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Recapping Day 1 at the 2015 SABR Analytics Conference


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The 2015 SABR Analytics Conference started off with a bang. If you have kept track of baseball this winter, one question you have probably heard asked many times is: Will Philadelphia Phillies ace pitcher Cole Hamels get traded? SABR President Vince Gennaro decided to take this question a step further by posing it at this years' Diamond Dollar$ Case Competition.

Undergraduate and graduate teams from colleges such as NYU, Tufts University, Pepperdine University, Stanford University, Syracuse University, and Arizona State University were among 21 groups that competed in this year's competition. They were asked to come up with two ideal trade scenarios involving Hamels. The deals chosen had to benefit both teams.
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Annual SABR Analytics Conference Begins Thursday


sabr analytics conference previewFor the third straight year, I'm heading to Phoenix, Arizona, to cover the annual SABR Analytics Conference. The three-day event begins Thursday and is packed with all sorts of cool panels, player appearances, and presentations.

As someone who loves baseball, statistics, and the history of the game, I really look forward it. There's always something new in the world of sabermetrics, like the SABR Defensive Index (SDI), which was developed in 2013 to help determine the Rawlings Platinum Glove winners. And getting together with other die-hard fans to talk about it all is really fun. 

Even if you're just a causal fan, chances are you've heard of advanced sabermetics like  (wins above replacement) and BABIP (batting average on balls in play). But you might not know about SABR, the organization behind the stats.
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Maxwell Surprenant

Talking with Matt Tavares, Author of “Growing Up Pedro”


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A couple weeks ago, author Matt Tavares was in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to celebrate the release of his new book, Growing Up Pedro.

The children’s picture book describes how soon-to-be Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez and his brother Ramon grew up in the Dominican Republic. It follows how Ramon was drafted into the MLB, followed a few years later by Pedro. More than a book about baseball, it is a story about brotherhood, determination, overcoming obstacles, and dreams come true.

Growing Up Pedro is full of beautiful watercolor illustrations that help tell the story. Tavares both wrote and illustrated the book, and he talked with SI Kids about the process.
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Riley Neubauer

Basketball Legend Earl Lloyd and Other Sports Pioneers Left a Lasting Legacy


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Last week, former basketball star Earl Lloyd died at the age of 86. Nicknamed the Big Cat, he scored 4,682 points over his nine-year pro career and is ranked 43rd all-time on the NBA scoring list.

But his importance to basketball — and sports — is bigger than what he did on the court.

Earl Lloyd was the first African-American to play in the NBA. He was one of thee African-Americans to enter the league during the 1950-51 season. But because he signed his contract and played his first game before the others, he’s credited for breaking the league’s color barrier.
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Exclusive First Look at Derek Jeter’s New Kids Book

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  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • February 19, 2015, 1:00 PM

New York Yankees great Derek Jeter might have retired from baseball, but he’s keeping himself busy. One way he’s doing that is by writing a series of middle-grade novels inspired by his experience as a kid. The first book, The Contract, hit stores in September. The second installment, Hit & Miss, will be available on April 28. And we have your exclusive first look at the book!
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Will Foster

Jackie Robinson West Timeline


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Here’s a timeline of key events concerning Jackie Robinson West’s incredible journey and improper recruiting practices, assembled from media reports:
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Orioles Outfielder Adam Jones Balances Work and Play

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  • Elizabeth McGarr McCue
  • February 10, 2015, 11:39 AM

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His team had just won the 2014 American League East, the Orioles' first division title since 1997, and here was Baltimore centerfielder Adam Jones, a pie in each hand and a determined look on his face, slowly stalking the on-field postgame revelers. He glanced to his left and right, carefully considering who should receive one right in the kisser. Whap! Unsuspecting teammate Nick Markakis, holding his one-year-old son, Toby, got the first pie, and a jubilant fan in the first row of the stands got the second. "I wish I had more," says Jones, who at 29 has won four Gold Glove awards, a Silver Slugger, and has made four All-Star teams. He has also become known as the guy who has taken the time-honored tradition of smashing a pie in a teammates' face after a game to a whole new level.
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