It’s that time of year again: school is out, the sun is shining, baseball is being played, and one of most exciting SABR events is coming up: the annual SABR Convention!
Houston will be SABR central when the event comes into town July 30 through August 3 for five days of baseball-related fun. The convention draws people from around the world who live for baseball, and there are lots of chances to meet other baseball lovers, writers, front office people, and Sabermetrics experts.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, welcomed six new members yesterday. Pitching greats Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and The Big Hurt Frank Thomas went in as players, and they were joined by three legendary managers: Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, and Bobby Cox.
"It's obviously the biggest honor you can give to a ballplayer," Maddux said. "My goal as a baseball player was very simple -- all I wanted to do was try and get better for my next start. And to think it all ended up here is pretty cool."
Sunday's induction ceremony was a huge moment in the lives of all six men. But Thomas found it hard to contain all the emotion, delivering one of the most touching speeches you'll ever hear:
If ever there was a time for the Big Hurt to have a Big Cry, this was it.
Back in January, we ran down the credentials of the three players now enshrined in Cooperstown. Catch up with that story below.
Injuries are a part of sports. But it still hurts to see someone go down — especially when it's a giant pierogi.
If you go to a Pirates game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, you'll get a Pierogy Race to go with your baseball. Every home game, Oliver Onion, Jalapeno Hannah, Sauerkraut Saul, and Cheese Chester ham it up for the fans. They run into the park from the outfield, dash along the warning track, and one giant potato-stuffed dough pocket is declared the winner.
As of Wednesday, Sauerkraut Saul is tied with Jalapeno Hannah and Oliver Onion for first with 14 wins. Cheese Chester has 13 wins and looked to be on the way to his 14th on Wednesday. Then everything went horribly, horribly wrong:
I am currently taking part in a fantasy baseball league that is based on sabermetrics as well as regular statistics. The goal of the league is to compare two teams’ performances based on the different stats and see how they can match up.
The idea to do a sabermetrics fantasy league was brought up a couple years ago by Vince Gennaro, the President of SABR who also advises MLB teams about how to use sabermetrics. He had some college students who were SABR interns start the league, but my friend Max Melamed and I wanted to see how the league would play out depending on which stats were used for the rosters. Max is a10th grader in New York City at the same school I go to, and he started the first ever SABR sabermetrics Club with other baseball and stats fans and his math teacher as their advisor. One of the other participants, Tom Hoffmeister, is an 11th grade student from Baltimore whom I met last summer at SABR 43 at the baseball card session then caught up with again at this spring’s Analytics conference in Phoenix.
Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira knows he’s lucky to play baseball for a living. So when he’s not working in the Bronx, he’s using the sport he loves to help kids just over the borough border in Manhattan.
As a board member of Harlem RBI, Teixeira is part of an organization that uses baseball to provide inner-city kids with opportunities to enrich their lives and build their futures. In 2014, the program boasted two impressive stats: 93 percent of its seniors were on track to graduate high school, and all of them have received college acceptance letters.
Harlem RBI celebrated its 2014 seniors — and raised some money for its programs — at its annual Bids for Kids gala, held last month at the posh Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan. At the event, SI Kids spoke with Teixeira to find out more about Harlem RBI, his involvement with the organization, and how the kids act with a Yankee hanging around their clubhouse.
Quick: Name the hottest member of this year's Milwaukee Brewers. Slugger Carlos Gomez? Nope. Ryan Braun, the 2011 NL MVP? Try again. Ageless starting pitcher Kyle Lohse? Not even close. No, only one Brewer this season has gotten his own merchandise line, in-stadium accommodations, and bobblehead night. He's the same one whose shirt is the best-selling item in the team store. And believe it or not, he's a dog.
If you’ve always been frustrated by the prospect of having to break in a brand new baseball glove, you can pack away your shaving cream and glove oil. Yesterday, Nike introduced its new Vapor 360 fielding glove, which is the first ever that doesn’t require any breaking in.