SABR Analytics Conference speakers

SABR Analytics Conference
March 12-14, 2015
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona

Here is a list of speakers, panelists and moderators for the fourth annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 12-14, 2015, 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.

Curt Schilling

Larry Baer
San Francisco Giants

Brian Kenny
MLB Network

Jon Sciambi

Len Kasper
Chicago Cubs

John Kruk

Jim Callis
Senior Writer

Karl Ravech

Joe Block
Milwaukee Brewers

Please note: All speakers subject to change. The full schedule will be announced in early 2015.

Here are bios for the featured speakers:

  • Larry Baer, President and CEO, San Francisco Giants: Larry's tenure with the Giants began in 1992, when he was named Executive Vice President, and he is responsible for the overall day-to-day operations of the Giants, both on the business and baseball sides. Under his direction, the Giants have won World Series championships in 2010 and 2012, and opened Pacific Bell Park (now AT&T Park) to widespread acclaim in 2000. He was the driving force behind every phase of the ballpark project, including the original design by HOK Sports; the successful voter campaign in March 1996; the private financing package that featured the highly successful Charter Seat program; the unprecedented drive to secure a record 28,000 full-season ticket holders, and the final construction of the facility — a San Francisco landmark. Larry has also been a key strategist and negotiator in all of the club's major transactions beginning with the Barry Bonds signing in November 1992 through the awarding of the 2007 All-Star Game. He was named team president in 2008 and CEO in 2012.
  • Curt Schilling, Analyst, ESPN: Curt is considered one of the great postseason pitchers of all time, having won a World Series game with three different franchises. His 2004 Game 6 ALCS performance with a sutured tendon dressed in a bloody sock was the defining image in one of baseball's all-time playoff comebacks and an inspiration in overturning the Boston Red Sox's 86-year-old World Series drought. His on-field performance rose when it mattered most. During postseason play, he went 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA and garnered a World Series co-MVP in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and NLCS MVP in 1993 with the Philadelphia Phillies. For his career, he recorded 216 wins and 3,116 strikeouts while only walking 711. He joined ESPN as a baseball analyst in 2010, and appears on “Baseball Tonight” and other news and information programming.
  • 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.”
  • John Kruk, Analyst, ESPN: John was a three-time All-Star outfielder/first baseman who now serves as an analyst on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” and “Baseball Tonight.” He joined ESPN in 2004, making his debut during a Spring Training telecast between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies. In March 2006, he also provided game analysis for several World Baseball Classic and Spring Training telecasts on ESPN. John retired in 1995 following a 10-year Major League career with the Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, and Chicago White Sox, in which he posted a .300 batting average with 100 home runs and 592 RBIs.
  • Jon “Boog” Sciambi, Announcer, ESPN: Jon 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, Sciambi 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.
  • Karl Ravech, Host, ESPN: Karl joined ESPN in May 1993 and serves as primary host of the Emmy Award-winning “Baseball Tonight” (since 1995) and as a “SportsCenter” anchor (since 1993). He has hosted ESPN’s coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs and World Series since 1995. Karl also provides commentary for ESPN and ABC coverage of the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, each summer and for ESPN’s coverage for the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, every spring. Additionally, he has hosted “College Hoops 2Night,” ESPN2’s weekly news and highlights show, and anchored ESPN’s college basketball studio wraps operation.
  • Len Kasper, Broadcaster, Chicago Cubs: Len is entering his eighth season with the Cubs after doing Florida Marlins play-by-play for three years for Fox Sports Net. Prior to joining the Marlins, Len did play-by-play for select Milwaukee Brewers games from 1999-2001. Kasper's broadcast career also included a stint as the morning sports anchor at WTMJ in Milwaukee. He hosted pregame and halftime shows for the Green Bay Packers radio network and co-hosted a hot stove league show on the Brewers radio network. He spent nearly eight years working for WTMJ. Kasper graduated summa cum laude from Marquette University in 1993 with a degree in public relations.
  • Buster Olney, Senior Writer, Buster is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, reporter for ESPN’s exclusive Sunday Night Baseball telecast and an analyst for Baseball Tonight. He joined ESPN in June 2003 to cover baseball for all ESPN entities, including ESPN Radio, ESPNEWS, and SportsCenter. He writes a daily column for and and also hosts a popular Baseball Tonight podcast. Buster began covering baseball in 1989 for the Nashville Banner and later for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Baltimore Sun and New York Times. He is also the author of The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty: The Game, the Team, and the Cost of Greatness.
  • Steve Berthiaume, Broadcaster, Arizona Diamondbacks: Steve is entering his third season as the Diamondbacks' television play-by-play voice on FOX Sports Arizona alongside analyst Bob Brenly. He previously spent 12 years at ESPN as a “SportsCenter” anchor from 1999-2005 and 2007-12 as studio host for the award-winning “Baseball Tonight” while also working as a play-by-play announcer for ESPN's league-wide MLB package as well as the College World Series Super Regional. In 2006, he worked for the New York Mets as a studio host for the SNY network. He also spent three years as a sports anchor at CNN in Atlanta and worked as a sports anchor and reporter for network television affiliates in Connecticut, Florida, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia.
  • Joe Block, Broadcaster, Milwaukee Brewers: Joe is entering his second season with the Brewers' radio broadcast team. With more than 10 years of broadcasting experience, he has called the action for more than 900 professional baseball games, including the Jacksonville Suns (2003-06), Great Falls White Sox (2007) and Billings Mustangs (2010), among others. He also handled play-by-play for select games during the Expos' final two seasons in Montreal (2003-04). Recently, Block served as postgame show host on radio for the Los Angeles Dodgers on KABC-AM (2011) and was radio studio host for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets (2007-11). He has also handled play-by-play for major college basketball and football for various regional networks over the past 10 years.
  • Jim Callis, Senior Writer, Jim Callis is a senior writer for, a division of that specializes in prospects and the draft. Prior to joining in September 2013, he worked 23 years in two stints at Baseball America. He served as the magazine's managing editor from 1993-97 before moving to suburban Chicago with his family and spending three years as a senior editor at STATS, Inc. Upon returning to Baseball America in May 2000 as executive editor, his main focuses were evaluating prospects (including editing BA's annual Prospect Handbook) and covering the amateur draft (including broadcast work with ESPN and MLB Network.) He began covering baseball in 1987 while at the University of Georgia.
  • Eduardo Perez, Analyst, ESPN: Eduardo is an analyst for ESPN's “Baseball Tonight.” He was the Houston Astros' bench coach in 2013 after two seasons as the Miami Marlins' hitting coach. He has served as manager of the Colombian national team and as manager and general manager of the Puerto Rican national team. In 2008, he earned Manager of the Year honors in the Puerto Rican Winter League and in 2009 he led the Ponce Lions to the Caribbean Series. From 1993-2006, Eduardo played parts of 13 seasons in the Major Leagues, primarily as a first baseman, for the Angels, Cardinals, Reds, Devil Rays, Indians and Mariners. He joined ESPN as an analyst for the 2006 postseason and worked full-time for the network for the next four seasons.
  • Jonathan Mayo, Senior Writer, Jonathan is a senior writer for He joined Major League Baseball’s official website in April 1999 and has covered every facet of the game. He’s been to three World Series and seven All-Star Games, as well as Opening Series in Japan and Puerto Rico. In his time with, he’s also covered the Caribbean World Series in Mazatlan, Mexico and the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. For several years, he hosted a variety of shows on MLB Radio,’s internet radio network, including Around the Minors, a daily show devoted to baseball prospects. Mayo has also done extensive video work ranging from studio analysis and in-game color commentary to sideline reporting at various special events.
  • Rob Neyer, Senior Baseball Editor, Rob joined in 2014 as its Senior Baseball Editor after serving as National Baseball Editor at SB Nation for the past three years. Prior to that, he spent 15 years covering Major League Baseball as a columnist at Rob began his career as a research assistant for groundbreaking baseball author Bill James, and later worked for STATS, Inc. He has also written or co-written six baseball books, including The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers (with Bill James), winner of the Sporting News/SABR Baseball Research Award.


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