SABR Analytics Conference schedule

Schedule of events Featured speakers Diamond Dollars Case Competition
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The seventh annual SABR Analytics Conference will be held March 9-11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Click here to register!

Here is the full schedule for the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference. Please note that all speakers and panelists are subject to change depending on availability. Click on a link below for more details.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018
Hyatt Regency Phoenix

  • 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.: Registration open at Hyatt Regency Phoenix.
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch
    Analytics Conference registration includes lunch.
  • 1:00-1:10 p.m.: Conference Welcome
    SABR President Vince Gennaro and SABR CEO Marc Appleman will welcome attendees to the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference.
  • 1:10-2:00 p.m.: The State of Analytics: Brian Kenny and Jon Sciambi
    MLB Network host Brian Kenny and ESPN announcer Jon "Boog" Sciambi will speak on The State of Analytics.
  • 2:00-2:30 p.m.: Research Presentation 1
    RP1—Sean Forman and Hans Van Slooten, "WAR: We'll Try to Resist all Puns and Still Tell You What It Is Good For"
  • 2:45-3:45 p.m.: MLB Team Approach to Analytics
    Speakers: Amiel Sawdaye, Arizona Diamondbacks; Eduardo Perez, ESPN; Eno Sarris, The Athletic; Mike Ferrin, Arizona Diamondbacks/MLB Network Radio. Moderator: Vince Gennaro, SABR.
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m.: Statcast Presentation
    Speakers: Tom Tango, Daren Willman, and Mike Petriello of MLB Advanced Media.
  • 5:00-5:10 p.m.: Introduction to Diamond Dollars Case Competition
    SABR President Vince Gennaro will introduce the 2018 Diamond Dollars Case Competition in the Regency Ballroom, with presentations to follow upstairs on the second floor.
  • 5:15-10:00 p.m.: Diamond Dollars Case Competition
    Presentations of the Diamond Dollars Case Competition.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2018

  • 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Registration open at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix.
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m.: Player Development Panel
    Speakers: Chris Getz, Chicago White Sox; Andy McKay, Seattle Mariners. Moderator: Eduardo Perez, ESPN.
  • 9:45-10:45 a.m.: Research Presentations 2-3 
    RP2—Vince Gennaro, "Differentiating Performance vs. Potential in Player Development"
    RP3—Brian Reiff, "Defense in PARTs: Splitting Positioning, Airballs, Range, and Throwing"
  • 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Is the Media Doing its Part to Advance the Analytics Discussion?
    Speakers: Jon Sciambi, ESPN; Eno Sarris, The Athletic. Moderator: Brian Kenny, MLB Network.
  • 12:00-12:45 p.m.: Global Sports Betting and the Role of Integrity Technology
    Speaker: Bill Squadron, Genius Sports.
  • 12:45-1:45 p.m.: Lunch
    Analytics Conference registration includes lunch.
  • 2:00-2:30 p.m.: SABR Analytics Conference Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation
    Sabermetric pioneer Pete Palmer will be honored with the second SABR Analytics Conference Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Research Presentations 4-5 
    RP4—Matt Swartz, "Knowledge and Evolution in the Free Agent Market"
    RP5—Rob Mains and Pete Palmer, "A Revised Look at Clutch Hitting"
  • 3:45-4:30 p.m.: Diverse Perspectives Panel
    Speakers: Dr. Lorena Martin, Seattle Mariners; Ehsan Bokhari, Los Angeles Dodgers; Philip Cho, Los Angeles Dodgers; Emilee Fragapane, Los Angeles Dodgers. Moderator: Vince Gennaro, SABR.
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Diamond Dollars Case Competition
    Encore presentation from the winning team of the Diamond Dollars Case Competition.
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Networking Reception with Baseball Industry Network
    The networking reception (Garden Terrace, 3rd floor) is an opportunity for conference attendees to meet some of our panelists, speakers, writers and others working throughout the baseball industry. Cash bar.

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2018

  • 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.: Registration open at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix.
  • 9:00-10:00 a.m.: Technology Panel
    Speakers: Jeremy Booth, New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series; Matt Reiland, Power Alley Analytics; Jarett Sims, Monsterful VR. Moderator: Brett Kurland, Arizona State University.
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m.: Research Presentations 6-7
    RP6—Glenn Healey and Shiyuan Zhao, "Modeling Batter Characteristics Using Hit-Tracking Data"
    RP7—Mark Simon, "Has the Shift Seen Its Day?"
  • 11:15-11:30 a.m.: SABR Analytics Conference Research Award presentations
    The winners of the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards will be announced and presented.
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Pitching Panel
    Speakers: Eric Gagne, Texas Rangers; more TBA. Moderator: Barry Bloom.
  • 12:45-1:45 p.m.: Research Presentations 8-9 
    RP8—Alex Vigderman, "Synthetic Statcast Data"
    RP9—Dorion Liston, et al, "Visual Tracking: An Indicator of Health and Performance" 
  • 1:45-2:00 p.m.: Conference wrap-up by SABR President Vince Gennaro and SABR CEO Marc Appleman.

For more information about the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference, or to register, visit SABR.org/analytics.