Sabermetrics, Science, and the Scouting of Baseball

FanGraphs is proud to be a sponsoring promoter of the second annual Saber Seminar, a baseball analytics conference in Boston on the first weekend in August where 100 percent of the proceeds benefit cancer research. Mitchel Lichtman (creator of UZR) and I will be speaking and answering questions together in the final Sunday afternoon spot, and several FG authors – including Dark Overlord David Appelman – will be in attendance, so we encourage you to consider attending this event and helping raise money for The Jimmy Fund. For more information, please read their release below.

Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball, a weekend seminar for the benefit of the Jimmy Fund, puts you up close with some of baseball’s top coaches, statisticians, scouts, doctors, and scientists. The seminar takes place on August 4 and 5, 2012 in Boston, MA, and is limited to 200 of baseball’s best fans.

During this event, you will grasp how science is blended with advanced baseball statistics and traditional scouting assessments to produce outstanding results for teams. Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn about the deeper game of baseball from insiders and pros, meet people who love the game, and help the Jimmy Fund.

You will enjoy presentations and panel discussions with the manager of the Boston Red Sox, Bobby Valentine; team Bench Coach, Tim Bogar; Director of Professional Scouting, Jared Porter; creator, Dr. Daniel Brooks; baseball physicist, Dr. Alan Nathan; and many more including world renowned neuroscientists, physicists, sports medicine physicians, professional sabermetricians, professors, journalists, and writers.

Register now: Tickets for the weekend seminar are $125, with a discounted pass of $65 available to full time students, with all proceeds from the event going to the Jimmy Fund. Help cure cancer while talking baseball with some of its top minds!

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  1. Dan Brooks says:

    Please feel free to ask any questions about the Seminar here, I will be more than happy to answer!


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  2. MustBunique says:

    Dan, will any former or current players be speaking? I realize current players might actually be otherwise occupied, but I always enjoy hearing about how MLB players view advanced stats.

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    • Dan Brooks says:

      We have Bobby Valentine and Tim Bogar, but beyond that, no confirmed former MLB players… although we do have one or two who have said they are very interested but cannot make firm commitments given scheduling constraints. So I can’t promise you’ll see one, but we have possibilities. =)

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  3. phoenix2042 says:

    A little in abundance is a lot. Hope it’s great!

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  4. Shaun Catron says:

    If you don’t mind me asking, the Jimmy Fund is different than the Jimmy V. Fund, right?

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    • harkening says:

      Yes. The V Foundation supports cancer research. The Jimmy Fund also supports cancer research. But they’re different organizations.

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  5. Adam says:

    I’ll be there! Any suggestions on places to stay around the area??

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  6. Beantown says:

    Bobby Valentine is one of baseball’s top minds? Ooook. Maybe he should concentrate on getting the Red Sox competitive instead of speaking at seminars. Or maybe he has figured out that he will be fired by the ASB and knows he will have lots of free time in August…

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  7. mmanovich says:

    Who all from fangraphs is going to be there?

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  8. GilaMonster says:

    I’ll be there as well.

    I know Dave and Paul are going to be there

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  9. Choo says:

    HITf/x and FLDf/x. Will there be any discussions or data aimed specifically at these topics and when – if ever – can the general public anticipate access to this data?

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  10. JF145 says:

    About how long will the conference run each day?

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