Nine chapter members met for dinner at Iron Works in downtown Austin this Thursday, April 23. This is the 101st consecutive monthly meeting for the Rogers Hornsby Chapter of SABR.
Activities and points of discussion included:
Optimism about the Astros' good start to the season. Several members had already been to Astros' games and are looking forward to continuing improvement.
General discussion around replay reviews (positive) and rules to shorten length-of-game (early results look favorable).
Jim Baker conducted a lottery drawing to assign Predictatron contestants to two divisions. In honor of last year's two division winners, this year's divisions will be named the Tom Thayer Division and the Raeanne Martinez Division. Jim will have Predictatron data entered and a first round of results available within the next week or so.
Monte Cely gave a brief report, on behalf of Jim Kenton, as to the status of the Alzheimer's Baseball Memories project. The Austin Alzheimer's Association is currently soliciting for participants for a "trial season". The season will consist of six 90-minute sessions, held every other week from Monday May 18 to Monday July 27. Each session will include baseball content such as box scores, videos, audios, etc. with the goal being to engage the participants in recalling and discussing memories about baseball. Next steps will then be determined, based upon experiences and feedback from this trial.
Gilbert Martinez solicited interest from the group in volunteering to form a committee to oversee the agenda for the next chapter Winter Meeting, to be held in January, 2016.
Upcoming chapter meetings are tentatively set as follows (more information will be forthcoming):
May Monthly Meeting - Tuesday, May 19
June Monthly Meeting - Saturday, June 6 at Dell Diamond vs. Ok. City Dodgers