Here's your chance to vote for the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference Research Award winners.
The SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards will recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year. Nominations were solicited by representatives from SABR, Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs, The Hardball Times, and Beyond the Box Score.
To read any of the finalists, click on the link below. Scroll down to cast your vote.
Contemporary Baseball Analysis
- Robert Arthur, â€œThe Baseball is Juiced (Again),â€ Baseball Prospectus, April 5, 2019.
- Craig Edwards, "Baseball's Competitive Balance Problem," FanGraphs, November 18, 2019.
- Sam Miller, â€œHow is WAR Calculated, Really? Breaking Down a Single Play to Find Out,â€ ESPN.com, December 5, 2019.
- Jason Themanson, â€œPsychology of Walks and Singles,â€ The Hardball Times, June 19, 2019.
- Meredith Wills, â€œYes, the Baseball is Different â€” Again. An Astrophysicist Examines This Year's Baseballs and Breaks Down the Changes,â€ The Athletic, June 25, 2019.
Contemporary Baseball Commentary
- Daniel R. Epstein, â€œDonâ€™t Let MLB Insult You,â€ Beyond the Box Score, December 23, 2019.
- Craig Goldstein, â€œDeep, But Playable: The Moral Hazard of Playing it Safe,â€ Baseball Prospectus, August 6, 2019.
- David Roth, â€œThe Smartest Guys in the Clubhouse,â€ The New Republic, December 3, 2019.
- Shakeia Taylor, â€œLoss, For Words,â€ Baseball Prospectus, April 24, 2019.
- Emily Waldon, â€œI Canâ€™t Afford to Play This Game: Minor Leaguers Open Up About the Realities of Their Pay and the Impact on Their Lives,â€ The Athletic, March 15, 2019.
Historical Baseball Analysis/Commentary
- R.J. Anderson, â€œThe Business Behind MLB Expansion: Portland, Montreal and Raleigh Taking Different Approaches to Landing a Team,â€ CBS Sports, July 17, 2019.
- Jay Jaffe, "Pitcher, Author, Everyman, Hero: Jim Bouton (1939-2019)," FanGraphs, July 11, 2019.
- Herm Krabbenhoft, â€œHow Many Hits Did Ty Cobb Make in His Major League Career? What Is His Lifetime Batting Average?â€ SABR Baseball Research Journal, Spring 2019.
- Rachael McDaniel, "The Meaning of Ichiro," FanGraphs, March 21, 2019.
- Marc Normandin, â€œMLB's Luxury Tax Became A Salary Cap Because Of Decades Of Failures,â€ Deadspin, January 31, 2019.
Voting will be open through 11:59 p.m. MST on Monday, February 10, 2020. Details and criteria for each category can be found here. Only one work per author was considered as a finalist.
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Results will be announced and presented at the ninth annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 13-15, 2020, at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more or register for the conference at SABR.org/analytics.