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  1. My analytical reports would consist of “John Lackey.. I mean CMON.”

    Comment by Matt — December 27, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

  2. wow this would be something i’d be totally interested in and probably qualified to do.

    However i’m a life long Twins fan, and although i have a tender spot for the Red-Sox (maybe cause i just hate the yankees that thoroughly)
    They’re still co-AL opponents and I just don’t think I could go there, and I”m sure M. Murov would appreciate that.

    Job open like this with Minnesota any time?

    Comment by shs — December 27, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

  3. The Twins are looking for an intern focused on baseball analytics. The job requires the ability to count the number of innings a pitcher threw in the previous year.

    Comment by Tim — December 27, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

  4. Sounds like something I would love doing if I knew more than a smattering of SQL.

    Comment by BronxBomberDude — December 27, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

  5. Job Posting: Fangraphs Website Desginer

    The position is unpaid and requires the candidate to figure out how to fix the current layout of the FG website, which is terrible and makes the SB Nation design look almost decent in comparison (quite a task).

    Comment by Guy — December 27, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

  6. change: embrace it.

    Comment by Ray Guilfoyle — December 27, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

  7. If you’re seriously interested in getting into a position like this you should apply regardless of the team It’s extremely difficult to get a position like this so you should apply to any and all of them which you see.

    Comment by Craig Glaser — December 27, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

  8. Argh. I just moved from Boston to Pittsburgh for work.

    Comment by Devern Hansack — December 27, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

  9. Do I at least qualify for this?

    Comment by John Lackey's Hip — December 27, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

  10. I generally support web redesigns, even during continuous uproar. I even like SB Nation!! But the mess of junk at the top you have to scroll down past to get to any content is obnoxious here.

    Comment by Joe — December 27, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

  11. I find fangraphs quite navigable. In contrast, the SB Nation redesign went overboard on pretty pictures and design elements to the point where in became a pain to navigate around the site.

    Maybe it’s just me, but for sites like fangraphs I prefer cleaner design with easy navigation and fewer bells and whistles.

    Comment by Mac — December 27, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

  12. If it makes you feel better, I’m not qualified for the job, either! At some point, I really need to just sit down and learn MySQL (just for personal reasons, I prefer what I’m doing anyway).

    Comment by Dan Szymborski — December 27, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

  13. The new website layout is HORRIBLE. Please change or I’ll never come back.

    Comment by Omar — December 27, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

  14. You’ll come back. They all come back to Bad Mouth Eddy.

    Comment by Bad Mouth Eddy — December 27, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

  15. The job description does not seem consistent with the job title as intern.

    I wonder what they are paying, and if they can get people for 10 cents on the dollar just for the opportunity to work for a MLB team.
    Hence the title of intern.

    Comment by pft — December 27, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

  16. To me, though, this is not easy to navigate.

    1. The two “main headlines” at the top are disproportionately massive compared to the rest of the text. They really are gigantic in comparison.
    2. The similar ribbon of gigantic headlines below the main listings is unhelpful. It repeats material which appeared directly above, which adds no value except repetitiveness.
    3. Notes/Audio/Prospects is all precisely the kind of material which I would (with all my love to Carson/Mike/Marc) push to a left-hand or right-hand sidebar. In fact, more generally,
    4. There is an absence of a “navigation philosophy.” That is, as a first-time visitor, I should have some idea how to find what they want. Is every category organized by drop-down menus? Is every category in a list on the left or right? Are categories listed across the top? But on this site design (and, to be fair, on the previous one as well) the answer is “scroll and find out!”
    5. The typeface used in the blog post previews is completely different from, and clashes with, the other typefaces used on the site. The font used in post preview titles is outsized and again does not match.
    6. The house adverts (for the Hardball Times Annual 2013 and for the iPhone app) are embarrassingly simplistic and a step back, plus they introduce serious design issues re: typeface and colour scheme.
    7. Between the gigantic “main headlines” at the top of the page and the start of the main blog well below, I count 60 (SIXTY) article titles with author names, dates, and numbers of comments. This currently includes at least four repeats. I submit to the readership that 60 (sixty) articles linked from the main page is an excessive number. Before you get to the large lined break where detailed section listings begin, the New York Times homepage currently lists just 33 such links.

    As a side note: the Hardball Times Annual 2013 is excellent and I enjoy it tremendously. And you can put that quote in a newly redesigned ad, Appelman.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — December 27, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

  17. Oh and I wrote that on only one beer.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — December 27, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

  18. I would do this for free. Don’t have the time though.

    Comment by Jimmyfrancois12 — December 27, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

  19. I just want to know why the Hardball Times Annual is now being sponsored by the Edmonton Oilers.

    Comment by Tim — December 27, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

  20. Time is money.

    Comment by pft — December 27, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

  21. As much as I truly believe I would be a better GM than several MLB GMs ie Kevin Towers, the ham sandwich running KC, etc, I don’t know mSQL.

    I still think I am smart enough without a B.S. in stat to know that signing victorino for 39m is a bad deal.

    Comment by Herbalist — December 28, 2012 @ 3:27 am

  22. Don’t. Just perpetuating the slave lab–I mean priceless “experience” bullshit of internships. Don’t worry about eating, you get to write crappy SQL queries! Isn’t that exactly what you were looking for when you wanted to get into baseball?

    Comment by a — December 28, 2012 @ 7:17 am

  23. Hold on…this is a redesign? I thought my computer crashed halfway through loading the site. Jumble of mess…I’m sure I’ll get used to it and maybe it has its advantages but man is it tough to look at.

    Comment by Ray — December 28, 2012 @ 9:31 am

  24. Working for a baseball team in a job that is about helping a group of grown men beat another group of grown men in a game played by children = SLAVERY

    Comment by MrKnowNothing — December 28, 2012 @ 10:14 am

  25. A friend of mine interned with the Red Sox a few years ago and was “paid” a monthly stipend of $1,000, equating to 840 or so after taxes. Here we have an organization pulling in ungodly amounts of money – same friend told me they profit $3 million every home game – but Lucchino and the people in finance couldn’t manage to pay interns working 80 hours a week more than $3 an hour. Yay, internships.

    Comment by Tj — December 28, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  26. This isn’t a reaction to change or to “bad art” if you will. There are objectively better & worse ways to structure a website’s layout and this one is objectively really bad.

    Comment by NS — December 28, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

  27. Supply & demand is so unfair!

    Comment by NS — December 28, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

  28. No, they obviously could manage. But why would they?

    Comment by NS — December 28, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

  29. Well, they could choose to work there or not work there, correct?

    They were ‘required’ to work 80 hours a week [something like 7a-7p 7 days a week], for $12k per year [below the poverty line]?

    They were not free to quit and get a job elsewhere making minimum wage for 40 hours a week [and the same net pay]?

    And this person, making half of minimum wage for double the normal hours was privy to the nitty gritty bottom line financial data for the team?


    They said ‘profit $3 million every home game’ and not ‘$3M in revenue per home game’?

    Comment by Eric R — December 28, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

  30. Popping my comment cherry. Let’s not pretend this isn’t the way it is all over pro sports. That’s way better than doing worse stuff for free for a LOT of minor league franchises.

    Comment by Broman Colon — December 28, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

  31. My overarching point is that the industry is so flush with cash that every team could easily set aside $25k in the budget to pay interns a livable wage.

    Comment by Tj — December 28, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

  32. That isn’t a point at all; it’s an obvious fact known to everyone. Your point seems to be that they should pay them more, but you aren’t offering any reason why.

    Comment by NS — December 28, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

  33. Believe me, it’s not an obvious known fact to most in the industry. The Reds, for instance, hired a kid with assurances that the job would be full-time following the season, but when the time came they couldn’t come up with $30K to keep him around. Why should they pay more? That’s self-evident after reading the job description posted above. Its an insult for a job with those hours, required skills and responsibilites to fall under the auspices of an internship.

    Comment by Tj — December 29, 2012 @ 12:05 am

  34. Especially one that pay a grand a month with no time off or medical insurance.

    Comment by Tj — December 29, 2012 @ 12:06 am

  35. I do understand the whole supply/demand thing, and paying your dues to make it in an incredibly competitive industry. My point, echoed by Keith Law, who actually worked in the game for a few years, is that teams can plenty afford to pay interns a livable wage and *they should do so* because of the incredible demands, responsibilities and exhaustive hours.

    Comment by Tj — December 29, 2012 @ 12:12 am

  36. This position should be renamed the Carl Crawford Memorial Internship.

    Comment by Adam — December 29, 2012 @ 10:51 am

  37. So your point is that they should pay more because you are insulted by the alternative. Guess they’ll have to hire someone who isn’t.

    Only when they run out of quality candidates who are not insulted by it will the pay change.

    Comment by NS — December 29, 2012 @ 11:05 am

  38. And product X should be cheaper because the makers can afford smaller margin and the product is super duper important to consumers.

    Comment by NS — December 29, 2012 @ 11:06 am

  39. You can drop the “I’m so clever and everything said about economics and business models is stupid and unrealistic if profit margins aren’t maximized” schtick. I get it. We exist in a vacuum and anything to the contrary is stupid. I’ve heard of plenty of internships that – gasp – pay more than federal law requires because someone in finance or baseball ops suggested paying employees, even interns, a livable wage.

    But it’s not economically sensible!!!!!1111 lollllllllllllllllllllllll I’m so smart Internet message board wooooo me

    Comment by Tj — December 29, 2012 @ 11:52 am

  40. They should pay more because they’d get much better applicants. The rate of pay they’re offerning pretty much guarantees that they get poor ones.

    That, and in the industry we’re talking about, good statistics people can make you millions.

    Comment by Synovia — January 2, 2013 @ 9:03 am

  41. I have this same internship right now for another team. Get paid minimum wage and have no problem with it, but then again I am fairly well-versed in supply and demand.

    Comment by boss — January 2, 2013 @ 11:51 am

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