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In general, the city listed is where the person attended high school. Send your picks to Art Mugalian, 5033 18th Ave. South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55417, by February 29.
Jake works as a web producer for TST Media, focusing and statistics and information for the hub websites that they partner with the Star Tribune on. While hes now spending his time with the basketball and hockey hubs, hes getting ready for spring with mnlaxhub, mnsoftballhub, and, his favorite, mnbaseballhub.
Living outside of the Twin Cities has kept Jake from getting to too many games, but he stayed tuned to Twins radio broadcasts while doing tractor jobs on the farm. He usually makes it to games a few times a year and was at the entire 2002 playoff runs. He was present to see Eddie Murray of Cleveland get his 2,998th and 2,999th hits at the Metrodome June 29, 1995. Another highlight came in the fourth-to-last Twins regular-season game, against Kansas City, in 2006; Joe Mauer homered with two out in the last of the ninth to tie the game, and Jason Bartlett singled to drive in the winning run in the last of the 10th.
Jake remembers lying on the floor of his grandparents living room, watching the Twins while his grandpa read the Star Tribune in his recliner. (They lived next door to us in an eerily similar situation to Everybody Loves Raymond.) A USA Today Baseball Weekly subscriber in elementary school, Jake turned to playing basketball and baseball in middle and high school. He made the baseball team at Morris. Though he played in only a handful of games in college, he got experience charting pitches, which led to his most impressive internship that he was able to put on his resume, in video scouting for Baseball Info Solutions in 2009. The following year, Jake had a hand in the production of the 2010 Bill James Handbook.
Jake still enjoys slow-pitch softball, volleyball, basketball, and tennis. Im hanging onto my youth by playing video games approximately 1-2 times per month and play quite a bit of fantasy baseball and football. I also read a fair amount in my free time and try to make sure I get through at least one legitimate book per month.
Jake is the oldest of six kids. Brother Barry is a fund accountant in Minneapolis, Taylor is the sports editor for the Long Prairie Leader, Reid is attending North Dakota State, and Deandra and Alex are at Eagle Valley High School.
Jake has known about SABR for a while and checked it out more closely when he came across an ad about the annual convention coming to Minneapolis this year. He says he had no idea so many SABR members were in Minnesota.
Born in 1984, Jake shares his June 25 birthday with Daniel Bard, Paul Maholm, Aramis Ramirez, Luke Scott, Carlos Delgado, Mike Stanley, Michael Tucker, Aaron Sele, Clay Kirby, Dick Drago, Don Demeter, Joe Kuhel, Hap Arnold, Louis Mountbatten, George Orwell, Carly Simon, Ricky Gervais, and Jimmie Walker.
Alex Rice does freelance videography and writing for several companies in the Twin Cities and around the country and is working on a documentary about Nicollet Park.
Alex grew up in Peoria, Illinois, and moved to the Twin Cities (and now lives in the Uptown area of Minneapolis) from southern Colorado, where the rest of his family still lives. His dad, Kevin, is a doctor, his mom, Mary, is a lab technician, and his brother, Chris, is a student at the Colorado School of Mines, studying engineering.
Alex went to a Cincinnati Reds exhibition game in Louisville in 1989 when he was a few months old, but he doesnt remember it. The first game he remembers was at Fenway Park in 1996 when he bolted from his dad to go get autographs. His dad somehow found Alex and kept taking him to games on family road trips around the Midwest. Seeing baseball in Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Kansas City, and other cities instilled a lifelong love of the sport for Alex. He ran a St. Louis Cardinals fan club when he was in high school and picked up his interest in Nicollet Park after moving here.
His favorite baseball books include Ball Four by Jim Bouton and Are We Winning? By Will Leach.
Alex is also a music fan and attends Lollapalooza in Chicago with his girlfriend, Lizzie, every summer. R. E. M. is his all-time favorite band.
Alex won two humorous column writing awards from the Colorado Press Association and has written for the Denver Post. He also ran cross country for a year at the University of Northern California.
Hes known of SABR but hadnt thought about joining when he moved to Minneapolis two years ago. However, with the SABR convention and his work on the Nicollet Park documentary, I realized there would never be a better time to join!
Born in 1989, Alex shares his January 2 birthday with Jeff Suppan, Garrett Stephenson, Royce Clayton, David Cone, Edgar Martinez, Ryan Garko and Bill Madlock.
Note: We are no longer getting regular updates on new SABR members in our area, and some of you who have joined recently may not have heard from us. We want you to know that were happy to have you and hope you will attend our upcoming events as well as get involved in our activities, including this summers SABR convention in Minneapolis.
Wed also like to introduce you to others in our newsletter. If you have joined in the last year and not yet been contacted by our chapter, please contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791, the chair of the membership committee. Thanks a lot.
In addition to the events already scheduled and publicized for the SABR convention this summer, a trip to the baseball exhibit at the new Minnesota African American Museum will be held on Thursday night, June 28.
Scott Fischthal and Neal Traven have issued a call for presentations at the convention:
Spring Chapter Meeting
During the business meeting, three members will be elected to the chapters board of directors to succeed outgoing directors Jerry Janzen, Cary Smith, and Bob Tholkes. Anyone interested in running for a two-year term may contact Nominating Committee Chair Kevin Hennessy at 651-492-2298.
Members are invited to submit a proposal to make a research presentation at the meeting. Proposals must be made in writing (e-mail is fine) to Research Committee Chair Bob Tholkes, 3966 NE Reservoir Boulevard, Columbia Heights, Minnesota 55421-4069, and should include a title and brief outline of what the presentation will consist of with emphasis on the research that will be included. Standard presentations are 20 minutes (with an additional eight minutes for questions) although the duration may be longer or shorter depending on the needs of the presenter and of the schedule. The Research Committee (which also consists of Dan Levitt, Cary Smith, Stew Thornley, and Rich Arpi) will finalize the schedule of research presentations by April 7, two weeks before the meeting, so proposals must be submitted by then.
The chapter book clubs next selection is Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging 70s by Dan Epstein. The book club will meet on Saturday, February 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the Barnes and Noble cafe in Har Mar Mall in Roseville. Har Mar Mall is located on Snelling Avenue about a mile and a half north of the state fairgrounds. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825.
The next Hot Stove Saturday Morning, an informal breakfast gathering for the purpose of talking baseball, will be at 9:00 on March 3 at Bakers Square in Richfield (66th Street to the east of Xerxes Avenue).
At 6:30 p.m. on March 3 the Minnesota Gophers will play the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Metrodome. Howard Luloff is picking up free passes. Anyone who wants to attend may meet Howard at 5:30 under the b. f. sign on 6th Street and Chicago Avenue.
Rich Arpi won the Dead or Alive contest at the January 21 Hot Stove League get-together.
February 4Book Club, Barnes & Noble, Har Mar Mall, Roseville, 9:30 a.m., Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging 70s by Dan Epstein. For more information, contact Art Mugalian, 612-721-2825.
February 12Halsey Hall Chapter Board Meeting, 6 p.m. For more information, contact Brenda Himrich, 651-415-0791.
March 3Hot Stove Saturday Morning, Bakers Square, 66th and Xerxes, Richfield, 9:00 a.m. For more information, contact Mark Johnson, 952-831-1153.
March 3West Virginia vs. Minnesota, Metrodome, 6:30 p.m. Meet Howard Luloff at 6th Street and Chicago Avenue at 5:30 p.m.
March 18Convention Committee. For more information, contact Stew Thornley, 651-415-0791.
April 21Spring Chapter Meeting. Grace University Lutheran Church. Minneapolis. For more information, contact Howard Luloff, 952-922-5036.
June 27-July 1, 2012SABR Convention, Marriott City Center Hotel, Minneapolis.