Vince Gennaro is the author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball
and a consultant to Major League Baseball teams. He is also the Director and member of the faculty of the Columbia University
graduate program in Sports Management--a "Top 3" globally-ranked program. He is the host of a weekly radio show
on SiriusXM, Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR-Style and appears regularly on MLB Network's studio shows such as Clubhouse
Confidential and MLB Now, sharing his insights about the game from the viewpoint of baseball analytics. Vince
is also the President of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and the architect of the Diamond Dollars Case
Competition series, which brings together students and MLB team and league executives and serves as a unique learning
experience, as well as a networking opportunity for aspiring sports executives. This follows a successful business career,
which is highlighted by a 20-year career at PepsiCo, and ownership of a pro sports franchise.
At PepsiCo, Vince was
President of Pepsi's Fountain Beverage Division, and was general manager of a billion dollar bottling business, in addition
to holding senior positions in marketing, sales and operations at both Frito-Lay and Pepsi. At Frito-Lay, Vince led the Doritos
brand, leading the national launch of Cool Ranch Doritos, and managed the Jay Leno advertising campaign.
startup endeavor early in Vince's career complements his success with a blue chip Fortune 50 company. At the age
of 27, he raised capital, led the purchase of a franchise in the Women's Pro Basketball League-the forerunner of today's WNBA-and
served as its President and General Manager.
Vince's innovative statistical analysis of baseball-ranging from
player evaluation and the development of new metrics, to placing a dollar value on players-has been the subject of articles
in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and CNN Money. He has also written for Yahoo! Sports and contributed to The
Wall Street Journal. He is a frequent guest commentator in the media on sports business topics, appearing on MLB
Network, the YES Network, CNBC and Bloomberg TV, WFAN radio in NYC, and many other broadcast outlets.
His interest in baseball analytics began at an early age. While a graduate student at The University of Chicago, Vince
developed a methodology to measure the dollar value of one of baseball's earliest "big money" free agent's, Catfish
Hunter. The New York Yankees signed Hunter to a five-year deal valued at over $3 million. By developing models to estimate
Hunter's impact on Yankee performance and the impact of the team's on-field performance on attendance and revenue, he was
able to estimate the future Hall of Famer's performance value. By measuring the attendance differential at games
pitched by Hunter and statistically adjusting for other factors such as the opponent, day of week, time of year, the competitiveness
of the Yankees and even the weather, Gennaro was able to estimate Hunter's attendance value. He concluded that
the combination of Hunter's performance value and attendance value justified his then lofty contract.
In March of 1979,
The Sporting News was intrigued with Gennaro's Player Valuation system, which evolved out of the Catfish Hunter study, and
wrote an article entitled, "New Rating System Puts $ on Player's Value". Gennaro put aside his baseball analytics work to become a women's pro basketball entrepreneur and then later an executive
at PepsiCo, but returned to his passion--baseball analytics--to form the foundation of his second career. His unique combination
of high-level corporate success, entrepreneurial experiences and his groundbreaking work in contemporary baseball analysis
make him a frequent speaker at a wide range of events, including guest lecturer at various universities, sports conferences,
and corporate events.
Vince serves on the Advisory Board of The Perfect Game Foundation, ANC Sports and the Board of Directors of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR). He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and resides in Purchase, NY with his wife and their daughter.