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This Week in SABR: November 6, 2020

This Week in SABR: November 6, 2020

Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web.

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Here’s what we’ve been up to as of November 6, 2020:


2020 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners announced

SABR Defensive IndexFor the eighth consecutive season, the SABR Defensive Index™ was used to help select the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™, presented by SABR. Due to the compressed 2020 MLB season, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award qualifications have been amended to rely solely on the SABR Defensive Index, rather than a combination of the SDI and the managers and coaches’ vote.

Click here to view the 2020 Gold Glove winners, which were announced on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” on Tuesday, November 3.

The inaugural Rawlings Gold Glove Team Award winners will be unveiled alongside the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award recipients exclusively on MLB Network’s Emmy Award-winning MLB Tonight at 6:00 p.m. ET on Friday, November 6.

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


Early registration now open for 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

SABR Virtual Analytics ConferenceEarly registration is now open for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held over four days in online sessions from March 11-14, 2021. We’ll bring together the top minds in the baseball analytics community to discuss, debate, and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball. Register today to join us!

The Virtual Analytics Conference schedule will consist of research presentations and guest speakers from throughout the baseball analytics community, career development sessions led by experienced sports professionals, and industry networking opportunities — all available online for any aspiring front office executive or baseball fan to attend from the comfort of home. Students will have opportunities for skill acquisition and development, including sessions on how to work with baseball-related data sets as well as databasing and SQL.

Programming will run on Thursday and Friday evening from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Eastern, all day Saturday from 12:00-8:00 p.m. Eastern, and Sunday afternoon from 1:00-5:00 p.m. EDT.

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


Submit your presentation abstract for 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

SABR and Baseball Info Solutions are excited to announce the call for presentations for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference, which will be held online on March 11-14, 2021.

The SABR Virtual Analytics Conference brings together the leading minds in baseball analytics to discuss and debate topics relevant to the quantitative analysis of the game of baseball, including aspects of innovation and technology.

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. Please send all abstracts to this e-mail address: analytics@baseballinfosolutions.com. Please clearly indicate whether you are submitting for the general track or for the student track of presentations.

The submission deadline for all 2021 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts is 11:59 p.m. MST on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


Students, apply now for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2021 SABR Virtual Analytics Conference

2020 SABR Analytics Yoseloff ScholarsWith generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to eight scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference on March 11-14, 2021. This scholarship will pay for all registration fees and expenses associated with the conference.

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 Virtual 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.

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


Seeking nominations for the 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards

Seeking 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award nominationsWhat are the best baseball analytics articles you’ve read in 2020? We’re seeking nominations for the 2021 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards, which recognize 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: Honoring the best analysis focusing on a subject related to the modern game(s), team(s) or player(s).
  • Contemporary Baseball Commentary: Honoring the best commentary focusing on a subject related to the modern game(s), team(s) or player(s).
  • Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary: Honoring the best original analysis or commentary focusing on a subject related to a game(s), team(s) or player(s) throughout baseball history.

Please send all nominations via e-mail to this address: analytics-awards@sabr.org no later than December 31, 2020. Include author, title, date of publication and a URL link (if applicable).

Click here to read the full announcement at SABR.org.


Join SABR’s Golden Lineup to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary!

2020 SABR Donation DriveMembers like you are helping us turn our shared vision into a reality. As 2020 draws to a close, we hope you will renew and, if your means allow, even increase your support for SABR’s mission.

You can join SABR’s Golden Lineup by making a gift of at least $100 by December 31, 2020. We will use your best gift of $100, $250, $500, or $1,000 to bring more young people into the beautiful world of baseball; to publish groundbreaking books and articles; and to promote research, preservation, and scholarship.

All donors joining the Golden Lineup with a $100 gift or more will receive a copy of From Rube to Robinson, our anthology of research celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Negro Leagues.

Donors supporting SABR with a gift of $500 or more will also receive a miniature Rawlings Gold Glove Award replica and be entered to win the SABR Golden Ticket.

The winner of the SABR Golden Ticket will receive:

  • Lifetime membership to SABR
  • All expenses paid to a SABR conference of their choice
  • Attend the 2021 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Banquet in New York City

Visit SABR.org/donate/2020 to learn more.


Friends of SABR: October 2020

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of October 2020:

NAME   NAME
Bruce Adams   Mark Hoose
Michael Ageno   David Hughes
Alan Augenstein   Donald Jensen
Edward Barbini   Mark Kanter
Keith Barnes   Jeff Katz
John Beal   Lloyd Kepple
Robert Bluthardt   Thomas Kern
Mark Bonino   Jeffrey Kutler
Steve Braccini   Dave Lande
Robert Brown   David Lang
D. Bruce Brown   Thomas Lee
John Burbridge III   Harry Lesser
Ken Carrano   Lewis Levey
Irwin Chusid   Michael Levine
Robert Cole   Peter Mancuso
Mark Collins   Rob McBride
Frank Collins   Linda McLeland
Vincent Comparato   Lincoln Mitchell
Peter Coolbaugh   Andrew North
Jim Cox   Bill Nowlin
Carter Cromwell   Robert Osman
Brad Cuprik   Tim Otto
Stephen Daniels   Fred Owens
Ray Danner   Dwight Oxley
Jennifer Datum   Laura Peebles
Paul DeFonzo   Gregg Pericich
Daniel Desrochers   John Rall
Bob Dorrill   Patrick Ray
Mark Dugo   Michael Rosenwasser
Thor Eakes   Don Roth
Len Eddinger   Charles Roussel
Steven Elsberry   Bob Russon
Jonathan Epstein   Robert Sawyer
Alan Epstein   Matthew Schaedler
Andrew Farrell   Douglas Schoppert
Robert Fenili   Jeff Self
Diane Firstman   Dan Shirley
Robert Fleishman   Richard Smiley
F. X. Flinn   Rosilyn Stearnes-Brown
Adam Foldes   William Steverson
Edward Gardner   Thomas Stone
Sol Gittleman   Wesley Story
Jeanne Glazer   Joseph Thompson
Lawrence Grasso   John Thorn
Donna Halper   John Tierney
Barry Halpern   Wayne Towers
Sharon Hamilton   Neal Traven
Steven Hannigan   Steve West
Leslie Heaphy   Jeffrey Wood
Rockwell Hoffman   Don Zminda

Want to become a Friend of SABR? Click here to make a recurring monthly contribution or click here to learn more about our Giving Circles to make a one-time contribution.


Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Stay Home With SABRSABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at SABR.org, as part of our Stay Home With SABR initiative to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

This week, we heard from Bill Nowlin and Bill Pearch on the new SABR Digital Library book, Baseball’s Biggest Blowout Games.

Here are some more upcoming virtual events you can attend online; check the Events Calendar for complete details:

  • November 7: Talkin’ Baseball: Thomas Stone (9:00 a.m. EST)
  • November 7: Pee Wee Reese (Ky.) Chapter meeting with Rex Naylor (10:30 a.m. EST)
  • November 7: Halsey Hall (Minn.) Chapter meeting with Stew Thornley, Corky Gaskell, and Dirk Lammers (10:00 a.m. CST)
  • November 7: Hanlan’s Point (Toronto) Chapter meeting (1:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 7: Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting with Amanda Lane Cumming, Bill Nowlin, and Gary Belleville (12:00 p.m. PST)
  • November 7: Baseball Reminiscence meeting (3:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 9: Luke Easter (N.Y.) Chapter meeting with Rebecca Edwards (7:30 p.m. EST)
  • November 9: Sacramento/Bay Area Chapter meeting with Bill Nowlin, Bruce Enos, and Paul Hoffman (7:00 p.m. PST)
  • November 10: Jack Graney (Ohio) Chapter meeting with Sean Gibson and Tom Kern (7:30 p.m. EST)
  • November 10: 19th Century Speaker Series with Joanne Hulbert (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 10: IBWAA: Up Next with Benjamin Chase (9:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 11: Northeast Florida Chapter meeting with Jeanne Glazer and Deb Jayne (7:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 11: Banks-Bragan DFW (Texas) Chapter meeting with Chris Woodward and Jon Matlack (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • November 11: Boston Chapter meeting with David Laurila (8:00 p.m. EST)
  • November 12: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter meeting with Stew Thornley (7:00 p.m. CST)
  • November 14: Hank Gowdy (Ohio) Chapter meeting with Leslie Heaphy (9:30 a.m. EST)
  • November 14: Forbes Field Chapter meeting with Sean Gibson and Tom Kern (1:00 p.m. EST)

Find more upcoming virtual meetings on our SABR Events Calendar page.

Click here to view replays of any SABR virtual event in 2020.


Nineteenth Century Committee virtual Speaker Series resumes next week

Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)SABR’s Ninteenth Century Committee‘s monthly series of virtual research presentations continues next week with a special talk by Joanne Hulbert, “I Never Thought I’d Miss ‘Tricky Nick’: 19th Century Baseball Nicknames,” at 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 10. All SABR members are invited to attend.

The 19cBB Speakers Series consists of research presentations presented at the Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference (“The Fred”). They will be re-presented each second Tuesday of the month through May 2021. The starting time for each session will be 8:00 p.m. ET and they will run for one hour.

Click here to listen to the first monthly presentation by Jonathan Popovich, “Boots, Saddles & Baseballs: Major Benteen at the Little Big Horn,” from October 13.

Click here to sign up for Nineteenth Century Committee email announcements to receive the Zoom meeting details. Virtual space is limited to approximately 100 attendees.


SABR office continuing to work remotely

The SABR office, housed at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, Arizona, has been closed indefinitely due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Staff members will work remotely until it is advisable to resume normal operations on-site.

Please contact a member of the SABR staff by email or phone with any questions.


SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with Jeff Idelson and Jean Fruth

SABRcast #84: Jeff Idelson and Jean FruthBaseball fans, tune in this season to SABRcast with Rob Neyer, a weekly podcast hosted by award-winning author and longtime SABR member Rob Neyer.

Episode #84 on Monday, November 2 featured Jeff Idelson and Jean Fruth, co-founders of Grassroots Baseball, an organization that celebrates the amateur game around the world and encourages kids to play ball. Idelson served as the Hall of Fame’s president for the last 11 years until retiring in 2019. Fruth is an acclaimed photographer and the author of Grassroots Baseball: Where Legends Begin and the traveling photographer for La Vida Baseball.

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

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. To learn more, visit SABR.org/sabrcast.


10 new SABR biographies published

Tip O'Neill (TRADING CARD DB)Ten new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project. Here are the new bios published this week:

All new biographies can be found here: SABR.org/bioproject

  • 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.
  • Sign up to view Trello submission pipeline: Chief Editor Rory Costello has made the BioProject submission pipeline visible to project contributors using the signboard app Trello. If you would like to see the pipeline — to know where your story stands in the review process or how many articles we have in the system — e-mail Rory for an invitation to become an observer.

23 new stories published by the SABR Games Project

Justin Verlander (TRADING CARD DB)Twenty-three new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:

In addition, the following stories from our SABR Digital Library book, The Base Ball Palace of the World: Comiskey Park, edited by Gregory H. Wolf, have also been posted online:

New Games Project stories can be found at SABR.org/gamesproject.

  • Get involved: Have memories of a game you attended? Or a game you watched that caught your interest? Write about it! Writing for the Games Project is an easy way to get involved as a SABR member. Find out how by reading the Games Project FAQs section or checking out the Authors’ Guidelines. We have editors and fact checkers who are willing to help you write your first article.
  • Social media: Follow the SABR Games Project on Twitter or Facebook to keep up with new stories and updates.

Listen to recent episodes of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on Saturdays

Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM with Vince GennaroBehind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, is back at a new time. Listen to new episodes at 5:00-6:00 p.m. ET on Saturdays on MLB Network Radio.

You can also listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio app.

Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM focuses on examining and interpreting the statistical analysis that plays a critical role in baseball today. It airs weekly throughout the year on MLB Network Radio, available to subscribers nationwide on XM channel 89, Sirius channel 209, and on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.


Call for SABR award nominations

  • Seymour Medal, due 12/31/2020: The Dr. Harold and Dorothy Seymour Medal honors the best book of baseball history or biography published during the preceding calendar year. The award is presented during the Seymour Medal Banquet at the NINE Spring Training Conference every March. If you have a book to nominate with a 2020 publication date, contact Amy Essington by December 31, 2020.
  • Larry Ritter Award, due 12/31/2020: 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 2020 publication date, contact Doug Skipper by December 31, 2020.
  • Ron Gabriel Award, due 12/31/2020: The Ron Gabriel Award annually honors the author(s) of the best research, published or unpublished, on the subject of the Brooklyn Dodgers completed during the preceding calendar year. To submit a nomination for the 2021 awards, please send a copy of your work to Andy McCue by December 31, 2020.
  • SABR Baseball Research Award, due 1/31/2021: 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 2021 awards, please contact Tara Krieger by January 31, 2021.
  • McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2021: 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 2021 awards, please contact Bill Humber by February 15, 2021.

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.


ICYMI: Highlights from last week’s This Week in SABR

Here are some major headlines from recent weeks that we don’t want you to miss:

All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: https://sabr.org/content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.


Welcome, new members!

We’d like to welcome all of our new SABR members who have joined this week. You can find all Members-Only resources at members.sabr.org and the Membership Handbook can be downloaded here.

Please give these new members a warm welcome and help them make the most of their membership by giving them the opportunity to get involved in their local chapter or a research committee.

You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online Membership Directory.

Name Hometown     Name Hometown
Anne Daniel Woodstock, NY     Alexander Potts Manchester, ENG
Zachary Diamond Great Neck, NY     Alex Raybin Greenwich, CT
David Driver Cheverly, MD     Robert Rider San Marcos, CA
Oscar Fernandez Flores Havana, CUB     Dominic Romeo Atlanta, GA
Guy Fisher Strongsville, OH     William Sirvio Chicago, IL
Jordan Flumignan Holbrook, NY     Elizabeth Sullivan Weeki Wachee, FL
Wayne Goulet Waterbury, VT     Andrew Thompson Santa Rosa, CA
John Mack Caldwell, NJ     Brendan Veit Annapolis, MD
Timothy Newby Baltimore, MD     Ed Wehling Coon Rapids, MN

Research Committee news

There were no new research committee updates this week.

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research/committees.


Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:

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


SABR Events Calendar

Scroll up to the top of this newsletter to learn more about the upcoming virtual events on the SABR calendar.

  • We strongly recommend that all SABR chapters follow CDC public health guidelines and your local/state government regulations when scheduling any in-person meetings and events.

Find details on all upcoming meetings on our SABR Events Calendar page.


Around the Web

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

Please note: Some articles may require a separate subscription to view online. SABR does not endorse, and is not responsible or liable for, any content that appears on a third-party website.


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

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Originally published: November 6, 2020. Last Updated: November 6, 2020.

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