Here’s what we’ve been up to as of September 7, 2012:
Editor’s note: The Diamond Report is a series of monthly messages, written by SABR President Vince Gennaro and Executive Director Marc Appleman, to keep SABR members better informed about the Society’s direction and progress. The Diamond Report archives are collected at SABR.org/diamondreport. Here is the Diamond Report for September 2012, written by Marc Appleman:
This was a very successful and busy summer for SABR! Here are some of the highlights:
New back-end membership profile system from YourMembership.com: Most recently, SABR launched a new membership profile system at members.sabr.org. The response to the new system has been very positive, and SABR now has a strong back-end system to go along with its popular and successful SABR.org website. The system includes new communication tools for chapter and committee leaders. The key changes are:
- Membership profile: SABR members have the enhanced ability to edit their profile information, sign up for email announcements from chapters/committees, and more easily access the members-only sections of the website.
- Group admin tools: Chapter/committee leaders can send out email announcements that are received by all group members instantly and reliably. Uploading newsletters and adding an event to the SABR Calendar is now a one-step process. Group leaders can easily download a current roster of their group members — sortable by join date, expiration date and contact info.
- Event registration: It’s now easier to register, add sessions and register guests for SABR conferences and conventions.
- Search directory: The new SABR Membership Directory includes a full list of contact information and restores special functionalities such as searching by chapter, committee and research interests/expertise.
- Single sign-on: The new back-end system is integrated with all areas of SABR.org, which means that you should no longer have to sign in multiple times to access different areas of the website. You will be able to sign in once at members.sabr.org and that log-in will enable you to view all members-only areas, including the YourMembership profile and the SABR Directory.
SABR 42: From a membership, programming and financial standpoint, our convention in Minneapolis was a major success. Coverage of the convention can be found at http://sabr.org/convention. The feedback from members was extremely positive. Rod Caborn wrote: “Congratulations to you and your colleagues for providing attendees at SABR 42 with a terrific experience. Your team made (the) experience social, educational, and emotionally rewarding (where else can you find people who have the same passion for something as you do?)”
Licensing deal with MLB Advanced Media: At SABR 42, we announced a major deal with MLB Advanced Media that provides an avenue for SABR and its members to share more than 40 years of valued research, as well as research currently being done, with the baseball community through MLB.com. Like any major deal with a big media company, it takes a while for the deal to be completely implemented. SABR is currently featured on the front screen and throughout the content areas on the “Baseball Memory Lab” and content from SABR will be integrated throughout MLB.com.
As part of this agreement, MLBAM will also help promote SABR throughout the MLB.com portal, including the promotion of SABR conventions and conferences, SABR Day and SABR.org. SABR.org will have a link in the footer of the MLB.com home page. MLBAM has already implemented its discounts for SABR members to MLB.TV and the MLB Store (which are available here).
SABR at All-Star FanFest: A week after our convention in Minneapolis, SABR produced six panels at the MLBAM booth during the All-Star FanFest held in Kansas City. These panels featured SABR members and highlighted SABR’s ability to put together both topical and historical panels in a way that truly showed off our special organization. There was a standing-room-only crowd on Saturday afternoon for one of the Negro Leagues panels, the Women’s Baseball Panel was a big hit on Saturday morning, and SABR Trivia — prepared by D. Bruce Brown — played to a packed house on Tuesday afternoon before the All-Star Game. There was a second panel devoted to the Negro Leagues, a panel on the history of baseball in Kansas City and a panel about SABR as an organization.
SABR 43: In mid-July, I met with the organizing team in Philadelphia to tour potential hotels and discuss programming ideas for next year’s convention. From talking to members, it sounds like SABR 43 might be one of the most well-attended conferences ever. As soon as MLB announces next season’s schedule in a couple of weeks, we will announce the dates for SABR 43.
SABR 44: At our annual convention, we announced that SABR 44 in 2014 will be held in Houston, Texas, and hosted by the Larry Dierker Chapter.
Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference: Back to this summer … There were more than 100 attendees at the Jerry Malloy Conference in Cleveland (July 19-21). The theme of the 2012 Malloy Conference was “Black Baseball in Ohio”. Black baseball has a strong history in Ohio and especially in the city of Cleveland. In the 19th century, one of the first African American players in the majors, Moses Fleetwood Walker, played in Toledo. The city of Cleveland had more Negro League entries (11) than any other city in the Negro Leagues from the 1920s through the 1940s. The crowning success came with the 1945 Cleveland Buckeyes winning the Negro League World Series. Their roster included such key players as Quincy Trouppe, Sam Jethroe, Eugene Bremer and Archie Ware.
SABR BioProject: Shortly before the convention, SABR’s successful BioProject published its 2,000th bio! Special congratulations to project director Mark Armour and his team. You can read all of our published bios at SABR.org/BioProject.
SABR Publishing: Last month, SABR published Nineteenth Century Stars as part of the SABR Digital Library. Other SABR e-books we’ve published include: Opening Fenway Park with Style: The 1912 World Champion Red Sox, Great Hitting Pitchers, Can He Play? A Look at Baseball Scouts and Their Profession, and Run, Rabbit, Run: The Hilarious and Mostly True Tales of Rabbit Maranville.
The SABR Bookshelf listings of new baseball books for Summer 2012 can also be found at: http://sabr.org/latest/sabr-bookshelf-summer-2012.
The summer of 2012 was also a busy time for many of the local chapters who held meetings and attended ballgames.
Looking ahead, the fourth annual SABR Arizona Fall League Conference will be held from Nov. 1-3 in Phoenix. This conference will feature four games, including the nationally televised Rising Stars Game. The second SABR Analytics Conference will be March 7-9, 2013, in Phoenix.
We hope you’re enjoying our little series in “This Week in SABR” on some of the (many) benefits and tools available to you as a SABR member, and how to take advantage of them.
Here’s another cool one that you may or may not be using: SABR-L
SABR-L is a free, daily e-mail listserv that all SABR members are encouraged to participate in. Moderated by a rotating group of volunteers, SABR-L’s purpose is to encourage and facilitate research and information exchange among SABR members. Since its founding in 1995, the list’s subscriber rolls have grown steadily in number, and today more than 1,400 members are subscribed. On a typical day, your SABR-L e-mail will include 10-20 posts on a wide variety of baseball topics.
Some of the topics we discussed on SABR-L last week included Gaylord Perry’s “moon landing” home run in 1969, a list of multi-home run games by non-sluggers, Pud Galvin and the effects of performance-enhancing substances in the 19th century, and the recent blockbuster Red Sox-Dodgers trade.
We’ve been told by some members that SABR-L is worth the price of membership by all itself. You can learn something new every day from your one SABR-L e-mail.
It’s easy to sign up for SABR-L.
Just send an e-mail to this address: LISTSERV@APPLE.EASE.LSOFT.COM. And in your e-mail, type this in the subject line: SUBSCRIBE FIRSTNAME LASTNAME. So if your name is Bob Smith, this is what your subject line would look like: Subscribe Bob Smith
That’s all it takes. You’ll start receiving your daily SABR-L e-mail the next day, and then you can jump into the conversation whenever you’d like. By default, the list comes in “digest” form — which means one e-mail a day — but you can choose to receive each post immediately if you’d like. (Click here for details on how to do that.)
To post a new message to the SABR-L listserv, just compose a normal e-mail with your message and send it to this address: SABR-L@APPLE.EASE.LSOFT.COM. It will be posted in the next digest. Please use a specific subject line that reflects the content of your message and remember to sign your name at the bottom. And please, for the sake of brevity, take a second to delete all the previous messages from the bottom of your e-mail, too. We’re interested in reading your post, not in reading everyone else’s all over again.
Simple, right? SABR-L is a fantastic resource for asking research questions or discussing other baseball topics with SABR members. One of the great traits about SABR members as a whole is that somebody, somewhere, knows the answer to just about any baseball research question you can ask. SABR-L is often the best way to find those answers, or to share those answers with others. Our daily listserv has a reputation for high-quality discussion — and yes, we’ve established a couple basic ground rules for posting etiquette, which you can find in the SABR-L Moderator’s Note, to ensure the listserv remains that way — and we’re proud of how it’s evolved over the last 15-plus years.
The SABR-L Archives are also a useful resource if you’ve looked everywhere else for an answer to your question with no luck. Search the archives to see if your question has been brought up on the listserv before; chances are, it has.
We just wanted to make sure you were all aware of SABR-L — this message will be a brief reminder for longtime members and interesting news for those who have recently joined the Society. We hope you’ll all subscribe to SABR-L and join the discussion!
The fourth annual SABR Arizona Fall League Conference will be held November 1-3, 2012, in Phoenix, Arizona. Hotel and registration information will be available soon at SABR.org/AFL.
Here’s a preview of the conference schedule:
The conference will feature four AFL games, each at a different ballpark. Guests will see all six AFL teams, showcasing every major league team’s top prospects. The final game on Saturday night is the Rising Stars Game at Talking Stick at Salt River, the crown jewel of Arizona’s Cactus League parks.
After taking in a game on Thursday afternoon, guests will also be treated to dinner Don and Charlie’s, home to one of the great sports memorabilia collections you will ever see. Friday’s schedule includes two AFL games and a pregame ballpark dinner at Scottsdale Stadium, along with a special guest speaker to go along with your meal.
On Saturday morning, attendees will join members of SABR’s Flame Delhi (Arizona) Chapter for their regional fall meeting. Saturday night is always a highlight of the conference as the top prospects from every organization participate in the AFL Rising Stars game. All of this, including transportation, is included in one low registration price. Hotel information and online registration will be available soon at SABR.org.
The Arizona Fall League (mlbfallball.com) is baseball’s premier player development league. In the first three years of the conference, attendees were treated to sneak peeks at Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Starlin Castro and Stephen Strasburg before they hit the big leagues.
All baseball fans are welcome to attend, so join us in November for the SABR Arizona Fall League Conference!
The 2013 issue of The National Pastime, our annual convention journal, will be published at SABR 43 in Philadelphia next summer.
Our theme will be baseball in the Philadelphia area (the Tri-State area of Southeast Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware.) We are looking for submissions dealing with various levels of baseball from Little League and sandlot ball to all levels of professional leagues. Philly has a rich tradition of baseball from its early beginnings in the 1830s, to the National League and American Association Athletics, to Connie Mack’s A’s, the Hilldale Daisies, the Philadelphia Bobbies, the Philadelphia Stars and, of course, the Phillies. We are looking to provide a broad perspective of Philadelphia baseball from its early years to the present day.
If you are interested in submitting an article, please send an abstract to Morris Levin. Please include not only your topic, but why it interests you, and how you are qualified to research it. What sources do you plan to use? A typical article in The National Pastime runs 2,000 to 5,000 words. Upon receipt of your abstract, we will forward a copy of the SABR guidelines for submission of papers.
All interested authors should make sure their SABR membership is up to date. It is longstanding SABR policy that only the work of SABR members is published in our journals. You can renew your membership online at members.sabr.org before you submit your paper.
- To read articles from this year’s The National Pastime, focusing on baseball in Minnesota, click here. The TNP archives can be found here.
Five new biographies were posted as part of the SABR Baseball Biography Project, which brings us to a total of 2,053 published biographies.
Here are the new bios:
- Curtis Brown, by Rory Costello
- Leon Brown, by Rory Costello
- Paul Casanova, by Rory Costello and Jose Ramirez
- Bill Devery, by Bill Lamb
- Elmer Myers, by Bill Nowlin
All new biographies can be found here: http://sabr.org/bioproj/recent
You can find the SABR BioProject at its new home page: SABR.org/BioProject.
Get involved! If you’d like to help contribute to the SABR BioProject, visit our BioProject Resources page or read the FAQs section to get started. We’re also looking to expand the BioProject to include all “encyclopedic” articles on baseball-related subjects from past SABR publications or committee newsletters. If you come across an article you think should be included in the SABR “baseball repository” at the BioProject, send a copy or link to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Here is a list of new members:
|Seth Dohrn||Tiffin, IA||Mary Campbell||Philadelphia, PA|
|Sean Satterlee||Washington, DC||Zachary Miller||Brenham, TX|
|Eric Hornick||Syosset, NY||Eduardo Viladevall||Kirkland, WA|
|John Lindo||Richmond Hill, ON||Gerald B.Keane||Sarasota, FL|
|Michael A Foust||Jackson, MI||Dave Boatman||Roseville, CA|
|Ralph Hegsted||Aurora, CO||Andrew Nadler||Rutland, VT|
|Carl Seigel||New York, NY||Mark Maguire||Bryn Mawr, PA|
|Edwin Ricardo Perez||Trujillo Alto, PR||Marie Biro||Newark, DE|
|Jim Wheeler||Eaton, OH||Bob Carter||Halifax, NS|
|Craig Blumenthal||Mill Valley, CA||Roger Abiague||Newark, NJ|
|Doug Puharic||Erie, PA||Robert Corsarie||Naples, FL|
|Glen Wigney||Chicago, IL||Adam Light||New York, NY|
|John Schachter||Arlington, VA||David A.Bloom||Ann Arbor, MI|
|Gary Hoffman||Moon Township, PA||Mark Kutner||Arlington, VA|
|Greg Frank||Minneapolis, MN||Derrick Jones||Virginia Beach, VA|
|Bill Wentworth||Newark, OH||Marc Cohen||Georgetown, ON|
|Kyle Klein||Champaign, IL|
Find all SABR research committee newsletters at SABR.org/research.
- Quebec Chapter meeting recap (August 4; Quebec City, QC)
Visit SABR.org/chapters for more information on SABR regional chapters.
Here is a list of upcoming SABR events:
- September 8: Talkin’ Baseball: Dave Stinson (Columbia, MD)
- September 8: Ted Williams Chapter meeting (San Diego, CA)
- September 9: Rice-Russell Nashville Chapter meeting (Nashville, TN)
- September 12: Bob Davids Chapter Monthly Hot Stove Dinner (Arlington, VA)
- September 12: “Unveiling The Babe” with Chris Epting (Orange, CA)
- September 13-14: “Not Exactly Cooperstown” film screening (San Francisco, CA)
- September 14: Norm Coleman’s “Ty Cobb” one-man play (Half Moon Bay, CA)
- September 15: Baseball Prospectus Ballpark Tour with Vin Scully (Los Angeles, CA)
- September 15: Flame Delhi Chapter meeting (Phoenix, AZ)
- September 17: Larry Dierker Chapter meeting (Houston, TX)
- September 18: Bob Davids Chapter Maryland Hot Stove Dinner (Silver Spring, MD)
- September 19: Rocky Mountain Chapter monthly lunch (Denver, CO)
- September 20: “One Family, Two Teams: The Impact of the Veecks on Chicago Baseball” (Chicago, IL)
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:
- Vince Gennaro: How to define the value of major league players (Diamond Dollars)
- Beth Hise: American cricket in the 1860s (Our Game)
- Bob Hurte: Jim Rooker and the unintentional walk (Seamheads)
- Bill Petti: Slowly backing away from the Pythag expectation (FanGraphs)
- Geoff Young: On baseball broadcasts and the difference in narratives (Baseball Prospectus)
- Norm Coleman as “Ty Cobb,” from Half Moon Bay to Boston (Half Moon Bay Review)
- Wendy Thurm: Fun with day-game stats (Baseball Nation)
- The camera’s eye is on SABR member Gary Caruso and Marietta College baseball (Marietta Times)
- Jeff Polman: Go west to Wrigleyville, young man (Chicago Side Sports)
- Colin Wyers: How much team age matters (Baseball Prospectus)
Read these articles and more at SABR.org/latest.
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Originally published: September 7, 2012. Last Updated: April 3, 2020.