Unlike some other major sports, baseball has been exceedingly slow to change too much about how it operates from one year to the next. Even as copious amounts of data enabled teams to exploit market inefficiencies so they could compete with their bigger-budget rivals, teams that relied on analytical insights were looked down on by the sport’s old guard. Numbers are for nerds, they said. Well, once the statistical insights started bringing in World Series trophies, the game started changing its tune — albeit slowly. These days, every team has adopted statistical insights to some degree, and technology has sped up the analytical revolution. But as the sport continues to lose ground in popularity to the likes of the NFL and NBA, which have been quicker to adopt more advanced technologies that optimize player performance and the viewing experience, Major League Baseball is embracing the tech takeover to help capture the interest of the next generation of fans. Tablets and stats everywhere In 2016, MLB and Apple reached a deal to offer iPads in the dugout for any team that wanted one. While most clubs traditionally relied on more analog materials like a notebook, the tablet offered a treasure trove… Read full this story
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