This Week in SABR: May 11, 2018

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 May 11, 2018:

SABR CEO Marc Appleman announces resignation

Marc Appleman, SABR’s Chief Executive Officer, announced today that he is resigning effective July 6, 2018, to pursue another opportunity, which he will soon announce. 

Appleman’s tenure at SABR transformed the organization. In 2011, SABR moved to Phoenix and began transitioning from a predominantly member dues-based organization to one with sponsor relationships and industry events.

Over Appleman’s eight-year tenure, SABR launched the SABR Analytics Conference, a must-attend for baseball analysts; established a deal with MLB Advanced Media to license SABR intellectual property; established a sponsorship deal with Rawlings to incorporate the SABR Defensive Index into the Gold Glove Award voting process; oversaw the creation of an electronic publishing program that now delivers a book a month to members at no cost; and created a relationship with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, which ultimately led to SABR’s offices locating there.

“Marc has done an outstanding job for SABR. We thank him for his enduring contributions and wish him well in his future projects,” said Vince Gennaro, president of the SABR Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors will announce more information about the search process for Appleman’s replacement shortly.

SABR 48: Join us for the Branch Rickey panel with Pirates MVP Dick Groat

We are pleased to announce another featured panel at the SABR 48 convention this summer in Pittsburgh.

Branch Rickey: The Pittsburgh Pirates Years is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, just blocks from PNC Park. The conference is open to all baseball fans, and early registration is now available online. Click here to register!

Here is some more information about our featured speakers:

  • Dick Groat, 1960 NL MVP and World Series champion with the Pirates
  • Jeffrey Flannery, who oversees the “Branch Rickey Papers” at the Library of Congress
  • Jack Bowen, son of legendary Pirates scout Rex Bowen
  • Moderator: Lee Lowenfish, author of Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Ferocious Gentleman

They will join our other featured speakers and panelists at SABR 48, including Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly, Executive VP/General Manager Neal Huntington, Senior Director of Baseball Informatics Dan Fox, Pirates broadcasters Joe Block, Steve Blass, Greg Brown, and Lanny Frattare, Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh project executive Thomas E. Kennedy, former major-league pitchers and 1979 World Series champions John Candelaria and Grant Jackson, and many more. Click here to learn more.

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

Click here to learn more about SABR 48 speakers and panelists.

For more information on SABR 48, or to register, visit

SABR 48: Research committee meetings to include Bosman, Shieber, Pirates official scorers

From the Nineteenth Century to modern Statistical Analysis, SABR’s nearly three dozen research committees reflect the diverse interests of our membership, and the committees’ annual meetings at this summer’s SABR 48 convention in Pittsburgh will also have a variety of interesting guest speakers.

From former major-league pitcher Dick Bosman (Business of Baseball) to Hall of Fame senior curator and Henry Chadwick Award recipient Tom Shieber (Baseball Cards) to Pirates official scorers Bob Webb and Evan Pattak (Official Scoring) to statistician Tom Ruane (Baseball Records) to Cuban baseball writer Clem Axel Paredes (Negro Leagues) to writers Jim Leeke (Deadball Era), Anne Keene (Oral History), and Mary Darling (Black Sox Scandal), convention attendees won’t lack for fun stories and insight from our guest speakers at SABR 48.

The full schedule of research committee meetings at SABR 48 in Pittsburgh is now available by clicking on the link below:

Committee meetings are open to any SABR convention attendee. Any committee leaders who do not see their annual meeting listed here should contact Jacob Pomrenke to get added to the schedule.

SABR 48 schedule now posted online

We hope you’ll join us for SABR 48 next month at the Wyndham Grand hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. Our annual convention is chock-full of interesting panels, presentations, and research committee meetings.

Click here to view the SABR 48 daily schedule.

For more information on SABR 48, or to register, visit

SABR 48: Just one week left to register early for 2018 national convention in Pittsburgh

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 available now — but only through May 18 — at; 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: Please note: Our SABR room block at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh is almost sold out! If you have trouble booking your room online, please contact Deb Jayne at to be placed on a waiting list in case any rooms become available. The special SABR group rate of $149/night (plus tax) is only available to registered convention attendees for the nights of Wednesday, June 20 through Saturday, June 23.  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.
  • Schedule: Click here to find the detailed day-by-day schedule for SABR 48.
  • Speakers: Click here to learn more about our featured speakers and panelists.
  • Research presentations: Click here for the full list of research presentations.
  • Poster presentations: Click here for abstracts and presenter bios for the SABR 48 poster presentations.
  • Committee meetings: Click here for the schedule of research committee meetings at SABR 48.
  • Vendors Room: Click here to learn more about our vendors at SABR 48. If you would like to reserve a table in the Vendors Room, please contact Jeff Schatzki. Space is limited.

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 to learn more.

We hope to see you this summer in Pittsburgh!

Spring 2018 Baseball Research Journal is on its way

Good news! The Spring 2018 edition of the Baseball Research Journal has been mailed out to all SABR members.

Those of you who receive the print edition should find your BRJ arriving in the next two to four weeks. For digital subscribers, the e-book edition was delivered on Thursday, May 3.

Click here to download the PDF, EPUB or Kindle/MOBI version of the Spring 2018 Baseball Research Journal, Vol. 47, No. 1, to your computer.

To purchase a copy of the print edition from, click here.

Articles from the Spring 2018 Baseball Research Journal will be available to read online soon at

To learn more about contributing to a future SABR publication, click here.

We hope you enjoy reading the Spring 2018 Baseball Research Journal!

Warren Corbett, Doron Goldman win 2018 McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Awards

The 2018 winners 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, are:

The McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award honors the author(s) of the best articles or papers, published or unpublished, on baseball history or biography completed during the preceding calendar year. Eligible works include magazine and journal articles, previously unpublished chapters or articles in anthologies or other books with multiple authors, and unpublished research papers and written versions of oral presentations. Each winner will receive a plaque and a cash prize of $200.

The awards will be presented at the 48th annual SABR convention, June 20-24, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Click here to read the full announcement at

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

New Team Ownership History: Washington Senators II

The new SABR Team Ownership Histories Project, which launched last fall at, is a joint effort of SABR’s Business of Baseball Committee and the BioProject. The intention is to keep its essays up-to-date and to provide as much detail as possible about the organization and composition of ownership groups, franchise sales, relocations, stadiums, and other issues that provide the financial context for team success on the field. One new article was published this week:

Click on a link below to read other Team Ownership History articles published recently:

This project is a continuing effort. Some team articles have been assigned, but anyone who wishes to contribute is encouraged to contact Andy McCue at Thanks to Len Levin for his work in copy editing all of these essays.

To find out which essays still need authors, or to read author guidelines, click here.

SABR Digital Library: Moments of Joy and Heartbreak: 66 Significant Episodes in the History of the Pittsburgh Pirates

As we gear up for the SABR 48 convention this summer in Pittsburgh, add this new baseball book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection:

Moments of Joy and Heartbreak: 66 Significant Episodes in the History of the Pittsburgh Pirates
Edited by Jorge Iber and Bill Nowlin
Associate Editors: Russ Lake and Len Levin
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-73-6, $19.95
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-943816-72-9, $9.99

201 pages, 8.5″ x 11″

Click here to read the full description of this book at

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 will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. For a full list of SABR Digital Library titles, visit

6 new SABR biographies published

Six new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,511 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here:

  • Search for any SABR biography: You can now visit 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:
  • Read bios from SABR’s No-Hitters book: 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.

7 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Seven 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 Find all published Games Project articles at

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 all articles from SABR book on greatest games at Milwaukee’s County Stadium: In SABR’s From the Braves to the Brewers: Great Games and Exciting History at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, edited by Gregory H. Wolf and published in 2016, we told the stories of memorable moments from the heart of the Badger State. All of the stories that appeared in this book are now available to be read online at the SABR Games Project by clicking here.

Listen to Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Sunday nights

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, is back for the 2018 season at its regular time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio.

This week’s show will re-air highlights from the Player Development Panel at the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference with the Chicago White Sox’s Chris Getz, the Seattle Mariners’ Andy McKay, and Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster Mike Ferrin.

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 Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from

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

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:

All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here:

For more information, click here.

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 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
Kevin Barwin Erie, PA     Roger Klein Beachwood, OH
Christopher Buccafusco New York, NY     Chris Reilly Pittsburgh, PA
Ryan Fagan Charlotte, NC     Phillip Richmond Cedar Rapids, IA
Bob Freyman Hatboro, PA     Donald Stokes Madison, TN
Donald Gering Lawrence, KS     John Trainor Braintree, MA
David Grande Bethel Park, PA     Brian Williams Harrisburg, PA
Taku Imaizumi Tokyo, JPN     Conrad Wredberg Cumming, GA


Research Committee news

Here are the new research committee updates this week:

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:

Visit for more information on SABR regional chapters.

SABR Events Calendar

Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:

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

Around the Web

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

Read these articles and more at

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Originally published: May 11, 2018. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.