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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