SABR Analytics Conference speakers

SABR Analytics Conference
March 9-11, 2017
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona

Here is a list of speakers, panelists and moderators for the sixth annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona.


Jerry Dipoto
Exec. VP/General Manager
Seattle Mariners

Bill James
Sr. Advisor, Baseball Ops
Boston Red Sox

Mike Hazen
Exec. VP/General Manager
Arizona Diamondbacks

Eric Byrnes
MLB Network
Jessica Mendoza
Brian Kenny
MLB Network
Jon "Boog" Sciambi

Vince Gennaro

Mike Ferrin
AZ Diamondbacks/MLB Network Radio



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  • Bill James is the best known baseball analyst in the world and a prolific author of many books, including the Historical Baseball Abstract, Win Shares, Politics of Glory, The Bill James Gold Mine, and the annual Bill James Handbook. Forty years ago, in 1977, he began publishing an annual series of Baseball Abstracts that were treasured by readers as much for Bill's high-quality writing as his many statistical innovations. He is considered by many to be the father of sabermetrics — he even coined the phrase in 1980 — and has created many new statistics such as Runs Created and Win Shares to evaluate player performance. He is a founding member of the SABR Statistical Analysis Research Committee and was a recipient of the Henry Chadwick Award in 2010. Since 2003, he has been a Senior Advisor on Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox. The team has won three World Series championships during his tenure. 
  • Jerry Dipoto is entering his second season as Executive Vice President/General Manager of the Seattle Mariners. In his first four months on the job, he made more than 50 major-league transactions and has overhauled the team's roster, scouting, and player development departments. Previously, he was a Special Assistant for the Boston Red Sox in 2015 and the general manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from 2011 to 2015, helping guide the club to the AL West title in 2014. He was also Vice President of Scouting and Player Development with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He spent parts of eight seasons (1993-2000) as a pitcher with the Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, and Colorado Rockies before moving into the front office in 2001.
  • Mike Hazen joined the Arizona Diamondbacks as Executive Vice President/General Manager in October 2016 after 11 seasons working with the Boston Red Sox, during which time they won two World Series championships. He was most recently the Red Sox's Senior VP/General Manager in 2016 following four years as the club's Assistant GM. Prior to joining the Red Sox, he spent five seasons with the Cleveland Indians, working in scouting and player development. He played baseball at Princeton University and graduated in 1998.
  • Jessica Mendoza joined ESPN's “Sunday Night Baseball” full-time as an analyst during the 2016 season, the first woman to hold that position for a nationally televised baseball broadcast. In 2015, she made history as the first female analyst to call an MLB postseason game and the first to call a men's College World Series game. She has been with ESPN since 2007, also serving as an analyst and reporter for college football and the Women's College World Series, and as a contributor to espnW. Prior to that, Mendoza built one of the most impressive resumes in softball history, winning two Olympic medals, three World Championships, and two World Cups as a member of the U.S. women's national team. She was selected as the USA Softball Player of the Year in 2006 and the 2008 Sportswoman of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation. She was a four-time first-team All-American outfielder at Stanford University, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 2002 and a master's in Social Sciences in Education in 2003.
  • Brian Kenny is a host at MLB Network, where he appears across the network's studio programming, including “MLB Now” and “MLB Tonight.” A 25-year national TV and radio veteran, he 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.”
  • Eric Byrnes 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 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 is also the architect of the Diamond Dollars Case Competition series, which brings together students and MLB team and league executives and serves as a unique learning experience, as well as a networking opportunity for aspiring sports executives.
  • Mike Ferrin is entering his second 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. Since 2007, he has worked as a nationally renowned broadcaster on SiriusXM MLB Network Radio 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.  
  • Jon “Boog” Sciambi joined ESPN full time in 2010 as play-by-play voice for MLB on ESPN Radio, while continuing the same role for college basketball and MLB on ESPN, which he has done since 2005. Sciambi contributed to ESPN Radio’s World Series coverage as on-site studio host and provided post-game, on-field interviews for ESPN’s SportsCenter. Previously, Jon was the lead play-by-play announcer for the Atlanta Braves on Fox Sports South and SportSouth from 2007-09, and host for 790 The Ticket in South Florida, and as voice of the Florida Marlins on WQAM from 1997-2004.
  • Eno Sarris 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 he started BeerGraphs because he enjoys a well-crafted adult soda.
  • Jordan Muraskin, Ph.D. has worked in the brain imaging field for 10 years. He is co-inventor on the Intellectual Property at the base of deCervo. An expert in electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), he holds multiple patents in brain imaging and has extensive experimental and analytic experience. He has an appointment as a Research Scientist at the Nathan Kline Institute and holds a B.S. and Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University.
  • Dan Migala is Chief Innovation Officer for PCG & SportsDesk Media. PCG is a Chicago-based team marketing advisory firm and SportsDesk Media is a next generation digital media, analytics and marketing company with clients in MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, NCAA and International sports organizations. He has helped design some of Major League and Minor League Baseball's most innovative revenue-generating concepts and has been recognized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown for his creative advancement of baseball promotions.
  • Daniel M. Laby, MD, FAAO: Dr. Laby is the Director of Sports and Performance Vision and an Associate Clinical Professor at the State University of New York College of Optometry in New York City. He attended the George Washington University School of Medicine, receiving his medical degree in 1987. He completed his residency in 1992 and a fellowship at UCLA in 1993. He was also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School prior to moving to New York City in 2015. Dr. Laby has served as staff ophthalmologist for the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, and the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, and he now works with many other teams — including four World Series champions in the past dozen years. He also worked with the US Olympic team prior to the Beijing Olympics in 2008.


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