Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar, Ryne Sandberg Featured at Legends Night, Analytics Symposium April 21-22 at Syracuse University

Syracuse’s Sport Analytics Program Debuts in Fall of 2017

(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) – Roberto Alomar and Ryne Sandberg earned their Hall of Fame plaques with careers built when baseball analytics meant time-honored tips passed along from grizzled veterans to green rookies.

Today, big data applications and analysis have given players and team front offices information unavailable to the previous generations. But as the game evolves, the knowledge shared from legends like Alomar and Sandberg to the stars of today serves as the bridge for the National Pastime to the next generation of executives and fans.

Syracuse University, through its Falk College Department of Sport Management, will welcome Alomar and Sandberg for its Baseball Legends Night and Baseball Analytics Symposium April 21 and 22. Alomar, a 2011 Hall of Fame inductee, and Sandberg, who was inducted in 2005, combined for 22 All-Star Game selections over 33 seasons as well as 19 Gold Glove Awards at second base. The events’ title sponsor is Key Foundation.

“Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar and Ryne Sandberg, whose playing careers intersected with the early stages of big data in baseball, will provide their insight and experiences for this lead-in to Syracuse University’s new Sport Analytics program,” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “As players – and for Sandberg as a major league manager – Robbie and Ryno had access to an ever-increasing arsenal of baseball information, but the application of that information remains a very human task.”

Hosted at the OnCenter in downtown Syracuse – just 95 miles from the Hall of Fame – Baseball Legends Night on Friday, April 21 will feature a dinner and roundtable discussion with Alomar and Sandberg. Individual general admission tickets are $100 and a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $250.

The Baseball Analytics Symposium on Saturday, April 22 in Grant Auditorium on the Syracuse University campus is free and open to the public, with advance registration required separate from the Legends Night dinner. Registration is limited to the first 300 people to sign up. Doors open at 8:00 a.m., and a panel discussion beginning at 9:00 a.m. with Alomar and Sandberg will highlight their views on how data has changed the way the game is played. In addition to presentations by sport industry professionals and academic researchers, the symposium will feature past and current Syracuse students’ sport analytics research. The Symposium includes the debut of the documentary, "Analytics: Changing the Fan Experience."

More information regarding Baseball Legends Night ticket purchases and Baseball Analytics Symposium advance registration can be found at https://falk.syr.edu/event/baseball-legends-night-and-baseball-analytics....

“We are extremely pleased to collaborate with the iconic National Baseball Hall of Fame on this one-of-a-kind event held in Syracuse,” said Michael Veley, Director and Chair of Sport Management and the Rhonda S. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management. “No sport engages generations of fans like baseball, especially through statistics. These events also provide an exceptional experiential learning opportunity for dozens of our students planning the dinner and symposium.”

In May 2016, Falk College announced a bachelor of science in sport analytics to prepare students to think conceptually and analytically while applying these principles to real issues in sport organizations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for various data analyst disciplines is growing at 27 percent annually, far exceeding the national job growth average of 11 percent. The sport industry is the fifth largest economic sector in the U.S. economy, generating slightly less than $500 billion in 2014-15.