Baseball's brightest gather to dissect the game
PHOENIX (AP) - The Miguel Cabrera versus Mike Trout debate for AL MVP last season thrust the idea of advanced baseball statistics into the public consciousness, pitting old-school thought against new-school ideas to decide the game's best player.
The debate still rages, even after Cabrera won the award.
This weekend in Phoenix, some of the game's brightest minds - team executives, statisticians, economists and more - have gathered to take a deeper look into the numbers behind the box score.
The second Analytics Conference, put on by the Society for American Baseball Research, is providing a forum for everyone from club executives to college students to discuss and develop new ways to examine the game.
Says SABR president Vince Gennaro, "This conference is about sharing viewpoints, and in the process of doing so, elevating our understanding of the game.''