The good folks at the Society of American Baseball Research have chosen the finalists for their 2017 Analytic Conference Research Awards. The Hardball Times is once again flattered to have the most pieces nominated. It speaks to the great writers we have here at THT, and hopefully the future will bring more of the same.
Because SABR believes in democracy, they gave you the power to select the nominees, and have now given you the power to choose the winners. What follows is a script written entirely by SABR, which I have pasted verbatim. At the bottom, you have your chance to vote. There is also a link optimized for mobile users. As always, do not feel any pressure to vote for THT pieces, all of the nominated pieces are excellent!
Here’s your chance to vote for the 2017 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
- August Fagerstrom, “The Game Plan: How the Indians Almost Won It All,” FanGraphs, November 4, 2016.
- Ben Lindbergh and Rob Arthur, “Are Juiced Balls the New Steroids?” FiveThirtyEight, July 20, 2016.
- Kate Morrison and Russell A. Carleton, “The Perils of MLB’s Sorting System,” Baseball Prospectus, June 20-23, 2016. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.
- Eno Sarris with Bill Petti, “Are Veterans Better at Slump Busting?” FanGraphs, May 25, 2016.
- Jeff Sullivan, “Pitch Framing Was Doomed From the Start,” The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2017.
Contemporary Baseball Commentary
- R.J. Anderson, “MLB Analytics Guru Who Could Be The Next Nate Silver Has A Revolutionary New Stat,” CBS Sports, December 1, 2016.
- Henry Druschel, “There’s no such thing as a small-market team,” Beyond the Box Score, December 13, 2016.
- Rany Jazayerli, “The Curious Have Won,” The Ringer, November 3, 2016.
- Sam Miller, “Cubs win! Cubs won. Now what do we stay alive for?” ESPN.com, November 5, 2016.
- Meg Rowley, “Let Ballparks Get Old,” Baseball Prospectus, May 26, 2016.
- Patrick Dubuque, “Byron McLaughlin Avoids the Tag,” The Hardball Times, June 22, 2016.
- Tim Healey, “The Doug Mirabelli Trade: An Oral History,” The Hardball Times, April 29, 2016.
- Wade Kapszukiewicz, “Golden Pitches: The Ultimate Last-at-Bat, Game Seven Scenario,” SABR Baseball Research Journal, Spring 2016.
- Mina Kimes, “The Art of Letting Go,” ESPN The Magazine, October 4, 2016.
- Gerald Schifman, “How Much Hope and Faith Is in Major League Baseball?” The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2017.
Voting will be open through 11:59 p.m. MST on Monday, February 13, 2017. Details and criteria for each category can be found here. Only one work per author was considered as a finalist.
Results will be announced and presented at the sixth annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 9-11, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more or register for the conference at SABR.org/analytics.