Everyone wants the opportunity to showcase their talents
to the right people. That's exactly what the Annual Case Competition is all about. Graduate students from B-Schools, Sports
Management programs, and other graduate and undergraduate programs across the country compete against each other by preparing
an analysis and presentation of a real baseball operations decision--the type of decision a team's GM and his staff is faced
with over the course of a season. Five-person teams of students are asked to evaluate proposed player transactions, apply
statistical analysis of player performance and assess the financial impact of the team's proposed moves. The case will be
authored and led by Vince Gennaro, a consultant to MLB teams--someone who's been in the front office helping teams analyze
key baseball operations decisions. Vince is the author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball and
the President of SABR--The Society for American Baseball Research, and a regular contributor to MLB Network's new show, Clubhouse
Confidential--the first show of its kind focused on baseball analytics. He is also a frequent guest on MLB Network's
studio show MLB Now.
Once the student team has prepared its case, they will have
the opportunity to present their analysis and recommendations to a group judges, which will include MLB front office execs.
They will have a dialog, receive feedback and ultimately be evaluated, by this panel of judges, based on the quality of their
insights and analysis. The Case Competition is a perfect fit for the avid fantasy player who believes they can match strategy
with baseball execs, or for anyone who aspires to work in a Major League front office. It's a unique opportunity to demonstrate
their talents and to network with current execs and other baseball industry insiders. Never before has there been a case competition
solely focused on classic baseball operations issues--a perfect platform for any savvy analyst and student of the game, to
differentiate themselves from the thousands who aspire to become baseball execs.
The winner of
the 1st Annual Diamond Dollars Case Competition was the University of Chicago--Booth school, with the undergraduate division
honors going to Yale University. Case participants had the opportunity to present their case to judging panel comprised of
MLB team executives. Fourteen student teams entered the inaugural Competition. Eighteen MLB teams attended the Case Competition
and SABR Analytics Conference, along with numerous media executives, industry suppliers, providing ample opportunity for networking
with industry insiders. In its second year in 2013, the competition was won by Pepperdine Univiersity (grad and professional
division) and the NYU-Tisch school (undergrad) divsion. At the 3rd Annual Case Competition, the winners were Duke Fuqua School
of Business (graduate and professional division) and Loras College and Cornell University (undergraduate division.) At the
4th Annual Case Competition, the winners were Stanford University (undergraduate divison) and Arizona State University (graduate
and professional division.) As we approach the 5th year of the competition, over 30 participants participants from past Diamond
Dollars Case Competitions have been able to secure internships or full-time positions within MLB and its teams.
5th Annual Case Competition will be held in conjunction with SABR's Baseball Analytics Conference--3 days of expert panels,
guest speakers, research presentations, and networking events. Registration to participate in the Case Competition, will include
admission to SABR's Analytics Conference, which will be sponsored by Bloomberg Sports and include participation by MLB.com
and members of FanGraphs, Baseball Reference, Baseball Prospectus, Hardball Times and other leading baseball analytic websites.
More information on the SABR Analytics Conference, including highlights of the agenda and featured speakers will be coming
soon at SABR.org/analytics.
Below is the application
and cost information for the Diamond Dollars Case Competition at the SABR Analytics Conference:
For further information contact
Vince Gennaro at: firstname.lastname@example.org