Back in March, I posted an article called “SABR and the Emerald Guide to Baseball“. In it, I wrote about the new Emerald Guide to Baseball 2009 that had just come out and that was being offered as a free download from SABR (the Society for American Baseball Research). I thought it was a pretty cool thing that they were doing then, and I still feel that way.
I also wrote in that post about why I had joined SABR itself:
I also want to take this opportunity to promote SABR itself. It’s an organization that has interested me for years, and I finally took the plunge today and signed up for a membership. With a membership, you gain access to an active and interested baseball community, the full slate of SABR publications, SABR’s detailed baseball encylcopedia, and, most importantly, SABR-L, the SABR mailing list, which contains some of the best baseball discussion you can find. You also get access to the full SABR membership directory, which is nice. I’ve only been a member for a day now, and I already love what I’ve found.
If you’re interested in baseball or baseball history (and SABR really is about more than just statistics), then you owe it to yourself to take a look at SABR.
It’s been seven months now since I joined SABR, and I have to say that I’ve been plenty happy with my decision. In that time, I’ve taken advantage of the SABR reference library, the membership directory, and the SABR-L mailing list. I even got to go to a conference in Cleveland where I met Joe Posnanski – though I was sadly unable to attend the big convention in Washington DC (which sounded like a lot of fun). And the journals that I’ve received look great and, more importantly, are filled with great information.
With the end of the baseball season upon us, it is now time for SABR to run their annual membership drive. As with any non-profit organization, SABR relies on its members to keep itself running, and getting current members to renew their membership – and new members to join – is a vital part of its operations. If anyone reading this is a fan of baseball, baseball history, and/or baseball stats – and I’m pretty sure every single one of you is or you wouldn’t be here – I highly recommend that you head on over to the SABR website and consider becoming a member.
It’s a great organization, and I’ll certainly be renewing before the end of the year. I hope you do too (and, hey, if you’re under 30 years old, you get a discount!).