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This Week in SABR: March 18, 2022

This Week in SABR: March 18, 2022

Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of March 18, 2022:


2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference is now under way!

Download the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference digital programThe 11th annual SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, presented by Major League Baseball and Rawlings, kicked off Thursday and will continue through Sunday, March 20. With an attendance of more than 850 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. EDT, and Sunday afternoon from 1:00-4:45 p.m. EDT.

Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more or to register.


Tufts, St. John Fisher, Elon, Maggie Walker, and Branson School win Diamond Dollars Case Competition

The 2022 Diamond Dollars Case Competition winners were announced Friday, March 18 during the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference. The winning teams selected were from Tufts University, The Branson School, St. John Fisher College, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, and Elon University.

The Tufts University team — which was picked to deliver an encore presentation in front of the full SABR Analytics Conference on Saturday — included Richard Diamond, Andrew Holden, Evan Hu, Joshua Ober, and Brendan Tivnan.

The Branson School team, based in Ross, California, included Kaden Gustafson, Audrey Knowles, Lucas Segal, Wilson Wendt, and Charlie Zwibelman.

St. John Fisher College sent two teams to the competition; the Team 1 winners included Noah Ackerman, Colin Campbell, Adam Drake, Mike Hebbard, and Brandon Smith.

The Maggie Walker Governor’s School, based in Richmond, Virginia, sent four teams; the Team 3 winners included Jonah Curran, Sean Fang, Lorenzo Galang, Pulkit Iyer, and Nived Sanjay.

The Elon University team included Zach Cioffi, Theodore Freeman, Jacqueline Jovanovic, Evan Wu, and Winnie Yang.

In this year’s case, the students were asked to provide recommendations to increase the action in a baseball game and evaluate the risks and rewards of each proposed decision.

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


Bruce Allardice wins 2022 McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award

Bruce Allardice (COURTESY OF RON VESELY)The 2022 winner of the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, which honors the best articles on baseball history or biography completed or published during the preceding calendar year, is:

Allardice is a Professor of History at South Suburban College near Chicago and the editor of SABR’s Origins Committee newsletter. He has written and presented numerous times on the Black Sox Scandal and on early baseball. His article on “The Rise of Baseball in the South” received the McFarland-SABR award in 2013.

For a complete list of winners of the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, click here.


Sign up now for the SABR 50 annual convention in Baltimore

SABR 50 logoSABR’s 50th Annual Convention will take place on August 17-21, 2022, in Baltimore, and we are beyond thrilled to celebrate with you in person. Registration for SABR 50 and hotel accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor is now available at SABR.org/convention.

This is an event well worth the wait, and we already have an All-Star lineup of featured speakers and exciting events planned, including:

  • Keynote address by Tim Kurkjian, winner of the BBWAA’s 2022 Career Excellence Award
  • Opening Remarks by Sig Mejdal, Vice President and Assistant General Manager, Analytics, Baltimore Orioles
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards panel with Bill Stetka (Orioles Team Historian), Greg Bader (Orioles Senior Vice President, Administration & Experience), and Joe Spear (founder of Populous)
  • Women in Leadership panel with Orioles executives Eve Rosenbaum (Director, Baseball Development), Nicole Sherry (Director, Field Operations), Jennifer Grondahl (Senior Vice President, Community Development & Communications), and Lisa Tolson (Senior Vice President, Human Resources)
  • Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox game on Friday, August 19

Of course, there is a lot more on the way — innovative panel discussions, ground-breaking research presentations, and more opportunities to make and renew cherished baseball friendships. We hope to see you this summer in Baltimore!

Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more.


Call for papers: 2022 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference logoSABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center have announced a call for papers for the fourth annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, scheduled for September 16-18, 2022, at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois.

This year’s conference theme is “Title IX and Women’s Baseball: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are and Where We’re Headed.” Topics can focus on anniversaries such as: Title IX (50th), Marie Pepe (50th), umpires (Bernice Gera 50th), A League of Their Own (30th), the Colorado Silver Bullets (25th anniversary of final season); or any other ideas related to women’s baseball are welcome for individual oral and poster presentations.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 200 words, along with contact information and a short biography, by June 27, 2022, to Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu.


Last call for nominations: 2022 SABR Board of Directors election

SABR logoThe SABR Nominating Committee is now seeking nominations for candidates for the 2022 elections. To be eligible for the Board of Directors, candidates must have been members of the Society for at least the preceding four years. The deadline for nominations is March 18, 2022.

The offices to be filled:

  • Vice President (2-year term; currently Leslie Heaphy)
  • Director (3-year term; currently Bill Nowlin)
  • Director (3-year term; currently Allison Levin)

Nominees must prepare a Candidate Statement Form following guidelines that will be available from any Nominating Committee member and must be received by the Nominating Committee chair no later than April 15, 2022. Self-nominations are welcome. If you would like to nominate yourself or another candidate or suggest a question for the candidates, contact Nominating Committee chair Anthony Salazar at salazar8017@yahoo.com.


Pre-register now for Ballpark Figures with Shakeia Taylor and Marc Normandin on April 5

Ballpark Figures with Shakeia Taylor and Marc NormandinJoin us each month for SABR’s Ballpark Figures, a new interview series hosted by award-winning writer Shakeia Taylor. The virtual Zoom event is free and open to all active SABR members.

At 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 5 — please note a change from the original date, due to Opening Day — we’ll hear from Marc Normandin, who currently writes on baseball’s labor issues and more at MarcNormandin.com. His writing has also appeared at Defector, Baseball Prospectus, SB Nation, and other publications. He also writes a regular newsletter on retro video games.

Visit SABR.org/ballpark-figures to learn more or to watch replays of past episodes.


Deadline to submit new project proposals to SABR Editorial Board is April 1

SABR’s Editorial Board welcomes new project proposals from members to be considered for publication through the Digital Library, SABR.org, or any other multimedia formats.

We strongly encourage new proposals that involve collaboration between SABR research committees and/or chapters, and web-based projects with an eye toward enhanced multimedia presentation.

SABR seeks to publish 2-4 web-based multimedia projects and 6-8 books per year. Book projects should be of a scope that can fit in a single volume, typically between 100,000 and 200,000 total words.

Two sample project proposals can be downloaded by clicking here. Previously published web projects can be viewed at SABR.org/century/1921 or SABR.org/eight-myths-out.

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


SABR Digital Library: Dominicans in the Major Leagues

SABR Digital Library: Dominicans in the Major LeaguesAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

Dominicans in the Major Leagues
Dominicanos en las Ligas Mayores
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Julio M. Rodriguez

Associate Editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
Spanish translations by Reynaldo Cruz
8.5″ x 11″, 432 pages
Available in English and in Spanish language editions

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

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

En español!

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.


Sign up now for SABR Analytics Certification online course

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

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

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

Visit SABR.org/analytics/certification to sign up today or learn more.


Register now for 2022 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Birmingham

2022 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League ConferenceEarly registration is now open for SABR’s annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, which will be held on June 2-4, 2022, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.

Hosted by SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee, the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. Since 1998, 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.

  • Register: Click here to register online for the 2022 Malloy Conference. Full registration is $175 before April 29, $195 afterward. Students: $125 before April 29, $140 afterward. Single-day registration is also available for $75 for Friday or Saturday. Extra tickets can be purchased for the Rickwood Field bus tours, Thursday’s “meet and greet” reception, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Tour, or the awards banquet on Saturday night. All of these sessions are included in the full registration package.
  • Hotel: Click here to book your room online at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel at the special group rate of $155/night (plus tax). Our host hotel is located at 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd., North Birmingham, AL 35203. Call (205) 324-5000 for questions about your hotel reservation.
  • COVID-19 policy: All attendees must supply proof of a negative test. Those who can provide proof of vaccination are exempt from this requirement. Attendees will be required to follow any additional local public health declarations, including mask mandates. Click here to learn more.
  • Contact: For questions, email Larry Lester or Leslie Heaphy.

Visit SABR.org/malloy to learn more.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Rachel Folden (CHICAGO CUBS)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: All baseball fans are invited to join the Emil Rothe Chicago SABR Chapter at 7:00 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, March 23 for a special presentation with Rachel Folden, fast-pitch softball legend and current Minor League Hitting Coach for the Chicago Cubs. Click here to register in advance for this Zoom meeting.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from Cuban baseball journalist Reynaldo Cruz Díaz and Katie Dick of the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. 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 18-20: 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference
  • March 20: South Florida Chapter meeting with Fred Worth (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • March 21: Halsey Hall (MN) Chapter research committee meeting (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • March 21: Larry Dierker (TX) Chapter meeting with Gaspar Gonzalez and Vinnie Vrotny (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • March 23: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting with Rachel Folden (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • March 23: New SABR Member Experience meeting (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • March 24: Bud Metheny (VA) Chapter meeting with Joe Gregory (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • March 24: Ken Keltner (WI) Chapter meeting with Bob Kendrick (7:00 p.m. CDT)
  • March 26: Hank Gowdy (OH) Chapter meeting with Jeremy Beer (9:30 a.m. EDT)
  • March 26: SABR Baseball Memories meeting (4:00 p.m. EDT)
  • March 27: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EDT)

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

  • March 19: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with sports writer Pedro Moura

SABRcast #153: Pedro MouraBaseball 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 #153 on Monday, March 14 featured Pedro Moura, a national baseball writer for Fox Sports and author of How to Beat a Broken Game: The Rise of the Dodgers in a League on the Brink. Previously, he was a senior writer at The Athletic, where he covered the Dodgers, as well as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, and at ESPN.com. His work has been cited in The Best American Sports Writing. The son of Brazilian immigrants, he grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California.

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

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


4 new biographies posted at SABR BioProject

Joe Giard (TRADING CARD DB)Four 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


22 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Ichiro Suzuki records his 258th hit in 2004 (COURTESY OF MLB.COM)Twenty-two new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project, including a selection from SABR’s A Palace in the Nation’s Capital: Griffith Stadium, Home of the Washington Senators. 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.


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
Mark Altschuler Fair Lawn, NJ     Leslie McAdoo Baltimore, MD
Todd Bean Dwight, IL     Satchel McElroy League City, TX
Nicole Bordelon Auburn, AL     Michael Mclellan Holyoke, MA
Robert Carlson Plymouth, MN     Barry Morgan Cincinnati, OH
David Carter Marietta, GA     Peter Myre Louisville, KY
Brian Cartwright Johnstown, PA     Darrel Neuman Kingsville, ON
Peter Cooper Woodland Hills, CA     Marc Pompeo Williamsport, PA
Enrique Garcia-Villarreal Cologne, GER     Christian Rauh Virginia Beach, VA
Luis Javier Santo Domingo, DOM     Clem Rodriguez Etobicoke, ON
Thomas Jorsch Tulsa, OK     Josh Romans Charlestown, IN
Matthew Kaszanek Evanston, IL     Donna Scarborough Hingham, MA
Willie Kniesner Claremont, CA     Will Stern New York, NY
Bob Koontz Sacramento, CA     Russell Streur Duluth, GA
Luisa Lyons Carteret, NJ     G. Enrique Tanimowo-Reyes Mississauga, ON
Rafael Marin Atlanta, GA     Richard Vickroy Pittsburgh, PA
Robert Martire Royersford, PA     Scott Volltrauer Brooklyn Park, MN

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:

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


Around the Web

Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:

Please note: Some articles may require a separate subscription to view online. SABR does not endorse, and is not responsible or liable for, any content that appears on a third-party website.


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Originally published: March 18, 2022. Last Updated: March 18, 2022.

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