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Greg Spira Baseball Research Award

Posted by Neil on May 8, 2012

From the award's website...

A group of distinguished baseball writers and researchers have collaborated to create a new award as a memorial to the late baseball researcher Greg Spira. The new Greg Spira Baseball Research Award (www.SpiraAward.org) will be given annually in recognition of the best published article or paper containing original baseball research by a person 30 years old or younger. The winning entry must display innovative analysis or reasoning.

Greg Spira founded the annual Internet Baseball Awards (IBA) in 1991 and announced the 2011 winners a month before his death. The IBA are now maintained by Baseball Prospectus at www.baseballprospectus.com/iba. Spira was an early adopter and a pioneer in using the Internet to advance baseball analysis, particularly via Usenet’s groundbreaking rec.sport.baseball as well as via BaseballProspectus.com.

Spira later contributed to many sports books as a researcher, writer, and editor, including the ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia, the ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia, Total Baseball, and several annual periodicals about the Mets. A lifelong and passionate Mets fan, Spira died on December 28, 2011 in his native New York City.

Working with the Spira family, the creators of the Greg Spira Award include Sean Forman of Baseball- Reference.com, Joe Hamrahi and Dave Pease of Baseball Prospectus, Sean Lahman of Baseball1.com, and Gary Gillette of 24-7 Baseball, L.L.C.

The winner of the Greg Spira Baseball Research Award will receive a cash prize of $1,000. The program will also recognize two additional writers with awards of $200 for second place and $100 for third place.

Articles or papers eligible for consideration include those published on the World Wide Web, in e-books, and in print, as well as academic dissertations and presentations at conferences. Winners of the Greg Spira Award will not be eligible for consideration for future awards.

The inaugural Greg Spira Baseball Research Award winner will be announced on April 27, 2013--the 46th anniversary of Greg’s birthday. Future awards will be announced on April 27 of succeeding years.

A seven-person panel of judges will determine the winner. Greg’s brother Jonathan Spira has agreed to serve as one of the initial judges for the Award. Deadlines and procedures for submissions will be announced on June 1, 2012.

Remembrances, tributes, and other information about Greg Spira can also be found on these Web sites:

For more information, please go to www.SpiraAward.org or contact Gary Gillette (GilletteAT247Baseball.com).

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WAR 2.01: Renaming ndWAR to afWAR

Posted by admin on May 4, 2012

The change from oWAR and dWAR to ndWAR and dWAR is confusing folks, so I'm making an additional change.

afWAR => Average-Fielding-WAR. The player's WAR if they were a league average fielder, or what you should use if you trust no fielding metrics.
dWAR => Defensive WAR thanks to fielding and position.

afWAR = batting + baserunning + DP's + replacement + position
dWAR = fielding + position

(NOTE POSITION IS IN BOTH OF THEM!)

afWAR + dWAR does not equal WAR as you'll be double counting the position adjustment. And on a team level you shouldn't be using WAR anyway to determine what your team is good or bad at.

I'll start adding version numbers as I make tweaks to the system. This one changes no numbers, so it really is just a naming convention.

11 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com

WAR 2.0: WAR Upgraded on Baseball-Reference.com

Posted by admin on May 4, 2012

Baseball-Reference.com WAR Explained - Baseball-Reference.com

As many have noticed, we have not been updating the 2012 WAR data in-season. The reason for this is that we have been working on a major upgrade to our WAR framework. The link above gives a very detailed rundown including: how to compute each part of our WAR formula, our reasoning on making the changes, downloads for historical WAR data, charts of the various constants and factors we use, and a chart of differences between the new B-R WAR, the old B-R WAR and FanGraphs WAR.

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PFR Draft Finder

Posted by Neil on April 25, 2012

To prepare for tomorrow's draft, be sure to use the PFR Draft Finder to search through every NFL and AFL draft pick ever made.

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Updates: 2012 Season Schedule

Posted by Mike on April 24, 2012

The 2012 NFL schedule has been updated, as well as team-by-team schedules.

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NBA Player Twitter Feeds

Posted by Neil on April 23, 2012

A quick feature note: just like we recently added player Twitter links to Baseball-Reference, we also have added about 500 players' Twitter links to their Basketball-Reference pages. (For example.)

As always, please let us know if we're missing anybody.

1 Comment | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Features

NFL Draft Section

Posted by Neil on April 23, 2012

With the NFL Draft coming up this week, here's a reminder that you can check out the event's history in our Draft Section. You can also learn what kind of production your team can expect from each pick using the Draft Preview, and be sure to visit S-R's College Football site to view the college stats of this year's prospects.

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NY Times: Nash’s Efficiency Keeps Suns in the Hunt

Posted by Justin Kubatko on April 20, 2012

Thanks to various diversions (vacation, etc.), it's been about a month since my last column for the New York Times. I'm back at it, though, so here's a link to my piece on Steve Nash that appears in today's paper:

Keeping Score: Nash’s Efficiency Keeps Suns in the Hunt

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