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 29, 2019:
Baseball fans, tune in next week to SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a new weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer.
SABRcast will feature insights and analysis of what’s happening in modern baseball on and off the field, plus compelling interviews with figures from around the game — and music from The Baseball Project.
Our guest for the first show will be SABR member Brian Kenny, MLB Network host and author of Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution. Stay tuned for more details!
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to learn more.
We are pleased to host a special screening of the new documentary film, Moe Berg: The Spy Behind Home Plate, at SABR 49 in San Diego with filmmaker Aviva Kempner.
The film will be screened on the evening of Thursday, June 27 during SABR 49 in San Diego. The event will be open to all SABR convention attendees.
In this first ever feature-length documentary about the enigmatic Berg, Kempner focuses her camera on a little-known Jewish hero. From the streets of Newark to five major-league teams during baseball’s Golden Age to his secret life spying for the OSS during World War II, Berg’s improbable story is told with rare historical footage and revealing interviews with family and an All-Star roster from the worlds of history, sports and spy craft. To learn more about the film, visit spybehindhomeplate.org.
For more information on SABR 49, or to register, visit SABR.org/convention.
The Nutmeg State celebrates a Hall of Fame hometown hero in our newest book from the SABR Digital Library:
Jeff Bagwell in Connecticut:
A Consistent Lad in the Land of Steady Habits
Edited by Karl Cicitto, Bill Nowlin, and Len Levin
ISBN (paperback: 978-1-9438-1697-2, $19.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-9438-1696-5, $6.99
250 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
“The only one I ever saw come close to [Frank Robinson] was this kid Bagwell. Boy, is he aggressive … boy, can he swing that bat. … I want to meet him someday because I admire him.” — Ted Williams
“You get ball players from Texas, California, Florida or one or all of the Caribbean islands. You don’t get them from Connecticut.” So wrote Jim Murray, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist about Jeff Bagwell on May 12, 1994.
This volume of articles, interviews, and essays by members of the Connecticut chapter of SABR chronicles the life and career of Connecticut’s favorite baseball son, Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell, with special attention on his high school and college years.
Contributors include: Andrew Blume, Jim Bransfield, Karl Cicitto, Alan Cohen, Stanley Dziurgot, Greg Erion, Jim Keener, Steve Krevisky, Len Levin, Tom Monitto, Bill Nowlin, George Pawlush, Bill Ryczek, Brian P. Wood, and Pete Zanardi.
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of Jeff Bagwell in Connecticut for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the Jeff Bagwell in Connecticut paperback edition from the SABR Store ($15.99 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
To see all titles in the SABR Digital Library, visit SABR.org/ebooks.
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.
We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a spectacular SABR 49 convention this summer in San Diego. Conference and hotel registration is now available at SABR.org/convention.
- Registration: Click here for complete information on the SABR 49 All-Inclusive Package, Early-Bird Registration, and optional sessions. Or click here to register for SABR 49! We’re again offering a special All-Inclusive Package for the annual SABR convention. For the $369 all-inclusive rate, SABR members can get:
— Full registration to SABR 49 in San Diego (early-bird: $289; regular rate: $319)
— 1 ticket in the Upper Infield Reserved (1B) section to the Padres vs. Cardinals game on Friday, June 28 at Petco Park ($24 value)
— 1 ticket to the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 28 ($70 value)
— 1 exclusive SABR 49 convention logo lapel pin
— 2 complimentary Continental breakfasts on Thursday and Friday mornings*
*The Continental breakfast benefit is only available when you register for the All-Inclusive Package.
Non-members can pay $399 for the All-Inclusive Package; the deadline to register is Monday, May 6, 2019.
- Hotel: The special SABR group rate at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego of $224/night (single rate) or $254/night (double rate) is only available to registered convention attendees. After you register for the SABR 49 convention, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with details on how to book your hotel room at the SABR group rate. If you do not receive your confirmation email after registering, please contact Deb Jayne at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are a limited number of rooms in our group block, so be sure to register for SABR 49 early!
- Awards Luncheon: SABR will host a special Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 28 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The Awards Luncheon, which includes a 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 $70 when you register for SABR 49.
- Research presentations: SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 49. The deadline to submit your abstract was Sunday, February 24, 2019. Click here for complete details and application form.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, click here to learn more about a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 49 in San Diego. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 5, 2019.
Visit SABR.org/convention to learn more or to register for the SABR 49 convention.
Deadline extended! Students, 1 week left to apply for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend SABR 49 in San Diego
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 49 on June 26-30, 2019, in San Diego. 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.
- Download an application form: Click here to download a Yoseloff Scholarship form to attend SABR 49 in San Diego
All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Jeff Schatzki at email@example.com no later than Friday, April 5, 2019.
SABR members, pay attention to the e-mail address that you have on file with SABR; you will receive a message on Tuesday, April 9 , 2019, with a link to vote online in the 2019 SABR Board of Directors election. The poll will close at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.
You can read the candidate biographies, along with full descriptions of the positions and responses the candidates made to a series of questions, in the 2019 SABR Election Guide which is available for download below:
When you vote, you will find two items on the 2019 Board of Directors ballot: the election of the SABR President and two (2) Director’s positions — please rank the Director candidates in order of preference. The candidates are:
- Mark Armour
For Director (2)
- Chris Dial
- Allison Levin
- Bill Nowlin
The only way to vote online is through the link you will receive by e-mail. All e-mails will come from the address firstname.lastname@example.org; if you wish to add it to a whitelist in your e-mail client, that may help ensure that you will receive the e-mails. You will receive at least one more voting email between April 9 and April 23 with active voting links.
Members who do not have an e-mail address on file with SABR as of April 1, 2019, will receive a paper ballot in the mail. Please do not vote online and send in the paper ballot; if you do, the paper ballot will be discarded, and only the online vote will count.
If you would like to register your e-mail address on file with SABR so you can vote online (and also receive our “This Week in SABR” newsletter on Fridays), please contact Membership Director Deb Jayne at email@example.com.
One hundred years after the fixing of the notorious 1919 World Series, SABR’s Black Sox Scandal Research Committee is shedding new light on baseball’s darkest hour.
SABR’s Eight Myths Out project, which launched last week at SABR.org/eight-myths-out, is intended to correct many common errors and misconceptions about the fixing of the 1919 World Series.
The Black Sox Scandal is a cold case, not a closed case; new evidence has been discovered in recent years that has enhanced our collective knowledge of the scandal. Since the publication of Eliot Asinof’s Eight Men Out in 1963 and the John Sayles film by the same name in 1988, the dramatic story of underpaid and undereducated Chicago White Sox ballplayers, disgruntled by their low pay and poor treatment by management, who fell prey to the wiles of double-crossing gamblers has been thoroughly debunked. Much of the popular narrative about the Black Sox Scandal falls apart under closer scrutiny.
The Eight Myths Out project, a collaborative work produced by members of SABR’s Black Sox Scandal Research Committee, uses groundbreaking research and resources to provide a more complete understanding of what happened a century ago. In addition, we’ve compiled an extensive list of historical inaccuracies, large and small, that appear in Eight Men Out, with links to articles, artifacts, and other resources that are now available online. This includes accurate player and team salary information from the 1919 season, legal documents and transcripts from the Black Sox grand jury proceedings and criminal trial, hundreds of interviews with players from the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds, and newsreel film footage from the 1919 World Series games.
— Jacob Pomrenke
Couldn’t make it to Arizona for the eighth annual SABR Analytics Conference, presented by MLB and KinaTrax? Visit SABR.org/analytics for full coverage of this exciting event that brought together the top minds in the baseball analytics community in 2019. 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.
Click on a link below for multimedia highlights from the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference:
Friday, March 8
- Listen to The State of Analytics panel with Eduardo Perez, John Dewan, Rob Neyer, and Vince Gennaro (audio)
- Listen to Carlos Peña’s presentation on Liquid Analytics (audio)
- Listen to research presentations from Brian Reiff, Rohan Gupta, and Andrew Kyne (audio)
- 2019 Diamond Dollars Case Competition winners announced
- Check out a photo gallery from Day 1 at the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference
- Max Mannis: State of Analytics panel discuses baseball’s past and future
Saturday, March 9
- Listen to the Keeping Data Flowing panel with Kyle Boddy, Mike Petriello, Joe Rosales, and Mike Ferrin (audio)
- Listen to the Statcast Year Five: Where Are We Now? panel with Cory Schwartz, Greg Cain, Daren Willman, and Travis Petersen (audio)
- Listen to the Training Pitchers panel with Scott Radinsky, Eno Sarris, Seth Daniels, Dr. Steven Cadavid, and Steve Berthiaume (audio)
- Listen to highlights from Clay Nunnally’s Lidar and Ground Truth Testing talk (audio)
- Listen to research presentations from Vince Gennaro, Alan Nathan, Jonathan Judge, and Glenn Healey (audio)
- Sabermetric pioneer Dick Cramer honored with SABR Analytics Conference Lifetime Achievement Award
- Check out a photo gallery from Day 2 at the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference
- Max Mannis: Younger pitchers open to more technological changes in training
- David Laurila: Notes from the SABR Analytics Conference (FanGraphs)
Sunday, March 10
- Listen to the Use of Analytics in Broadcast Media panel with Eduardo Perez, Mike Petriello, and Mike Ferrin (audio)
- Listen to the Game Within a Game panel with Emilee Fragapane, Dr. Lee Picarielo, Julian Volyn, and Rob Neyer (audio)
- Listen to research presentations from Ayane Kusafuka, Rob Mains, Clinton Hausman, Michael Shames, Bradley Waddell, Kevin Antonevich, and Daniel Calzada (audio)
- Lindbergh, Ring, Baseball Prospectus team win 2019 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards
- Check out a photo gallery from Day 3 at the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference
- Max Mannis: Game Within a Game panel focuses on data-driven decisions
- Alex Vigderman: 2019 SABR Analytics Conference recap (Baseball Info Solutions)
- J.P. Hoornstra: In the war between science and aesthetics, trying to save baseball teams from themselves (L.A. Daily News)
Visit SABR.org/analytics for more coverage of the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference.
Save the date! The SABR Minneapolis 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium will take place on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at the Minneapolis Public Library, 300 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The day-long Saturday symposium will be devoted to 19th-century baseball as it was played and evolved in Minnesota and the greater Midwest region. The event is a joint project of the SABR Nineteenth Century Committee, SABR’s Halsey Hall Chapter, and the Hennepin County Library.
More details on registration and the event schedule will be available at SABR.org this summer.
Guest speakers are expected to include John Thorn, MLB’s Official Historian; Larry Millett, longtime St. Paul Pioneer Press architecture critic and author of more than 10 books, including The Curve of the Arch and Lost Twin Cities; Stew Thornley, author of Baseball in Minnesota: A Definitive History and other books; Dan Levitt, author of Paths to Glory: How Great Baseball Teams Got That Way and other books; Mike Haupert, Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; Kristin Anderson, art and architecture professor and author of an upcoming book on the history of sports facilities in the Twin Cities; and more.
Two new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,847 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
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 all bios from From Spring Training to Screen Test book online: In From Spring Training to Screen Test: Baseball Players Turned Actors, published by SABR in 2018 and edited by Rob Edelman and Bill Nowlin, we told the stories of the stars and supporting players on baseball diamonds who also became stars and supporting players in the movies, on Broadway, in vaudeville and, eventually, on television and in concert halls. All of the biographies in From Spring Training to Screen Test are now available to be read online at the SABR BioProject. Click here to download a free e-book edition or get 50% off the paperback edition of From Spring Training to Screen Test.
Effective this month, the BioProject Committee has changed how SABR’s biography submissions are handled. As part of the ongoing effort to maintain the high standard of quality, there will be an initial vetting of each draft immediately after it is submitted by the author. Accepted submissions proceed to the fact-checking stage, which will be moved ahead of the copy-editing stage from now on. The process overall follows that of SABR’s books that collect biographies on notable teams or themes. After fact-checking, a different reviewer will do the copy editing, per the existing process.
For details, please see “What happens next?” in the updated BioProject FAQs at SABR.org/content/bioproject-FAQs.
Please continue to send initial submissions to Rory Costello, Chief Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rory can also field any questions about this process.
Six new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- April 23, 1919: Lefty Williams, White Sox win in Kid Gleason’s managerial debut, by Jacob Pomrenke
- August 25, 1967: Twins’ Dean Chance fires a no-hitter at Cleveland, by Joseph Wancho
- August 26, 1973: Rangers’ Jim Merritt retires hitters and admits to throwing spitters, by Frederick “Rick” Bush
- September 3, 1976: Mike Hegan becomes the first Milwaukee Brewer to hit for the cycle, by Mike Huber
- April 9, 1993: A Rocky Mountain high on Opening Day in Colorado, by John Bauer
- May 26, 1993: Ball bounces off Jose Canseco’s head and caroms over the fence, by Joseph Wancho
- 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 all stories from the Pittsburgh Pirates greatest games book at the SABR Games Project: In Moments of Joy and Heartbreak: 66 Significant Episodes in the History of the Pittsburgh Pirates, published by SABR in 2018 and edited by Jorge Iber and Bill Nowlin, we explored some of the most memorable games in Bucs history. All of the stories from Moments of Joy and Heartbreak can now be found online at the SABR Games Project. Click here to read all of the game stories from this book. To download your free e-book copy or order the paperback edition with a 50% discount, click here.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, is back for the 2019 season at its regular time, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.
This week’s guests are MLB Senior Data Scientist Travis Petersen and Ben Clemens of FanGraphs.
You can also listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App. Click here to learn more.
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.
Our buffet of baseball commentators include Andie Giafaglione, Thom Henninger, Chuck Hildebrandt, Stuart Shea, and host Jim Walker. Each podcast runs about 20-25 minutes, a length which fits quite nicely as a quick listen into your own lunch schedule.
- Listen now to the March 2019 episode: This month, the podcast is taking a road trip to Cuba—or, more exactly, to the 90 Miles Cuban Cafe near Chicago. The buffet of baseball commentators and Cuban sandwich fixers make our absolutely certain team predictions for the 2019 season; reflect on our favorite players age 20 and under; and offer up our take on additional rule changes MLB is serving up for 2019 and beyond. We finish, as always, with some tasty last bites. (29:19)
You can now listen to Baseball Buffet on your favorite podcast apps! Have every episode delivered each month fresh, hot and spicy, just the way you like it, on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn, and such popular aftermarket apps as The Podcast App (Android & iOS); and Overcast, Castro, and RSSRadio (all iOS only). Just open your preferred app, search for “Baseball Buffet”, and subscribe today to listen. Each new monthly episode will be delivered to your podcast app the second it’s released. Plus, every previous episode of Baseball Buffet will always be there for you whenever the hunger for hardball talk strikes. And you can always enjoy the show on your computer by visiting SoundCloud.com and searching for Baseball Buffet.
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 2019 Henry Chadwick Award recipients
- Jane Leavy’s The Big Fella wins 2019 SABR Seymour Medal
- Ben Lindbergh, Sheryl Ring, Baseball Prospectus team win 2019 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards
- Dick Cramer honored with 2019 SABR Analytics Conference Lifetime Achievement Award
- Bjarkman, Nowlin, Grow, Flagel win 2019 SABR Baseball Research Awards
- SABR Digital Library: The Team that Couldn’t Hit: The 1972 Texas Rangers
- SABR welcomes new Bud Metheny chapter in Virginia’s Eastern Shore
- 2019 Diamond Dollars Case Competition winners announced
- John Zinn’s Charles Ebbets wins 2019 SABR Ron Gabriel Award
- Announcing nominees for 2019 Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award
- Ben Rose joins SABR as Director of Development
- Learn more about the 2019 SABR Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference in Cooperstown
- Check out highlights and photos from 2019 SABR Day
- SABR member Jayson Stark wins 2019 J.G. Taylor Spink Award
- SABR Media Committee’s Baseball Buffet podcast now available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify
- Students, apply now for a SABR Negro Leagues Committee scholarship in 2019
- 2019 SABR Black Sox Scandal symposium to be held in Chicago
- Listen to interviews at the SABR Oral History Collection website
- Check out new articles from the SABR Team Ownership Histories Project
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the new SABR Store @ CafePress
- 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: /content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|Laura Abing||Milwaukee, WI||Donald Loveless||Windsor Locks, CT|
|Parker Apperson||Duncanville, TX||Joseph O’Connell||Homewood, IL|
|Marianne Biskup||Scotts Valley, CA||Brian Powers||Chicago, IL|
|Thomas Blankley||Princeville, HI||James Sablotny||West Lafayette, IN|
|Tom Blodgett||Tempe, AZ||Kurt Sinclair||Arvada, CO|
|Brad Buchanan||Glenview, IL||Evan Thompson||Mesa, AZ|
|Cameron Cummings||Deerfield, IL||Charles Tripp||Saugus, CA|
|Blaine DeSantis||Greenville, SC||Dave Waggoner||Steubenville, OH|
|Steve Grant||Westerville, OH||Dennis Walls||Orrington, ME|
|Susan Harman||Coralville, IA||Ralph Zuccarino||Philadelphia, PA|
|Joel Hartse||Burnaby, BC|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- BioProject: Learn more about the new submission/workflow process for BioProject writers and editors
- Black Sox Scandal: View the new Eight Myths Out project on common misconceptions about the 1919 World Series
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter: Hot Stove 2019 newsletter (Baltimore, MD)
- Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter: March 18 meeting recap (St. Louis, MO)
- Bud Metheny/Virginia Eastern Shore Chapter: SABR welcomes new chapter in Virginia’s Eastern Shore
- Larry Dierker Chapter: March 18 meeting recap (Houston, TX)
- Rogers Hornsby Chapter: March 23 meeting recap (Austin, TX)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:
- March 30: “Boys of Summer” historic cemetery baseball tour (Atlanta, GA)
- March 30: Jim Tootle: “We Shall Remember Them: Hank Gowdy” presentation (Columbus, OH)
- March 30: Hanlan’s Point Chapter spring meeting (London, ON)
- March 30: Greg Rhodes, John Erardi and Greg Gajus: “Baseball Revolutionaries: How the Red Stockings Rocked the World and Made Baseball Famous” (Cincinnati, OH)
- March 31: South Florida Chapter meeting (Coral Gables, FL)
- March 31: Gardner-Waterman Vermont Chapter spring meeting (Burlington, VT)
- April 1: Jackie Robinson Symposium: Civic, Legal, and Political Legacy (Kansas City, MO)
- April 2: Hank Gowdy Chapter: Opening Week meet-up (Columbus, OH)
- April 2: Seymour-Mills Chapter meeting with Art Shamsky (Naples, FL)
- April 3: Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter monthly meeting (Tallahassee, FL)
- April 3: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Peeps at the Peeb” monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- April 3: Juan Marichal Chapter monthly meeting (Santo Domingo, DOM)
- April 6: Halsey Hall Chapter book club meeting (Roseville, MN)
- April 6: Hank Gowdy Chapter spring meeting (Columbus, OH)
- April 6: Luke Easter Chapter Hot Stove Talks (Rochester, NY)
- April 6: Ted Williams Chapter meeting (San Diego, CA)
- April 6: Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter monthly luncheon (Phoenix, AZ)
- April 6: Talkin’ Baseball: Jane Leavy (Columbia, MD)
- April 10: Bob Davids Chapter Monthly Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- April 13: Dayton Chapter ballgame/meet-up (Dayton, OH)
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:
- Ben Lindbergh: We’re actually watching the best baseball players ever (The Ringer)
- Jay Jaffe: 10 things I look forward to during the 2019 season (FanGraphs)
- Rob Arthur: Contract extensions are getting bigger than ever (Baseball Prospectus)
- John Thorn: When Big Data Was Small, a foreword to Dick Cramer’s memoir (Our Game)
- Fay Vincent: Baseball wisdom plays out in every field (Wall Street Journal)
- Aaron Gleeman: Projecting the next decade’s superstars (Baseball Prospectus)
- Justin Klugh: Inside the Atlantic League, baseball’s laboratory (The Hardball Times)
- Collin Kannenberg: Brewers TV statistician Mike Falkner and the evolution of baseball broadcasts (The Hardball Times)
- Sheryl Ring: Devin Mesoraco, the Mets, and the dangers of oral agreements (FanGraphs)
- Rob Mains: Roster construction, service time, and the next CBA (Baseball Prospectus)
- Zach Crizer: The cutter in the age of pitch design (Baseball Prospectus)
- Mark Simon: Who were the overachieving and underachieving pitchers in 2018? (ACTA Sports)
- Sean Crawford: You think you know the story of the 1919 Black Sox? Think again (NPR Illinois)
- Colby Cosh: On the verge of Opening Day, ‘Eight Myths Out’ is a consumer advisory for baseball history (National Post)
- Tony Batt: The greatest gambling scandal in American history turns 100 (Gambling Compliance)
- Leman Saunders: Infamous 1919 White Sox season started in Mineral Wells for spring training (Mineral Wells Index)
- Alden Woods: From MLB to little league, diversity dwindling among baseball players (Arizona Republic)
- Gary Gillette: Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium hits its fundraising goal for renovations (Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium)
- Ryan Whirty: A mystery Negro Leagues game in New Orleans (Home Plate Don’t Move)
- Tom Shieber: Some baseball cards and the photos upon which they were based (Baseball Researcher)
- Frank Jackson: Koob and Groom double down for the Browns (The Hardball Times)
- Jennifer Gossels: On robot umpires and Dennis Eckersley (The Hardball Times)
- Harrison Connery: In hard market, Tater Bats hits hardest (Waterbury Republican)
- David Laurila: Two Birdmen break down the bat business (FanGraphs)
- David Andreatta: MLB batting practice safer thanks to a Rochester-area father and son (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle)
- Octavio Hernandez Pernia: The day MacKenzie Gore baptized Mexico’s new baseball cathedral (FanGraphs)
- Mike Bates: The tragedy of Steve Howe (The Hardball Times)
- Matthew Reed Baker: What’s the most unusual piece of recent Fenway Park history? (Boston Magazine)
- John Racanelli: Don Newcombe and his likeness: you be the judge (FanGraphs)
- Get a 40% discount on select baseball books from University of Nebraska Press with the discount code 6BAB9
- Marc Brubaker: Psst… Hey Kid, You Wanna Make Some Baseball Cards? (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jeff Katz: Kodak Moments at Comiskey Park (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: March 29, 2019. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.