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 November 1, 2019:
The 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® winners will be unveiled during a live, one-hour airing of ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” at 7:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 3.
For the seventh consecutive season, the SABR Defensive Index will be used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™, presented by SABR. The SABR Defensive Index accounts for approximately 25 percent of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process which are added to the votes from the managers and coaches. The final SDI results will be released following the announcement of the Gold Glove winners on Sunday night.
Following the show, voting will begin online for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™, presented by SABR. The Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners are determined by combining votes based on an adjusted SABR Defensive Index for each of the nine Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners in each League and the votes from baseball fans worldwide.
Save the date! 2020 SABR Jerry Malloy Conference in Birmingham to celebrate 100 years of the Negro Leagues
One hundred years ago, the Negro National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs (NNL) was established as a viable option for professional Black athletes barred from the all-White major leagues to showcase their talents. In 2020, SABR’s Negro Leagues Research Committee will celebrate their pleasure, passion, and purpose-driven path to athletic glory and honor with a centennial celebration at the SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, which will be held on June 11-13, 2020, in Birmingham, Alabama.
NNL founder Rube Foster’s mantra of “We Are The Ship … All Else The Sea” spoke to their exclusion from Major League Baseball. Their struggles became our successes as Black baseball exploded in popularity and became an integral part of baseball Americana. This is your opportunity to honor the triumphs and accomplishments of men and women who paved the way to integrate our national game.
Check back at SABR.org/malloy soon for registration and hotel information for the 2020 Malloy Conference. We hope to see you in Birmingham!
— Larry Lester
Early registration is now open for the ninth annual SABR Analytics Conference on March 13-15, 2020, at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown in Arizona, where 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. Register today to join us!
The Analytics Conference schedule consists of a combination of Guest Speakers, Panels, and Research Presentations — plus the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition, in which undergraduate, graduate and law school students from across the country analyze and present a real baseball operations decision.
Programming will begin on the afternoon of Friday, March 13 and will run through Sunday afternoon on March 15. A large block of rooms for SABR Analytics Conference attendees is available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Click here for highlights of the high-quality content from the 2019 conference.
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference. Early-bird registration is $395 for SABR members, $495 for non-members, and $350 for currently enrolled high school or college students (includes one-year SABR membership). Registration includes lunch on Friday and Saturday afternoons and the networking reception on Saturday evening.
- Hotel: Click here to book your hotel room at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown, 100 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. The special SABR group rate is $239/night (plus tax) for double occupancy. Or call (602) 333-0000 and mention that you’re with the SABR Analytics Conference. Complimentary wireless Internet is available for Marriott Rewards members in all rooms booked under the SABR block. The SABR group rate is only available for the nights of March 13 to March 15, 2020, based on availability. If you wish to book a room at the SABR rate before or after those dates, please contact Deb Jayne at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
- Research Presentations: Click here to submit a presentation abstract for the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, apply now for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference.
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition: Learn more or apply now to participate in the 2020 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
- Research Awards: We’re seeking nominations for the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards.
SABR has a long and storied history with baseball statistical analysis, evidenced by the link between our name and sabermetrics. SABR’s long history in this area of baseball research, coupled with our mission of advancing the understanding and knowledge of baseball, makes us the perfect choice to coordinate and host this ground-breaking event.
For more information on the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference, or to register, visit SABR.org/analytics.
SABR and Baseball Info Solutions are excited to announce the call for presentations for the ninth annual SABR Analytics Conference.
Abstracts of proposed research presentations should be no more than 500 words in length, and must include the abstract’s title, review of previous work on the subject, a summary of the research methodology and anticipated results, and the expected contribution to the field of baseball analytics offered by this work. Submissions are open to the general public, with student presenters considered in a separate track.
Please send all abstracts to this e-mail address: email@example.com. The submission deadline for 2020 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts is 11:59 p.m. MST, Wednesday, November 27, 2019. Note: If your presentation abstract is selected as a semi-finalist, you will be required to register for the conference in order to be eligible for a presentation slot.
For those of you whose SABR memberships expire by December 31 — you can check your current membership status here — it’s time for you to renew!
From the Baseball Research Journal and the SABR Digital Library to “This Week in SABR” and our extensive list of research resources — and, of course, all the memorable conferences, chapter meetings, and events — we hope you enjoyed the many benefits of SABR membership this past year.
We hope you please continue your support by renewing your SABR membership today.
- Pay online: Click here to renew your SABR membership for 2020!
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Thank you for your support of SABR as we continue to strive to make SABR membership a great experience and a great value!
We also want to invite you to join the Friends of SABR, a circle of members who are committed to using their financial support to improve our baseball community and our efforts to increase the understanding of the game we love. None of these accomplishments would have been possible without your generosity — which is why we hope you will continue and even increase your support today!
We have been busy in the last year at SABR HQ and will continue to pour our energy into notable projects in 2020. Members like you are helping us turn our shared vision into a reality.
You can join the Friends of SABR by making a gift of at least $100 at SABR.org/donate. We will use your best gift of $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 to bring more young people into the world of baseball; to publish groundbreaking books and articles; and to promote research, preservation, and scholarship. In addition, SABR HQ will also donate 10% of all member gifts back to the chapters each donor is affiliated with.
Baseball makes the world better! Thank you so much for believing that and for joining us in this endeavor.
— Scott Bush, SABR CEO
One week left to register for the 2019 SABR Minnesota 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium
The SABR Minnesota 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.
- Register: Click here to register online for the symposium. You may also download the registration form and mail a check made out to “SABR” to Peter Mancuso, 6970 Ely Road, New Hope, PA 18938. The deadline to register is November 8, 2019.
- Cost: $40 per person. Fee includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and afternoon beverages and snacks.
- Schedule: Click here to download the full schedule and registration details (PDF)
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; Frank White, author of They Played for the Love of the Game: Untold Stories of Black Baseball in Minnesota; Brian Madigan, SABR member and associate librarian for Hennepin County Libraries; and more.
For more information, contact event organizers at sabrMN19c@gmail.com.
Time to call your shot and add our newest SABR Digital Library baseball book to your collection:
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Glen Sparks
Associate editors: Carl Reichers and Len Levin
Introduction by Jane Leavy
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-9701-5917-2, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5916-5, $29.95
8.5″ x 11″, 312 pages
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of The Babe for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on The Babe paperback edition from the SABR Store ($17.99 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
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.
Fire up the pinwheels and add a baseball book to your collection with our newest title from the SABR Digital Library:
The Base Ball Palace of the World: Comiskey Park
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
Associate editors: Bill Nowlin, Kevin Larkin, and Len Levin
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-9701-5915-8, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-9701-5914-1, $29.95
8.5″ x 11″, 320 pages
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of The Base Ball Palace of the World for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on The Base Ball Palace of the World paperback edition from the SABR Store ($17.99 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Kindle Direct Publishing can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
To find more books from the SABR Digital Library, visit SABR.org/ebooks.
The SABR Rocky Mountain Chapter is pleased to announce that our 22nd Annual Chapter Banquet will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019. For the fifth consecutive year it will be held at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies. The banquet is open to all SABR members and baseball fans.
Our keynote speaker will be none other than former Rockies and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. The theme will be a celebration of the 2007 NL Champion Rockies. As usual, we will conduct our Silent Auction of baseball memorabilia and artifacts. We will reprise last year’s popular book sale and feature a special sale of Rockies baseball cards.
Tickets for the banquet are $65 per person and can be purchased online by visiting RMSABR.org and clicking on the “Banquet” tab.
For more information, visit RMSABR.org.
The fourth annual Canadian Baseball History Conference will be held on November 9-10, 2019, at Museum London in London, Ontario. All baseball fans are invited to attend. The event, which brings together baseball fans and researchers from across the country, is once again being organized by SABR member Andrew North, a longtime Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame volunteer and the co-founder of the Centre for Canadian Baseball Research.
This year’s conference will also include a bus trip to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Marys, Ontario, where attendees will have a chance to visit the newly expanded facility.
The registration fee for the conference is $70, which covers all of the presentations, continental breakfasts both days, a catered lunch on Saturday, and tours of both the Museum London Art Gallery and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
For a complete list of the presentations and for more information, visit http://baseballresearch.ca/london-2019.
Swing by … introducing Oscar Charleston: Baseball’s Greatest Forgotten Player:
7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 14, 2019
Changing Hands Bookstore
300 W. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Please join us! As we approach the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro National League, come hear Nick Piecoro, Diamondbacks beat writer for the Arizona Republic, discuss the legacy of the Negro Leagues and its best all-around player, Oscar Charleston, with SABR member Jeremy Beer, author of the new biography, Oscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball’s Greatest Forgotten Player.
The event is free and open to all baseball fans.
Attendees are asked to consider making a tax-deductible donation in support of SABR and our Negro Leagues Grave Marker Project, which funds headstones for Negro Leagues players buried in unmarked graves.
Those who make a donation of $150 or more are invited to attend a free private dinner at Southern Rail, located next door to Changing Hands, immediately afterward with Piecoro, Beer, SABR CEO Scott Bush, and members of the SABR staff. Click here to make a donation online.
If you plan on attending this event, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, November 8.
Listen to a new episode of SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a new weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer — which is now available on your favorite podcast streaming services!
Visit SABR.org/sabrcast to listen to Episode #31 — our guest this week is Joe Sheehan, a founding member of Baseball Prospectus and a contributor to The Athletic, FanGraphs, Sports Illustrated, Baseball America, and many other publications. He publishes the popular daily subscription Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter and has written extensively about baseball for the last 25 years.
Subscribe to SABRcast on your favorite podcast networks, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play, and listen to each episode as soon as it’s released on Mondays. Every week, 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.
To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.
The SABR Team Ownership Histories Project 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.
Two new articles were published this week:
- Montreal Expos team ownership history, by Joe Marren
- Newark Peppers team ownership history, by Bill Lamb
The project has been expanded to include teams from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, the Negro Leagues, and the Federal League, as well as defunct 19th-century teams from the American Association, National Association, National League, and Union Association, an expansion pioneered by Charlie Bevis. Click here to read all published stories from the AAGPBL, Federal League, and Negro Leagues. Click on the Defunct 19c Teams tab here to read all other stories from those teams.
One new biography was posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 5,020 published biographies. Here is the new bio published this week:
- Frank O’Connor, by Chris Rainey
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.
In Time for Expansion Baseball, edited by Maxwell Kates and Bill Nowlin and published in 2018, we told the story of how each new expansion franchise was formed, built its team, and began play.
Key players from each team’s early years are profiled in this book, from early Angels like Eli Grba and Duke Maas to Senator Tom Sturdivant, from Seattle Pilots Tommy Harper and Lou Piniella to Seattle Mariners Julio Cruz and Rick Jones, and “Mr. Marlin” Jeff Conine and original Rockies catcher Joe Girardi.
You can now read every biography from Time for Expansion Baseball online at the SABR BioProject.
Click here to download your free e-book or get 50% off the paperback edition at SABR.org.
Visit SABR.org/ebooks to find all titles from the SABR Digital Library.
Ten new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- July 9, 1961: Willie Kirkland hits 3 homers, bunts in the ninth inning, by Tim Otto
- June 22, 1962: No no-hitter for Mets’ Alvin Jackson, by Kurt Blumenau
- May 7, 1995: Indians, Twins both make team history in 17-inning marathon, by Richard Cuicchi
- June 4, 1995: Paul Sorrento’s two-run blast lifts the Tribe, by Joseph Wancho
- June 5, 1995: Orel Hershiser strikes out 10, Kenny Lofton homers twice In Indians’ shutout win, by Gregory H. Wolf
- June 30, 1995: Eddie Murray joins 3,000-hit club, by Joseph Wancho
- July 21, 1995: Dennis Martinez defies age, earns ninth consecutive win, by Richard Cuicchi
- September 8, 1995: Indians end 41-year postseason drought, clinch AL Central title, by Joseph Wancho
- September 13, 1995: Indians’ Charles Nagy shuts out Yankees on three hits, by Gregory H. Wolf
- August 18, 2018: Jacob deGrom pitches only complete game of his Cy Young Award-winning season, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- 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 Met-rospectives book online: In Met-rospectives: A Collection of the Greatest Games in New York Mets History, edited by Brian Wright and Bill Nowlin and published in 2018, we offered Mets fans a chance to soak in some Amazin’ memories with dozens of game stories on the most memorable moments in franchise history. From Tom Terrific and the Miracle Mets to the triumphant 1986 World Series champions and beyond, all of the game summaries from our Met-rospectives book can now be read online at the SABR Games Project. Click here to download your free e-book or get 50% off the paperback edition at SABR.org.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, is back for the Hot Stove offseason at a new time! Listen to a new episode at 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET on Saturdays on MLB Network Radio.
This week’s guests are SABR member Tyler Kepner of the New York Times and Zach Rymer of Bleacher Report.
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.
Volunteers needed to help with Sporting News contract card collection
The Sporting News Player Contract Cards project needs volunteers this weekend to help with cleaning up player name and birthdate data on about 4,000 of the 180,000+ cards that will be made available online at LA84.org. This is one of the last tasks that needs to be done before we can go live.
The task is simple enough: put a number in a column on a spreadsheet that identifies the best choice for the last name, and, for extra credit, look at the card contents to see if there is birthdate information and put that in if available. The task takes about 10 seconds per card on average so we are looking for 40,000 seconds of volunteer time, roughly 12 hours in all. If you can spare an hour to work on this, please email F.X. Flinn at FXFlinn@gmail.com.
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:
- Check out photos and highlights from the 2019 SABR/IWBC Arizona Fall League Experience
- SABR Negro Leagues Committee awards $1,000 scholarships in 2019 essay contest
- In Memoriam: Dan Dischley, SABR founding member
- SABR to expand Diamond Dollars Case Competition in 2020
- Listen to highlights from the SABR Black Sox Scandal Centennial Symposium in Chicago
- SABR launches new SocialLink communication tool for members
- SABR Digital Library: Go-Go to Glory: The 1959 Chicago White Sox
- SABR BioProject reaches milestone with 5,000th baseball biography
- SABR members, get a discount when you subscribe to Baseball Digest Archive
- Read all stories from The National Pastime: Pacific Ghosts online
- Save the date! SABR 50 will be in Baltimore in 2020
- Turnstyle: The SABR Journal of Baseball Arts inaugural issue released
- Give back to SABR through AmazonSmile
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the new SABR Store @ CafePress
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: https://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
|James Barr||League City, TX||Mike Lucas||Waverly Hall, GA|
|Jeanette Castellon||Inglewood, CA||Will Macht||Fairfax Station, VA|
|Megan Cusey||Auburn, IL||K. David Mitchner||Webster, KY|
|Matt Dailey||Tallahassee, FL||John Mocek||Arlington, TX|
|Michael Donohue||Rockaway Park, NY||Ted Orr||Johnson City, TN|
|Ed Donovan||State College, PA||Andy Rupert||State College, PA|
|Nathan Grimes||Glendale, AZ||Shonn Showlund||Everett, WA|
|David Kramer||Anaheim, CA||Tyler West||Chillicothe, OH|
|Fred Lageschulte||St. Joseph, MO||Brian White||Winchester, VA|
|Sarah Langs||New York, NY|
There are no new research committee updates this week.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter: October 26 meeting recap (Phoenix, AZ)
- Juan Marichal Chapter: October 30 meeting recap (Santo Domingo, DOM)
- Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter: October 2019 newsletter (Milwaukee, WI)
- Lajoie-Start Chapter: November 2019 newsletter (Providence, RI)
- Larry Dierker Chapter: October 21 meeting recap (Houston, TX)
- Oklahoma Chapter: October 6 meeting recap (Tulsa, OK)
- Oscar Charleston Chapter: October 26 meeting recap (Indianapolis, IN)
- Pee Wee Reese Chapter: October 22 meeting recap (Louisville, KY)
- Rogers Hornsby Chapter: October 26 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:
- November 2: Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter fall meeting (Middletown, CT)
- November 2: Northwest Chapter fall meeting (Seattle, WA)
- November 2: Halsey Hall Chapter fall meeting (Minneapolis, MN)
- November 2: Lincoln Mitchell: “San Francisco: Year Zero” book signing (Pasadena, CA)
- November 2: Boston Chapter fall meeting (Boston, MA)
- November 2: Rocky Mountain Chapter annual banquet (Denver, CO)
- November 2: Jack Graney Chapter fall meeting (Cleveland, OH)
- November 2: Dayton Chapter fall meeting (Dayton, OH)
- November 2: Monarchs Chapter fall meeting (Kansas City, MO)
- November 2: Emil Rothe Chicago Chapter meeting (Chicago, IL)
- November 2: Talkin’ Baseball: Steve Klein (Columbia, MD)
- November 4: Jack Graney Chapter “Talkin’ Baseball” meeting (Akron, OH)
- November 6: Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter monthly meeting (Tallahassee, FL)
- November 6: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter “Peeps at the Peeb” monthly meeting (Baltimore, MD)
- November 6: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter meeting (Milwaukee, WI)
- November 9: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
- November 9-10: 2019 Canadian Baseball History Conference (London, ON)
- November 10: Bud Metheny/Virginia Eastern Shore Chapter book club meeting (Virginia Beach, VA)
- November 13: Bob Davids Chapter Monthly Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- November 14: Jeremy Beer/Nick Piecoro: Oscar Charleston book signing event (Phoenix, AZ)
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:
- Thomas Boswell: A baseball miracle or a deal with the devil? Nah, just Nationals baseball (Washington Post)
- Jayson Stark: Do you believe in miracles? The highly unlikely tale of the 2019 World Series champions (The Athletic)
- Jay Jaffe: Howie Kendrick carves his niche in postseason history (FanGraphs)
- Andy McCullough: How a six-man unit of Nationals pitchers slayed the Astros lineup (The Athletic)
- Tony Wolfe: A defining moment slips away from Zack Greinke (FanGraphs)
- Jayson Stark: Inside the play that almost swallowed a World Series game alive, on a night of ‘beautiful chaos’ (The Athletic)
- Michael Baumann: A.J. Hinch lost his managerial magic, and the Astros lost the World Series (The Ringer)
- Clinton Yates: Nats, D.C., and me: Why the World Series was worth the wait (The Undefeated)
- Meg Rowley: On work and being found wanting (FanGraphs)
- Sam Miller: Why did those World Series games last so long? (ESPN.com)
- Gabrielle Starr: Justice for the baseball bandwagon (The Hardball Times)
- John Dewan: 2019 Fielding Bible Award winners (ACTA Sports)
- Brian Walton: Making the Gold Glove Award finalists count (Cardinal Nation)
- Rob Arthur: MLB isn’t ready to deploy robot umpires (Baseball Prospectus)
- Patrick Saunders: One passionate man is determined to land Larry Walker in Hall of Fame (Denver Post)
- John Shea: Former All-Star, broadcaster Ron Fairly dies at 81 (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Shakeia Taylor: CC Sabathia represented history (Baseball Prospectus)
- Duane Cross: Remembering Jim Tugerson, who made pitch for integration back in 1953 (MiLB.com)
- Ben Strauss: Murray Chass criticized baseball analytics; his grandson, Zach Kram, relies on them (Washington Post)
- Tony Paul: Michigan pitching coach Chris Fetter a hot commodity for major-league teams (Detroit News)
- Mitch Lutzke: Inside Frank Scheibeck’s showdown with the owner who built Detroit’s Bennett Park (Tigers History)
- Rob Mains: The other kind of quality start (Baseball Prospectus)
- Anne Keene: Oldest living big-leaguer calls Nebraska home (Lincoln Journal-Star)
- Jeff Kallman: Marberry fields forever (The Hardball Times)
- Paul Ember: 1960 Topps #321 Ron Fairly (1938-2019) (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jason Schwartz: Baseball cards that remember the past (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- Jeff Katz: The Firsts Shall Be Last (Or, At Least, Most Recent) (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: November 1, 2019. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.