SABR 50 convention in Baltimore

SABR 50: Featured Speakers

Join us this summer in Baltimore to celebrate a special occasion this summer: SABR’s 50th annual convention, scheduled for August 17-21, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor!

Conference and hotel registration for SABR 50 is now available at SABR.org/convention. Or click here to register for SABR 50. All baseball fans are welcome to attend.

Learn more about our featured speakers and panelists on this page.

Greg Bader is the Senior Vice President of Administration & Experience for the Baltimore Orioles, where he oversees all administrative and service functions of the club and all facets of the Camden Yards experience, including ballpark operations, customer service, broadcasting, and brand marketing. He has been a member of the organization since 1994, most recently serving as Vice President of Communications & Marketing from 2012 to 2019 until taking on his current role. He serves on the Board of Directors for Baltimore Convention and Tourism and is chair of the Marketing & Communications Committee for Visit Baltimore.

Kevin Brown is in his first season as the Baltimore Orioles’ lead television play-by-play voice and his fourth season overall with the team. He also serves as a play-by-play commentator for several college sports across ESPN networks. From 2010 to 2017, he was the director of broadcasting and media relations for the Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. He graduated from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

Joe Castiglione is in his 40th season as a broadcaster for the Boston Red Sox radio network, the longest tenure of any announcer in the franchise’s storied history. Prior to coming to Boston, Castiglione called games in Cleveland and Milwaukee. He taught classes in broadcast journalism at Northeastern University and other schools for 29 years and since 1990 he has also served as a Jimmy Fund staff member in fundraising. He is the author of two books, Broadcast Rites and Sites and Can You Believe It, 30 Years Inside Red Sox Baseball. He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2014.

Mike Gibbons is the Director Emeritus and Historian at the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, where he has worked since 1982. During his tenure as Executive Director from 1982 to 2017, he helped build the museum into a nationally recognized tourist attraction, expanded its offerings to include more Maryland sports history, and oversaw the development of the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards. He has served as President of the International Sports Heritage Association and the Greater Baltimore History Alliance. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Jennifer Grondahl is the Senior Vice President of Community Development & Communications for the Baltimore Orioles, where she focuses on building and maintaining relationships with partners, community leaders, civic organizations, fans, and the media to enhance the club’s community outreach efforts. She also oversees the organization’s community and philanthropic initiatives, as well as the Orioles Charitable Foundation. Prior to joining the organization in 2018, she served as Founder/President of Maestro Marketing & Events. She was also the President of the YMCA Foundation of Sarasota, Inc. from 2013-16, and the Executive Director of the American Cancer Society from 2002-04. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bethany College in West Virginia and received her certificate in fundraising management from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2016.

Bill Jenkinson is the author of The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs and several other books on baseball. He is the top expert on the history of long-distance home runs, and he has consulted for projects with the Baseball Hall of Fame, Major League Baseball, the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, ESPN, and many other organizations.

Tim Kurkjian joined ESPN in March 1998 as both a reporter for Baseball Tonight and a senior writer. He continues to provide insight and analysis through his writing as well as regular appearances on Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter. He also is a regular analyst in the booth for ESPN’s national television games and is a staple in ESPN’s Little League World Series coverage. He has authored three books, including most recently I’m Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies in 2016. He covered the Baltimore Orioles for the Baltimore Sun beginning in 1986 before moving on to Sports Illustrated from 1989 to 1997. He is a native of Bethesda, Maryland, and a graduate of the University of Maryland.

Jane Leavy is the author of The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created, which won SABR’s Seymour Medal in 2019. She is a journalist, feature writer, and author who has devoted most of her career to baseball. Earlier this year, she was selected as a recipient of the Henry Chadwick Award for her many contributions to baseball research. She is also the author of acclaimed biographies of Sandy Koufax and Mickey Mantle, along with the baseball novel Squeeze Play.

Larry Lucchino served as President of the Baltimore Orioles from 1989 to 1993, when he oversaw the building of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. He also has served as President and CEO with the San Diego Padres (1995-2001), where he spearheaded the opening of Petco Park, and the Boston Red Sox (2002-2015), with whom he won three World Series championships. He is currently Chairman/Principal Owner of the Worcester Red Sox.

Sig Mejdal is the Baltimore Orioles’ Vice President and Assistant General Manager, where he oversees all aspects of the club’s growing analytics efforts while assisting GM Mike Elias in all manner of baseball operations decisions. He spent six seasons working in the Houston Astros front office and contributed to the Astros’ 2017 World Series championship, and also worked for the St. Louis Cardinals for seven seasons. Prior to his baseball career, he worked for NASA as a biomathematician and first joined SABR at 12 years old before earning his bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and aeronautical engineering from the University of California at Davis and master’s degrees in operations research and cognitive psychology from San Jose State University.

Boog Powell is one of the most beloved Baltimore Orioles players in the team’s storied history. He played first base for 17 major-league seasons from 1961 to 1977, winning two World Series championships with the O’s in 1966 and ’70. He earned American League MVP honors in 1970 and finished his career with 339 home runs. Since 1992, when the Orioles began playing at Camden Yards, he has operated Boog’s BBQ on Eutaw Street, a must-visit attraction for any baseball fan.

Eve Rosenbaum is the Assistant General Manager, Baseball Operations, for the Baltimore Orioles, where she oversees roster management, transactions, financial planning, and major league operations and administration, while continuing to play a key role in player evaluation and acquisition across the pro and amateur markets. Before she was named to her current role in June 2020, she was the team’s Director of Baseball Development. Previously, she spent five seasons with the Houston Astros, most recently serving as the club’s Manager of International Scouting. She also worked for the National Football League from 2012 to 2015 as Manager of Business Intelligence and Optimization. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in philosophy from Harvard University and was a catcher on the Crimson varsity softball team.

Nicole Sherry is in her second season as the Baltimore Orioles’ Director of Field Operations after spending the previous 14 seasons as the team’s Head Groundskeeper. In 2006, she became the second woman ever to serve as the head groundskeeper with a major-league team, joining Heather Nabozny of the Detroit Tigers. From 2001 to 2003, she served as the Orioles’ Assistant Head Groundskeeper before spending three seasons with the Double-A Trenton Thunder in the New York Yankees organization. She holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Delaware.

Janet Marie Smith is the Executive Vice President of Planning and Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers, where since 2012 she has overseen the renovations to Dodger Stadium. She is well known in baseball for her work on Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which set the standard for a new wave of ballparks after its opening in 1992 and her oversight of renovations at Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox from 2002-09. She worked on the transformation of Ed Smith Stadium for the Baltimore Orioles spring training home in Sarasota in 2011 and for the Atlanta Braves’ conversion of the 1996 Olympic Stadium to Turner Field. She is trained as an architect and urban planner and recently served as the Edward P. Bass Fellow at the Yale University School of Architecture. Her work outside of sports has included projects such as Battery Park City in New York and the revitalization of Baltimore’s waterfront.

Joe Spear is a founder of Populous and one of the most acclaimed designers of sports facilities around the world. He was the design team lead for Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and has worked on 10 other MLB ballparks in the past three decades, including Progressive Field in Cleveland, which earned a National AIA Honor Award. He was selected for the VenuesNow Hall of Honor and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He has also been named one of the most influential people in baseball by USA Today, Baseball America, and Sports Business Journal.

Bill Stetka has worked for his hometown Baltimore Orioles for the past 27 years and has been Director of Orioles Alumni since 2008. In 2022, he was also named the club’s official Team Historian. He has worked in the communications industry for more than four decades, including positions in media, public relations, and marketing. He began his professional career as a sportswriter for the Baltimore News American and later served as an official scorer for Major League Baseball for nine years before joining the Orioles front office staff. He attended his first Orioles game in 1961.

Lisa Tolson is Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the Baltimore Orioles. She has spent 37 years in the organization and was named to her current role in May 2019. She began her career with the organization in group sales, before transitioning to finance and eventually finding a home in human resources. She received her professional certification through the Society for Human Resources Management in 2001 and her SHRM-CP certification in 2015. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Brandon Tolson Foundation, which offers support to families after the sudden and tragic loss of a child.

Please note: All speakers are subject to change due to availability.

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