian American Baseball” panel (Cleveland, OH)
- March 29: Babe Ruth Museum Opening Day watch party (Baltimore, MD)
- April 3: Hank Gowdy Chapter Opening Week watch party (Columbus, OH)
- April 4: Panel: “Major League Baseball Moves West” (Whittier, CA)
- April 4: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter “First Wednesday” meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- April 7: Halsey Hall Chapter book club meeting (Minneapolis, MN)
- April 7: Forbes Field Chapter spring meeting (Pittsburgh, PA)
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:
- Rob Mains: A revised look at clutch hitting (Baseball Prospectus)
- George Vecsey: Ed Charles, a mainstay of the Miracle Mets, is dead at 84 (New York Times)
- Ben Lindbergh: The past, present, and future of baseball’s most daring defense (The Ringer)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: Ranking the top starting rotations (ACTA Sports)
- Emma Baccellieri: Minor League Baseball’s new extra-innings rule turns rulebook into nonsense (Deadspin)
- Jay Jaffe: A ray of hope about Tommy John surgeries (FanGraphs)
- Benjamin Hill: Emma Tiedemann becoming a Legend in minor-league broadcast booth (MiLB.com)
- Matthew Trueblood: First-pitch fastballs and the team that stopped throwing them (Baseball Prospectus)
- Alexis Brudnicki: Life after baseball (FanGraphs)
- Ryan Whirty: John Donaldson’s greatness on film and how to help (Home Plate Don’t Move)
- Craig Brown: 19th-century uniform database: 1879 Washington Nationals (Threads of Our Game)
- Jacob Pomrenke: The enduring myth of the ‘stolen’ Black Sox confessions (The National Pastime Museum)
- John Thorn: Adios to ghosts: the Christy Walsh memoir (Our Game)
- Bill Felber: Don Sutton’s nightmare on Addison Avenue (The National Pastime Museum)
- Joe Malinconico: $500,000 from feds boosts facade work at historic Hinchliffe Stadium (Paterson Press)
- Joe Favorito: How to win in baseball business? Multilingual clubhouse is key (Portada Online)
- Barry Bloom: A’s down to nitty gritty in location of new ballpark (Forbes.com)
- Steven Goldman: Teams that have overcome a poor start (The National Pastime Museum)
- David Kagan: Some physics of humidors (The Hardball Times)
- Nick Vossbrink: Barajitas EEUUs: más Pacific (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Tim Jenkins: On Deck(le) in 2018 Heritage (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Mark Armour: My First Baseball “Cards” (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Tim Jenkins: Sending a Transogram (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Nick Vossbrink: Heritage and the Uncanny Valley (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: March 16, 2018. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.