Major League Baseball players are launching their own social media app — but they realize it won’t replace the classics. And they say that’s not the point.
In 2015, the players announced plans to start an online community with the same name. It got a lot of hype from players but never launched to the public.
Now the players are trying again with an app. Players promise behind-the-scenes video, player chats, podcasts, interviews and giveaways.
“Some will appreciate it right away. Others won’t,” said Tony Clark, the executive director of the MLB Players Association, who played 15 seasons as a first baseman and designated hitter. “But everyone will be watching.”
The players hope to get younger fans more interested in the game and eventually generate advertising revenue. Clark said Major League Baseball itself could be a potential future partner. MLB didn’t respond to a request for comment.
National League MVP Kris Bryant, Miguel Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes and Evan Longoria are among the players already using Infield Chatter. About 1,000 major and minor leaguers have joined since it soft-launched before spring training. Former players can also join.
It’s different from anything offered by the other three major sports, but the feel of Infield Chatter is similar to other social media platforms. And so far, what players are posting isn’t all that different from what they post on more established social media platforms.
On Saturday, for example, players went to Infield Chatter to pay tribute to Jackie Robinson on the 70th anniversary of the integration of the majors. On Sunday, they wished fans a happy Easter.
Source: Money CNN