It is time to vote on the BtB Sabermetric Writing Awards (<---this link still serves as the project hub)! As a reminder, the community vote has a 50% say in who gets the award (the other 50% being an internal vote among BtB writers as well as a few invited guests).
Here is the present category's description.
Short sabermetric articles with fairly minimal research beyond, for example, looking up some numbers in an established resource. These are often (but not always) short opinion pieces providing a sabermetric angle on current events in baseball. The difference between commentaries and applied research is effort and depth. The difference between commentaries and review articles is scope of coverage.
And here are your nominees, along with a description provided from the nomination thread. They are sorted randomly, courtesy of excel's rand() function:
1. Matt Klaassen (devil_fingers): Ken Rosenthal, ‘Sabermetric Group Think,’ and the 2009 American League MVP Debate
A critical response to Ken Rosenthal's attack of the sabermetric blogging community, or, why basing conclusions on data isn't the same thing as groupthink.
2. Joe Posnanski: Gimme a U! A Knee! A Key!
Represents a cross section of his understanding, support, and promotion of SABR principes while also highlighting his best-in-the-business writing ability.
3. Will McDonald (royalsreview): Kansas City’s Dayton Moore and Trey Hillman Need to Stop Lecturing, Start Bringing In Better Players
This angry piece — scathing, accurate, and hilarious all at the same time is Will at his best.
4. Joe Gray: Does sabermetrics have a place in amateur baseball?
This combines a primer with a brief look at whether sabermetrics might have a place in amateur baseball leagues (concluding, that it does but in a limited way).
5. Colin Wyers: Replacement level, again
Offers a new and entirely (as far as I know) original definition of replacement level that, as at least far as salary-value questions go, may well be the best definition I’ve seen.
6. Rany Jazyrelli: Breaking Point
An exhaustive refutation of the works of Dayton Moore. It’s inspiring, horrifying, and gut-punchingly depressing.
7. Dave Cameron: The Marginal Value of a Win
After this article, I think a lot of people took the marginal value message to heart. Given that it’s a very important concept, I think it deserves a nod.
8. Tommy Bennett: Beyond the Daily Boxscore
I went with just the first one. These were some outstanding reads.