Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web. Please note: The SABR office will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 24-25. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of November 18, 2022:
New York Yankees catcher Jose Trevino and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado each won a Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, presented by SABR. The winners were unveiled on Friday, November 11 at the Rawlings Gold Glove Award Ceremony at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Their respective teams, the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals, were announced as recipients of the Rawlings Team Defense Award, based on their SABR Defensive Index rankings.
This marks the first Rawlings Platinum Glove Award for Trevino and sixth consecutive Rawlings Platinum Glove Award for Arenado. Arenado is the first player to secure six Platinum Glove Awards and the first infielder to begin a career with ten consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Awards.
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 preliminary and/or final results, and the expected contribution to the field of baseball analytics offered by this work. Please send all abstracts to this e-mail address: email@example.com and clearly indicate whether you are submitting for the general track or for the student track of presentations.
The submission deadline for all 2023 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts is 11:59 p.m. MST on November 23, 2022.
The new award will be announced and presented during the annual SABR Analytics Conference on March 10-12, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona. Nominations and voting for the winner will follow the same process as the SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards.
Dewan, a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries, has spent his four-decade career bringing sports analytics to baseball fans and analysts starved for information, first as the executive director of Project Scoresheet, then as a co-founder and CEO of STATS, Inc and Sports Info Solutions. He was a 2016 recipient of SABR’s Henry Chadwick Award. He is also president of the Dewan Foundation, which supports education, job creation and economic development opportunities across the world.
The SABR Local Grants program provides an opportunity for chapters, research committees, and chartered communities to apply for funding for their projects under SABR’s Four Pillars: Research, Scholarship, Preservation, and Future of the Game. Applications are now open for a 2023 SABR Local Grant at SABR.org/local-grants. Submissions will be accepted until January 16, 2023. A Grants Review Board will review all submissions and respond with their final determination in February 2023.
All SABR chapters, chartered communities, and research committees are eligible to apply. Individual SABR members and non-SABR groups are not eligible, so if you have an individual idea for a program grant, please follow up with your local chapter leadership or appropriate research committee to discuss an application.
The seven projects that received a SABR Local Grant in 2022 are well under way, including the dedication of a historical marker at Kelly Field in Daytona Beach, Florida, where Jackie Robinson and John Wright integrated Dodgers spring training in 1946; a new marker commemorating Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th hit at the site of Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh; and the repainting of a championship mural at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama.
As a SABR member, you have vast resources and benefits at your disposal. With so much information at your fingertips, we realize it can be overwhelming to absorb it all! To highlight key benefits, read on for a SABR Member Benefit Spotlight, an email series that identifies and explains some of the most valuable features of your membership. We hope this allows you to take full advantage of all SABR has to offer.
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Early registration is now open for the SABR Analytics Conference, which will be held in person from March 10-12, 2023, at the Beus Center for Law and Society on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix Campus in Phoenix, Arizona.
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!
General sessions will be held in person on Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12 at the Beus Center for Law and Society in downtown Phoenix. General Session registration includes access to all programming held at the Beus Center for Law and Society, including research presentations, panel discussions, Friday evening networking reception, a boxed lunch on Friday and Saturday afternoon, and coffee talks on Saturday and Sunday morning.
Students will have two registration options, virtual or in-person, with both including access to the General Session on Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12, and a student-only virtual session on Thursday, March 9.
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2023 SABR Analytics Conference. Early-bird registration is $395 for SABR members, $495 for non-members, and $150 for currently enrolled high school or college students. Student-only virtual registration is $50.
- Student Registration: Students should email Scott Carter with a photo of their student ID to receive a special link to register at a discounted rate. Students have the option of choosing virtual ($50) or in-person ($150) registration. All student registrations also include a complimentary one-year SABR membership, which will be fulfilled after event sign-up.
Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.
With generous funding from The Nanar and Anthony Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend the SABR Analytics Conference on March 10-12, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation and lodging fees associated with the conference up to a total value of $1,250.
The objective of this scholarship fund is to encourage student engagement with baseball analytics, and to engender an active interest in baseball research and SABR. The Yoseloff scholarship is to assist young researchers who want to attend the SABR Analytics Conference and to introduce them to fellow SABR members and professionals within the baseball community. Through this fund, SABR hopes to inspire future baseball research, expose students to high-quality research and build the research capability of interested students.
As SABR continues toward our vision of becoming the essential community for the world of baseball, it is gifts from members like you who sustain our organization, allowing us to produce wonderful baseball research and programming that reaches people everywhere.
You can support SABR’s end of year Bring it Home Campaign by making a gift of $150 or more today. We will use your best gift of $150, $300, $500, or $1,000 to boost SABR’s general operations.
Contributions from generous donors like you are vital in helping SABR maintain core mission programming, develop new initiatives, and ensure affordable membership access:
- Support for Core Programming: Your donations help make SABR events possible and accessible, while fueling the productivity and development of our publishing efforts.
- Support for New Initiatives: Your donations allow SABR to maintain its relevance and respectability in an ever-changing environment.
- Support for Affordable Membership Access: Your donations are crucial to keeping SABR membership affordable for all, a critical aspect of fulfilling our vision to become the essential community for the world of baseball.
Visit SABR.org/donate/2022 to learn more.
It’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.
Save the date! SABR’s Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will be held on Thursday, July 20 to Sunday, July 23, 2023, in Detroit, Michigan.
All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Registration and hotel information will be available at SABR.org/malloy in early 2023.
Black baseball has a long history in Michigan, especially centered in the Motor City. Among the original entrants to the Negro National League in 1920 was Tenny Blount’s Detroit Stars, managed by Pete Hill and anchored by Big Bill Gatewood on the mound. The Detroit Wolves and Motor City Giants also played in Mack Park and Hamtramck Stadium. In addition to the well-known Turkey Stearnes, other star players included catcher Bruce Petway, the speedy Jimmie Lyons and the powerful Edgar Wesley.
Add a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:
From Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium: Great Games in Philadelphia’s Lost Ballpark
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
Associate Editors: Len Levin, Bill Nowlin, and Carl Riechers
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-85-1, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-86-8 paperback, $39.95
8.5″ x 11″, 398 pages
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of From Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, MOBI, EPUB/Kindle formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on the From Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium paperback edition from the SABR Store ($19.95 includes shipping/tax; delivery via Amazon Kindle Direct can take up to 4-6 weeks.)
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- Can’t-Miss Event: SABR’s Pacific Northwest Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting at 6:00 p.m. PST on Monday, November 21. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Former MLB umpires Gary Darling and Jerry Meals will be our guest speakers. These two worked together for many years and have a lot of great stories to share. Click here to register in advance for this Zoom meeting.
- Video Replays: This week, we heard from authors Justin Mckinney (Baseball’s Union Association) and Thomas Gilbert (How Baseball Happened). Click here to view video replays of virtual SABR events.
Here are some more upcoming virtual events all members can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:
- November 21: Elysian Fields (NJ) Chapter meeting with Olivia Garvey and Gabrielle Starr (7:30 p.m. EST)
- November 21: Larry Dierker (TX) Chapter meeting with Terry Puhl and John Racanelli (7:00 p.m. CST)
- November 21: Boston Chapter meeting (8:00 p.m. EST)
- November 21: Northwest Chapter meeting with Gary Darling and Jerry Meals (6:00 p.m. PST)
- November 27: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting (7:00 p.m. EST)
- November 29: Bay Area/Sacramento Chapter joint meeting with Jill Gearin (7:00 p.m. PST)
- December 1: Connie Mack-Dick Allen (PA) Chapter meeting with Tom Alesia (8:00 p.m. EST)
In addition, the following events will be held in person:
- November 19: Babe ‘n’ Bob Chapter Breakfast (Edgewater, MD)
- November 19: Halsey Hall Chapter Hot Stove Saturday Morning (Minneapolis, MN)
- November 19: Rogers Hornsby Chapter meeting (Austin, TX)
- November 19-20: SABR Board of Directors meeting (Minneapolis, MN)
- November 20: John Liepa: How Iowa Met Baseball (Atlantic, IA)
- December 3: Sebring-Stovey Williamsport Chapter meeting (Williamsport, PA)
Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.
Two new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project:
All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject
- Find any SABR biography: You can visit sabr.org/bioproject to search for any player — or manager, executive, scout, spouse, broadcaster, or umpire — who appears in the SABR BioProject. In addition, we have pages for Ballparks, Broadcasters, Executives, Games, Managers, Scouts, Spouses, Umpires, Writers, people who were Famous Outside Baseball, and a lot more.
- Read bios from Dominicans in the Major Leagues: Earlier this year, SABR published Dominicans in the Major Leagues, edited by Bill Nowlin and Julio M. Rodriguez, a SABR Digital Library book (available in English and Spanish) celebrating the stories of the island nation’s baseball greats. All of the biographies from that book can now be read online at the SABR BioProject. Click here to download the free e-book edition or save 50% off the purchase of the paperback edition of Dominicans in the Major Leagues.
Nine new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project:
- July 1, 1891: Jimmy Ryan’s homer hits house as he cycles against Spiders, by Mike Huber
- July 16, 1908: Christy Mathewson bolts from the shower to preserve Giants’ victory over Cubs, by Gary Belleville
- July 31, 1912: Honus Wagner hits game-winner for Pirates in 19-inning marathon, by Larry DeFillipo
- May 7, 1941: ‘Loose-jointed fly chaser’ Ted Williams homers twice, wins game in 11th, by Bill Nowlin
- May 27, 1955: Rookie Luis Arroyo hospitalized after Cardinals’ fifth straight win, by Andrew Harner
- April 28, 1962: Minnie Miñoso rallies Cardinals to win over Reds, by John Fredland
- July 19, 1970: Joe Foy’s 5 hits lead Mets past Giants, by Thomas J. Brown Jr.
- May 28, 1989: Mike Schmidt plays final game in Phillies’ loss to Giants, by Steve Ginader
- July 22, 2018: Minor-league pitcher pops the question, earns the win for State College Spikes, by Kurt Blumenau
In addition, these stories from Metropolitan Stadium: Memorable Games at Minnesota’s Diamond on the Prairie were posted online this week:
- September 29, 1958: Minneapolis Millers win their second Junior World Series, by Rich Arpi
- April 29, 1959: Art Schult hits for the cycle in Minneapolis Millers’ win over Houston, by Mike Huber
- September 28, 1959: Millers win final minor-league postseason game at Metropolitan Stadium, by Alan Cohen
- July 4, 1961: Julio Becquer’s sudden shot on the Fourth of July wins it for Twins, by Gene Gomes
- July 4, 1961: Harmon Killebrew hits first inside-the-park home run in Twins history, by Gene Gomes
- July 18, 1962: Allison, Killebrew hit 1st-inning grand slams as Twins rout Indians, by Paul Hofmann
- August 26, 1962: Jack Kralick almost perfect in pitching Minnesota Twins’ first no-hitter, by Tim Otto
- September 30, 1962: Camilo Pascual reaches 20-win goal in Twins’ season finale, by Richard Cuicchi
- May 26, 1963: New Twins reliever saves the day aided by Mele’s Marauders, by Sarah Johnson
- August 31, 1963: Landis, Robinson hit back-to-back homers in 9th as Wilhelm shuts down Twins in relief, by Mike Huber
- May 9, 1964: Twins rally from 6-run deficit to beat Athletics, 10-8, by Rich Arpi
- July 17, 1964: Lou Clinton’s arm helps Angels shut out Twins, by Ralph Caola
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.
- Read stories from Baseball’s Greatest Comeback Games: In 2021, SABR published Baseball’s Greatest Comeback Games, edited by Bill Nowlin, a mathematical ranking of the most unlikely wins in baseball history since 1901. All of the game stories from Baseball’s Greatest Comeback Games can now be found online at the SABR Games Project. To download the e-book or purchase the paperback edition of Baseball’s Greatest Comeback Games, click here.
Episode #188 on Monday, November 14 featured Mark Armour, co-author of a new book, Intentional Balk: Baseball’s Thin Line Between Innovation and Cheating, with Dan Levitt. His other books include In Pursuit of Pennants: Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball (with Levitt) and Joe Cronin: A Life in Baseball. He is the President of SABR’s Board of Directors and founder of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. He was the recipient of the Bob Davids Award and the Henry Chadwick Award in 2014. He was a guest on SABRcast Episode #169 in July 2022.
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.
During the MLB offseason, you can listen to archives of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, 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.
- Seymour Medal (history/biography books; deadline: 12/31/2022)
- SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards (baseball analytics research; deadline: 12/31/2022)
- Larry Ritter Book Award (Deadball Era books; deadline: 12/31/2022)
- Ron Gabriel Award (Brooklyn Dodgers research; deadline: 12/31/2022)
- Russell Gabay Award (New Jersey baseball; deadline: 12/31/2022)
- SABR Baseball Research Award (outstanding research articles/projects: deadline: 12/31/2022)
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award (best history/biography articles; deadline: 12/31/2022)
Please note: Only ONE entry per nomination will be considered (do not submit multiple nominations for the same award). For more information on SABR Awards, click here.
Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:
- 2022 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners announced
- Read SABR bios of 2023 Baseball Hall of Fame candidates
- Watch a replay of Ballpark Figures with Erin Santana
- View highlights from Kelly Field historical marker dedication ceremony in Daytona Beach
- SABR Digital Library: ¡Arriba! The Heroic Life of Roberto Clemente
- The SABR Bookshelf: Fall 2022
- Watch highlights from the 2022 SABR/IWBC Virtual Women in Baseball Conference
- Check out highlights, stories, and photos from SABR 50 in Baltimore
- Watch a preview of the Landmarks Committee’s new SABR Baseball Map
- Save the date! SABR 51 will be in Chicago in 2023
- Get a gift for baseball fan in your life with the 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: SABR.org/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.
|Tim Barto||Eagle River, AK||Gary Lane||Shavano Park, TX|
|Doug Brauer||Aurora, IL||Easton Leonard||Mena, AR|
|Josh Braverman||Baltimore, MD||David Loving||Ardmore, OK|
|David Brooks||Broken Arrow, OK||Charles Mathon||New York, NY|
|Clint Buck||Abilene, TX||Ashley Osorio||Attleboro, MA|
|Thomas Busch||Overland Park, KS||Jack Petersen||Gresham, OR|
|William Eleff||Merion Station, PA||David Schulz||London, ON|
|Dennis Garcia||Hinsdale, IL||David Simmons||Toronto, ON|
|Henry Green||New York, NY||Allan Sipe||San Diego, CA|
|Lulu He||Amsterdam, NLD||Tony Spina||Philadelphia, PA|
|Timothy Hennie||Salisbury, NC||Thomas Sticha||Norridge, IL|
|Jim Henry||Pittsburg, KS||Bob Tehan||Sheridan, AR|
|Glen Hirshberg||Bellingham, WA||Ansel Welch||Joplin, MO|
|Michael Huffman||Berryton, KS||Matthew Wheelock||Cincinnati, OH|
|Luis Jarma||Houston, TX||Jared Whitaker||Johnstown, CO|
|Tim Keefe||Shelburne, VT||John Wright||Harper Woods, MI|
Here are the new research committee updates this week:
- Deadball Era: November 2022 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.
Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:
- Larry Dierker Chapter: Fall 2022 newsletter (Houston, TX)
- Quebec Chapter: October 22 meeting recap (Montreal, QC)
Here are some recent articles published by and about SABR members:
- Leander Schaerlaeckens: The Forgotten Men Behind The Ideas That Changed Baseball (Defector.com)
- Dave Battagello: New journal, conference reflect Canada’s rich history with baseball (Windsor Star)
- Tyler Kepner: Capping a Record-Setting Year, Aaron Judge Wins AL MVP (New York Times)
- Derrick Goold: Prized souvenir for ‘best’ year, but Cardinals’ Paul Goldschmidt seeks better ending (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
- Sarah Langs: Justin Verlander joins list of oldest Cy Young winners (MLB.com)
- Manny Randhawa: Aaron Judge joins rare club as MVP free agent (MLB.com)
- Mark Simon: Most Valuable Pair (ACTA Sports)
- William C. Rhoden: Former NFL tight end Eric Green believes son Elijah will be part of changes in MLB (Andscape)
- Emma Baccellieri: MLB Executives Weighing Potential Effects of Rule Changes on Roster Construction (Sports Illustrated)
- Ryan Fagan: Hunter Greene shut out of NL rookie award, but might wind up being best to debut in 2022 (The Sporting News)
- Alex Speier: Red Sox have options when it comes to rebuilding their roster, but which paths will they choose? (Boston Globe)
- David Laurila: Model Mariners: How Kirby, Dollard Represent Seattle’s Pitching Approach (FanGraphs)
- Grant Brisbee: The Giants, Brandon Crawford and a deep, deep market for shortstops (The Athletic)
- Michael Baumann: If the Orioles Were Serious About Competing, How Good Could They Get? (FanGraphs)
- Eno Sarris: MLB’s best bargain free agents, with help from the wisdom of the crowd (The Athletic)
- Russell A. Carleton: Poisoned by the Big Apple? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Steven Goldman: Beware The Berger King (Baseball Prospectus)
- Shakeia Taylor: Lane Tech junior pitches for Pakistan in World Baseball Classic (Chicago Tribune)
- Jay Jaffe: 2023 Contemporary Baseball Era Committee Candidate: Fred McGriff (FanGraphs)
- Rob Mains: In Defense of OPS (and OPS², and OTS) (Baseball Prospectus)
- Michael Clair: ‘Inside Stitch’ is for the uniform-obsessed baseball fan (MLB.com)
- John Racanelli: Since We’ve No Place to Go (SABR Landmarks)
- Jason Schwartz: Second Home (SABR Landmarks)
- Nick Vossbrink: Digital Junk Wax from Fox (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
- John Racanelli: Stan Hack: A Pilot’s Pilot (SABR Pictorial)
- Ken Samoil: Revisiting the 1910 Brooklyn Superbas (SABR Pictorial)
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Originally published: November 18, 2022. Last Updated: November 18, 2022.