Mark-SimonHe has been called a resource encyclopedia, a baseball savant, and, officially, a digital publishing specialist for the stats and information group at ESPN.

For Mark Simon, the latter is like something he’s been preparing for his whole life, both wittingly and unwittingly. It’s what happens when you pay attention to something you love and excel at, and your parents are smart enough to pay attention, too, and you keep paying attention to it right through college and beyond. Mastery begins to happen. Persistence gets you places.

“How can you argue with being at a place like this?” Simon says in our recent interview. Read full article on