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You should go to the Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball seminar

May 9, 2014, 1:24 PM EDT


Don’t even play: you’re not doing anything the weekend of August 16-17th and odds favor you either being in Boston, Massachusetts or being close to an airport that can put you there. And, if you’re reading this you (a) certainly love baseball; and (b) probably love sabermetrics and scouting porn.

As such, you should go to the Sabermetrics, Scouting and the Science of Baseball seminar that weekend. The proceeds of which benefit The Jimmy Fund. The playbill:

We have an incredible line-up of speakers for this year’s event, including World Series Champion Boston Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington, Houston Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow, Senior Baseball Analyst Tom Tippett (Red Sox), baseball physicist Alan Nathan, and SABR President Vince Gennaro. We will also feature top authors and sabermetricians from your favorite websites, such as Ben Baumer, Mitchel Lichtman (MGL), Baseball Prospectus (Analysts Dan Brooks and Harry Pavlidis) and Fangraphs (Editor/Author Dave Cameron and Analyst Matt Swartz). There will be a scouting panel, and talks on sports medicine, defensive evaluation, the role of statistics in the media… and more!

This is not just outsider baseball geekery. As evidenced by the speakers — and by the support it’s given by the Red Sox, Astros, Orioles, Royals, Mets, and Nationals — it’s a great look at what’s actually happening in front offices now.

If you’re inclined, go sign up for it. And go here for more information.

  1. silversun60 - May 9, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    How are the facts that I love sabermetrics and I love scouting for porn related?

    Wait… maybe I interpreted that wrong….

  2. entitymn - May 9, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    “…baseball physicist Alan Nathan…”

    Baseball **physicist**?

    • btcolephd - May 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      Yup, baseball physicist. Enjoy.

  3. number42is1 - May 9, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    August 17th Eminem/Rihanna concert.. sorry

  4. happytwinsfan - May 9, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    They need to make this available via a webinar.

    • crackersnap - May 9, 2014 at 5:43 PM


      Especially if they are trying to raise funds for charity. Let me remain 2600 miles away from Boston and view via streams, posting questions online for some moderator to cull through. But take my money instead of having me fork it over to Delta Airlines and Marriott Hotels.

  5. historiophiliac - May 9, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Makes sense. It’s the 45th anniversary of Woodstock.

    • jwbiii - May 9, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      “Wow, man! The Mass Turnpike is backed up for 40 miles!”

  6. chiadam - May 9, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    I want to go just so I talk about batting average and pitcher wins.

  7. drs76109 - May 9, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Webinar is a great idea. I’d tap into it. The conferences in my profession do this routinely now these days.

    Neat idea. If I was in Boston, I’d go!

  8. metalhead65 - May 9, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    can’t think of a more boring way to spend an evening than listening to anything to do with saber metrics. I would rather sit outside and watch grass grow than sit thru that!

    • crackersnap - May 9, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      There already is a webinar for that.

  9. ptfu - May 9, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Let’s collectively buy a ticket for Ruben Amaro. I’ll start the contributions with twelve cents I found in my couch cushions.

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