Two panels this morning:
* Scouts & Front Office Panel
* Imagining Baseball Panel
Whew! Made it to the SABR Scouts panel! I was 5 minutes late thanks to loooong Starbucks line, but the panel were 5 minutes late starting. Perfect timing. (And the team at Starbucks was really crack, four on the register, including one just on pastry duty, and four baristas working the steam. I now have a Soy Green Tea Latte, Unsweetened, because you know I’m sweet enough.)
Now to the first panel. Here’s my transcript, typed on the fly as it went along:
Barry Bloom presiding. Introducing the legendary Roland Hemond (Diamondbacks now, formerlyWhite Sox, etc), Tom Tippett (director of information for the Red Sox), and Ian Levin (who is in analytics for the Mets and now is doing more international stuff with them). Tippett is one of the instrumental figures in building the analytics approach for the Red Sox.
Bloom: Roland, what do you do as Special Assistant for the GM with the Diamondbacks?
Hemond: Well, I get to come to the SABR convention. (*big laugh*) (more…)