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Why the corporatization of MLB is the real threat to baseball

As baseball shifted from a game run by the eye test and counting stats to Statcast and biometrics, the people running baseball teams have changed as well. Fewer and fewer “baseball lifers” run teams, their ranks filled by (mostly) men who would look as comfortable with McKinsey or Deloitte as the Dodgers and Yankees.

Part of this was by necessity: you need people within your organization who can interpret and action all the data that teams have these days. In a lot of ways, the transition is similar to the flood of science backgrounds into Wall Street in the 80s; as technology changed the way traders do business, they needed “geeks” to work within the new bounds of the industry.