Congratulations to the Phillies, the most analytically-challenged team in sports, owners of a new computer, who are once again absent from the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference– the preeminent sports analytics gathering on this planet we call Earth. They are the only one of the four major Philly sports teams not present, according to Derek Bodner, who says even Drexel, Pepperdine and Etsy(!!!) have represents there.
Of course, the last time the Phillies attended an analytics conference (that we’re aware of), in 2013, they sent three representatives to the Philly SABR convention— David Montgomery, Gary Matthews and Brad Lidge. It was there that Montgomery talked about “character.” A few months later the team signed Marlon Byrd.
UPDATE: To clarify the headline, which may have been misleading, the Union aren’t present either. I still don’t count them as a major local pro team. Sorry.