We were asked to come up with an idea of an app that is somewhat related/relevant to your blog topic. This was tough for me because there is already so many apps for baseball fans, but I believe I may have struck gold with this idea.
If you are a baseball fan you have seen how fast major league baseball teams go through baseballs, throwing them out at the slightest sign of dirt or scuff. Where do those baseballs go? Most become batting practice balls, a few get recycled into the games, but in large part they will now be a perfectly good BP or bullpen ball.
In an article I read by a fellow blogger, it showed that MLB teams go through average 900,000 baseballs a year. A dozen baseballs costs $72.00!! That is a lot of money spent on baseballs.
I have come up with an app that would enable the league to generate even more revenue than it already does, and at the same time become much more interactive with the fans.
My app would allow fans to simply buy that baseball that has ran its course in a MLB game. For example, if you are watching the Texas Rangers play the New York Yankees, and you notice that the pitch Yu Darvish just threw touched the dirt and is now being thrown away, you can go onto the app and purchase that ball. The app would have a list of every game that was going on that night, and there would be a description of the ball such as, pitched by Yu Darvish to Derek Jeter in the 1st inning.
The fan could place a bid on that baseball and at the end of the night the highest bid gets the ball. If no one bids on the ball, absolutely nothing has changed and the ball will serve the rest of its life being used for batting practice instead of sitting on someones shelf.
So, that is the basic concepts of the app. Obviously, it would take some help form MLB to make sure they kept the baseballs that were up for bid, but I believe it could be done. If you have an comments or any ideas of how to improve the idea feel free to leave them below, or message me on Twitter at sgi1994.