Nominations Open for Baseball Research Award Named after FBT Co-Founder

By Jesse Sokolow on 21 January 2016
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The group that manages the Greg Spira Baseball Research Award, named in honor of Frequent Business Traveler’s late co-founder and managing editor, said that nominations for the fourth annual award were now open.

Eligible submissions include a story, research paper, or book about baseball that contains original analysis or research. Nominated pieces or books must have been published in the period January 16, 2015 through January 15, 2016. Submissions published in book form, including e-books, on the Web, as academic papers or dissertations, or papers presented at a conference are eligible. Entries must display innovative analysis or reasoning by an author who was 30 years old or younger at the time of the entry’s publication.

The nomination period runs through March 6, 2016 and nominations may be made at The rules allow anyone to nominate a qualifying book or article or paper and self-nominations are allowed. Only one entry per author will be considered.

In 1991, two years before the invention of the first Web browser, Mr. Spira founded the Internet Baseball Awards. He was considered a pioneer in Usenet online baseball discussion groups including, and helped found Baseball Prospectus, a Web site that focuses on the sabermetric analysis of baseball.

The winner of the Greg Spira Baseball Research Award will be announced on April 27, 2016, on what would have been Greg’s 49th birthday. The winner will receive a $1,000 stipend and two other entrants will be recognized with smaller stipends

Last year’s winner was Lewis Pollis for his Brown University senior honors thesis in economics, “If You Build It: Rethinking the Market for Major League Baseball Front Office Personnel.”

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