MLB Teams Not Competitive In Terms Of Technology, IT Director Says
While major league baseball teams are as competitive as any on the field, when it comes to technology, the arrangement is rather “unique” according to Miami Marlins Information Technology Director David Enriquez. “We work together. We’re one of the leagues that want to succeed as a league. We meet regularly and we share a lot of information. There’s a lot more collaboration,” Enriquez explained.
That statement seems surprising after it was revealed last month that the St. Louis Cardinals are being investigated by the FBI for allegedly hacking into the internal database of the Houston Astros. “I was surprised to hear about that,” Enriquez said. “It’s an ever-evolving field so, yes, I’m concerned, but all we can do is keep up and do the best we can.” Like every team, the Marlins immediately conducted tests in the next few days to make sure their information was secure.
Although he’s probably biased, Enriquez thinks the prioritizing and quantifying of information is good for baseball. “The technology is helping the game so much more with instant replay helping to get the calls right and I think the fan appreciates it,” he said.
The Marlins recently solved a problem by instituting a cloud technology from a company called Panzura that enabled the club to store and back up large video files of clips of the team during spring training, games, workouts and video of opposing teams. “It gave us quick access to our data from multiple sites,” said Enriquez, in his ninth season with the Marlins.
All of the team’s info on and off the field from video to marketing and budget analysis is stored. Asked if the information is safer because it is stored in a cloud, Enriquez said, “We own the cloud. It is not a shared cloud so it can’t be accessed by the public.”
Or by other major league teams. After all, we wouldn’t want anyone to get an advantage, right?