Chris Jaffe, who writes for Baseball Think Factory followed with a presentation on whether or not managers can improve their teams over time and which ones get the most and least out of their players. Chris's work is available at the link above. The end result: Joe McCarthy was really, really, really, really, really, really good.
Later in the day, the Toaster's very own Mike Carminati examined the history of relief pitcher usage and which relief pitchers might be worthy of Hall of Fame induction. Mike has told me not to hold my breath about Gary Lavelle making it, although he was pretty good.
Finally, Phil Birnbaum spoke on whether there is a definite effect where players try harder in the seasons before free agency in order to impress other teams. Phil's very well-researched presentation (it's not on his website yet) indicated that the answer was: most likely not.
Tomorrow is the convention banquet with highly anticipated guest speaker Jim Bouton. Bouton, along with Mike Marshall and Steve Hovley will also be part of a panel discussion on the Seattle Pilots (which I'll likely miss much of.) There will be a game Friday night at Safeco Field between the resurgent Mariners and the only team in the NL that seems to be unafraid of the AL: Colorado. I hope I get the chance to root for a four-way tie in the NL West!