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This Week in SABR: March 5, 2021

This Week in SABR: March 5, 2021

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 5, 2021:


5 days left to register for 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

SABR Virtual Analytics ConferenceAll baseball fans are welcome to join us for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held over four days in online sessions from March 11-14, 2021. We’ll bring 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.

Programming will run on Thursday and Friday evening from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Eastern, all day Saturday from 12:00-7:00 p.m. Eastern, and Sunday afternoon from 1:00-4:45 p.m. EDT.

Stay tuned for more details on guest speakers, panelists, and presenters! Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.


Watch on Facebook Live — Analyze This: The Varying Roles and Skillsets of Baseball Analysts

2021 SABR Analytics: Analyze This panelThanks to MLB’s Diversity and Inclusion Department, all baseball fans are invited to join us on Facebook Live to watch a free livestream of the Analyze This: The Varying Roles and Skillsets of Baseball Analysts panel, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 13 from the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference.

The Analyze This panel is expected to include Ehsan Bokhari of the Houston Astros; Maggie O’Hara of the Detroit Tigers; Josh Ruffin of the Minnesota Twins; and moderator Eduardo Perez of ESPN.

The SABR Analytics Conference will be held online from March 11-14, 2021. The conference is open to all baseball fans. Register today to join us and hear all of our other featured panels and presentations:

  • The Year in Analytics, with MLB Network host and author Brian Kenny (6:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, March 11)
  • The Use of Analytics in Contract Negotiations, with sports agents Lonnie Murray and Burton Rocks; Jay Sartori of the Detroit Tigers; and moderator Brian Kenny (8:00 p.m. ET, Thursday, March 11)
  • Biomechanics in MLB: The Next Competitive Edge in Analytics, with Dr. John De Witt of the Chicago Cubs; Dr. Ben Hansen of the Chicago White Sox; Dr. Mike McNally of the Tampa Bay Rays; and Dr. Glenn Fleisig of the American Sports Medicine Institute (7:00 p.m. ET, Friday, March 12)
  • Statcast Pitch Tracking Methods, with MLB Baseball Scientist Clay Nunnally and Dr. Paul Hawkins of Hawk-Eye Innovations (4:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, March 13)
  • MLB Statcast Player Pose Tracking and Visualization, with Graham Goldbeck, Marc Squire, and Sid Sethupathi of Major League Baseball (2:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, March 14)
  • Groundbreaking research presentations all weekend, by representatives from Baseball Info Solutions, Baseball Prospectus, SportsMEDIA Technology (SMT), Singlearity, University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, University of Texas, Wake Forest University, and more.

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

Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists.


Adams, Davis, Taylor win 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards

Congratulations to Tony Adams, Bradford William Davis, and Shakeia Taylor, winners of the 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards. They will be recognized in an online award presentation ceremony on Saturday, March 13 at the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference.

  • Tony Adams was voted as the winner of the Contemporary Baseball Analysis Award for his research and analysis at SignStealingScandal.com, published on January 29, 2020.
  • Bradford William Davis was voted as the winner of the Contemporary Baseball Commentary Award for his article “Baseball Let Unity Stand in the Way of Protest,” published by the New York Daily News on July 28, 2020.
  • Shakeia Taylor was voted as the winner of the Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary Award for her article, “Effa Manley’s Hidden Life,” published at SB Nation on April 30, 2020.

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.


SABR Analytics: Diamond Dollars Case Competition participating schools

The 2021 Diamond Dollars Virtual Case Competition will be held online on Friday, March 12 as part of the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference.

The participating schools in the 2021 Diamond Dollars Case Competition are:

  • Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • Elon University (Elon, NC)
  • Horace Mann School (New York, NY)
  • Loras College (Dubuque, IA)
  • Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School (Richmond, VA)
  • St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY)
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
  • Tufts University (Medford, MA)
  • University of Chicago, Booth School of Business (Chicago, IL)
  • University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
  • Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)

Please note: The Diamond Dollars Case Competition presentation rooms on Zoom will only be open to participants on Friday, March 12. An encore presentation by the overall winning team will be delivered as part of the general session at 6:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 13.

Visit SABR.org/analytics/case to learn more.


SABR Digital Library: A Palace in the Nation’s Capital: Griffith Stadium, Home of the Washington Senators

A Palace in the Nation’s Capital: Griffith Stadium, Home of the Washington SenatorsAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

A Palace in the Nation’s Capital: Griffith Stadium, Home of the Washington Senators
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf

Associate Editors: Len Levin, Bill Nowlin, and Carl Riechers
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5949-3, $24.95
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-9701-5948-6, $9.99
8.5″ x 11″, 317 pages

A Palace in the Nation’s Capital: Griffith Stadium, Home of the Washington Senators revives memories and the history of Griffith Stadium through detailed summaries of more than 70 games played there, as well as insightful essays. The ballpark’s rich and storied history of Negro League baseball is included, too.

Griffith Stadium was the home of the American League charter member Washington Senators from 1911 through 1960 and the identically named expansion team in 1961. Situated in the middle of a bustling residential neighborhood with tree-lined streets on what is now the site of the Howard University Hospital, Griffith Stadium was known for its cavernous dimensions, a unique outfield notch in center field with a conspicuously large tree behind the wall, cozy quarters, and something no ballpark or stadium in the US had: a presidential box. For more than 50 years, presidents traveled from the White House two miles northeast to Griffith Stadium to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

This volume is a collaborative effort of dozens of members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR): Luis A. Blandon, Thomas J. Brown Jr., Ken Carrano, Alan Cohen, Richard Cuicchi, Paul E. Doutrich, Dan Fields, Jeff Findley, James Forr, Brian Frank, Gordon J. Gattie, Clark Griffith, Lou Hernandez, Paul Hofmann, Mike Huber, Jimmy Keenan, Timothy Kearns, Thomas E. Kern, Ben Klein, Kevin Larkin, Bob LeMoine, Len Levin, Mike Lynch, Bill Nowlin, Chris Rainey, Carl Riechers, Joel Rippel, C. Paul Rogers III, Gary Sarnoff, John Schleppi, Steven D. Schmitt, Doug Schoppert, Tom Schott, Paul Scimonelli, Doug Skipper, John Sokora, Mark S. Sternman, Stew Thornley, Joseph Wancho, Gregory H. Wolf, Jack Zerby, and Don Zminda.

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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 can download all Digital Library publications for free and save 50% off the paperback edition. Visit SABR.org/ebooks to find more Digital Library titles.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

2021 NINE Conference: Jim Gates and Eric NusbaumSABR 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 NINE Spring Training Conference, which begins at 6:00 p.m. MST tonight, is a multi-disciplinary academic conference, featuring presentations on a wide range of baseball topics, including history, analytics, law, media analysis, literature, architecture, cultural studies, rhetoric, and more. The 2021 conference will be held virtually over three weekends on March 5-6, March 12-13, and March 19-20. Featured speakers include National Baseball Hall of Fame Librarian Emeritus Jim Gates on Friday, March 5 and SABR Seymour Medal winner Eric Nusbaum on Saturday, March 20. Please join us for this one-of-a-kind event! Registration is $50 and includes access to all online panels and presentations. To register, or to view the full schedule, visit nineconference.com.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from authors Andrea Williams (Effa Manley), Dr. Sabrina A. Brinson (Meet the Philadelphia Dolly Vardens); Travis Sawchik (The MVP Machine); Dan Taylor (Lights, Camera, Fastball); and Stephen Bratkovich (The Baseball Bat: From Trees to the Major Leagues); Jacob Pomrenke with a virtual tour of the SABR.org website; Jarol Manheim on “This Never Happened: The Mysterious Death of Christy Mathewson”; Jason Schwartz on “Hank Aaron: More to the Story”; and a panel discussion on baseball analytics with Mark Armour, Rob Neyer, John Choiniere, and Bart Waldman. 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 5-6: NINE Spring Training Conference
  • March 6: Talkin’ Baseball: Greg Pryor (9:00 a.m. EST)
  • March 6: Carolina Chapter meeting with Dan Szymborski (12:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 6: Ballparks Committee meeting with Brian Frank (3:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 6: Latino Baseball Committee meeting with Chanel Zapata (12:30 p.m. PST)
  • March 6: Baseball Reminiscence meeting (1:00 p.m. PST)
  • March 8: Halsey Hall (MN) Chapter research committee meeting (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • March 9: 19th Century Speaker Series with Jerry Casway (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 11-14: SABR Virtual Analytics Conference
  • March 12-13: NINE Spring Training Conference
  • March 13: Rogers Hornsby (TX) Chapter meeting with Dan Levitt (1:00 p.m. CST)

In addition, the following meeting will be held in person; visit SABR.org/events for complete details:

  • March 6: Rickwood Field Chapter meeting (Birmingham, AL)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.


Friends of SABR: February 2021

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of February 2021:

D. Bruce Brown   Bill Nowlin
John Burbridge III   Gregg Pericich
Ken Carrano   John Rall
Peter Coolbaugh   Michael Rosenwasser
Ray Corio   Charles Roussel
Jim Cox   Bob Russon
Steven Elsberry   Jason Scheller
D.B. Firstman   Douglas Schoppert
Adam Foldes   Leonard Skonecki
Robert Garratt   Mark Stangl
John Hatch   Thomas Stone
Emily Hawks   Wesley Story
Leslie Heaphy   Joseph Thompson
Tim Herlich   John Thorn
Rockwell Hoffman   Stew Thornley
David Hughes   Neal Traven
Donald Jensen   Marlene Vogelsang
Henry Levy   Steve West
Peter Mancuso   Jeffrey Wood
John Murphy   Don Zminda
Roderic Nelson    

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.


Students, apply now for a SABR Negro Leagues Committee scholarship in 2021

Rube Foster (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee will award $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors in its 13th annual Thomas R. Garrett Scholarship essay contest in 2021. Students must write a 1,200-word essay answering a question related to one of the Negro League figures who are the namesakes of the scholarships.

Click here to learn more about each scholarship or to download an application. All applications must be sent or postmarked no later than April 15, 2021, and emailed to Dr. Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu.

Eligible applicants must be 1) a current high school senior, 2) anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application, 3) planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution, and 4) carrying a minimum 2.5 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.


SABR 50, Jerry Malloy conferences rescheduled for 2022

With travel restrictions and public health measures still in place due to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the SABR 50 convention in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, have been rescheduled for the summer of 2022.

The SABR 50 convention is now scheduled for August 10-14, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore. The next in-person Malloy Conference will be held on June 2-4, 2022, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham.

Any members who requested a roll-over from their 2020 registrations will have their fees automatically refunded to their credit card on file. Please contact the SABR office with any questions.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to Episode #100 with former MLB pitcher Brandon McCarthy

SABRcast #100: Brandon McCarthyBaseball 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 #100 on Monday, March 1 featured Brandon McCarthy, former major-league pitcher and current Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Texas Rangers. He spent 13 seasons in the big leagues with the Oakland A’s, Arizona Diamondbacks, and five other clubs. His interest in learning more about sabermetrics helped him reinvent his pitching style and achieve a breakout season in 2011 with the A’s, when he led the American League in Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) at 2.86. He appeared in the 2017 World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is also a minority owner of Phoenix Rising FC in the USL Championship soccer league. He was a featured speaker at the SABR Analytics Conference in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

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

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


9 new SABR biographies published

Joe Black (THE TOPPS COMPANY)Nine 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 bios from 1995 Atlanta Braves book online

1995 Atlanta Braves book coverIn Braves Win! Braves Win! Braves Win!: The 1995 World Champion Atlanta Braves, edited by Tom Hufford and Bill Nowlin and published by the SABR Digital Library in 2020, we commemorated a team that brought a World Series trophy to Atlanta for the first time.

Four members of the 1995 Braves — Tom Glavine, Chipper Jones, Greg Maddux, and John Smoltz — along with manager Bobby Cox and general manager John Schuerholz (who wrote the book’s foreword) have been enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, in Cooperstown.

All of the biographies that appeared in the 1995 Braves book are now available to read online at the SABR BioProject.

Click here to download the free e-book edition of Braves Win! or take 50% off the paperback at SABR.org/ebooks.


25 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Connie Johnson (THE TOPPS COMPANY)Twenty-five new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. 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.


Seeking volunteers for SABR’s Publications Marketing Committee

SABR’s new Publications Marketing Committee is growing. Do you have experience in marketing or communications? Want to help share the tremendous work that SABR members are producing? The committee is tasked with promoting SABR’s latest publications by building relationships with different chapters and local, regional, and national media connections.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Marketing Committee Chair Bill Pearch at wcpearch@comcast.net.


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
Thomas Conaboy Belle Harbor, NY     Brien Puff Syracuse, NY
Thomas Czerwinski Suffern, NY     Toney Rivers San Diego, CA
Ben Fisher Philadelphia, PA     Rachel Shor Thornhill, ON
Ryan Ford Austin, TX     Danny Speegle Fort Smith, AR
Anthony Franchini Rochester, NY     Ron Tilley Harrisburg, PA
Raelee Frazier Denver, CO     Nancy Vanderstein Lakewood, OH
Ryan Hughes Thousand Oaks, CA     Nate Walker Tiki Island, TX
Edward Lupien Benicia, CA     Harry White II Monrovia, CA
Joseph McIntyre Redlands, CA        

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:

Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.


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.


This Week in SABR is compiled by Jacob Pomrenke. If you would like us to include an upcoming event, article or any other information in “This Week in SABR,” e-mail jpomrenke@sabr.org.

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Originally published: March 5, 2021. Last Updated: March 5, 2021.

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