America’s favorite pastime is evolving everyday on an off the field.The sport of baseball has a strong connection with modern technology now more than ever. From on-screen replays during the game to software used for analyzing player stats, technology in baseball is a driving force behind the home runs.
Mitel’s Involvement in Baseball
Unified’s leading telecommunications partner, Mitel, has partnered with the Major League Baseball corporation this year. Their partnership is to improve the overall communications technology systems throughout all 30 MLB parks throughout the United States. Mitel’s communications systems provide call recording and monitoring services for all communications across the MLB platforms. These systems implement compliance measures for MLB regulations and rules. For the brand, this establishes an approach to managing their communications from team to team.
This partnership will provide advantages for both parties. “Mitel is a global leader in providing the kind of sophisticated, custom communications network that addresses the unique needs of Major League Baseball and our 30 Clubs,” said Chris Marinak, MLB Executive Vice President. “Mitel will provide a unified communications system featuring the latest technology across all 30 ballparks. We are delighted to welcome them as a new league partner.”
This integrated system will combine 30 individual programs into one common management system including platforms for bullpen, press box communications, video review rooms, and dugouts.
Mitel’s CEO, Rich McBee, said, “Major League Baseball represents the highest standard of performance, and success in the game relies on effective communications. As MLB seeks to enhance the game experience for both current and future fans and participants, Mitel is privileged to help bring forward new technologies to improve collaboration.”
The growth of the fan experience is part of the initiative that the MLB wants to see through expansion with this technology. “As growing requirements for greater fan interaction and more integrated communications and collaboration capabilities become critical to the success of sports leagues, … we look forward to unifying the organization’s multiple environments and helping make baseball an even more enjoyable experience,” said Jimmy Serrano, Mitel’s director of sports marketing.
Unified Technologies Loves Baseball
Many of our own team members at Unified have their own connection to baseball as well. From little league to major league, the Unified Team has been involved in the all-American sport. Team members Jeff Welton, Michael Gabbart (seen above being interviewed at a recent Louisville Bats game), and Scott Diamond all played collegiate baseball at Georgetown College and Jason Becker at Morehead State University. Matt Shindlebower, part of our Security and Structured Cabling Sales Support team, played junior college baseball at Southeastern Illinois and Division 1 at Arkansas Pine Bluff.
Reaching great heights within the sport, John Marshall played baseball at the University of Kentucky then moved on to play Minor League ball for the Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers. His two sons followed his lead and now play for UK as well.
Kevin Hester, our Louisville Technician, played baseball at Georgia and IUS, and continues to play today for the Star’s, a men’s amateur wood bat league. To learn more about Unified’s partnership with Mitel, click here.