SABR Brings Baseball's Think Tank to Mesa, Ariz. for Inaugural Conference

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Mesa, Ariz. gears up for baseball's truest fans: SABR hosts analytics conference, March 15-17.


Never before have as many of the top minds of the baseball analytics community come under one roof to discuss, debate and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball.

The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) is on deck to host its inaugural baseball analytics conference in Mesa, Arizona, during the middle of the spring training season. The organization is the inspiration for the popular field of baseball statistical analysis, called sabermetrics. The SABR Analytics Conference, presented by Bloomberg Sports and Major League Baseball will take place at the Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa on March 15–17 and will bring together some of the top minds from the nationwide baseball analytic community. The three-day event will consist of numerous panels and research presentations paired with notable guest speakers scheduled throughout the conference.

The Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau (Mesa CVB) reached out to SABR after their headquarters move to Phoenix last year. SABR hosted a conference during the Arizona Fall League last October and this gathering inspired the organization to plan a meeting of the minds in Mesa during spring training.

"Never before have as many of the top minds of the baseball analytics community come under one roof to discuss, debate and share insightful ways to analyze and examine the great game of baseball,” said SABR Executive Director Marc Appleman. “What better time and place to be putting on a baseball analytics conference than during spring training in Arizona."

The conference is open to the public with registration and schedule available online at Speakers are expected to include Tom Ricketts, Chairman, Chicago Cubs; Derrick Hall, President/CEO, Arizona Diamondbacks; Mark Shapiro, President, Cleveland Indians; Chris Antonetti, Executive Vice President/General Manager, Cleveland Indians; Jerry Dipoto, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Los Angeles Angels; Doug Melvin, Executive Vice President/General Manager, Milwaukee Brewers; among others.

A unique component of the conference is the Case Competition that invites graduate students from area business schools and sports management programs, as well as undergraduates from across the country, to compete against each other by preparing an analysis and presentation of a real baseball operations decision — the type of decision a team's GM and the type of decision a team's GM and staff is faced with over the course of a season. To date, several universities are scheduled to participate including New York University; University of Chicago; Northwestern University; University of California-Berkeley; Arizona State University and Tufts University.

“We are excited that we have one more element to boast when it comes to the sport of baseball here in Mesa,” said Josh Todd, sports development manager for the Mesa CVB. “SABR has assembled a who’s who of behind-the-scenes baseball personnel to connect with some of the most incredible statistical fanatics from across the country. Attendees will be able to take part in the spring training experience and see how the Phoenix-metro region and our entire state has long supported this industry.”

For more information on the SABR Analytics Conference, visit

Deb Jayne, SABR
(800) 969-7227, djayne(at)sabr(dot)org

Michelle Streeter, Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau
(480) 682-3638, (800) 283-6372 x345, Michelle(at)VisitMesa(dot)com

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