Ari Kaplan is a leading figure in Major League Baseball for revolutionizing and modernizing player assessment. He joined the Chicago Cubs in 2010 as Manager of Statistical Analysis.
Educated at the California Institute of Technology, Ari received their “Alumni of the Decade” distinction for developing groundbreaking sabermetrics used to evaluate pitcher talent. Crain's Chicago Business also recognized Kaplan's work in business, baseball and humanitarian endeavors by including him in their annual "40 Under 40" cover story.
For the past 23 seasons, Ari has worked full-time and consulted for more than half of all MLB organizations. He has worked directly with General Managers, presidents, and scouting directors to dramatically improve business operations and strategic analytical capabilities. Ari combines technology, statistical analysis and business acumen for a fresh look at evaluating players for maximum return on a baseball club’s investment both on and off the field. He has worked with some of the top-tier baseball Managers, coaches, and players to understand strengths, weaknesses, and habits of players.
He has worked under many GMs and managers including Fred Claire, Andy MacPhail, Jim Hendry, Tal Smith, Tim Purpura, Phil Garner, Kevin Kennedy, Frank Robinson, Roland Hemond, Joe McIlvaine, Jim Beattie, Bill Stoneman, David Littlefield, Dan Duquette, Kevin Malone, and others.
In addition to his scouting background, Ari is one of the few long-term baseball leaders who has a proven track record at Fortune 500 companies, as well as successfully running several high-profile organizations as CEO.
He worked for Oracle Corporation before eventually transitioning to the role of President of the 20,000-member Independent Oracle Users Group. He also has held senior roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Booz Allen Hamilton, U.S. Robotics/3Com, among others. Ari also developed applications for companies including Hallmark, Merck and the Chicago Board Options Exchange, as well as several branches of the U.S. military and government.
Ari founded and served as CEO of Expand Beyond Corporation, growing it through its acquisition in 2005. Backed by Menlo Ventures, Expand Beyond raised over $16 million, secured hundreds of customers, and solidified Ari's role as one of the founding fathers of the mobile business software market.
On the media front, Ari's monthly column in Oracle Magazine reached more than 800,000 subscribers, and he co-authored five best-selling books on analytics, databases, and baseball. Ari's work has been profiled on the History Channel, Baseball America, “This Week in Baseball” with Mel Allen, CNN, the Today Show, Chris Matthews Hardball, Newsweek, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the Financial Times, MSNBC, the BBC, and hundreds of other outlets.
Kaplan is a popular speaker at national and international technology conferences including TED, Comdex, OracleWorld, the Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum, Wall Street Technology Association, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.
Kaplan is also on the Swedish-Russian Working Group on the Fate of Raoul Wallenberg, investigating the disappearance of the Holocaust hero into the Soviet gulag. He serves on the board of directors for ANTs software and the Illinois Technology Association.
Ari played NCAA Baseball at Caltech 1988-1992.
· President of the Independent Oracle Users Group 2005-2008 for the world’s second largest software company, presiding over 200 staff and volunteers for the 20,000+ member technical association.
· Widely recognized as a leading authority in the IT industry, Kaplan has architected and led implementation of some of the most successful and highly visible data centers and applications for Fortune 500 companies including 3Com, Hallmark, Merck and the Chicago Board Options Exchange.
· Co-author of six best-selling books including the first-to-market book on Windows 2000 (which went to #17 on Amazon’s Best-Seller list), three on Oracle, and two on baseball analytics.
· Awarded Crain Communication’s "40 Under 40" distinction for effective business leaders.
Last updated: July 16, 2011