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The seventh annual SABR Analytics Conference was held March 9-11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona.

Here is the full schedule for the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference. Click on a link below for more highlights.


Hyatt Regency Phoenix

  • 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.: Registration open at Hyatt Regency Phoenix.
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.: Lunch
    Analytics Conference registration includes lunch.
  • 1:00-1:10 p.m.: Conference Welcome
    SABR President Vince Gennaro and SABR CEO Marc Appleman will welcome attendees to the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference.
  • 1:10-2:00 p.m.: The State of Analytics: Brian Kenny and Jon Sciambi
    MLB Network host Brian Kenny and ESPN announcer Jon "Boog" Sciambi will speak on The State of Analytics.
  • 2:00-2:30 p.m.: Research Presentation 1
    RP1—Sean Forman and Hans Van Slooten, "WAR: We'll Try to Resist all Puns and Still Tell You What It Is Good For"
  • 2:45-3:45 p.m.: MLB Team Approach to Analytics
    Speakers: Amiel Sawdaye, Arizona Diamondbacks; Eduardo Perez, ESPN; Eno Sarris, The Athletic; Mike Ferrin, Arizona Diamondbacks/MLB Network Radio. Moderator: Vince Gennaro, SABR.
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m.: Statcast Presentation
    Speakers: Tom Tango, Daren Willman, and Mike Petriello of MLB Advanced Media.
  • 5:00-5:10 p.m.: Introduction to Diamond Dollars Case Competition
    SABR President Vince Gennaro will introduce the 2018 Diamond Dollars Case Competition in the Regency Ballroom, with presentations to follow upstairs on the second floor.
  • 5:15-10:00 p.m.: Diamond Dollars Case Competition
    Presentations of the Diamond Dollars Case Competition.




SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2018

  • 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.: Registration open at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix.  
  • 8:30-9:00 a.m.:  Research Presentation 6 
    RP6—Travis Petersen, "Augmenting Statcast Hit Probability with Hit Direction and Sprint Speed"
  • 9:00-10:00 a.m.: Technology Panel
    Speakers: Jeremy Booth, New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series; Matt Reiland, Power Alley Analytics; Jarett Sims, Monsterful VR. Moderator: Brett Kurland, Arizona State University.
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m.: Research Presentations 7-8
    RP7—Glenn Healey and Shiyuan Zhao, "Modeling Batter Characteristics Using Hit-Tracking Data"
    RP8—Mark Simon, "Has the Shift Seen Its Day?"
  • 11:15-11:30 a.m.: SABR Analytics Conference Research Award presentations
    The winners of the 2018 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards will be announced and presented.
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Pitching Panel
    Speakers: Eric Gagne, Texas Rangers; former Chicago Cubs GM Ed Lynch. Moderator: Barry Bloom.
  • 12:45-1:45 p.m.: Research Presentations 9-10 
    RP9—Alex Vigderman, "Synthetic Statcast Data"
    RP10—Dorion Liston, et al, "Visual Tracking: An Indicator of Health and Performance" 
  • 1:45-2:00 p.m.: Conference wrap-up by SABR President Vince Gennaro and SABR CEO Marc Appleman.

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