- Welcome to a Day 1 recap of the third annual SABR Analytics Conference on Thursday, March 13 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona.
Thursday morning began with the Diamond Dollars Case Competition, developed by SABR President Vince Gennaro.
In this year's case, students were asked to analyze the top three "pitching assets" in the game today — the pitchers who will generate the greatest value to a team over the balance of his years under contract or team control. Answers ranged from rising stars such as the Miami Marlins' Jose Fernandez or the Pittsburgh Pirates' Gerrit Cole to the reigning Cy Young Award winner, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- The Diamond Dollars Case Competition winners were: Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, Cornell University, and Loras College.
- One of the best parts of the SABR Analytics Conference is putting so many great baseball minds in the same room. It's a pleasure to mingle before and after sessions with some of the leaders of the baseball analytics community.
- We kicked off the main session Thursday with the Medical Analysis and Injury Prevention panel. The panelists included Dr. Stan Conte of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dr. Glenn Fleisig of the American Sports Medicine Insitute, Chris Marinak of MLB, and moderator Buster Olney of ESPN.
- One of the most anticipated panels of the weekend was Which Numbers Athletes Love, Which Numbers Athletes Hate, moderated by ESPN's John Walsh. It was a lively discussion with lots of great insight from ESPN "Baseball Tonight" analysts.