SABR Analytics Conference

SABR Analytics Conference
March 13-15, 2020
Renaissance Phoenix Downtown
Phoenix, Arizona

Join us for the ninth annual SABR Analytics Conference on Friday, March 13 to Sunday, March 15, 2020, at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown, where we'll bring together the top minds in the baseball analytics community to discuss, debate and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball. All baseball fans are welcome to attend. Regular registration ends at 11:59 p.m. MST on Friday, February 21, so register now to join us!

SABR has a long and storied history with baseball statistical analysis, evidenced by the link between our name and sabermetrics. SABR's long history in this area of baseball research, coupled with our mission of advancing the understanding and knowledge of baseball, makes us the perfect choice to coordinate and host this ground-breaking event.

2020 SABR Analytics Conference speakersOur guest speakers are expected to include:

  • Rob Arthur, freelance writer and data scientist whose work appears regularly at Baseball Prospectus
  • John Baker, Coordinator of the Chicago Cubs' Mental Skills Program and former major-league catcher
  • Vince Gennaro, former SABR Board President, author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball , and host of Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM
  • Rob Neyer, host of the weekly baseball podcast, SABRcast with Rob Neyer, and author of Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game
  • Joan Ryan, award-winning journalist and author of Intangibles: Unlocking the Science and Soul of Team Chemistry 
  • Meredith Wills, Sports Data Scientist for SportsMEDIA Technology (SMT) and a contributing writer for The Athletic
  • More panelists and presenters to be announced soon!

Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.

The Analytics Conference schedule consists of a combination of Guest Speakers, Panels, and Research Presentations — plus the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition, in which undergraduate, graduate and law school students from across the country analyze and present a real baseball operations decision.

Programming will begin on the afternoon of Friday, March 13 and will run through Sunday afternoon on March 15. Click here for highlights of the high-quality content from the 2019 conference. A large block of rooms for SABR Analytics Conference attendees is available on Friday, and Saturday, and Sunday nights.

In addition, the Diamond Dollars Case Competition will start at 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning and the networking reception will be held on Saturday evening at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown. Lunch, which is included in your conference registration, will be served on Friday — before the regular programming begins — and also on Saturday between the morning and afternoon sessions.

For more information on the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference, click on a link below.



Registration for the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference is available now at the SABR Store. Click here to register today! The conference is open to all baseball fans. Regular registration ends at 11:59 p.m. MST on Friday, February 21.

Registration rates:
SABR members: $495 regular registration; $595 after February 21, 2020
— Non-SABR members: $595 early registration; $695 after February 21, 2020
— Students: $350; includes one-year membership to SABR. Must be a currently enrolled high school or college student. Please e-mail Deb Jayne with a photocopy of your student ID to receive the registration promo code.

Please note: Lunch is included with your registration on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14. The networking reception is included with your registration on Saturday, March 14. Specify any special dietary needs when you register.



The 2020 SABR Analytics Conference will be held Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown, 100 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Click here to book your hotel room at the special SABR group rate of $239/night (plus tax) for double occupancy. Or call (602) 333-0000 and mention that you're with the SABR Analytics Conference.

Complimentary wireless Internet is available for Marriott Rewards members in all rooms booked under the SABR block. The cutoff date to book your room is February 11, 2020. The SABR group rate is only available for the nights of March 13 to March 15, 2020, based on availability. If you wish to book a room at the SABR rate before or after those dates, please contact Deb Jayne at for assistance.


Research Presentations

SABR and Baseball Info Solutions are pleased to announce the research presentations for the ninth annual SABR Analytics Conference, which will be held March 13-15, 2020, at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, Arizona. Click here to view the full list of research presentations.

Click here for complete details and criteria on submitting a presentation abstract to the SABR Analytics Conference.


Yoseloff Scholarship

With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend the 2020 SABR Analytics Conference. This scholarship will pay for registration, air transportation and lodging up to a total value of $1,250. Note: The application deadline has now passed.

The objective of this scholarship fund is to encourage student engagement with baseball analytics, and to engender an active interest in baseball research and SABR. The Yoseloff scholarship is to assist young researchers who want to attend SABR's Analytics Conference and to introduce them to fellow SABR members and professionals within the baseball community. Through this fund, SABR hopes to inspire future baseball research, expose students to high-quality research and build the research capability of interested students.

Click here to learn more or to download the 2020 Yoseloff Scholarship application.


Diamond Dollars Case Competition

Washington University in St. Louis

The SABR Analytics Conference is pleased to host the unique Diamond Dollars Case Competition on Friday, March 13, 2020, at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown. Click here for more details or click here to download the PDF application.

In the Diamond Dollars Case Competition, undergraduate, graduate and professional school students from colleges and universities across the country compete against each other by preparing an analysis and presentation of a baseball operations decision — the type of decision a team’s GM and his or her staff is faced with over the course of a season. The cases are developed by former SABR Board President Vince Gennaro, author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball and consultant to MLB teams. The Diamond Dollars Case Competition is the first national competition to be based solely on baseball operations issues.

Four- to five-person student teams are asked to evaluate a baseball operations case problem. The student team presents their analysis and recommendations to a panel of judges that includes MLB front office executives. More than 120 alumni from the Diamond Dollars Case Competitions have secured internships or permanent positions within the baseball industry.


Research Awards

The 2020 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards recognize baseball researchers who have completed the best work of original analysis or commentary during the preceding calendar year. Click here to view the finalists.

Voting for the winners will be conducted online in January-February 2020 at,,, and, with results weighted equally at 20%.

Results will be announced and presented at the ninth annual SABR Analytics Conference, March 13-15, 2020, at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown in Arizona.


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