SABR Analytics Conference
Stat of the Week
by Peter Liubicich
SABR Analytics Conference
This post was written by Peter Liubicich on March 19, 2012
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.


Your's truly on the right in the yellow shirt sitting in on a panel, Courtesy of

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:

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.


Antonetti, Dipoto and Melvin (left to right) sitting on the GM Panel, Courtesy of

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.

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Reader Comments

Pete… Can you tell me if a list has been developed with the names of MLB players and the total number of votes they recieved for MVP during the course of their careers.

It would be interesting to see comparisons of different players during different eras.

Written By bobdabronxbomber on March 22nd, 2012 @ 8:54 am

Todd: Used to take my daughter to Chicago every mmuser for a week of Cubs’ games, Chicago-style pizza and hot dogs, museums, etc. When she was 16, she was wearing her Mark Grace uniform shirt, pony tail flapping, to a Sunday game when we were stopped at the gate by a lady with a clipboard. Would you like to be in our fans-on-the-field program today? she asked. Kate had no idea what the woman was talking about, but I practically snatched the pen out of the woman’s hand to sign up for her. Kate (and the other kids) got introduced to the capacity crowd ( At first base, Katie Mueller from Tomahawk, Ky. ), she got to stand with Grace at first base, with their matching jerseys (they gave her a Cubs hat), and throw warm-up grounders before the game started to the other infielders. I asked her later what Grace had said to her. Throw one to Ryno, she said. (She liked only Grace and Sosa and had no idea who Sandberg was, but liked it because he was closer.) Anyway, I hope Ryno gets the Cubs’ job some day because my daughter once threw a couple of grounders to him. Grace signed the baseball and gave it to her, but I sorely wish she’d trotted over to Sandberg and asked him to sign it, too. Back at Paintsville High, Kate said the guys in her class were at first skeptical and then envious when she showed them the photos. She still has the baseball and she and her husband take my grandson to Lexington Legends games all the time. Nice park, but it ain’t Wrigley.

Written By Carlos on March 26th, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

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