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Baseball Operations: Player Personnel/Scout
Video Scout - Baseball Info Solutions (Coplay, PA)

Company Overview

Baseball Info Solutions (BIS) opened its doors back in 2002 and has been on the leading edge of the advanced statistical study of baseball ever since. The company’s mission is to provide the most accurate, in-depth, timely professional baseball data, including cutting-edge research and analysis, striving to educate major league teams and the public about baseball analytics

BIS employs a staff of expert baseball scouts and an army of highly trained video scouts who conduct several passes of each game, recording everything from basic box score data to times and locations of balls in play, pitch types and locations, defensive shifts, and much more.

The company’s analysts and programmers dissect data, producing a variety of predictive studies and analytics, including, for example, Defensive Runs Saved. Defensive Runs Saved estimates the number of runs a defender saves or costs his teams because of his ability to convert balls in play into outs, defend bunts, turn double plays, prevent baserunner advancements, and several other factors. A couple of the more recent advancements are Strike Zone Plus/Minus—which measures the number of extra strikes drawn because of the framing tendencies of catchers, pitchers, batters, and umpires—and Stolen Base Red Light/Green Light—which predicts baserunner success rates on stolen bases against various pitcher-catcher combinations, even if they have never faced each other.

Baseball Info Solutions was co-founded by John Dewan, who has been a leader in baseball analytics for more than 25 years. From his first partnership with Bill James as the Executive Director of Project Scoresheet to co-founding STATS, Inc. and his 15-year tenure as CEO, John has continually broken new ground in sports data and analytics. Through products and publications such as The Bill James Handbook and The Fielding Bible, John, Bill, and BIS have continued that tradition to this day.

Position Overview

BIS is looking for highly motivated individuals with a desire to work in the baseball industry. Video Scouts will have a chance to make an immediate impression on the company. Each Video Scout will be collecting data that is directly used by BIS clients (including major league front offices) for advance scouting and evaluation purposes. Not only will the Video Scouts become more familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of hundreds of amateur and professional players, but they will also learn about the ins and outs of the baseball statistics industry.

Former Video Scouts have risen rapidly through Major League front offices after getting their start watching two to three games per day at BIS. In the words of one former Video Scout and current Vice President of Baseball Operations, “My summer at BIS was the best baseball experience of my life.” Major League teams frequently come to us for recommendations when they need to fill a position within their organization, and our top video scouts each year routinely land team internships and/or full-time jobs.

Responsibilities:

  • Score and pitch chart MLB, MiLB and amateur games using specialized computer software

  • Check the accuracy and validity of data

  • Prepare and analyze statistical data for delivery to customers

  • Assist with the production of the 2016 Bill James Handbook

  • Provide administrative support to the full-time staff

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of baseball and baseball scorekeeping

  • Ability to identify and differentiate between pitch types

  • Computer proficiency and the ability to quickly learn new software

  • High attention to detail

  • High school or college baseball playing experience is preferred but not necessary

  • Must be able to work nights and weekends

  • Must be able to work out of our Coplay, PA office

  • Enrolled in or graduated from an accredited college or university

Position Time frame:

  • The internship will start March 16th and extend for an initial term of five to six months from the start date with a possibility to extend further based on the Video Scout’s performance.

Compensation:

  • A base hourly rate of $7.25 and/or college course credit will be offered to each Video Scout.

  • An additional bonus of up to $10 per game will be awarded for quality work.

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Are you willing to relocate to Coplay, PA? (yes/no)
2. Are you available to work full time starting on March 16th? (yes/no)
3. Are you a US resident or do you have proper clearance to work in the US? (yes/no)


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Baseball Operations: Player Personnel/Scout
Senior Developer - Los Angeles Dodgers (Los Angeles, CA)

Title: Senior Developer
Department: Baseball Operations
Status: Full Time
Reports to: Director, Research & Development
Posting Date: February 27, 2015
Deadline: March 9, 2015

The Los Angeles Dodgers are seeking a Senior Developer for the team’s Baseball Research and Development (R&D) group. The Senior Developer will work closely with the Director of R&D and our analytics team to design and build the decision support systems used throughout Baseball Operations. We are looking to find someone who is an expert at translating requirements from diverse sources into design specifications and production code.

Job Functions:

• Design, build, and document decision support systems and tools for Baseball Operations
• Translate requirements from diverse sources into functional design specifications
• Architect, build, and test scalable web applications
• Provide technical mentorship related to system architecture, coding standards, and development processes
• Write scripts to support data collection, automation, and report generation
• Perform other related duties as assigned
Basic Requirements/Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related field
• Minimum five years of software development experience in a web-based development environment
• Experience with both front- and back-end development (full-stack)
• Experience with web (.NET preferred) and scripting (Python preferred) programming languages
• Familiarity with SQL query design and optimization
• Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills

You should definitely contact us if:
• You want to help build an industry-leading analytics team
• You love to compete, and you want to see the impact of your work on the field and in the box score
 

All offers of employment are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background screening.

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Why are you interested in pursuing this opportunity?
2. Do you have any prior experience working in baseball or sports analytics?

Closing Date: 2015-03-10


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Baseball Operations: Player Personnel/Scout
Data Engineer - Los Angeles Dodgers (Los Angeles, CA)

Title: Data Engineer
Department: Baseball Operations
Status: Full Time
Reports to: Director, Research & Development
Posting Date: February 27, 2015
Deadline: March 9, 2015

The Los Angeles Dodgers are seeking a Data Engineer for the team’s Baseball Research and Development (R&D) group. We are looking to find someone who thrives in a big data environment. As the scope and quantity of data in baseball continue to rapidly increase, we will need a highly-talented individual to manage the computational and informational complexity associated with that growth. The Data Engineer will work closely with the Director of R&D and our analytics team to design, build, and maintain a database and computational platform for leading-edge research.

Job Functions:

• Design, architect, and document Dodgers R&D database schema and ETL layer
• Design, implement, and test data collection, storage, and mapping procedures
• Research, design, and test computational environments to support analytical modeling (statistics, machine learning, and optimization)
• Define and manage the process for database change requests
• Write, optimize, and automate big data jobs
• Perform other related duties as assigned
Basic Requirements/Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related technical field
• Minimum four years of database architecture/development experience, with at least two of those years working in a big data environment
• Excellent SQL development skills and an in-depth understanding of database technologies (PostgreSQL preferred)
• Experience building and maintaining large-scale analytics systems
• Experience with cloud-based and high performance computing
• Familiarity with Python, Perl, and other scripting languages
• Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
 

You should definitely contact us if:

• You want to help build an industry-leading analytics team
• You love to compete, and you want to see the impact of your work on the field and in the box score
 

All offers of employment are contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background screening.

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Why are you interested in pursuing this opportunity?


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Baseball Operations: Media/Video Production
Trackman Operator Intern - New York Yankees (Scranton, PA)

JOB SUMMARY: Operator will be responsible for running Trackman system at the New York Yankees' affiliate (Scranton Railriders (PA)) during each home game

TIMELINE: April-Mid September

RESPONSIBILITES:
• Responsible for setting up rosters and tagging the information
Track/chart information for the entire game – monitoring the system and making any changes throughout the game (i.e. roster changes, defensive substitutions, etc.)
• Responsible for fixing any errors, uploading the game to the Trackman system, and running data and reports for coaches/front office staff

REQUIREMENTS:
• Must be able to work all home games
• Previous experience with Trackman System is preferred but not required
•Must have strong attention to detail and ability to communicate well with others

This description is intended to describe the type of work being performed by a person assigned to this position. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required by the employee. The New York Yankees is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The company is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment.


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Baseball Operations: Media/Video Production
Trackman Operator Intern - Tampa (Tampa, FL)

JOB SUMMARY: Operator will be responsible for running Trackman system at the New York Yankees' affiliates (Tampa Yankees or the Gulf Coast League Yankees) during each home game

TIMELINE: April-Mid September

RESPONSIBILITES:
• Responsible for setting up rosters and tagging the information
Track/chart information for the entire game – monitoring the system and making any changes throughout the game (i.e. roster changes, defensive substitutions, etc.)
• Responsible for fixing any errors, uploading the game to the Trackman system, and running data and reports for coaches/front office staff

REQUIREMENTS:
• Must be able to work all home games
• Previous experience with Trackman System is preferred but not required
•Must have strong attention to detail and ability to communicate well with others

This description is intended to describe the type of work being performed by a person assigned to this position. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required by the employee. The New York Yankees is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The company is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment.


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