Sabermetrics, Scouting and the Science of Baseball – May 21-22

Sabermetrics, Scouting and the Science of Baseball
May 21-22, 2011
Pfizer Lecture Hall, Harvard University

Help cure cancer while talking baseball with some of the top minds in the game, including SABR members Andy Andres, Jeremy Greenhouse, Alan Nathan and Tom Tippett, on May 21-22 at Harvard University’s Pfizer Lecture Hall.

You will see how the more advanced baseball statistics are used in conjunction with traditional scouting assessments, with science helping bridge the gap between them.

Tickets for the weekend seminar are $120, with a discounted pass of $75 available to full-time students.

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Scheduled participants:

  • Andy Andres: Andy teaches Sabermetrics 101 at Tufts University. He is also an Assistant Professor of Natural Science at Boston University and has taught a seminar in Exercise Physiology and the Physiology of Human Athletic Performance at Harvard for over 15 years. You can also find Andy at and The bio-mechanics of a baseball swing is Andy’s topic. If you have ever wondered if a one-handed or two-handed follow-through matters, or if the back elbow should stay high, this seminar will answer your questions. Andy uses video and pictures to show the beauty of a perfect baseball swing.

  • Jeremy Greenhouse: Jeremy will attend his graduation from Tufts University on Sunday, the day after his presentation. He is a baseball analyst at Bloomberg Sports. Jeremy will be joining Chuck Korb to discuss offensive assessment metrics, focusing on how Win Probability Added divided by Leveraged Index is calculated, and why he thinks it is a superior stat to Linear Weights.

  • Alan Nathan: Alan is a physics professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He runs the very popular site The Physics of Baseball. Modern Technologies for Tracking the Baseball is the title of Alan’s seminar. He will talk about both the camera-tracking and radar-tracking technologies: how they work; what they measure; advantages/disadvantages of each; calibration issues; etc. He will also talk a little bit about baseball aerodynamics (drag, effect of spin, effect of temperature and altitude, etc.).

  • Tom Tippett: Tom has worked for the Red Sox since 2003, starting as a team consultant. He was formally hired to be the team’s Director of Baseball Information Services in 2009. Tom was also the President and founder of Diamond Mind, the baseball simulation game. Tom will take questions about the evolution of sabermetrics, the most accurate and telling statistical assessment systems, the problems with stats, where numbers and scouting intersect, and anything else baseball-related. Please be aware that Tom is not at liberty to divulge proprietary information.

Other speakers include: Dan Brooks, who runs the PitchF/X analysis tool at Brooks Baseball; David Gassko, a writer for The Hardball Times and former consultant to Major League teams; Jonah Keri, author of The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First; Chuck Korb, of and the Maple Street Press Red Sox Annual; Mitchel Lichtman and Tom M. Tango, co-authors of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball; Jared Porter, Assistant Director of Professional Scouting for the Boston Red Sox; Michael Richmond, a member of the Physics Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology; and David Sheinberg, a Brown University professor in the Neuroscience Department.

Originally published: March 21, 2011. Last Updated: March 21, 2011.