Mateo Fischer is a sophomore from New York studying sports management in CEHD. Fischer, is more than just a student, however. His blog, Observing Baseball, ranks among the top twenty MLB fan blogs.
What is your background in sports? How did you get involved in baseball?
I was a student manager for my high school baseball team and I started with my baseball blog because a high school English teacher had us do an extra credit assignment writing a recap of a World Series game. I was so thorough that she actually gave me extra credit on my extra credit assignment. She then recommended that I write more about baseball. I had always hated writing, but for my sixteenth birthday, I opened a baseball blog to try it out and then just kept on going with it for a years after that.
It is a personal blog, so I just write whatever I want to about baseball. This mostly entails my adventures going around to baseball stadiums and catching baseball, but I write about other things such as when I went to statistical analysis conferences and general baseball things during the winter when baseball is in its offseason.
What are your career goals?
Ever since I was in the third grade, I have said that I have wanted to be a general manager of a baseball team, so that is why I went into sports management at Minnesota.
What has been your favorite moment as a baseball blogger?
My favorite moment as a baseball blogger is probably when I got free ticket to the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference because I had taken pictures the previous year and the conference organizers actually used the pictures for their purpose and thanked me by giving me a complimentary ticket to the conference the next year.
Congratulations for being selected as on of the top MLBlogs. Can you tell us a little bit more about this achievement?
Every year MLB.com/blogs does their rankings for the year in terms of all of the blogs that are on their network in terms of page views. There are over 100 fan blogs on the network, and for the 2013 calendar I was in the top 20 for the fan blogs in terms of page views which was as a result of at that point three years of building a fan base.
What’s your favorite stadium/ baseball team?
Although I am from New York, I am a Twins fan and my favorite stadium is Oriole Park at Camden Yards. I was initially a Yankees fan, but evolved to become a Twins fan because I could appreciate them more from a general manager’s perspective.
It helps immensely with forming connections in the sports industry and preparing myself for a career in the industry/baseball operations.