The Associated Press announced plans to automate financial stories back in 2014, and last year the media outlet started doing the same for college sports. Expanding its partnership with Automated Insights, the AP will now generate coverage for nearly every minor league baseball team. This is an expansion of existing bot-powered sports writing as it will now handle game storylines for 142 teams in 13 leagues. To put it another way, every Triple-A, Double-A and Single-A team is included with only Rookie Leagues left out.
The automated game stories will be available for every team in those classifications. They'll also get posted to each team's site and the MiLB's web home. The AP's human baseball writers worked with Automated Insights to ensure that the coverage is in line with the media company's "news judgment and standards." It's easy to see the benefit for modest news staffs in smaller markets that are home to Single-A teams, and on the whole, the move into more baseball coverage provides more local coverage -- during baseball season, at least.