international long distance charges there."

The way scouts process the data they collect has changed over the years, Conley said, and it's his job to ensure they have the necessary mechanisms. "My role is making sure the tools they need to do their job are available - VPN, access to e-mail, BlackBerry, Internet access."

Then there's video.

Video plays a large part in most players' games. Hitters pore over video, searching for hitches in their swings when they aren't hitting well, and comparing their swings from videos taken when things were going well. Pitchers examine video to analyze the mechanics of their windup and pitch delivery.

"The team travels with three to five terabytes of video. A player can review any at-bat he wants to see of himself from the past three years at a moment's notice," Conley said. "As soon as his last at-bat ends, he can, depending on the location, watch that video. At Fenway Park, we have a video room right behind the dugout. Visiting clubhouses are a little different in terms of how far away [it is] from the dugout, but as soon as he's out of view of the field, a player could be looking at his last at-bat."

Conley doesn't travel with the team, but there's a lot of work for Conley and his IT group to keep the players, coaches, front office, scouts, media, stadium personnel and fans dialed in during a 162-game season. "Even 81 [home] games is a bit much. At the end of a long home stand, we're wiped."

 

Jim McKay  |  Contributing Editor

Jim McKay is the editor of Emergency Management magazine. He lives in Orangevale, Calif., with his wife, Christie, daughter, Ellie and son, Ronan. He relaxes by fly fishing on the Truckee River for big, wild trout.