2012 SABR Analytics Conference topics



Here was the 2012 SABR Analytics Conference schedule, along with photos and recaps of the events.

Click on each panel or presentation for multimedia coverage of the session, including audio clips and photos.




FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012


  • 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.: Case Competition Bracket 1
  • 1:00-4:00 p.m.: Case Competition Bracket 2
  • 2:15-4:35 p.m.: Case Competition Bracket 3






Here is a list of topics covered at the 2012 SABR Analytics Conference:

  • Welcome/Networking Reception: The welcome reception will be an opportunity for conference attendees to meet some of our panelists, speakers, writers and others working throughout the baseball industry. Featured speaker: Derrick Hall, Arizona Diamondbacks. Held Thursday, March 15. 
  • Changing Face of Baseball Data Panel: Data is the foundation of baseball analytics. New data capture methods are yielding information such as the speed of the ball off the hitters' bat and the route a fielder takes to the ball. Technologies such as doppler radar are now being used to record and measure the events on the field. The net result of this innovation is a new world of baseball analytics, which is overhauling the way MLB teams make decisions. Speakers include: Dave Cameron, FanGraphs; John Dewan, Baseball Info Solutions; and Cory Schwartz, MLB.com. Moderator: Sean Forman, Baseball-Reference.com. Held Thursday, March 15. 
  • Bloomberg Sports—Next Generation of Team Analytics: Bill Squadron, head of Bloomberg Sports, will demonstrate the most advanced and integrated system for baseball operations ever developed and now being used by almost all MLB clubs. The system is a one-stop shop that allows teams to address all of their baseball needs in a single unit. Bill will be joined by Shiraz Rehman, who will talk about the relationship established between the Chicago Cubs and Bloomberg Sports. Speakers include: Bill Squadron, Bloomberg Sports; and Shiraz Rehman, Chicago Cubs. Held Thursday, March 15.
  • Player Panel: How has analytics changed major league players' approach to the game, their preparation and their performance? Featuring Brandon McCarthy, Oakland Athletics. Moderator: Rob Neyer, Baseball Nation. Held Thursday, March 15.
  • Clubhouse Confidential Panel: Our panelists appear regularly on MLB Network's signature sabermetrics program, "Clubhouse Confidential" (airing at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily). You will have the opportunity to ask them questions related to baseball analytics, value projection and other topics. Speakers include: Dave Cameron, FanGraphs; Jay Jaffe, Baseball Prospectus; Vince Gennaro, SABR President; and Rob Neyer, Baseball Nation. Held Friday, March 16.
  • Fantasy Baseball Panel: What we can all learn from Fantasy Baseball and the way it has impacted MLB teams. Speakers include: Derek Carty, Baseball Prospectus; Craig Glaser, Bloomberg Sports; and Eno Sarris, FanGraphs. Moderator: Cory Schwartz, MLB.com. Held Friday, March 16.
  • General Managers Panel: How different clubs are using analytics to develop a competitive edge and stay ahead of their competition and how analytics shape decisions. Speakers include: Chris Antonetti, Cleveland Indians; Jerry Dipoto, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; and Doug Melvin, Milwaukee Brewers. Moderator: Ken Rosenthal, MLB Network/FoxSports.com. Held Friday, March 16.
  • Retrospective Look at Baseball Analysis: When SABR was founded in 1971, the analysis of baseball statistics was in its infancy. Mainframe computers were expensive and the Internet didn't exist yet. Since then, technology in the Information Age has allowed millions of fans to access and understand sabermetrics, analyzing data at home and connecting with others across the globe. Leaders of the early days of baseball analysis will discuss the evolution of sabermetrics and where it's headed in the future. Speakers include: Dick Cramer, SABR; Gary Gillette, SABR; and John Thorn, Major League Baseball. Moderator: Sean Forman, Baseball-Reference.com. Held Friday, March 16.
  • Scouting and Analytics Panel: Scouts and stats have often been characterized as being at odds with one another, and at one time that may have been true. In today's game we are seeing not only a co-existence, but the integration of scouting and analytics, including the emergence of new sources of scouting data and information. This panel will discuss the impact of technology and data capture on scouting, as well as the way in which data analyses are blended with scouting information to assist teams in their decision-making. Speakers include: Joe Bohringer, Chicago Cubs; A.J. Hinch, San Diego Padres; and Corrine Vitolo, SmartKage. Moderator: Dan Migala, PCG. Held Saturday, March 17.
  • Digital World Meets Baseball Information Panel: Website, mobile and television producers and developers are continually pushing the envelope and upgrading the way in which baseball fans are provided with more timely, cutting edge, informative and interactive analytic information. What will be the next innovative ways in which baseball fans consume statistical content? What are baseball content providers going to be developing next? How are content providers going to incorporate this information and implement these new innovations? Speakers include: Jeff Bennett, ESPN; Rob Shaw, Bloomberg Sports; and Ryan Zander, Sportvision. Moderator: Michele Steele, ESPN. Held Saturday, March 17.

Also, there was a special Baseball-Reference.com Open Forum with SABR member Sean Forman.

  • Baseball-Reference.com Open Forum: Baseball-Reference.com has more than 1 million pages of statistical content and is adding more every day. The site has so much that, like many other users, you may find it nearly impossible to track or find all of the features on the site. Baseball-Reference.com founder Sean Forman will be available for two hours each on Friday and Saturday mornings to provide tips, suggestions and answer user questions. In addition to a rundown of popular features and tools, Sean will show you how to embed B-R content within your blogs or websites, quickly link from your articles to Baseball-Reference.com player pages, and promote your content directly to Baseball-Reference.com users.

    Stop by our forum or stop Sean in the hallway and receive a free 15-day trial to the Baseball Reference Play Index!