Posted Under: Stat of the Week
This week I’ll be covering my experience at the inaugural SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix/Mesa and providing insights I learned from the different people I was able to speak with and from the panels I attended. First off, I have to thank SABR, all of its employees, and SABR President Vince Gennaro for putting together such an illustrious event and allowing others in the baseball research community share ideas and learn from each other to advance the state of statistical analysis even further.
Here’s a list (in no particular order) just to give you an idea of some of the greatest thinkers in baseball who were in attendance:
- Dave Cameron, Managing Editor/Senior Writer for FanGraphs.com
- Sean Forman, Developer and Former Owner, Baseball-Reference.com
- Vince Gennaro, Author of Diamond Dollars
- J.C. Bradbury, Author of Hot Stove Economics
- Bill Squadron, Head of Bloomberg Sports
- Shiraz Rehman, Asst. to the GM, Chicago Cubs
- Brandon McCarthy, Starting Pitcher, Oakland Athletics (And Feature Story of ESPN the Magazine’s coverage of baseball statistical analysis)
- Derrick Hall, Arizona Diamondbacks, President and CEO
- John Dewan, Owner, Baseball Info Solutions
- Jay Jaffe, Writer of column Prospectus Hit & Run on Baseball Prospectus
- Joe Bohringer, Director, Pro Scouting, Chicago Cubs
- Corrine Vitolo, CEO, SmartKage
- A.J. Hinch, Vice President, Assistant GM, San Diego Padres
Oh, and don’t let me forget the General Managers Panel hosted by Ken Rosenthal which featured Cleveland Indians Executive VP and General Manager Chris Antonetti, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim General Manager Jerry Dipoto, and Milwaukee Brewers Executive VP and General Manager Doug Melvin, a panel hosted by Vince Genarro with Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, and another panel hosted by Ken Rosenthal with Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro.
So check back this week where I share the insights of some of the greatest minds in the business of baseball were kind enough to share and some of the lessons I took away from the conference.