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This Week in SABR: September 2, 2022

This Week in SABR: September 2, 2022

Welcome to “This Week in SABR!” Please note: The SABR office will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 5. Click here to view this week’s newsletter on the web. Here’s what we’ve been up to as of September 2, 2022:

SABR Defensive Index rankings released through Sunday, August 28

SABR Defensive IndexLos Angeles right fielder Mookie Betts and New York catcher Jose Trevino lead their respective leagues in the updated SABR Defensive Index™ rankings through Major League Baseball games of Sunday, August 28.

For the 10th 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.

Betts’s SDI of 11.9 is the highest in the NL among all qualified defenders, ahead of Pittsburgh third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes (11.6) and St. Louis third baseman Nolan Arenado (10.7). Arizona first baseman Christian Walker (10.4) and Colorado second baseman Brendan Rogers (8.9) round out the top five.

Trevino’s SDI of 11.1 leads all fielders in the AL, followed by a pair of Cleveland outfielders, left fielder Steven Kwan (11.0) and center fielder Myles Straw (9.3). Houston shortstop Jeremy Peña (8.2) and New York third baseman Josh Donaldson (7.8) round out the top five.

Click here to read the full announcement at

Announcing finalists for 2022 Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award

2022 SABR Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award finalistsWe are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2022 Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by SABR’s Women in Baseball Committee. Each of these finalists has made important contributions promoting the participation of women in baseball, on the field and off:

  • Penny Marshall, director of the 1992 film A League of Their Own
  • Justine Siegal, founder of Baseball For All
  • Janet Marie Smith, acclaimed ballpark design director
  • Toni Stone, women’s baseball pioneer and former Negro Leagues infielder
  • Suzyn Waldman, New York Yankees broadcaster for more than three decades

Other nominees included: Amanda Clement, Ila Borders, Lillian Hopkins, Connie Wisniewski, and Kuma Gupta.

The winner of the 2022 award will be announced during the SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference on September 16-18. All baseball fans are welcome to register for the three-day virtual Zoom conference.

Click here to read the full announcement at

SABR 50: Listen to highlights from Curt Flood panel with Judy Pace Flood, Brad Snyder, Mark Armour, and Shakeia Taylor

SABR 50 Curt Flood panel (L-R): Brad Snyder, Judy Pace Flood, Mark Armour, Shakeia TaylorAt SABR 50 on Saturday, August 20, a special panel discussion was held focusing on the 50th anniversary of Curt Flood’s lawsuit against Major League Baseball. On June 19, 1972, the United States Supreme Court ruled against Flood in his effort to dismantle baseball’s reserve clause.

Our panelists for Flood v. Kuhn: Fifty Years Later included Judy Pace Flood, Curt Flood’s widow and a pioneering African American actress; Mark Armour, award-winning baseball historian and co-writer of the MLB Players Association’s official history; Brad Snyder, Georgetown University law professor and author of A Well-Paid Slave; and moderator Shakeia Taylor of the Chicago Tribune.

Click here to listen to highlights from the Curt Flood 50th anniversary panel at SABR 50.

SABR 50: Listen to highlights from committee meetings in Baltimore

SABR 50 Ballparks Panel: Larry Lucchino, Janet Marie Smith, Charles SteinbergFrom the Nineteenth Century to modern Statistical Analysis, SABR’s nearly three dozen research committees reflect the diverse interests of our membership, and the committees’ annual meetings at the SABR 50 convention in Baltimore also had a variety of interesting guest speakers.

The Ballparks Committee hosted a special panel discussion with Larry Lucchino, Janet Marie Smith, and Charles Steinberg, some of the key principals in the building of the Orioles’ Camden Yards in 1992, while the Media Committee invited Red Sox radio legend Joe Castiglione and Orioles broadcaster Kevin Brown to talk about life behind the microphone before their ballgame on Friday night. Other guest speakers included former major-leaguer Mike Bordick (Oral History), author Melissa Ludtke (Women in Baseball), Rob Fitts and Adam Berenbak (Asian Baseball), Paul Scimonelli (Biographical Research), Vinay Kumar and Hans Van Slooten (Statistical Analysis), Herm Krabbenhoft and Thomas Thress (Baseball Records), and Donald Jensen (Deadball Era). Convention attendees never lack for fun stories and insight from our guest speakers at SABR 50!

Click here to listen to highlights from the SABR 50 committee meetings at

Find more clips, stories, and photos from SABR 50

SABR 50 Media Panel: Joe Castiglione and Kevin BrownCouldn’t make it to Baltimore for SABR 50? Check out more coverage of our 2022 convention from the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor online:

For more coverage of SABR 50, visit

Save the date! SABR 51 will be in Chicago in 2023

The lobby of the Palmer House Hilton hotel in Chicago (Photo: Jacob Pomrenke)Save the date! SABR will be returning to Chicago for our 51st annual convention on July 5-9, 2023, at the Palmer House Hilton hotel in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Registration information for SABR 51 and our special hotel room block will be available at in early 2023.

This will be SABR’s fifth convention held in the Windy City, and the first since SABR 45 in 2015.

Learn more about SABR’s convention history by clicking here.

SABR welcomes new chapter in Central Virginia

SABR logoSABR’s Board of Directors has approved the formation of a new regional chapter.

The Central Virginia Chapter serves members in Richmond, Charlottesville, and surrounding areas; the chapter leader is Tom Hardiman.

SABR’s 83 regional chapters cover 39 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.; plus international chapters in Canada (Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia), Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Latin America (Venezuela, Dominican Republic), the United Kingdom, Europe (Netherlands), and Italy.

For a list of all SABR chapters, visit A calendar of upcoming SABR meetings can be found at

SABR Digital Library: We Are, We Can, We Will: The 1992 World Champion Toronto Blue Jays

We Are, We Can, We Will: The 1992 World Champion Toronto Blue JaysAdd a new baseball book to your collection from the SABR Digital Library:

We Are, We Can, We Will: The 1992 World Champion Toronto Blue Jays
Edited by Adrian Fung and Bill Nowlin
Associate Editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
Forewords by Buck Martinez and Dave Winfield
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-970159-83-7, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-970159-84-4, $34.95 US / $41.95 CDN
8.5″ x 11″, 394 pages

Click here to read the full description of this book at

SABR members, get this e-book for FREE!

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.

  • Note for Kindle users: Beginning in August 2022, Amazon will no longer allow Kindle users to send new MOBI files to their Kindle library. EPUB files are now a compatible format for your Kindle library. Click here to learn more.

Read all stories from The National Pastime: Major Research on the Minor Leagues online

The National Pastime: Major Research on the Minor Leagues (2022)The National Pastime serves as SABR’s convention-focused publication. Published annually, this research journal provides in-depth articles focused on the respective geographic region where the national convention is taking place in a given year.

In 2020, we published a Baltimore-themed edition of The National Pastime while the convention shifted to a virtual event. Last year, the TNP theme was on the Future According to Baseball.

For the 2022 edition of The National Pastime, we decided to focus on the history and evolution of minor league baseball, with a special cover illustration by artist Andy Brown.

Having trouble downloading our e-books? Having trouble downloading SABR e-books or transferring them to your Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader or iPad? Click here for additional help.

Early registration discounts end soon for 2022 SABR/IWBC Virtual Women in Baseball Conference

SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference logoRegistration is still open for the fourth annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, which will be held virtually on September 16-18, 2022. All baseball fans are welcome to attend!

This year’s conference — co-sponsored by SABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center, and hosted by Rockford University — will be a virtual event centered around the theme “Title IX and Women’s Baseball: Where We’ve Been and Where We are Headed.” Presentations and panels will take place on Zoom.

  • Register now: Click here to register for this event at Early registration is $50, and includes Zoom access to all presentations and panels, awards ceremony, and virtual social hour. After September 7, regular registration is $60.
  • Schedule: Stay tuned for the full schedule of panels and presentations. Zoom sessions will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16; 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30-4:30 p.m., and 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, and 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 18. (All times listed are in the Eastern Time Zone.)

If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Heaphy at

Visit to learn more.

Join us for more Stay Home With SABR virtual events

Juan Soto data visualization baseball card, created by Adam KorengoldSABR chapters and committees are encouraged to set up virtual meetings to stay engaged with our members throughout the world at, as part of our Stay Home With SABR initiative to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

  • Can’t-Miss Event: SABR’s Gardner-Waterman Vermont Chapter will hold a virtual Zoom meeting at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, September 6. All baseball fans are invited to attend. Our speaker will be Adam Korengold, an analytics lead at the National Institutes of Health who teaches data visualization — the art of creating visual displays of data and information — at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He will show how to use data visualization to see if the 2020 MLB season was comparable to other recent ones and how the level of play in the Negro Leagues compared to the White major leagues during the same time. To RSVP for this meeting, please contact Clayton Trutor.
  • Video Replays: This week, we heard from Dr. James Beckett, winner of the 2022 SABR Jefferson Burdick Award. Click here to view video replays of virtual SABR events.

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

  • September 3: Talkin’ Baseball: Lawrence Knorr (9:00 a.m. EDT)
  • September 6: Gardner-Waterman Vermont Chapter meeting with Adam Korengold (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • September 6: Jack Graney (OH) Chapter meeting with Sam McDowell (8:00 p.m. EDT)
  • September 7: Baltimore Babe Ruth Chapter meeting with Kelly Park (7:00 p.m. EDT)
  • September 8: Baseball Think Factory meeting (8:30 p.m. EDT)
  • September 10: Emil Rothe Chicago (IL) Chapter meeting with Mark Armour and Jason Cannon (2:00 p.m. CDT)

In addition, the following events will be held in person:

  • September 1: Ken Keltner Badger State Chapter meeting (Milwaukee, WI)
  • September 4: Babe Ruth/Mack-Allen Chapter ballgame/meeting (Aberdeen, MD)
  • September 7: Buck O’Neil/North Florida Chapter meeting (Tallahassee, FL)
  • September 7: Bob Broeg St. Louis Chapter fellowship meeting (St. Louis, MO)
  • September 10: Oscar Charleston Chapter meeting (Indianapolis, IN)

Find more upcoming SABR meetings on our Events Calendar page.

10 new stories published at the SABR Games Project

Will McEntire (COURTESY OF ARKANSAS ATHLETICS)Ten new game stories were posted this week as part of the SABR Games Project:

New Games Project stories can be found at

  • Read game stories from Baltimore Baseball: In 2021, Baltimore Baseball, edited by Bill Nowlin, was published at the SABR Digital Library. The book focused on the rich history of baseball in the Baltimore area, through recounts of 84 games from the major-league Orioles to the minor-league Orioles to the Negro Leagues. Click here to read all game stories from Baltimore Baseball online at the SABR Games Project.
  • 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.

SABRcast with Rob Neyer: Listen to an interview with baseball executive Bill Bavasi

SABRcast #177: Bill BavasiBaseball 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 #177 on Monday, August 29 featured Bill Bavasi, a second-generation baseball executive for more than 40 years who now serves as Director of Scouting and Player Development for the independent Pioneer Baseball League, an MLB Partner League. He also co-hosts a regular PBL podcast series on YouTube. Previously, he managed MLB’s Arizona Fall League and supervised supervised the MLB Scouting Bureau. He served as General Manager of the then-California Angels from 1994 to 1999 and the Seattle Mariners from 2003 to 2008. His father, Buzzie Bavasi, was a celebrated executive for the Dodgers, Padres, and Angels, while his brothers Peter and Bob Bavasi have also worked in the baseball industry for many years.

Visit 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

Listen to a new episode 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 for the regular season. Listen to new episodes at 8:00-9:00 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.

Friends of SABR: August 2022

Here is a list of SABR supporters for the month of August 2022:

Jake Bell   Peter Mancuso
Harvey Berger   Bill Nowlin
D. Bruce Brown   Gregg Pericich
Ken Carrano   Eric Peters
Karl Cicitto   Justin Priddy
Vincent Comparato   Jim Pryles
Helen Edwards   John Rall
Steven Elsberry   Dennis Riswold
Jonathan Epstein   Michael Rosenwasser
Daniel Evans   Charles Roussel
Joseph Favano Estate   Bob Russon
David Firstman   Jason Scheller
Robert Fleishman   Douglas Schoppert
Adam Foldes   Jeff Self
Vince Gennaro   Rob Sheinkopf
Steve Greanias   Mike Sparks
Robert Hagerman   Thomas Stone
John Hatch   Wesley Story
Leslie Heaphy   Joseph Thompson
Tim Herlich   Neal Traven
Rockwell Hoffman   Marlene Vogelsang
David Hughes   Steve West
Donald Jensen   Beach Wires
Dave Jerome   Jeffrey Wood
Eric Kittelberger   Don Zminda
Henry Levy    

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.

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:

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 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
Ben Altieri Franklin, MA     William Kabaker Los Angeles, CA
Andrew Armstrong Lambertville, NJ     Gabriel Kinstlinger Reisterstown, MD
Orion Bell Omaha, NE     Margie Lawrence Chicago, IL
Robert Bochar Odenton, MD     David Marti Norfolk, VA
Kevin Byrne Albany, NY     Todd Mason Las Vegas, NV
Kenneth Castro Bristol, RI     Joseph McCaffrey Brockport, NY
Larry D’Ambrosa Lincroft, NJ     Patrick Montgomery Lexington, SC
Ben Ernst Aberdeen, SD     Denis Nielson Ottawa, ON
Francis Harte Cooperstown, NY     Wes Peirce The Woodlands, TX
Don Jacobs Searcy, AR     Dave Ritchey Georgetown, TX
Rich Johnson Glen Carbon, IL     Mike Sortino Nottingham, MD

Research Committee news

There are no new research committee updates this week.

Find all SABR research committee newsletters at

Regional Chapter news

Here are the new regional chapter and chartered community updates this week:

Click here for more information on SABR regional chapters. Click here to learn more about SABR chartered communities.

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.

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Originally published: September 2, 2022. Last Updated: September 2, 2022.