SABR Analytics Conference
March 10-12, 2016
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Here is a list of speakers, panelists and moderators for the fifth annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 10-12, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona. Stay tuned as more featured speakers will be announced soon!
Conference registration is available now at the SABR Store. Click here to register. The conference is open to all baseball fans.
Sr. VP/General Manager
L.A. Angels of Anaheim
MLB Network Radio
Director of Analytics
Director of Minor Lg Ops/
San Francisco Giants
Director of Baseball Ops
San Diego Padres
Baseball Info Solutions
Please note: All speakers subject to change depending on availability. The full schedule will be announced soon.
Here are bios for the featured speakers:
- Dick Williams, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Cincinnati Reds: Dick is entering his 11th season in the Reds front office and was promoted to his current position in November 2015. He joined the baseball operations department in 2005 and was involved in all financial and administrative aspects, including budgeting and strategic planning for the major league, scouting and player development departments as well as background analysis for contract negotiations and player acquisitions. Previously, Dick worked in investment banking and the private equity industry in New York and Atlanta. He also worked in Washington, D.C., at the campaign headquarters for President George W. Bush. He graduated from the University of Virginia.
- Derrick Hall, President/CEO, Arizona Diamondbacks: Derrick is entering his 12th season in the Diamondbacks' front office. He was named as the Diamondbacks' team president in September 2006 and later added the title of CEO in January 2009. Hall originally joined the Diamondbacks in May 2005 as Senior Vice President, Communications, and served in numerous other capacities until being named president. During his tenure, the team has won two NL West championships (2007 and 2011) and was named the top Major League franchise in ESPN's Ultimate Standings in 2013. He has been named the “Best Boss in Sports” by TeamWork Online and Yahoo! named the Diamondbacks as the “Best Workplace in Sports.” His leadership in the local community allowed the Diamondbacks to become the first professional sports team to win the inaugural 2010 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award.
- Billy Eppler, General Manager, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Billy was hired as the Angels' GM in October 2015. He spent 11 seasons in the New York Yankees front office, including the last four as Assistant GM to Brian Cashman, helping in all areas of MLB operations including player acquisitions, roster composition and management, staffing and personnel decisions, and player contract negotiations. Prior to his tenure with the Yankees, he worked for five years in the Colorado Rockies organization. He graduated cum laude with a degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut in 1998.
- Aaron Boone, Analyst, ESPN: Aaron is an analyst for ESPN's “Monday Night Baseball” with frequent appearances on “Baseball Tonight” and other studio programming. He joined ESPN in 2010 after his retirement from professional baseball. He also served as a guest analyst on ESPN Radio during the 2009 National League Division Series. Boone played for six Major League franchises over 12 seasons including stops in Cincinnati (1997-2003), New York Yankees (2003), Cleveland (2005-2006), Florida (2007), Washington (2008) and Houston (2009). In 2003, Boone earned his first and only All-Star appearance before being traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Yankees. Later that year, he famously hit a dramatic, series-clinching home run in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 7 of the ALCS, giving the Yankees a 6-5 victory over their rival, Boston Red Sox.
- Mike Ferrin, Broadcaster, Arizona Diamondbacks/MLB Network Radio: Mike is entering his first season on the Diamondbacks radio broadcast team, as the pre- and postgame show host and secondary play-by-play announcer on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM and the Arizona Diamondbacks Radio Network. From 2007 to 2015, he was a nationally renowned broadcaster on SiriusXM/MLB Network Radio, serving as the host of “Power Alley” and the on-site host in the MLB postseason and Winter Meetings. Previously, he was the play-by-play announcer for the Double-A Bowie Baysox and a sports producer and reporter for WGN Radio in Chicago.
- Brian Kenny, Host, MLB Network: Brian is the host of MLB Network's critically acclaimed “Clubhouse Confidential,” where he incorporates sabermetrics into the day's baseball news. A 25-year national TV and radio veteran, Brian joined MLB Network from ESPN, where he was a “SportsCenter” anchor, host of the Brian Kenny Show on ESPN Radio and an Emmy Award-winning anchor for “Baseball Tonight.”
- Alex Cora, Analyst, ESPN: Alex has been an analyst with ESPN and ESPN Deportes since 2013. He provides analysis on various platforms across both networks, including on “Baseball Tonight” and other studio programming. He was an infielder for 14 seasons in the major leagues, helping the Boston Red Sox win the 2007 World Series. He also helped lead the University of Miami to three College World Series. He is also the general manager of Puerto Rico’s Caguas Criollos baseball team and led them to the 2013 Caribbean Series.
- Eric Byrnes, Analyst, MLB Network: Eric became an analyst for MLB Network after an 11-year career as an outfielder for the Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Seattle Mariners. He was a key member of the Diamondbacks' 2007 NL West championship team, hitting 21 home runs, scoring 103 runs, and stealing 50 bases. As a member of the A's, he batted .462 in the 2003 AL Division Series against the Red Sox. He has also been a contributor on ESPN, MLB on FOX, Fox Sports Arizona, “The Best Damn Sports Show Period,” “MLB Home Plate” on SiriusXM, and KNBR in San Francisco.
- Vince Gennaro, President, SABR: Vince is the President of SABR's Board of Directors and author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball. He is a consultant to MLB teams, appears regularly on MLB Network, and director of Columbia University's sports management graduate program. He also hosts the syndicated MLB Network Radio program, "Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM" on Sunday nights. He is also the architect of the Diamond Dollars Case Competition series, which brings together students and MLB team and league executives and serves as unique learning experience, as well as a networking opportunity for aspiring sports executives.
- Sarah Gelles, Director of Analytics, Baltimore Orioles: Sarah is entering her sixth season in the Orioles front office, having been promoted to her current post in April 2014. She has also served as a judge in the Diamond Dollars Case Competition. Previously, she had internships in the Labor Relations Department for Major League Baseball and in the Pittsburgh Pirates' baseball operations department. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought from Amherst College in 2010.
- Yeshayah Goldfarb, Director, Minor League Operations/Quantitative Analysis, San Francisco Giants: Yeshayah is entering his 16th season in the Giants baseball operations department. He helps run the minor league operations on a day-to-day basis, including spring training camp, roster formation, player evaluation, budget management and affiliate team liaison. Additionally he provides statistical analysis for, on minor league, and amateur players for purposes of roster construction, player acquisition and development. He is also responsible for seeking out and incorporating new technologies and data into baseball operations information systems. Goldfarb graduated Cum Laude from the University of California, San Diego.
- Nick Ennis, Director of Baseball Operations, San Diego Padres: Nick is entering his seventh season in the Padres front office, having been promoted to his current post in November 2014. His primary responsibilities include assisting in player acquisitions, roster management, professional scouting and contract negotiations. He is also involved in the club's analytics research initiatives and the application of new technologies throughout the department's activities. He first joined the club as an intern in the summer of 2010. A 2004 graduate of Georgetown University, Ennis worked in the venture capital industry before receiving his Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School in 2010.
- Ken Rosenthal, MLB Network/FoxSports.com: Ken is a Baseball Insider for MLB Network and regularly appears on MLB Tonight and Hot Stove. A sportswriter for more than 20 years, he also is FoxSports.com's senior baseball writer and a weekly contributor to the Fox Saturday Baseball Game of the Week. On-air since 2005, he serves as the field reporter during Fox Sports' featured baseball matchup.
- John Dewan, Owner, Baseball Info Solutions: John is the owner of Baseball Info Solutions, which collects, analyzes and disseminates the most in-depth data in the industry with more than a dozen Major League Baseball teams as clients. He is also the co-publisher of ACTA Sports, a division of ACTA Publications, which publishes books on statistical baseball analysis, including the annual Bill James Handbook and other sports titles. John’s three-volume set of The Fielding Bible books break new ground in an area that has been the least analyzed in baseball: defense. His Plus/Minus System and Defensive Runs Saved are a direct application of actuarial and sabermetric techniques. Before founding BIS, John was President and CEO of STATS, Inc., following a highly successful career as an insurance actuary.
- Dallas Braden, Analyst, ESPN: Dallas joined ESPN as a studio analyst in 2014, and he regularly contributes to “Baseball Tonight,” “SportsCenter,” and other ESPN news programs. Drafted out of Texas Tech University in 2004, Braden debuted with the Oakland Athletics in 2007. On May 9, 2010, Braden threw the 19th perfect game in MLB history when he defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in Oakland on Mothers Day. That same year, he threw four additional complete games including two shutouts en route to a career-best 3.50 ERA. Braden spent five seasons with the Athletics from 2007-11. He attempted to further his career for two years, battling injuries, before retiring in 2014.
- Michael Bentley, Founder, Blast Motion: Michael is the founder of Blast Motion, a San Diego-based company that has helped develop some of the most innovative motion capture and analysis systems, including K-VEST, ENSO, and BLAST. He is considered an industry expert in 3D motion capture technologies and analysis. His extensive research and expertise spans Inertial, Electromagnetic, and Optical technologies. He is also a member of the Professional Golfers' Association of America and a former PGA Tour player. During his playing career, he competed professionally in Australia, Asia, and the United States, and is a consultant to many of today’s top teams, coaches, and equipment manufacturers.
- Dan Migala, Founding Partner, Property Consulting Group: Dan is the founding partner of Property Consulting Group, a Chicago-based team marketing advisory firm and publisher of The Migala Report, a sports business monthly periodical. He has helped design some of baseball's most innovative revenue-generating concepts, including serving as a senior advisor to MiLB’s “Project Brand” intiative. He is a co-owner with Mike Veeck of the Class A Fort Myers Miracle and author of three sports marketing texts.
- Eno Sarris, FanGraphs: Eno is a staff writer for FanGraphs, where he specializes in pitching analytics. He also takes the best public analytics findings to the players in the clubhouse to get their reactions. He has also been a contributor to ESPN, The Hardball Times, and 120Sports.
For more information on the 2016 SABR Analytics Conference, visit SABR.org/analytics.