SABR to expand Diamond Dollars Case Competition in 2020

SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 — The Society for American Baseball Research has announced the expansion of its relationship with the Diamond Dollars Case Competition, taking the total number of competitions from two to five. Previously, Diamond Dollars Case Competitions have been held as part of the SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix and at NYU in New York. The five competitions scheduled for 2020 will include the SABR Analytics Conference and four regional events, with one at the NYU Tisch Institute for Global Sport and three held at locations to be determined. 

The Diamond Dollars Case Competition is the first national competition to be based solely on baseball operations issues and pits four- to five-person teams of undergraduate, graduate and professional school students from colleges and universities across the country against each other by preparing an analysis and presentation of a baseball operations decision. The student team presents its analysis and recommendations to a panel of judges that includes MLB front office executives. 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.

“We are thrilled to build on our relationship with Diamond Dollars and continue to act as a hub within the baseball industry by providing learning opportunities for tomorrow’s front office executives and connecting them with MLB teams,” said SABR CEO Scott Bush.

“Since its inception, participation in the Diamond Dollars Case Competitions has proven to be an accelerator for those aspiring to a career in sports, with more than 120 alumni of the competitions subsequently gaining internships or full-time jobs in sports, including 80-plus working in baseball,” Gennaro said.

The first Diamond Dollars Case Competition of 2020 will be held during the SABR Analytics Conference on March 13, 2020, with regional competitions to be scheduled later in the year. Interested schools, teams, and partners are encouraged to contact SABR for more information.

SABR is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering research and disseminating the history and record of baseball. Founded in 1971, SABR has nearly 6,000 members worldwide and has established itself as a vibrant baseball community and a premier distributor of ground-breaking baseball information. SABR features more than 70 regional chapters and more than 30 research committees, and produces three annual publications — two editions of the Baseball Research Journal and The National Pastime — in addition to other print and e-books. For more information about SABR, visit


If you would like more information, please call Scott Bush at (602) 496-1461 or email


Originally published: September 16, 2019. Last Updated: September 16, 2019.