Tickets on Sale for Saber Seminar in Boston

FanGraphs is proud to be a sponsoring partner of the third Saber Seminar, a great event held each year in Boston. The two-day gathering will be held on August 17th and 18th on the campus of Boston University, and the list of 2013 speakers is pretty amazing. Along with a former Major League pitcher, current executives, scouts, and a wide range of insightful people from various industries associated with the sport, Bill Petti, Dave Allen, and myself will represent FanGraphs at the event, and you will probably find a few other FG personalities hanging around as well.

I attended the event last year, and it was one of the highlights of the year for me. There were some really great research presentations — one of the people presenting this year as a member of the Royals front office presented last year as a grad student, so I think you can guess that his presentation was pretty neat — and a lot of fascinating discussion with many of the brightest people in and around the sport. If you’re going to be in the Boston area that weekend, I highly recommend attending, and it’s probably worth traveling to Boston that weekend to take part even if you’re not a local.

The best part? The entire program is put on through volunteer labor — including all of the great speakers, who have each donated their time and travel and are appearing without compensation or reimbursement — meaning that 100% of the registration fees are donated to The Jimmy Fund to continue the fight against cancer. Last year, the event raised $17,000 for research. As a leukemia survivor, I am living proof of the benefits of cancer research, and am thrilled to be able to be a part of an event that will help raise funds so that others can survive their diagnoses in the future.

Registration for the event is $140, but current full-time students can buy a discounted ticket for just $65, a ridiculous bargain. Support The Jimmy Fund and spend a weekend talking baseball with a bunch of extremely smart and interesting people – you won’t regret it.

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23 Responses to “Tickets on Sale for Saber Seminar in Boston”

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  1. Joe says:

    I don’t see anyway I could justify not going to this

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  2. Ira says:

    Great that it all goes to charity.

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  3. Spunky says:

    Count me in!

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  4. Greg says:

    I went two years ago. Worth every penny.

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  5. SaberNerd says:

    Should I bring my D&D books?

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  6. Dan Brooks says:

    Sure. I keep telling people that we should express Pitcher Effectiveness in THAC0, but they never listen.

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  7. Todd Akin says:

    I’m in, who wants to smoke a blunt before?

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  8. Bill King says:

    I went last year and had a great time. Fantastic networking opportunity for those of you interested in expanding your horizons in baseball. Some incredibly intelligent people presented some information that I will never forget. I will definitely be there this year.

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  9. nickmasters2721 says:

    So is the student discount if you are a student at Boston U, or is it if you are a full time student elsewhere?

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    • gnomez says:

      Also, does it have to be current full-time student at the time of the seminar, or just at the time of ticket purchase?

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  10. Dan Brooks says:

    Full time student anywhere, any level. Highschool, college, graduate, whatever. =)

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  11. Fleer says:

    Really interested in this – worth making the trip from SC. I take it that I wouldn’t be the only one walking around with a resume in the event I meet the right person.

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  12. Sox says:

    Any details on the lunch option?

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  13. Poppinthekap says:

    What kind of career opportunities present themselves at these kind of conferences? Obviously I don’t mean someone just handing you a job, but getting on that track through networking, etc? I don’t mean to sound selfish, as I’d love to attend just purely to listen to all the research, however, as a relatively poor college student that lives in Florida, it would be hard for me to justify the costs associated with traveling across the country for a few days, without it being an investment in getting my foot in the door to the industry. Anyone have any knowledge of this? Thanks.

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  14. David Bruno says:

    I’ll be looking to travel from Chicago. How late is the conference expected to run on Sunday? I’ll need to book a Sunday flight home to get back to work on Monday.

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  15. Dan Brooks says:

    Sunday should run til about 5PM. Also, with Sox / Yankees in town that weekend, it is VERY likely that the Sunday game will be moved to ESPN late night (don’t think they have announced it yet).

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  16. Lee Panas says:

    I have gone both years and will go again this year. It’s definitely worth the money. It’s a MUCH better deal than the MIT Sloan event. That one was good the year I went, but it has become way too expensive.

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  17. Annie says:

    What if you WERE a full-time student within the last few months, and have not yet moved on to being a full-time anything else…?

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  18. Jack says:

    Seems like fun….but don’t go expecting to get a job. Almost impossible to get a job in an MLB front office unless you know someone. Everyone and their mother wants a job in a baseball front office. Not happening. Best to focus on trying to get a real career and just stick with baseball as a hobby.

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  19. Dan Brooks says:

    If you just graduated in 2013 and can’t afford a full admission, buy a student ticket. It’s for charity. =)

    Also, Jack, honestly, I don’t think that’s true about the impossibility of getting an MLB job unless you know someone. I think there are a lot of really talented people doing talented things, and MLB front offices contact those people all the time. I certainly wouldn’t want to say that you can come to Saberseminar and get a job, but if you’re a talented individual who has posted great analysis online or are presenting as part of the Abstract session at the event, I think people notice.

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  20. frisbetarian says:

    Adding on to Dan’s comment above, 3 of the 8 abstract presenters at last year’s event are now working for MLB teams. Also, one of my favorite things about this event has been the casual atmosphere and regular interaction between guest and presenters.

    Thanks for bumping this, Dave. See you in August!

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  21. Zach says:

    Just bought my tickets. I’m a sophomore in college and this will be my first year going. So excited!

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  22. Scott Gilroy says:

    I’m looking to split a hotel room(I booked) with someone attend the seminar.

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