Sandy is an award-winning sports industry executive with extensive experience overseeing ball- and player-tracking technologies, data quality and analytics, and broadcast interfaces. A long-time recruiter and project manager, Sandy is a well-traveled, dynamic and motivated person with a passion for all sports, innovation and collaboration. Sandy started his own company, Zinn Sports Group, LLC, in February 2020, piggybacking off 25 years of running high-profile programs and building relationships at Major League Baseball and ESPN. Sandy constructed and maintained the day-to-day operations of all pitch- and player-tracking systems at MLB, including the Emmy Award-winning StatCast; PitchCast; and Pitch f/x, leading marquee partnerships with technology vendors such as ChyronHego, Trackman, SMT/SportVision and Hawkeye. Sandy is well-versed in several technologies, including optical tracking, radar, LIDAR and video editing. Among Sandy’s other achievements at MLB was the development of the Automated Balls and Strikes program (RoboUmp), building and running the Zone Evaluation system to evaluate umpires in conjunction with the Commissioner’s Office, and overseeing Video Room Monitoring for the purpose of preventing sign-stealing. He also recruited, hired and managed a staff of 200 technical professionals across North America under a $1 million budget. Sandy began his stint with MLB in 2005, building the industry-changing Minor League Statistics department. Before moving solely to baseball, Sandy was a Senior Editor at ESPN SportsTicker for nearly a decade. He wrote and edited content for all sports while serving as Golf Editor and Chief Olympics Editor, regularly traveling the world to cover marquee events. Sandy was born in Brooklyn, New York, and earned a degree in Journalism & Mass Media from Rutgers University in New Jersey

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Led Emmy Award-winning team for “StatCast”, MLB’s proprietary ball- and player-tracking system
  • Won SportTechie Award for “Automated Balls and Strikes” product (RoboUmp)
  • Oversaw MLB’s ‘Pitch f/x’ optical system operations to create data analytics and broadcast graphics
  • Built and maintained MLB’s Umpire Evaluation for the purpose of reviewing home plate umpires
  • Led high-profile partnerships with top technology vendors ChyronHego, TrackMan, Hawkeye, SMT
  • Ran day-to-day operations of MLB’s Video Room Monitoring for the purpose of preventing sign-stealing
  • Recruited, hired and managed a staff of 200 people across North America
  • Supervised Minor League Statistics, the official statistician of MiLB
  • Wrote and edited digital content for Yahoo, NBC, ESPN, The Washington Post and many others
FUN FACTS:
  • Favorite Team: Rutgers Football
  • Favorite Athlete of All-Time: Don Mattingly
  • Worst Sports Moment: 2001 World Series Game 7; New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera blows a one-run lead in the ninth inning and Luis Gonzalez’s bloop single gives Arizona
  • Diamondbacks their first championship.
  • Tops on Sports Bucket List: Attend a Stanley Cup Finals Game 7.
  • Best In-Person Event Covered: 2000 U.S. Open; Tiger Woods wins by 15 shots at Pebble Beach