PITTSBURGH -- A longtime columnist here in town recently asked if sabermetrics have taken the fun out of baseball.

I'd rather devote my time to more answerable questions. And I could think of no better place to go for that than the 48th national convention of the Society for American Baseball Research, an organization more commonly known as SABR.

SABR 48, as it's being called, is taking place mostly at the Grand Wyndham Hotel in the heart of Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle over this weekend, although some will make a field trip to PNC Park for Friday's Pirates-Diamondbacks game.

I invaded the premises Thursday afternoon, shotgunning five mini-seminars over a three-hour span. My intention was to get a representative sampling of the smörgåsbord. I do believe I pulled it off.

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