We’re proud to be partnering with the Society for American Baseball Research and presenting the first annual SABR Analytics Conference, which will take place in Mesa, Arizona from March 15th through the 17th. The conference is going to be a baseball nerd’s paradise, combining interesting discussions with new research presentations, and essentially serving as a three day window into how the game operates and what new things are on the horizon. The attendees are going to be a veritable who’s who of influential people in baseball, including:
Chicago Cubs chairmen Tom Ricketts
Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro
Arizona Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall
Anaheim Angels GM Jerry DiPoto
Milwaukee Brewers GM Doug Melvin
Cleveland Indians GM Chris Antonetti
Some of the topics on the agenda:
How technology is changing baseball
Managers Panel on how analytics has changed the game
GM Panel on how analytics shape decisions
Measuring player performance
Technology and in-game strategy
Hit f/x and Field f/x: where analytics are headed
Scouting and analytics
What we can all learn from fantasy baseball?
How much is “too much” when it comes to using analytics?
Additionally, many of the bigger names in the online baseball community will be sitting in on panel discussions, presenting original research, or providing their insight in a unique way. David Appelman and myself will both be there, and FanGraphs is looking forward to helping create an event that is one of the highlights of the year for the analytically-inclined baseball fan.
The full registration fee for the event is $495, but early bird registration is now available for the discounted price of $350, which includes a one year membership to SABR as well. If you’re already a SABR member, the price is only $250, and that price also applies if you’re a currently enrolled high school or college student. You can register for the event directly through SABR’s store, and since early bird registration won’t last too much longer, so I’d suggest doing so sooner than later.
If you’re thinking about making a trip to Arizona this year, I’d definitely try to schedule your trip so you’re around for this. It promises to be a fantastic event for hardcore baseball fans.
Dave is the Managing Editor of FanGraphs.