October 1, 2013
Apple appears to have secured another unexpected new hire: Jay Sartori. Sartori is the assistant general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. And according to Sportsnet (via MacRumors), he's set to leave his current job of three years to manage the Sports and Entertainment category of Apple's App Store. This, as rightly noted by Sportsnet, is "a departure from the arbitration, contract and collective bargaining agreement interpretation work he handled for the Blue Jays." Prior to his position with the Blue Jays, Sartori worked for the labor department of Major League Baseball and then for the Washington Nationals. Sartori is set to take on his executive position at Apple next month. There he is expected to supervise the featured content in the App Store's Sports and Entertainment sections, especially the former section, presumably, given Sartori's professional background. Fittingly enough, the current front-and-center featured app in the App's Store's Sports section is MLB.com At Bat, the official app of Major League Baseball, which was recently updated for the 2013 postseason. Apple's hiring of Sartori aligns with the iDevice maker's recent move to hire a number of musical programmers to handpick songs to be featured on iTunes Radio, as opposed to simply relying on computer-generated algorithms.
MLB.com At Bat