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Interested in Baseball Research? Join SABR!

Posted by hvs , in Newsletter 12 December 2017 · 775 views

halsey hall chapter december
Interested in Baseball Research? Join SABR! "Baseball research" in modern circles tends to be seen solely in the analytical sense. However, the group for which "sabermetrics" was named (by Bill James), the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR), is so much more than analytics. In fact, they are a research society focused on every aspect of baseball research which includes committees ranging from ballparks and the Black Sox to statistical analysis and Women in Baseball. Not currently researching anything or not really planning on researching anything? No worries, most of us are just there because we enjoy talking about baseball. You don't need to be a researcher to be a member and take part.

The Halsey Hall Chapter of SABR is based in the Twin Cities and welcomes everyone interested in baseball to come to any of our events. We meet semiannually at our chapter meetings (in the Fall and the Spring) and have a number of research presentations as well as guest speakers. At our most recent meeting in November, we had former Twins pitcher Dick Stigman and Gulf Coast League umpire Emma Charlesworth-Seiler.

We have a number of events upcoming the in new year, including:
  • Halsey Hall will have a table at TwinsFest, January 19th-21st. Stop by and say "hi"!
  • We will be having our Spring chapter meeting in April (specific date TBD)
  • Our research committee meeting is Monday, December 18th at 7PM at the Hennepin County Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina. It is continuing its work on an exhibit displaying the names of Hall of Famers who played in Minnesota prior to the arrival of the Twins.
  • The next Fred Souba Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 AM on Saturday, January 6 at Bunny‚Äôs Northeast, 34 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis 55413
In addition, the national organization has its Analytics Conference in Phoenix from March 9th-11th and its National Convention is in Pittsburgh on June 20th-24th.

If you are interested in keeping track of what we are doing and want to know when our next event is, you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter (HalseyHallSABR).

For more details about joining SABR or attending Halsey Hall Chapter events, feel free to contact me, Hans Van Slooten. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Hans Van Slooten is the Membership Committee Chair for the Halsey Hall Chapter of SABR as well as the Manager of Baseball Operations at Sports Reference