Nominations open for Baseball Research Award

Nominations have opened for the 2016 Greg Spira Baseball Research Award, which continues to honor the memory of an innovative baseball researcher.

Spira passed away from kidney issues at the age of 44 in December 2011 -- a month after announcing the latest winners of the Internet Baseball Awards he had been presenting for 20 years.

The IBAs continue to be maintained by Baseball Prospectus, and for the fourth year, the Greg Spira Baseball Research Award -- for best published original research -- will be bestowed upon someone carrying on the torch of creatively looking at the game ignited by Spira.

Nominations of a story, research paper or book containing original analysis or research of baseball can be made at www.spiraaward.org through 11:59 p.m. ET on Mar. 6. Self-nominations will be accepted.

Winners will be announced on April 27, and will receive cash prizes of $1,000 for the winner and $200 and $100 for second and third place, respectively.

Last year's winner, Lewis Pollis, was recently hired by the Phillies as an analyst in the club's research development department. Pollis, as a Brown University senior, was honored for his economics thesis concerning underpayment of general managers for the value produced to their organizations.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.