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August 21, 2014

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Saber Seminar One Year From Now

by Zachary Levine


My favorite question of the entire 2014 Saber Seminar came in extra innings.

The two-day 9-to-5 event had blown past 5 p.m. on getaway day, but everyone seemed to be having fun. So Effectively Wild co-host and Grantland writer Ben Lindbergh and FanGraphs’ Dave Cameron continued on with their valedictory Q&A. One of the final questions came from an attendee named Phil DiPirro, who asked a natural going-away question. What did the two writers think would be the big topics when everybody reconvenes in Boston for the 2015 edition of the seminar on “Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball?”

Ben talked about the collective bargaining agreement. We’ll be one year closer to the 2016 expiration of the current CBA, and with new commissioner Rob Manfred on everyone’s mind this weekend, we’ll have a better sense in a year of what his biggest priorities will be and what Tony Clark’s will be for the Players Association.

Dave went a different direction. He figured on a 48-hour vigil to solve the Tommy John crisis before anyone is allowed to leave the room. Or something to that effect. Especially if Clayton Kershaw or Felix Hernandez is the next to hit the operating table.

Both issues are likely to come up in large doses either as featured topics or as a backdrop for the 2015 seminar, much like the broader theme of this year’s event was implementation of sabermetric ideals in a world of resistance and unquantifiable factors. But barring an all-TJ-all-the-time speculation-fest, even with these topics (plus lunch), we’re not at 16 hours yet.

Short of planning the whole thing, and given a few extra days to think, here are some other issues that may permeate multiple presentations or become big topics of their own in the coming year.

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