2014 SABR Analytics Panel: Which Numbers Athletes Love, Which Numbers Athletes Hate
We are pleased to announce the featured panel Which Numbers Athletes Love, Which Numbers Athletes Hate at the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference. This panel is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13. Baseball players-turned-broadcast analysts will explain how they use analytics to cover baseball from the booth.
The SABR Analytics Conference will be held March 13-15, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Register today at SABR.org/analytics.
The scheduled panelists for Which Numbers Athletes Love, Which Numbers Athletes Hate are:
- 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.
- 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.
- Manny Acta, Analyst, ESPN: Manny joined ESPN and ESPN Deportes as a baseball analyst in 2013. He served as manager of the Cleveland Indians from 2010 to 2012, leading the Tribe to a second-place finish in 2011 and an 11-game improvement. Previously, he was manager of the Washington Nationals from 2007 to 2009; at age 37, he was the youngest active manager in MLB at the time of his hiring. He finished sixth in the NL Manager of the Year voting in 2007. Manny played in the Houston Astros minor league system for seven years, eventually becoming a coach in the organization in 1991. In 2013, he was named general manager of the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Professional Baseball League after managing that club to the Caribbean World Series championship in 2003-04. In 2006, he also managed the Dominican Republic to a semifinal appearance in the inaugural World Baseball Classic.
- Kirk Goldsberry, Staff Writer, Grantland.com: Kirk is a staff writer at Grantland.com, a visiting scholar at the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis and an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
- John Walsh, Executive Vice President and Executive Editor, ESPN: Since joining ESPN in 1988, John's fingerprints are on many of the network’s largest initiatives and launches. An executive vice president, Walsh has served as executive editor since December 1990 and oversaw the launch of ESPN The Magazine and ESPN Radio; been instrumental in developing the many news and information elements within ESPN, including networks and new shows; and led the editorial direction of ESPN.com and its properties. Currently he also serves as chairman of ESPN’s editorial board. John had served as a consultant to the company since July 1987 before being hired in January 1988 as managing editor. In that role, he was responsible for the editorial content of all news and informational programming, including "SportsCenter," ESPN’s flagship sports news program.
Please note: All speakers and panelists are subject to change due to availability.
For more information on the 2014 SABR Analytics Conference, visit SABR.org/analytics.
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