Where Are They Now? - Alec Kushner '19, Baseball

Where Are They Now? - Alec Kushner '19, Baseball

Alec Kushner ‘19 is our latest Baseball alumni to be featured in our “Where Are They Now” series. The Cooper City, Florida native was a Course 6-2 (Computer Science and Electrical Engineering) major, and currently works for the Philadelphia Phillies as a software engineer within the Baseball Operations and Development team. 

What is your current job title and what does that position entail?
I am a Software Engineer on the Baseball Operations Research and Development team. There are two main parts. One is app development to build out features our scouts, coaches, or baseball operations staff, etc. may request. The other is data infrastructure to help baseball operations and quantitative analysts have easy access to the data they need.

How did your athletic involvement aid in the path that you chose following graduation?
In my case there's no doubt that playing baseball impacted where I'm at now. It helped me make a connection with the Phillies and I'm not sure I would have had the same options had I not played.

If you can recall, why did you choose to attend MIT?
I was set on playing baseball and when I realized I had the opportunity to attend such a great academic school and play baseball there it felt like an offer I couldn't refuse.

What would you say were your greatest athletic and academic accomplishments during your time at MIT?
Athletically I think my greatest accomplishment was just staying healthy my senior year. After 3 years of battling injuries I was finally able to stay at least healthy enough to play the whole senior year.

What is your most fond memory of MIT athletics?
There is nothing better in athletics than winning with your team and my favorite memory by an enormous margin is finally winning the conference my senior year and making a playoff run. We were underdogs all year and even down four runs in the 9th inning of the tournament play-in game, but we never gave up. This was a truly special memory that I think will be cherished by many of us for the rest of our lives.

What piece of advice would you have for current MIT student-athletes?
I would say that MIT makes it really easy to get caught up in everything all at once. You might look around and wonder how you got where you are and that's when you need to make sure to remember what's important to you.

What was your favorite non-athletics activity at MIT?
I'm not sure if this counts since it's not through MIT, but every spring right after finals some buddies and I would rent kayaks and go out on the Charles. Maybe it was the relief of finishing up finals or the weather changing, but that was always fun.

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