SABR 43: Saturday

Highlights from Day 4 of the SABR 43 convention in Philadelphia on Saturday, August 3, 2013.


  1. Another star-studded panel opened Saturday's schedule at SABR 43, the Media Panel with 2013 J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Paul Hagen, Jayson Stark of ESPN, Leonte Landino of ESPN Deportes, Donald Hunt of the Philadelphia Tribune and moderator Alan Schwarz of the New York Times. 
  2. Their 90-minute discussion covered a wide range of topics, including coverage of the Steroid Era in baseball, the lack of minorities in baseball (and at SABR 43), and the Hall of Fame debate.
  3. A round of research presentations followed, including Amy Tetlow Smith on "Scorecards as Social History," Sean Lahman on "Baseball in the Age of Big Data," and Vince Gennaro's "Analyzing Batter Performance Against Pitcher Clusters," which won the Doug Pappas Award for top oral research presentation at SABR 43.
  4. Following Steve Wulf's video presentation on the hard-knock life of Phillies All-Star hero Johnny Callison, we were pleasantly surprised (OK, only a little!) by the appearance of MLB Network's Brian Kenny to moderate the Statistical Analysis Panel with Vince Gennaro, Bill Petti, Dick Cramer and Steve Mann.
  5. Rounding out the afternoon were the final oral research presentations, plus poster presentations and a unique baseball-themed variety show. Away from the hotel, some SABR members took in an 1860s vintage "base ball" game in South Philly or watched Alex Rodriguez take his cuts with the Trenton Thunder.
  6. We ended Saturday night with the traditional SABR Trivia Contest — the most demanding baseball trivia contest in the world. Many of you had fun testing your own knowledge as we live-tweeted the questions on Twitter.

    Congratulations to Mike Caragliano for winning his second consecutive individual championship (and record fourth overall), and "The Researchers' Wing" team of Trent McCotter, Gabriel Schechter, Bill Deane and Tom Shieber for winning the team title.