A visit to MIT’s Geekapalooza, where future Moneyball-ers are scouted, and signed to the major leagues to analyze stats.
The annual sports stat geek conference held at MIT’s Sloan business school is part Star Trek convention, part academic conference, part job fair, part media circus (thanks, ESPN!)—and the future of the $400 billion sports business.
For the hard-wired and digitally wired baseball fan, the season doesn’t start when pitchers and catchers report to spring training. It starts when At Bat reports to the iTunes store. The wildly popular app, made by MLB Advanced Media (BAM for short), puts live game video, live stats, and the latest news and scores at your fingertips on a smart phone or tablet.
On Wednesday At Bat 12 showed up looking like a perennial All-Star who’d dared to retool his swing in the off-season in pursuit of even better stats.