Meet The Staff

Marc Appleman
Chief Executive Officer

Marc joined SABR as the Executive Director in 2010 and was named Chief Executive Officer in 2015. His arrival has sparked new growth for the organization as SABR has become a major part of the baseball community, especially since the launch of the SABR Analytics Conference in 2012. Marc's broad-based career began as a sportswriter who covered baseball for the Los Angeles Times San Diego Edition. He honed his skills in digital media and sports content development as the Senior Coordinating Editor and Director of SportsNation at ESPN New Media, the Director of Programming at AOL Sports, Managing Editor of, and as a writer/editor for Sports Illustrated for Kids. He also brings a wealth of strategic and marketing skills to SABR, having worked as Chief Operating Officer for and President of Content and Programming for Nobok Sports.


Jeff Schatzki
Director of Operations

Jeff Schatzki joined SABR in 2012 after several years in the political field. Jeff worked for Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano during her six-year tenure as Governor. His responsibilities in the Governor’s Office included working with the professional sports community. He helped facilitate the growth of the Cactus League with the additions of the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers. In addition, Jeff was a liaison from the Governor’s Office to the National Football League prior to Super Bowl XLII. Jeff also practiced law as an insurance defense litigator in Washington, D.C. Jeff has a B.A. in History from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Deborah Jayne
Membership and Events Director

Before joining SABR in 2011, Deborah Jayne was the Director of Membership for the Arizona Association for Economic Development and the Marketing and Events Director for Arizona Solar Power. She has 15-plus years of performance in sales and marketing, and has worked with technology-based companies. In addition to serving as a Director of Membership and an Events Director, Deb has developed and executed marketing and business plans that resulted in successful projects for major financial and commercial accounts. She volunteers in the community on a regular basis and resides on the Maricopa County Foster Care Review Board No. 3. Deb attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Although she grew up in Portland, Oregon, she credits her father for turning her into a lifelong Yankees fan.


Jacob Pomrenke
Director of Editorial Content

Jacob has been a SABR member since 1998 and is the chairman and newsletter editor for SABR's Black Sox Scandal Research Committee. He is the editor of Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox, published by SABR in 2015. He moderated a panel discussion on Shoeless Joe Jackson at the 2010 SABR Convention and a panel commemorating the 50th anniversary of Eight Men Out at the 2013 SABR Convention, appeared on an MLB Network special on the Black Sox Scandal, and is a member of the Baseball Records, Deadball Era and BioProject committees. He writes regular columns on baseball history at Before he joined SABR in 2011, he spent 10 years working as a reporter, page designer, and editor at the North County Times and San Bernardino Sun newspapers in California, and The Times in Gainesville, Georgia.


Blane Ferguson
Manager of Chapter/Partner Relations

Blane joined SABR in 2016. He holds a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a master's degree in sports management from Texas A&M University. Blane has worked in gameday communications with the NBA's Phoenix Suns, NFL's Arizona Cardinals, WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, and as a spring training intern with the San Diego Padres. During college, he worked as a sports broadcaster and host for ASU's campus radio station in addition to covering the Milwaukee Brewers during spring training as part of the Walter Cronkite School's Sports Bureau.


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