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This Week in SABR: March 4, 2022

This Week in SABR: March 4, 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 4, 2022:


Coming soon! SABR 50 registration begins next week

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 will be available beginning on Monday, March 7 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.


More speakers announced for 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

2022 SABR Virtual Analytics ConferenceSABR is excited to announce two new panels for the 2022 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, presented by Major League Baseball and Rawlings. The conference, which is open to all baseball fans, is scheduled for March 17-20, 2022. Register today to join us! Click here to find the full conference schedule online.

The Current Baseball Technology and Future Trends panel, which will be held on Thursday, March 17, is expected to include:

  • Seth Daniels, Director of Product, Rapsodo
  • Jacob Howenstein, Biomechanical Engineer, BlastMotion
  • Keenan Long, Founder, LongBall Labs
  • Moderator: Eno Sarris, Staff Writer, The Athletic

The Sport Science and Player Health panel, which is scheduled for Sunday, March 20, is expected to include:

  • Ryan L. Crotin, Vice President, ArmCare.com, and Research Associate, Louisiana Tech University
  • Kristen Nicholson, Director, Biomechanics and Pitching Laboratory, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Jason Themanson, Professor, Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience Program, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Moderator: Will Carroll, author, The Science of Baseball: The Math, Technology, and Data Behind the Great American Pastime

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

The Virtual Analytics Conference schedule consists of research presentations and guest speakers from throughout the baseball analytics community, career development sessions led by experienced sports professionals, and industry networking opportunities — all available online for any aspiring front office executive or baseball fan to attend from the comfort of home. Students will have opportunities for skill acquisition and development, including sessions on how to work with baseball-related data sets as well as databasing and SQL.

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


Baccellieri, Ghiroli, Sarris win 2022 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards

Congratulations to Emma Baccellieri, Brittany Ghiroli, and Eno Sarris, winners of the 2022 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards. They will be recognized in an online award presentation ceremony on Saturday, March 19 at the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference.

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.

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


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.


Deadline extended: Submit SABR 50 presentation abstracts by March 11

Camden Yards (PETER GARVER)SABR invites all members to present their research findings to their colleagues attending SABR 50, the 2022 annual convention in Baltimore.

  • Click here to submit abstracts for SABR 50: http://bit.ly/sabr50-submissions
    The submission deadline for SABR 50 abstracts is midnight PST on Friday, March 11, 2022.

SABR 50 is scheduled to be held August 17-21, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Early registration rates and hotel information will be available beginning next week at SABR.org/convention.

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


Steven Treder to receive 2022 Seymour Medal on Saturday at NINE Conference banquet

"Forty Years A Giant: The Life of Horace Stoneham," by Steve Treder2022 Seymour Medal winner Steven Treder will receive his award during the 29th annual NINE Spring Training Conference on Saturday, March 5, in Tempe, Arizona.

Treder won the Seymour Medal for Forty Years a Giant: The Life of Horace Stoneham, published by the University of Nebraska Press. A SABR member since 1985, Treder wrote for The Hardball Times for more than 10 years. His work has also been featured in NINE, The National Pastime, and other publications. He has frequently been a presenter at baseball forums such as the SABR National Convention, the NINE Conference, and the Cooperstown Symposium. He lives in the Bay Area.

To learn more about the NINE conference, visit nineconference.com.

Click here for list of past Seymour Medal winners.


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

Christina KahrlSABR 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: The Dusty Baker-Sacramento, Lefty O’Doul-SF Bay Area, and Emil Rothe Chicago SABR chapters will hold a joint virtual meeting at 6:00 p.m. PST / 8:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, March 9. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. San Francisco Chronicle sports editor Christina Kahrl, a longtime baseball writer and analyst, co-founder of Baseball Prospectus, and former ESPN writer and editor, will join us! To RSVP for this free Zoom event, please email Zak Ford.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from Kiona Sinks of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum; Round Rock Express broadcaster Mike Capps; and presentations by Chris Chestnut (“Baseball’s Biggest Contracts”); Dan Walsh (“Baseball on Postage Stamps”); and Mike Gimbel (“2021 MLB season statistical analysis”). 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 5: Talkin’ Baseball with Clayton Trutor (9:00 a.m. EST)
  • March 5: Jack Graney (OH) Chapter book club meeting (9:00 a.m. EST)
  • March 5: Quebec Chapter meeting with Jean Allard, Marc Griffin, Éric Cyr, Pierre-Luc Laforest, Steve Green and Denis Boucher (1:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 6: Southern Michigan Chapter book club meeting (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 7: IBWAA Free Agent Draft (8:30 p.m. EST)
  • March 7: Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting with “Sudden” Sam McDowell (6:30 p.m. PST)
  • March 8: SABR 19th Century Speaker Series with Dennis Thiessen (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 9: Ken Keltner (WI) Chapter book club meeting (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • March 9: Sacramento/Bay Area/Chicago joint chapter meeting with Christina Kahrl (6:00 p.m. PST)
  • March 10: Boston (MA) Chapter meeting with Reynaldo Cruz Díaz (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 12: Sweet Lou Johnson Lexington (KY) Chapter meeting with Dixie Tourangeau (1:00 p.m. EST)

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

  • March 4-5: NINE Spring Training Conference (Tempe, AZ)
  • March 12: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
  • March 12: Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting (Austin, TX)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.


Friends of SABR: February 2022

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of February 2022:

NAME   NAME
Benjamin Baschinsky   Dwight Oxley
Caitlin Breininger   Gregg Pericich
D. Bruce Brown   Charles Quatrine
Dan Busby   John Rall
Ken Carrano   Josh Rawitch
Scott Carter   Ned Ribback
Karl Cicitto   Michael Rosenwasser
Jim Cox   Charles Roussel
Steven Elsberry   Bob Russon
Dan Evans   Jason Scheller
David Firstman   Douglas Schoppert
Adam Foldes   Rob Sheinkopf
Leslie Heaphy   Mike Sparks
Tim Herlich   Thomas Stone
Jeffery Hertzog   Wesley Story
Rockwell Hoffman   Joseph Thompson
David Hughes   John Thorn
Donald Jensen   Neal Traven
Henry Levy   Marlene Vogelsang
Peter Mancuso   Jay Walker
William McMahon   Steve West
Herb Moss   Beach Wires
David Mugmon   Jeffrey Wood
Bill Nowlin   Don Zminda

Want to become a Friend of SABR? Click here to make a recurring monthly contribution or click here to learn more about our Giving Circles to make a one-time contribution.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with author Will Carroll

SABRcast #151: Will CarrollBaseball 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 #151 on Monday, February 28 featured Will Carroll, who has been writing regular Under the Knife columns and newsletters about sports science, sports medicine, and sports for two decades. He is the author of The Science of Baseball: The Math, Technology, and Data Behind the Great American Pastime and two other award-winning sports books, Saving The Pitcher and The Juice. He also consults with several professional teams and players on sports science. His work can be found at ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Baseball Prospectus, and the New York Times. He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana..

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.


6 new biographies posted at SABR BioProject

Joe Nathan (TRADING CARD DB)Six 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


Read all SABR biographies from 1942 Kansas City Monarchs book

When the Monarchs Reigned: Kansas City's 1942 Negro League Champions Edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill NowlinIn 2021, SABR published When the Monarchs Reigned: Kansas City’s 1942 Negro League Champions, edited by Frederick C. Bush and Bill Nowlin, a comprehensive look back at one of the most iconic teams in Black baseball history.

This book features biographies of Hall of Famers Satchel Paige, Hilton Smith, and Willard Brown; stalwarts such as Newt Allen and Buck O’Neil; and many other players. Also included are biographies of principal owner and Hall of Famer J.L. Wilkinson and other front-office personnel, Ruppert Stadium, and groundbreaking Kansas City Call reporter Willa Bea Harmon.

All of the biographies from the 1942 Kansas City Monarchs book can now be found online at the SABR BioProject.

Click here to download your free e-book edition of When the Monarchs Reigned or save 50% on the paperback edition.


19 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Willard Brown and Hank Thompson (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)Nineteen new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project, including more selections from our SABR Digital Library book, Jackie: Perspectives on 42. 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
Tom Alesia Madison, WI     James Nagengast Anaheim, CA
Brittney Bollay Seattle, WA     Yasel Porto New Britain, CT
Neil Dembeck York, PA     Justin Real Needham, MA
Patrick Farrey Peoria, AZ     JP Reynolds Seward, NE
Brett Gasmer Irvington, NY     Brennan Riddle Knoxville, TN
John Grech Sebastopol, CA     Raymond Robinson Clark, NJ
Ruben Hernandez Miramar, FL     Jen Scott Toronto, ON
Rachel Juris Chicago, IL     Jaime Senior New York, NY
Ben Kafka Virginia Beach, VA     Brock Smith St. Louis, MO
Warren Kent III Whitehall, MI     Christopher Studley Glendale, NY
Nicholas Kokosioulis Elk Grove Village, IL     Vincent Sylvia Wakefield, MA
Patricia Kwiecinski Deerfield Beach, FL     Jared Thornton Union City, MI
Chip Mason Fayetteville, TN     Greg Zumach Albany, OR
Mari Montes Doral, FL        

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 4, 2022. Last Updated: March 4, 2022.

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