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 October 27, 2017:
For the fifth 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.
On Thursday, Rawlings announced the finalists for the 2017 Rawlings Gold Glove Award®, honoring the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American League™ and National League™. The winners will be unveiled during a live, one-hour airing of ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” at 9:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
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. The final SABR Defensive Index rankings will be released at the conclusion of the ESPN show on November 7.
To learn more about the SABR Defensive Index, visit SABR.org/SDI.
The Arizona Fall League season is now under way, and there’s still time to register for the ninth annual SABR Arizona Fall League Experience, which will be held Thursday, November 2 to Saturday, November 4, 2017.
More speakers were added this week, including longtime MLB player agent and attorney Jeff Borris and baseball historian/author Charlie Vascellaro, who will speak at the Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter meeting on Saturday, November 4 at the Embassy Suites, 5001 Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Our guest speakers also include:
- Del Unser, a 15-year major-league veteran who helped the Philadelphia Phillies win the 1980 World Series and has spent more than three decades in the organization as a hitting coach, farm director, and scout
- Terry Kennedy, former major-league catcher and Chicago Cubs scout
- Steve Cobb, Executive Director of the Arizona Fall League since 1993
- Jeff Borris, MLB player agent and attorney
- Tony Siegle, Senior Advisor, Baseball Operations for the San Francisco Giants
- John D’Acquisto, former major-league pitcher and author of Fastball John
- Barry Bloom, MLB.com national columnist and president of the Hemond-Delhi Arizona SABR Chapter
- Charlie Vascellaro, baseball historian and author
Unser, Kennedy, Cobb are scheduled to speak at the ballpark dinner on Thursday, November 2 at Scottsdale Stadium before the Scottsdale Scorpions’ game against the Peoria Javelinas. D’Acquisto will speak at the Don and Charlie’s dinner on Friday, November 3. Borris, Bloom, and Vascellaro will speak at the Hemond-Delhi Arizona Chapter meeting on Saturday, November 4 at the Embassy Suites, 5001 Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, Arizona. Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.
All of this, including transportation, is included in one low registration price. The 2017 SABR Arizona Fall League Experience is open to all baseball fans.
- Register now by clicking here! Registration is $195 for all SABR members and guests.
- Host hotel: SABR’s recommended hotel is the Embassy Suites (5001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251) in Old Town Scottsdale. Click here to book your room online or call the hotel at (480) 949-1414 or (800) 528-1456 and mention “SABR” to book your room at our special group rate of $129/night (plus tax).
In the first eight years of the SABR AFL conference, attendees were treated to sneak peeks at Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Stephen Strasburg, Nolan Arenado, Gerrit Cole, Billy Hamilton, and Gary Sanchez before they hit the big leagues.
Visit SABR.org/AFL to sign up today or to find the full schedule.
Note: Local or visiting SABR members can purchase extra or optional tickets to the Thursday evening ballpark dinner and game ($35) at Scottsdale Stadium, the Friday afternoon game at Scottsdale Stadium ($7), the Friday night dinner at Don and Charlie’s ($60), or the Fall Stars Game ($7) on Saturday night at Salt River Fields. Extra AFL Media Guides ($12) are also available for purchase while supplies last. Please contact Deb Jayne at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.
- Jonathan Mayo: MLB teams release 2017 Arizona Fall League rosters (MLB.com)
- Mike Rosenbaum: Top 10 prospects to watch in the 2017 Arizona Fall League (MLB.com)
We hope you’ll join us for the seventh annual SABR Analytics Conference on Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 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. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.
Early registration is now open at SABR.org/analytics. Sign up today to join us!
This year’s conference will feature the high-quality content you’ve always enjoyed at the SABR Analytics Conference and the same number of featured panels and research presentations, but there will be a few changes to the usual schedule: We will begin programming early Friday afternoon on March 9 and will run through Sunday afternoon on March 11. The change in schedule is due to the availability at our host hotel this year. However, we have a large block of rooms for SABR Analytics Conference attendees on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
In addition, the Diamond Dollars Case Competition will start at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening and the networking reception will be held on Saturday evening, March 10 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. Lunch, which is included in your conference registration, will be served at noon on Friday — before the regular programming begins — and also on Saturday between the morning and afternoon sessions.
- Registration: Click here to register for the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference. Early 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 room at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix at the special SABR rate of $229/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 15, 2018.
- Research Presentations: Click here to learn more about presenting your research at the SABR Analytics Conference; abstracts are being accepted until November 3, 2017.
- Yoseloff Scholarship: Students, apply now for a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference; the deadline to apply is December 31, 2017.
- Diamond Dollars Case Competition: Learn more or apply now to participate in the 2018 Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
- Research Awards: We’re seeking nominations for the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards; click here to learn more.
Visit SABR.org/analytics to learn more.
This has been a banner year for SABR, and your year-end charitable gift can help us bring 2017 to an even more successful close.
SABR continues to offer unparalleled opportunities for involvement and benefits for members around the world. We depend upon the volunteer work of members to mount our exciting events like the SABR Convention (in Pittsburgh next summer), the SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, and the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference; to produce groundbreaking research through the SABR Digital Library e-book program (with 8-10 free e-books provided to members each year), the Baseball Research Journal, and The National Pastime; and to expand the online resources of the research committees, regional chapters, the BioProject, the Games Project, and much more. SABR continues to offer unparalleled opportunities for involvement and benefits for members around the world.
As a 501(c)3 organization, tax-deductible donations allow SABR to expand member opportunities and to become an even larger voice in the baseball community. Many members have already become donors, and you can join them right now by making your gift online at SABR.org/donate. Please help us reach our donation drive goal!
You can also send your donation by check to: SABR, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
All of us at SABR appreciate your support of our great organization and the game we love.
To learn more, visit SABR.org/donate.
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 2018!
- Renew by mail: To pay by check or money order, mail this downloadable PDF form and your payment to the office at SABR, Cronkite School at ASU, 555 N. Central Ave. #416, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
- Pay by phone: To process your credit-card payment over the phone, please call the SABR office at (602) 496-1463 during regular business hours. (We accept Visa, Mastercard, or Discover Card.)
Dues are the same as they have been in recent years: $65 for one year or $175 for three years, with discounts available to anyone under 30 or over the age of 65.
Here are some of the membership benefits that SABR members enjoyed in the past year:
- Two issues of the Baseball Research Journal and The National Pastime convention journal
- The SABR 47 convention in New York City, which enjoyed record-breaking attendance, entertaining panels on Jim Bouton, Yogi Berra, and Jackie Robinson, and a special trip to Citi Field
- The SABR Analytics Conference during spring training in Phoenix, where we heard from Hall of Famer Randy Johnson and postseason legend Luis Gonzalez, sabermetric pioneer Bill James, and the Chicago Cubs’ front office about their journey to the World Series
- 8-10 new e-books published by the SABR Digital Library — all FREE to members — including Puerto Rico and Baseball: 60 Biographies, The SABR Book on Umpires and Umpiring and Bittersweet Goodbye: The Black Barons, the Grays, and the 1948 Negro League World Series
- Discounted registration to SABR’s national events and conferences, like the Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference and the Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference
- Hundreds of new articles published through the SABR BioProject and the SABR Games Project
- The work of our 30+ research committees and 70+ regional chapters
- Free access to The Sporting News archives through Paper of Record
Want to learn more? Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about getting the most out of your SABR membership.
Please note: If you have had trouble logging in to the SABR website, please try resetting your password using this reset link. Then try logging in to renew at the link above.
Thank you for your support of SABR as we continue to strive to make SABR membership a great experience and a great value!
SABR and Baseball Info Solutions are excited to announce the call for presentations for the seventh annual SABR Analytics Conference, scheduled for Friday, March 9 to Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the Hyatt Phoenix Downtown.
The SABR 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. Past conferences have been attended by representatives from more than 25 MLB teams.
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: email@example.com.
The submission deadline for 2018 SABR Analytics Conference presentation abstracts is 11:59 p.m. MST, Friday, November 3, 2017. Please note: If your presentation abstract is accepted, you will be required to register for the conference in order to qualify for a presentation slot.
The SABR Analytics Conference is pleased to host the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition on Friday evening, March 9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Arizona.
In the Diamond Dollars Case Competition, undergraduate, graduate and professional school students from colleges and universities across the country compete against each other by preparing an analysis and presentation of a baseball operations decision — the type of decision a team’s GM and his staff is faced with over the course of a season. The cases are developed by SABR President Vince Gennaro, author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball, and consultant to MLB teams. The Diamond Dollars Case Competition is the first national competition to be based solely on baseball operations issues.
Four- to five-person student teams are asked to evaluate a baseball operations case problem. The student team presents their analysis and recommendations to a panel of judges that includes MLB front office executives.
With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference. This scholarship will pay for registration, air transportation and lodging (double occupancy) up to a total value of $1,250. All applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to Jeff Schatzki at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than December 31, 2017.
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.
What are the best baseball analytics articles you’ve read in 2017?
We’re seeking nominations for the 2018 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: email@example.com no later than January 5, 2018. Include author, title, date of publication and a URL link (if applicable). Click here for complete details and category criteria.
Voting for the winners will be conducted online in January-February 2018 at SABR.org, BaseballProspectus.com, FanGraphs.com, HardballTimes.com and BeyondtheBoxScore.com, with results weighted equally at 20%.
Results will be announced and presented at the seventh annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 9-11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more at SABR.org/analytics.
To view past award winners and finalists, click here.
All SABR members are invited and encouraged to submit a Research Presentation Proposal Abstract on any topic of 19th-century baseball for the 2018 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The 10th annual Ivor-Campbell Conference is scheduled for April 20-21, 2018.
The deadline for proposal Abstracts is October 31, 2017. Your abstract must be between 200-500 words for a 20- to 25-minute presentation. Please include name, title, and contact information and send your proposal as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment to Peter Mancuso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be a winner, and add this new baseball book from the SABR Digital Library to your collection:
Edited by Bill Nowlin and Emmet R. Nowlin
Associate Editors: Bob LeMoine, Len Levin, and Carl Riechers
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-943816-58-3, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-943816-59-0, $21.95
8.5″ x 11″, 486 pages
SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!
- E-book: Click here to download the e-book version of 20-Game Losers for FREE from the SABR Store. Available in PDF, Kindle/MOBI, and EPUB formats.
- Paperback: Get a 50% discount on 20-Game Losers paperback edition for $10.97 (plus shipping/tax).
SABR members will get discounted rates for all Digital Library publications, including many for free. Visit SABR.org/ebooks to find all previously published books.
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.
The SABR Rocky Mountain Chapter is pleased to announce that our 20th Annual Chapter Banquet will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017. For the third 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.
Rocky Mountain SABR welcomes several special guests to this year’s event, including Keynote Speaker Patrick Saunders, Rockies beat writer for the Denver Post and current president of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA); Featured Speaker Ryan Spilborghs, former Rockies player and Emmy Award-winning commentator for ROOT Sports, Rockies Vice President of Scouting Bill Schmidt, former Rockies GM Bob Gebhard, SABR Director Bill Nowlin, MLB.com columnist Barry Bloom, and our Master of Ceremonies for the evening, former Rockies pitcher Jason Hirsh.
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/banquet.html. You may also mail a check to RMSABR Banquet, 5803 Orchard Creek Lane, Boulder, CO 80301. Please make checks payable to “Rocky Mountain SABR.”
For more information, visit RMSABR.org.
SABR member Tyrone Brooks and the Office of the Commissioner have recently launched the MLB Diversity Fellowship Program at MLB.com/fellowship. This distinct opportunity will place candidates in entry-level roles within one of the MLB Clubs and MLB’s Central Office. The Club-based program will be an 18-to-24 month commitment in a front office or baseball operations role at one of the MLB Clubs around the country participating in the MLB Diversity Fellowship Program.
Additionally, Major League Baseball will offer three entry-level fellowships with a rotational, three-year phase opportunity to: (1) two years in Baseball Operations, focusing on International Operations & Scouting, Umpiring and On-field Rules & Regulations; and (2) one year working within the League Economics Department.
While all disciplines are eligible to apply, we strongly encourage candidates with degrees and/or knowledge in economics, analytics, computer science, law and business degrees, to submit applications. Apply now at MLB.com/fellowship. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, November 17.
Four new biographies were posted this week as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 4,299 published biographies. Here are the new bios published this week:
- Wyman Andrus, by Skylar Browning and Jeremy Watterson
- Billy Cox, by Bill Hall
- Bubbles Hargrave, by Greg Erion
- Bill Shettsline, by Phil Williams
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.
- 1979 Pirates biographies now posted online: In SABR’s When Pops Led the Family: The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates, edited by Bill Nowlin and Gregory H. Wolf and published in 2016, we focused on a memorable team that helped define an era in baseball history.The biographies that appeared in When Pops Led the Family can now be read online at the SABR BioProject. You can also download the e-book for free or purchase the paperback edition at 50% off by clicking here. SABR members can download all SABR Digital Library e-books for free at SABR.org/ebooks.
Nine new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project. Here are the new game stories:
- August 14, 1957: Ted Williams’ rare opposite-field homer, by Lawrence Baldassaro
- April 28, 1996: Expos hit two grand slams, score team-record 21 runs, by Frederick “Rick” Bush
- May 12, 1996: Oh Henry! Expos’ Rodriguez finds home run swing, by Brian Wood
- May 7, 1997: Expos score record 13 runs in sixth inning, by Alan Cohen
- May 16, 1997: Widger helps Expos win a wild one, by Thomas Ayers
- June 30, 1997: Montreal-Toronto rivalry finds a new outlet in baseball, by Norm King
- July 1, 1997: Expos beat Blue Jays in a Canada Day Classic, by Thomas Ayers
- September 11, 1999: Eric Milton no-hits the Angels, by Stew Thornley
- October 2, 1999: Vlad Guerrero impales his 40th home run of season, by Norm King
Most of these articles appeared in Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos (SABR, 2016), edited by Norm King. To read more articles from this book at the SABR Games Project, click here.
If you have any questions about the Games Project, please contact Greg Erion. If you want to know if a game is available to write about, please contact Bruce Slutsky. After the article has been completed in accordance with our Authors’ Guidelines, please submit it to Len Levin, who will initiate the editing process and get your story started toward publication.
- Get involved: Have memories of a game you attended? Or a game you watched that caught your interest? Write about it! Writing for the Games Project is an easy way to get involved as a SABR member. Find out how by reading the Games Project FAQs section or checking out the Authors’ Guidelines. We have editors and fact checkers who are willing to help you write your first article.
- Seeking volunteers to help enhance Games Project articles on website: Any volunteer who is willing to assist with linking player biographies in previously published Games Project stories on the SABR website, please contact Jacob Pomrenke. No experience necessary. Must be comfortable working in Drupal, WordPress or other standard content management systems.
- Seymour Medal, due 12/31/2017: 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 2017 publication date, contact Ken Fenster at email@example.com by December 31, 2017.
- Larry Ritter Award, due 12/31/2017: 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 2017 publication date, contact Doug Skipper at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31, 2017.
- Ron Gabriel Award, due 12/31/2017: 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 2018 awards, please send a copy of your work to Gary Sarnoff at email@example.com by December 31, 2017.
- SABR Baseball Research Award, due 1/31/2018: 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 2018 awards, please contact Bill Felber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award, due 2/15/2018: 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 2018 awards, please contact Len Levin at email@example.com.
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.
Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, a radio show hosted by SABR President Vince Gennaro, will be on hiatus during the MLB postseason. After the World Series ends, the show will air again at its regular time, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET on Sundays, on MLB Network Radio. But you can still listen to archives of recent episodes on-demand on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.
You can also watch video highlights of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM on MLB.com. Click here to watch more video highlights of Baseball SABR Style from MLB.com.
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.
SABR will be returning to the Steel City for our 48th national convention on June 20-24, 2018, at the Wyndham Grand in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Registration information will be available at SABR.org/convention in early 2018. The Pirates are scheduled to play at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks that weekend.
The Wyndham Grand is conveniently located within walking distance from PNC Park and a light rail station, many downtown cultural amenities, and right across the street from the picturesque 36-acre Point State Park where the three rivers converge.
SABR 48 will be our second convention held in Pittsburgh and first since 1995. Our 25th annual convention that year featured a keynote speech from former Pirates manager Chuck Tanner and panel discussions commemorating the 1960 and 1971 World Series champions. Learn more about SABR’s convention history by clicking here.
SABR’s 2018 national convention will be our 48th annual gathering; the organization’s founding in Cooperstown in 1971 is counted as the first.
For more information on the SABR convention, visit SABR.org/convention.
- SABR member Russell Schneider, 89, died on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at an assisted living facility in Broadview Heights, Ohio. Schneider, a SABR member since 1990 and active for many years in the Jack Graney Chapter, was renowned for his knowledge of Cleveland Indians history after a distinguished career as a beat writer and columnist with The Plain Dealer. He was the author of more than a dozen sports-related books, including an encyclopedia of the Tribe’s top players called Cleveland Indians Legends. Born May 7, 1928, he grew up in the Cleveland area and was a star catcher at West Tech High School. He played briefly in the Indians minor-league system between two stints in the US Marine Corps — once during World War II and once during the Korean War — and then continued a long career on the Cleveland sandlots as a player and manager. He became The Plain Dealer’s Indians beat writer in 1964 and was known for his vigorous reporting and no-nonsense prose. He held that job for 14 seasons before moving over to the NFL Browns beat and then spent several years as a columnist at the newspaper before his retirement in 1993. He was honored by Cleveland’s Journalism Hall of Fame and the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame and has twice been a finalist for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Catherine; three children, Eileen, Rusty, and Bryan; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitation is Friday, October 27 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at Chambers Funeral Home, 29150 Lorain Rd. in North Olmsted, Ohio. Click here to read Bill Livingston’s tribute to Schneider in The Plain Dealer. A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, October 28 at the North Royalton Christian Church, 5100 Royalton Rd. in North Royalton, with a private burial to follow at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
Minutes from the Board of Directors conference calls on July 24, August 6, and October 4, 2017, 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:
- Check out complete coverage and highlights from SABR 47 in New York City
- Find photos and highlights from the 2017 SABR Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference
- SABR 47: Larry Lester selected as Bob Davids Award winner
- SABR 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker project honors Andy Leonard in Boston, Pud Galvin in Pittsburgh
- SABR Defensive Index rankings released through August 27
- From the archives: SABR interviews with heroes of Octobers past
- Staples, Tobias receive scholarships in 2017 SABR Women in Baseball essay contest
- 1967 Boston Red Sox essays now published at SABR.org
- Jefferson Street Ballparks historical marker dedicated at ceremony in Philadelphia
- SABR Digital Library: Bittersweet Goodbye: The Black Barons, the Grays, and the 1948 Negro League World Series
- Read all articles from The National Pastime: New York, New York at SABR.org
- New research resource: Guide to the 1887 National Colored League
- SABR welcomes new European chapter named for Bert Blyleven
- Watch SABR panels from 2017 All-Star FanFest in Miami with Tony Perez, Eduardo Perez, Brian Kenny, and Vince Gennaro
- Read SABR biographies about the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017
- Check out complete highlights from the 2017 SABR Analytics Conference
- The Baseball Index website relaunched; find more than 250,000 baseball articles and bibliographic sources listed
- Learn more about new SABR Diversity and Inclusion Committee
- Educators, sign up your class for a discounted SABR Student Group Affiliate Membership
- Help support SABR’s 19th Century Baseball Grave Marker Project
- All e-books in SABR Digital Library available for free to members
All previous editions of This Week in SABR can be found here: /content/this-week-in-sabr-archives.
For more information, click here.
You can find contact information for any SABR member in the online membership directory (SABR.org/directory).
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|Gregory Bekiaris||New York, NY||Mark McFadden||Elverson, PA|
|Jeffrey Brown||Pittsburgh, PA||John Sherwood||Orinda, CA|
|John Cullen||Milford, DE||Richard Skrinjar||Pittsburgh, PA|
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|Kent Jacobson||Scottsdale, AZ||Jari Walzog||Oceanport, NJ|
Here are the new SABR research committee updates this week:
- Official Scoring: October 2017 newsletter
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
Here are the new regional chapter updates this week:
- Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter: October 23 meeting recap (St. Louis, MO)
- Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter: October 21 meeting recap (Hamden, CT)
- East Tennessee Chapter: October 7 meeting recap (Knoxville, TN)
- Halsey Hall Chapter: November 2017 newsletter (Minneapolis, MN)
- Rice-Russell Nashville Chapter: October 21 meeting recap (Nashville, TN)
- Rocky Mountain Chapter: Registration is now open for the chapter’s 20th annual banquet on November 11, 2017, at Coors Field in Denver. Visit RMSABR.org/banquet.html for complete information and details.
- Best Practices handbook: Chapter leaders, you can download the updated Chapter Leaders Best Practices Handbook on the Admin Tools page at admin.sabr.org. The handbook offers suggestions and guidelines for meetings, speakers, revitalizing a chapter, and getting publicity for SABR and chapter events.
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming events on the SABR calendar:
- October 28: Luke Easter Chapter World Series viewing party (Rochester, NY)
- October 28: Schott-Pelican Chapter fall meeting (New Orleans, LA)
- October 28: Monarchs Chapter fall meeting (Kansas City, MO)
- November 1: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter baseball fellowship meeting (St. Louis, MO)
- November 2-4: 2017 SABR Arizona Fall League Experience (Scottsdale, AZ)
- November 4: Luke Easter Chapter “Hot Stove Talks” (Rochester, NY)
- November 4: Dusty Baker-Sacramento Chapter fall meeting (Sacramento, CA)
- November 4: Halsey Hall Chapter fall meeting (Minneapolis, MN)
- November 4: Hank Gowdy Chapter fall meeting (Columbus, OH)
- November 4: Jack Graney Chapter fall meeting (Cleveland, OH)
- November 4: Northwest Chapter fall meeting (Seattle, WA)
- November 8: Bob Davids Chapter Monthly Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- November 8: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter meeting (Milwaukee, WI)
- November 11: Detroit Chapter fall meeting (Detroit, MI)
- November 11: Dayton Chapter fall meeting (Dayton, OH)
- November 11: Boston Chapter fall meeting (Boston, MA)
- November 11: Rocky Mountain Chapter 20th annual chapter banquet (Denver, CO)
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:
- Baseball Hall of Fame announces 2018 Ford C. Frick Award finalists (BaseballHall.org)
- Sam Miller: Making sense of the home run-happy World Series (ESPN.com)
- Maria Torres: Dodgers’ Dave Roberts could be second black manager to win World Series (Kansas City Star)
- Eric Nusbaum: With Puig and Gurriel in World Series, MLB’s Cuban conquest is complete (VICE Sports)
- David Laurila: Q&A with Astros’ Charlie Morton on baseball and life (FanGraphs)
- Bill Plaschke: Before Kirk Gibson’s famous home run, he had to swing along with Mitch (Los Angeles Times)
- David Waldstein: With a crowd of diverse faces, Dodger Stadium stands out (New York Times)
- Rob Mains: The biggest World Series upsets (Baseball Prospectus)
- Todd Radom: World Series program covers for the ages (ToddRadom.com)
- Keith Olbermann: A boy’s return to the World Series 91 years later (ESPN.com)
- Graham Womack: Jack Morris on Hall of Fame: ‘I think my record speaks for itself’ (The Sporting News)
- Michael Bates/Bill Parker: The Twins become the worst World Series champs (This Week in Baseball History podcast)
- Bill Felber: Dissecting the ninth inning of Game 7 of the 1962 World Series (The National Pastime Museum)
- Rob Neyer: Say, Hey: Are you sure the World Series MVP should be named after Willie Mays? (The Athletic)
- Mark Armour: The great Lou Brock’s record-setting World Series play (The National Pastime Museum)
- Tom Shieber: Henry Sandham’s painting of the 1894 Temple Cup series (Baseball Researcher)
- Katie Baker: Alex Rodriguez’s path to redemption on baseball TV (The Ringer)
- Ben Lindbergh: Joe Girardi’s dismissal shows front office is king (The Ringer)
- Russell Carleton: A critical look at defensive positional adjustments (Baseball Prospectus)
- Jeff Long: The perception of deception (Baseball Prospectus)
- Sdirhau Pappu: Baseball is staying out of politics this year, like it does every year (Washington Post)
- Sara Nović: America’s Enduring Pastime: Baseball, Misogyny, and Reading The Natural (Literary Hub)
- Joe Blackstock: Yo-yo king once offered Dodgers free land to build stadium in Etiwanda (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)
- David Kronheim: 2017 MLB and Minor League Attendance Summary (NumberTamer.com)
- Nick Vossbrink: Lights, Camera, Action! (SABR Baseball Cards Blog)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: October 27, 2017. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.