Youth baseball and data analytics: Quantifying risk management and producing neoliberal responsible citizenship through the GameChanger app.

James Sanderson, Andrew Baerg

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Abstract

Data analytics have become a significant evaluation mechanism within professional baseball to objectively quantify performance. This trend also has integrated into youth baseball through statistical applications that digitally capture and evaluate<br>player performance. This essay examines the influence of baseball stat-tracking app GameChanger in the context of Little League Baseball and how it positions players, parents, and coaches to understand responsible citizenship through neoliberal risk<br>management. The essay considers how risk management quantification and its accompanying development of responsible citizenship through GameChanger impact each of these stakeholder groups. As statistical evaluation becomes more<br>commonplace in Little League Baseball, it shifts the Little League Experience into a more quantified, risk-management enterprise. In doing so, the experience becomes altered by enhancing opportunities for those players whom data suggest possess the<br>maximum utili
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-91
JournalCommunication & Sport
StatePublished - 2020

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