January 10, 2011
Talk about a "Hot
Stove" meeting, we certainly had that Tuesday
evening when 26 SABR members met on the covered
outdoor patio of the Ragin Cajun to kick off the
new year. The heat was provided by 4 great presentations
and a portable heat lamp brought in just for us.
We were happy to welcome new SABR member Ted Walker
and to have with us Mickey Herskowitz, long time
Houston Icon and author (and SABR member).
Kicking off the evening was Houston
Chronicle Beat Writer Zachery Levine who discussed
a variety of subjects including the new Houston
Astros Management Team, how he got his current
assignment after starting as an intern for the
paper, membership in the BBWA, the challenge
of interacting with players and the process
of Hall of Fame balloting.
Scott Barzilla, our resident sabrmatician,
presented an interesting research project he
is developing that determines "Total Run
Index" by player, team and manager along
with projected differentials based on existing
rosters. To this end he provided the group proprietary
handouts on the project. Good stuff.
Mike Acosta Authentics Manager
of the Astros brought with him a variety of
uniforms that the team plans to wear in their
50th anniversary season and talked about promotion
activities for 2012 starting with the annual
dinner and Fan Fest.
Our clean up hitter was Jim Kreuz
who spoke about his research project of interviewing
high school teammates and coaches of Hall of
Fame players to get a prospective of what they
were like before fame and fortune. The players
he researched and discussed included Bob Feller,
Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Ted Williams and
Our trivia contest written by
Tom White was won by Joe Thompson, Jim Kruez
and Scott Barzilla. In a tie breaker only Jim
could properly state Mickey Mantle's original
number when he first came to the Yankees. His
prize was authentic Houston Astros jersey.
As discussed we badly need to
find a full time meeting spot now that the construction
at the Ragin Cajun eliminates their private
room. We prefer to meet downtown if at all possible.
Please send me your suggestions and recommendations.
The date of our next meeting will depend on
lining up a location.
Finally, if you plan to attend
the Annual Baseball Dinner with 14 other SABR
members, please send me your ticket money by
no later than Saturday January 14th.