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The Sabermatricians Are Coming! The Sabermatricians Are Coming!

SABR will hold its 39th annual convention in D.C. this summer.

(For those few who might not know, SABR is the Society for American Baseball Research, which fosters "research, preservation, and dissemination of the history and record of baseball." And the root of "sabermatrician.")

The convention is July 29-Aug. 2 at the J.W. Marriott.

This may be incredibly naive of me, but I'm a bit surprised they scheduled it during a time the Nats are on the road. I would have thought attending a game would be part of the convention schedule. Oh, ouch, never mind -- they are attending a Red Sox-Team Who Must Not Be Named game in Baltimore instead.

Anyway, more information can be found here.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  February 2, 2009; 10:03 AM ET
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What, Gary, Ind., was closed?

Posted by: jdschulz50 | February 2, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

No, Gary was open, but Martinsburg turned 'em down cold.


Posted by: Scooter_ | February 2, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Attaboy, Scooter!

Posted by: JohninMpls | February 2, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I believe that they scheduled it before the Nationals schedule was out in order to lock in the hotel rate. On the bright side, I think that the P-Nats will be home.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 2, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Cool, a week of "seamhead / baseball geek" stuff to look forward to; And I am not being sarcastic.

Posted by: BinM | February 2, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

"Sabermatrician" or "Sabermetrician?" It's about metrics, right, not marriage?

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | February 2, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

The official scorer for Nats home games is the hands-down expert on the history of home runs (he compiled the encyclopedia) and a prominent SABR member. Anybody who feels it necessary to ridicule SABR should gain an appreciation for what it does. Sabermetrics is just a small part of the SABR story. Anybody can join SABR -- I would recommend it to anyone serious about baseball, past and present.

Posted by: nats24 | February 3, 2009 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Forget sabermetricians, the Nats need a sabermagician.

Posted by: BobLHead | February 3, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I'll second nats24 on both of those points. See the snippet below, pulled from the membership area of the SABR site:

"If you like reading about and talking about baseball history, then SABR is the organization for you. With over 7,000 members worldwide, you will be joining a community of baseball fans and historians who love the game of baseball.

There is no test to join SABR (pronounced “saber”), and membership is open to anyone with a love of baseball. Some members are academics or the top researchers in their field of expertise who enjoy sharing their findings. Other members take a more relaxed approach to SABR by swapping stories with other knowledgeable members at regional chapter meetings. Some join to receive and read our annual publications, research committee newsletters, and gain access to our many electronic forums. Whatever your interest, there's a place for you in SABR."

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 3, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was pronounced "sobber" but maybe I've been following this team too long.

Posted by: CEvansJr | February 3, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

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