Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Please note that the SABR office will be closed on November 28-29. The next edition of “This Week in SABR” will be sent on Wednesday, November 27.
Here’s what we’ve been up to as of November 22, 2013:
We’re excited to announce some of the speakers, panelists and moderators for the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Stay tuned as more featured speakers will be announced soon!
- Aaron Boone, Analyst, ESPN: Aaron is an analyst for ESPN’s “Monday Night Baseball” with frequent appearances on “Baseball Tonight” and other studio programming. He joined ESPN in 2010 after his retirement from professional baseball. He also served as a guest analyst on ESPN Radio during the 2009 National League Division Series. Boone played for six Major League franchises over 12 seasons including stops in Cincinnati (1997-2003), New York Yankees (2003), Cleveland (2005-2006), Florida (2007), Washington (2008) and Houston (2009). In 2003, Boone earned his first and only All-Star appearance before being traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Yankees. Later that year, he famously hit a dramatic, series-clinching home run in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 7 of the ALCS, giving the Yankees a 6-5 victory over their rival, Boston Red Sox.
- Brian Kenny, MLB Network: Brian is the host of MLB Network’s critically acclaimed “Clubhouse Confidential,” where he incorporates sabermetrics into the day’s baseball news. A 25-year national TV and radio veteran, Brian joined MLB Network from ESPN, where he was a “SportsCenter” anchor, host of the Brian Kenny Show on ESPN Radio and an Emmy Award-winning anchor for “Baseball Tonight.”
- Jon “Boog” Sciambi, Announcer, ESPN: Jon joined ESPN full time in 2010 as play-by-play voice for MLB on ESPN Radio, while continuing the same role for college basketball and MLB on ESPN, which he has done since 2005. Sciambi contributed to ESPN Radio’s World Series coverage as on-site studio host and provided post-game, on-field interviews for ESPN’s SportsCenter. Previously, Sciambi was the lead play-by-play announcer for the Atlanta Braves on Fox Sports South and SportSouth from 2007-09, and host for 790 The Ticket in South Florida, and as voice of the Florida Marlins on WQAM from 1997-2004.
- Glenn Fleisig, Research Director, American Sports Medicine Institute: Glenn is the research director for the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a pitching safety consultant for Little League Baseball and Softball, and a member of the USA Baseball Medical and Safety Committee. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he earned his Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering. He also holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University.
- Vince Gennaro, SABR: Vince is the President of SABR and author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball. He is a consultant to MLB teams, appears regularly on MLB Network, and teaches in the graduate programs at Columbia University and Manhattanville College. He is also the architect of the Diamond Dollars Case Competition series, which brings together students and MLB team and league executives and serves as unique learning experience, as well as a networking opportunity for aspiring sports executives.
SABR has a long and storied history with baseball statistical analysis, evidenced by the link between our name and sabermetrics. While SABR is a multi-faceted organization involved in virtually every aspect of baseball, we have taken a major step to re-connect with our beginnings by producing and hosting the third annual:
SABR Analytics Conference
March 13-15, 2014
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Once again, we’re bringing together the top minds of the baseball analytic community under one roof to discuss, debate and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball.
The schedule will consist 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.
- Early registration rates:
— SABR members: $395 early rate; $595 full rate.
— Non-SABR members: $495 early rate; $695 full rate. If you are not a SABR member, click here to join.
— Students: $350; includes one-year membership to SABR. Must be a currently enrolled high school or college student. Please e-mail Deb Jayne with a photocopy of your student ID to receive the registration promo code.
Please note: Lunch is included with your registration on Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15. The mixer/welcome reception is included with your registration on Thursday, March 13. Specify any special dietary needs when you register.
- Hotel: The 2014 SABR Analytics Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 122 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Click here to book your hotel room at the special SABR group rate of $169/night (plus tax.) Or call (602) 252-1234 and mention that you’re with the SABR Analytics Conference.
Complimentary wireless Internet is available in all rooms booked under the SABR block. The cutoff date to book your room is February 18, 2014. The SABR group rate is only available for the nights of March 10 to March 18, 2014, based on availability. Book your room today!
Some of the topics we are planning to cover include:
- General Managers Panel on how analytics shapes front-office decisions
- Player Panel – how major league players take advantage of analytics
- Biometrics/Injury Prevention Panel NEW!
- International Baseball Panel NEW!
- Baseball Scouting Panel NEW!
Check back soon at SABR.org/analytics as we announce more featured speakers, panels and presentations!
For complete coverage of the 2013 SABR Analytics Conference, visit SABR.org/analytics/2013.
Beginning today on our Research Resources page, SABR members can now find the calculations for the season-ending SABR Defensive Index for the 2013 MLB season. It includes SDI values for all players who qualified for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2013.
The SDI algorithm includes three measures based on zone metrics, Defensive Runs Saved (DRS), Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) and Runs Effectively Defended (RED), which account for 70% of the SDI value; and two measures based on play-by-play data, Defensive Regression Analysis (DRA) and Total Zone (TZ), which account for 30% of the SDI value.
The spreadsheet is available in .xls and .csv formats.
The final results of the SDI for 2013 were released last week after the presentation of the Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards in New York. Beginning in 2013, the SABR Defensive Index is used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, which is presented by SABR. For more details on the new SABR Defensive Index, click here.
The Research Resources page is one of the many benefits of being a SABR member. (If you’re not a member, click here to join.)
It includes a comprehensive list of research tools, many available only to SABR members. These resources include Paper of Record, which includes searchable online archives of The Sporting News back to the 1880s; Sporting Life and Baseball Magazine archives; a searchable index of SABR publications, including the Baseball Research Journal, The National Pastime, and convention journals; case files from the 1915 Federal League lawsuit against organized baseball; articles from Bill James’ Baseball Analyst; a Guide to Sabermetric Research; SABR’s Spring Training Database, Batterymates Project, Triple Plays Database; and details on the new Sullivan Family Baseball Research Center at the San Diego Central Library, home of the SABR Collection.
To access the SABR Research Resources page, click here.
SABR members will help get to decide who had the best performances of the 2013 baseball season in the 12th annual MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards.
SABR members will have the opportunity to play a key role in selecting the winners of the GIBBYs. The votes from SABR members will be equal to each of the other four categories.
- SABR members (20%)
- MLB.com fans (20%)
- Front office personnel (20%)
- Retired players (20%)
- Media (20%)
To cast your vote in the 2013 GIBBYs, click here: /research/sabr-members-vote-2013-mlb-gibbys
Major League Baseball’s A-listers will take home 2013 GIBBY trophies — the ultimate honors of the industry’s awards season — based on votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and SABR.
This year’s GIBBY Awards feature nominees in 22 categories. Individual honors will go to the MLB MVP, in addition to the year’s best Starting Pitcher, Hitter, Closer, Setup Man, Rookie, Breakout Hitter, Breakout Pitcher, Comeback Player, Defensive Player, Manager, Executive and Postseason Performer.
GIBBY trophies also will be awarded for the year’s top Play, Storyline, Hitting Performance, Pitching Performance, Oddity, Walk-off, Cut4 Topic, Regular-Season Moment and Postseason Moment, with video available via MLB.com’s Must C highlight reels.
All 30 clubs are represented among the award candidates. In fact, every team has multiple nominees in 2013 — a testament to the parity of talent around the game.
The winners will be announced at a reception at the annual Baseball Winter Meetings, which will be held December 9-12, 2013, in Orlando, Florida.
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.
The 17th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference — to be held August 14-16, 2014, in Detroit, Michigan — will celebrate this rich baseball history. In addition to two days of research presentations and player/author panels, attendees will also enjoy special presentations about local parks as well as a Tigers game against the Seattle Mariners.
This interdisciplinary conference welcomes proposals for oral and poster presentations from all research fields. Previous presenters have included college faculty, public school teachers, graduate students, and independent scholars.
Presentations may focus on any topic related to the theme, or other Negro Leagues issues. Some possibilities include: Turkey Stearnes, Jimmie Lyons, Hamtramck Stadium, Mack Park, Tenny Blount, the Detroit Stars, the Detroit Wolves and much more.
Proposals should include a 250-word abstract, plus a brief biographical note with contact information. For oral presentations, please indicate whether you will require any AV equipment. For poster presentations, please indicate the number and size of posters you wish to display.
Please email your proposal as a Microsoft Word attachment to email@example.com by March 24, 2014.
Questions can be directed to Leslie Heaphy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lisa Alexander (email@example.com.) For more information on the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, visit SABR.org/malloy.
- Apply for the 2013-14 Negro League Committee high school essay contest
- Apply for the 2013-14 Negro League Committee school library grant program
The fifth annual SABR Day is coming up sooner than you think: January 25, 2014. We’re starting to compile details now on 2014 SABR Day chapter meetings around the country. We’ll post them as soon as we get them at SABR.org/sabrday. Chapter leaders, please send your SABR Day plans to Jacob Pomrenke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional SABR meetings are open to all baseball fans and are usually free to attend, so bring a friend! Guest speakers often include current and former baseball players, managers, umpires, executives, scouts, writers and authors.
Check back soon at SABR.org/sabrday for more information on a SABR Day meeting close to you.
Good news! You can now read articles from the Fall 2013 edition of the Baseball Research Journal online at SABR.org:
Those of you who receive the print edition should find your BRJ arriving in the next two to three weeks. For electronic subscribers, the e-book edition was delivered to your inboxes on Thursday morning.
Here’s a note from BRJ editor Cecilia Tan about the new issue:
SABR’s publications program has had various periodicals over the decades, including not only the BRJ, but also The National Pastime (aka TNP), The SABR Review of Books, and others. I was surprised to hear some members tell me they thought that in the past the BRJ was for novice researchers and TNP was for the seasoned pros. A more common, lingering perception is that The National Pastime was for history and the Baseball Research Journal was for stats.
Even if that dichotomy was once somewhat true, there were always articles that were both history and stats. Which would you consider Herm Krabbenhoft’s articles on correcting the RBI and runs-scored records for Hank Greenberg, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig — of which there is an additional piece in this issue? Or Steve Gietschier’s look into the performance of batters in the potential final out of the World Series in this issue? Or the examination of past 20- and 30-game winners, and their current dearth, by John Daniels and Steve Kuehl?
But regardless how tricky it might be to divide “historical” articles from others, The National Pastime changed its function beginning in 2009. Since then TNP has been devoted annually to baseball history in whatever region the SABR national convention takes place, and has been edited, written, and directed by the local host chapter. When that change took place, the Baseball Research Journal became SABR’s flagship publication, open to submissions of any discipline being researched by SABR members.
Since I took the editorial seat in 2011, the BRJ has included plenty of both history and stats, not to mention physics, economics, psychology, game theory, sociology, and physiology. Historical topics have ranged from the Negro Leagues to international women’s baseball to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with healthy doses of the minor leagues, college baseball, and nineteenth-century ball served alongside major league history. SABR’s thousands of members are knowledgeable in so many fields, it’s only a matter of time before some architecture, materials science, or meteorology comes across my desk, too.
We would love to see more articles that are as meticulously researched (and footnoted) as the piece on Bill Veeck Sr. by Jack Bales that opens this issue or Bob Ruzzo’s article on the fate of the Federal League, as thought-provoking as Leonard Newman’s contribution from the world of psychology to the clutch-hitting debate, as germinal as Justine Siegal’s survey of current female baseball players and David Ogden et al.’s research into minor league attendance factors, as foundational as Alan Cohen’s history of the Hearst Sandlot Classic.
- Click here to read more articles online from the Fall 2013 Baseball Research Journal.
- Click here to download the e-book version in PDF, EPUB or MOBI/Kindle format.
- Click here to purchase a softcover edition from the SABR Bookstore.
We hope you enjoy reading the Fall 2013 Baseball Research Journal!
SABR is now offering a special opportunity for renewing members in 2014: By opting to receive the digital Baseball Research Journal and The National Pastime, you can renew your SABR membership for 5 years at a special rate of $249, a discount of nearly 25% off a 1-year annual membership.
Choosing this new 5-year, digital-only membership plan — which is only available to current SABR members who renew — means you will receive two e-book editions of the BRJ, one e-book edition of TNP, “This Week in SABR” every Friday, all SABR Digital Library e-books, committee newsletters, and lots of other member benefits.
To renew your SABR membership for 5 years at the digital-only rate:
Click here to visit the SABR Store and select the “DIGITAL-ONLY BRJ/TNP – 5-yr renewal — $249.00” option when you renew.
You can also still renew your membership for 1 year or 3 years online at the SABR Store; by phone at (602) 343-6450; or by mailing this downloadable PDF form and your payment to the SABR office at 4455 E. Camelback Road, Ste. D-140, Phoenix, AZ 85018.
We’re excited about the upcoming year ahead of us and we hope you’ll take advantage of all the great membership benefits offered to SABR members in 2014 and beyond.
We believe SABR has something for everyone, from the active researcher to someone passionate about baseball. We hope you’ll invite your friends, colleagues and family members to join at http://store.sabr.org.
Unlike many nonprofit organizations that hold monthly donation pledge drives and continually solicit donations, SABR has never been proactive about asking for donations. However, like all other nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations, SABR relies heavily on generous donations to supplement its membership dues and help the organization survive and prosper. We appreciate those members who have given in the past and continue to donate to SABR. As SABR continues to serve its members and move forward with exciting new member opportunities, we are going to become more proactive by asking our passionate and knowledgeable members to support their very special organization.
All donations to SABR are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. We thank you for supporting SABR and baseball research in all its forms.
To make a donation to support SABR, visit SABR.org/donate.
— Marc Appleman, SABR Executive Director
With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to college students who wish to attend the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference on March 13-15, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona. This scholarship will pay for registration, air transportation and lodging 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 SABR’s 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.
- Download an application form: Click here to apply for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference
To apply, submit an essay of 750 words or less answering the following questions: “How does attending this conference help you in analytics and/or baseball research? Why would this conference be beneficial for you to attend?” Style guidelines are available on the application form.
Students must be currently enrolled in a high school, college undergraduate or graduate program, and be between 18 and 29 years of age at the time of the conference. Some form of age verification (photocopy of driver’s license, passport, etc.) must be attached to your application.
Submissions must include a brief letter of recommendation from a current high school/college teacher, guidance counselor or a school administrator. All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Jeff Schatzki at email@example.com no later than December 31, 2013.
For full details on how to apply, click here.
Cast Your Vote For The 1922 All-Stars!
Make Your Voice Heard!
Every April, base ball springs forth from the doldrums of winter to rekindle our interest in all things warm and green. And as spring melts into summer, the base ball world becomes more abuzz with the excitement of seeing the Game’s brightest stars all assembled on a single field to play what has become the most anticipated and important match during the regular season. It is the All-Star Game.
On Tuesday, July 11, 1922, these most stellar of stars will gather at Forbes Field, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, to play in what can be rightly called the “Midsummer Classic”. And the starters, including three pitchers, for each side will be selected by YOU, the loyal and knowing fan! Voting is taking place RIGHT NOW!
The games will be played using Out of the Park 14, and the game account and box score will be posted over at Seamheads.com.
Vote for the 1922 All-Star starters and pitchers here:
Voting will be open until 3:00 a.m. EDT on December 6, 2013. At that time, we will count up the votes, put together the rosters, and sim the game.
To learn more about the Retroactive All-Star Project, visit SABR.org/retroactive-all-star-project/about.
— Chuck Hildebrandt
- Larry Ritter Award, due 12/31/2013: Each year, SABR’s Deadball Era Committee presents the Larry Ritter Book Award to recognize the best new book primarily set in the Deadball Era that was published during the previous calendar year. The award is presented during the committee’s meeting at the annual SABR convention. If you have a book to nominate with a 2013 publication date, contact Gail Rowe at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31, 2013.
- SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards, due 1/15/2014: The SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards recognizes baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year in the following categories: Contemporary Baseball Analysis, Contemporary Baseball Commentary, or Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary. Results are announced and presented at the annual SABR Analytics Conference. Please send all nominations via e-mail to this address: email@example.com. Include author, title, date of publication and a URL link (if applicable).
- SABR Baseball Research Award, due 1/31/2014: The SABR Baseball Research Award (formerly the Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award) honors those whose outstanding research projects completed during the preceding calendar year have significantly expanded our knowledge or understanding of baseball. To submit a nomination for the 2013 awards, please contact Bill Felber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2014: The McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award honors the authors of the best articles on baseball history or biography completed or published during the preceding calendar year. To submit a nomination for the 2013 awards, please contact Len Levin at email@example.com.
- Jerry Gregory, 86, who served as SABR’s Vice-President from 1980 to 1982, passed away on November 19, 2013, in Dunedin, Florida. Gregory was one of SABR’s earliest members, joining the Society in 1972. He was an expert on the careers of umpires, broadcasters and “long-forgotten players” from the early 20th century. An avid baseball enthusiast, he was a long-suffering Cleveland Indians fan and an ardent supporter of the Alexandria Dukes/Prince William Cannons/Potomac Nationals minor league team. His passion for baseball and the rules of the game was a philosophy of life. One of his greatest joys was visiting minor league baseball stadiums and talking baseball with local residents. Born Sept. 11, 1927, Jerry Henry Gregory was a U.S. Navy veteran and employed by the Department of Defense at the Pentagon for most of his career. He formerly lived in Cambridge, Ohio, and Annendale, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Mary Estelle Gregory, on January 29, 2013. He is survived by his five children, Stephanie, Peter, Jerry, Jeffrey and Jennifer, and several grandchildren. A celebration of life will take place at a later date at baseball fields across the nation. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you support your local minor league baseball team.
- Gerald N. “Jerry” Wachs, M.D. died on November 8, 2013, in New York, at age 76. He was an active member of the Elysian Fields Chapter in Northern New Jersey and a SABR member since 1986. Jerry had many accomplishments in his life, but none more important than his four children. He was the unabashedly proud and supremely loving father to his four children with Glorya: Sharon (Andy), Joel, Deborah (Andrew), and Judith (Elie). He was also the treasured grandfather to six beautiful grandchildren and the loving brother of Robert. In his nearly 20 years at Schering (now Merck) as a senior associate medical director, Dr. Wachs was responsible for the FDA’s approval of over 20 new drug applications. Subsequently, he ran an innovative dermatology and cosmetic surgery practice for 18 years in Millburn and Summit, N.J., and was a past president of the New Jersey Dermatological Society. Jerry was extremely civic minded, serving for seven years on the Millburn Board of Education and as president of the Millburn Board of Health. He was also an avid collector who was most proud of his 19th-century first-edition English poetry collection. Another of his collections led him to become a published author in 2012, co-writing the standard bibliography for Tom Stoppard. Jerry was also a life master in bridge and an invested member of the Sherlock Holmes society, the Baker Street Irregulars. He was the constant companion of Gail Postal for the past 19 years. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A memorial will be held on Nov. 29. Details are at www.riversidememorialchapel.com.
Minutes from the Board of Directors fall meeting on November 8-9, 2013, have now been posted on the SABR website.
You can view all past minutes of SABR Board meetings by going to the page below:
Or you can go to the Members’ Info page and click on “Org. files”, then “Board Minutes” to view the minutes.
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:
- Machado, Simmons win 2013 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards, presented by SABR
- SABR welcomes new international chapter in South Korea
- Pictorial History Committee forms new George Michael Award for baseball imagery
- Chick Stahl: A rainbow in the dark
- Full coverage of the 2013 SABR Arizona Fall League Conference can be found at SABR.org/AFL
- MLB.com seeking stats stringers for 2014 season
- Save the date: SABR Day is January 25, 2014
- ‘Spectacular’ SABR Baseball Research Center opens at new San Diego library
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library now available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: /content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
|Julie Brady||Urbana, IL||Jonathan Prinsell||Toronto, ON|
|Dan Clouser||Leesport, PA||Michael Quinn||Fontana, CA|
|Zachary Cohen||Dobbs Ferry, NY||Ryan Remley||Clarks Summit, SC|
|Charles Crutchfield III||Mendota Heights, MN||David Rickard||Tigard, OR|
|D.B. Dellinger||Windsor, PA||Kelly Rodman||New Canaan, CT|
|Kevin Farrell||Barrington, IL||Kenneth Schultz||Astoria, NY|
|Caleb Herbst||River Edge, NJ||Wayne Strumpfer||Sacramento, CA|
|Tim Hornbaker||Tamarac, FL||Nicholas Surette||Melrose, MA|
|Andy Jarmolowski||Huntington, NY||Derrick Thomas||Marshall, TX|
|Paul Joggerst||Elko, NV||Connie Vaughn||Chicago, IL|
|Bryan Kloppe||Manhattan, KS||Justin Wells||Friendswood, TX|
|Allison Levin||St. Louis, MO||Richard Wheeler||Decatur, GA|
|Daniel Mason||San Francisco, CA||Frank Worshek||Fairfax, VA|
|Randall McRoberts||Indianapolis, IN||Roger Wright||Branson, MO|
There were no new SABR research committee newsletters published this week.
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new chapter meeting recaps published this week:
- Cliff Kachline Chapter meeting recap (November 16; Cooperstown, NY)
- Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter meeting recap (November 18; St. Louis, MO)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- November 23: Emil Rothe Chapter meeting (Chicago, IL)
- November 24: South Florida Chapter meeting (Miami, FL)
- November 30: Southern New England Lajoie-Start Chapter meeting (Greenville, RI)
- December 5: Bergino: “Willard Mullin’s Golden Age of Baseball” with Hal Bock (New York, NY)
- December 7: Smoky Joe Wood Chapter breakfast (Hamden, CT)
- December 7: Talkin’ Baseball: William Mead (Columbia, MD)
- December 7: Auker-Seminick Chapter meeting (St. Cloud, FL)
- December 7: Halsey Hall Chapter book club (Roseville, MN)
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:
- The Hardball Times Annual 2014 is now on sale, with contributions from many SABR members
- Phil Birnbaum: The under-appreciated greatness of Pete Palmer (Sabermetric Research)
- John Manuel: Time to give thanks to Roland Hemond for Arizona Fall League (Baseball America)
- Jerry Crasnick: Michael Weiner, 51, was a voice of reason for the MLBPA (ESPN.com)
- Juan C. Rodriguez: Remembering fellow brain cancer patient Michael Weiner (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
- Ben Lindbergh: Baseball’s new kind of coach: defensive coordinators (Baseball Prospectus)
- Eno Sarris: Interview with A’s shortstop prospect Addison Russell (FanGraphs)
- John Dewan’s Stat of the Week: Tim Lincecum breaks our defensive rankings (ACTA Sports)
- David Laurila: Q&A with Michael Girsch, St. Louis Cardinals’ assistant GM (FanGraphs)
- Dave Cameron: The slow decline of speedy outfielders (FanGraphs)
- Russell Carleton: Why do teams overpay for free agents? (Baseball Prospectus)
- Max Weinstein: The overrated value of catchers’ throwing arms (FanGraphs)
- Christina Kahrl: Offseason joy with the new Bill James Handbook (ESPN.com)
- Jack Moore: Baseball’s air travel game-changer in 1958 (The Score)
- Chad Dotson: The best rookies of the 1940s (The Hardball Times)
- Lawrence Hogan: Hilltop Park was home to great pitching feats (The National Pastime Museum)
- John Thorn: The unfair means by which some baseball games were won in the 1860s (Our Game)
- Don Drooker: Rattling your SABR defensively (Mastersball)
- Richard Cuicchi: History shows Yankee backstops are key to dynasty teams (The Tenth Inning Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: November 22, 2013. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.