Job Posting: Baseball Info Solutions Multiple Openings

Company Overview

Baseball Info Solutions (BIS) is committed to providing 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.

We are seeking highly motivated individuals with a passion for baseball to join our team.

.NET Developer

Would you like to launch your software development career working with the latest .NET tools and technologies? Would you be interested in working closely with a small team of senior developers to create new products and features in a baseball centric environment? Baseball Info Solutions is seeking a Junior .NET Developer in our Coplay, PA office to help deliver new web-based products to our customers. This is a great opportunity in a casual office environment with one of the leading providers of in depth baseball statistics.

The candidate will develop assist in developing new products as well as help maintain existing products. Strong candidates will possess a self-motivated attitude, great communication skills, and be able to work in a collaborative, team environment or independently as needed.

Candidates must possess:

  • Develop new features, applications and maintain existing applications.
  • Full life-cycle development.
  • Web development in C# and Asp.NET 4.0.
  • Full understanding of Asp.NET using a C# object oriented code base.
  • Understanding of SSRS.
  • HTML and CSS
  • In depth knowledge of MS Development tools
  • Knowledge of baseball statistics and analytics.
  • SQL Server Development is a plus.

Skills and Qualifications:

For more information or to apply, please submit your résumé and cover letter to careers2013@baseballinfosolutions.com.

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2014 Video Scouts

BIS Video Scouts watch multiple games per day throughout the season and record their observations for our clients’ consumption. The BIS Video Scout internship is perhaps the best pipeline into a successful career in the baseball industry. Many executives inside major league front offices credit BIS for their first steps into the baseball industry.

Responsibilities:

  • Score and pitch chart MLB 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 2015 Bill James Handbook
  • Provide administrative support to the full-time staff
  • 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 school or college baseball playing experience is preferred but not necessary
  • Must be able to work nights and weekends
  • Must be willing to work from our Allentown/Bethlehem, PA office

Qualifications:

Timeframe:

Interns will begin in either January or March and conclude at the end of the regular season (September 29th), with a possibility of extending through the middle of October.

Compensation:

An hourly rate of $7.25 and/or college course credit will be offered to each Video Scout. Anyone interested in the internship should send a cover letter and resume to Dan Casey at dan@baseballinfosolutions.com.

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Research & Development Intern

Baseball Info Solutions is looking for candidates to fill a paid internship in our R&D Department in the spring and/or summer seasons.  The intern will work out of our office near Allentown, PA and will assist our R&D team, supporting research for publications and future products, including Stat of the Week, The Bill James Handbook, and The Fielding Bible.  Recent R&D interns have landed internships and full-time jobs with major league teams.

The position requires a variety of skills including (but not limited to) an analytical mind, computer expertise, writing ability, and a passion for baseball.

Ideal candidates will possess:

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with baseball and sabermetric research
  • Analytical/Mathematical ability
  • Proficiency working in Microsoft Office programs (or equivalents), especially Excel
  • Experience with MySQL, SQL Server, or similar databases.
  • An ability to write and communicate effectively with a variety of audiences
  • An ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Experience with other statistical packages, programming languages, and/or graphical visualizations would be a plus.

For more information or to apply, please submit your résumé and cover letter to careers@baseballinfosolutions.com.




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David Appelman is the creator of FanGraphs.


27 Responses to “Job Posting: Baseball Info Solutions Multiple Openings”

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  1. Kendrys Morales says:

    As I do not expect to be employed come this summer, I would wish to apply for all of these jobs.

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  2. justin says:

    Any other devs think it’s strange that every developer posting on here wants .NET regardless of team or company?

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    • Marc says:

      Agreed- but my assumption is that the baseball world is assbackwards enough to still be using PC laptops instead of MacBooks and that Microsoft sold them a typical large corporation false bill of goods. And thus, they’re stuck on .NET/IIS architecture indefinitely.

      I wouldn’t think anyone building baseball tools for consumption by scouts and executives would be building anything using Node or something remotely cool, but Java seems like a better bet if you want top engineering talent.

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      • Jaack says:

        And here comes the Mac-PC war.

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        • justin says:

          I doubt it – no dev in their right mind would argue that PCs are better for development…unless of course you’re doing .NET

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        • Brandon Firstname says:

          A fair amount of devs, however (including me), would argue that Linux is the best for development.

          Macs are basically just glossy unix, though, so it’s not like I discredit anyone who uses one primarily. And Microsoft products have their uses too.

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        • justin says:

          Yea I’m a linux guy as well – and while you’re right that .NET has its uses, I can’t shake the feeling that someone non-technical is responsible for the use of .NET this widely.

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      • There are advantages and disadvantages to various languages and .NET is no different.

        You should realize that for a non public facing product that doesn’t have millions of users, the costs associated with Microsoft technologies are negligible.

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        • justin says:

          Agreed – I just think it’s strange that .NET seems to be the baseball standard. I’d think there’d be a diversity of languages like there are in other domains.

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      • JustAGuy says:

        Complains about the “assbackwards” technologies that large corporations use, then recommends Java…

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      • The Humber Games says:

        “Microsoft sold them a typical large corporation false bill of goods”

        Marc, you do realize that Apple is also one of those aforementioned ‘large corporations’? And ‘something remotely cool’ is not a great basis for picking a platform.

        As David mentions below, there are positives and negatives to any platform you choose – there’s no need to be ideological about it.

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        • j says:

          Yes Apple is another crappy company. The difference is that you have a full Unix shell on a Mac and have access to a full suite of developer tools that just aren’t compatible with windows unless you use buggy old cygwin or a VM of Linux.

          If you desperately hate apple get a Linux Dev machine. I actually like Microsoft much more than apple but windows is simply objectively less supported for any non-.NET development.

          I don’t see the antiwindows discussion here as having anything to do with apple tbh. There are other alternatives

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  3. Brandon Firstname says:

    Disregarding the OS silliness, the main problem with all of these dream job opportunities for me is that I already have a good dev/research gig elsewhere. Taking a paycut and giving up job security to try (read: probably fail) to get into baseball is not easy (or advised, probably).

    I apologize if that’s a humblebrag, but I feel the need to explain my plight every time I see something like this.

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    • bdhudson says:

      tough life

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    • champion88 says:

      The only place I’ve seen the word “humblebrag” used is on Hot Stove by Matt Vasgersian.

      Are you a Hot Stove watcher too?

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      • Brandon Firstname says:

        Unfortunately not, I got it from some Matthew Berry articles years ago.

        Maybe I’ll start now though. And then we can can pretend to have some ethereal connection or something.

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    • Buck Turgidson says:

      You felt the need to explain your “plight” when nobody noticed or cared about your “plight”?

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      • Brandon Firstname says:

        It’s like the fifth time a job posting like this has been listed, and I wanted to share how I felt. I wasn’t expecting sympathy (I tried to prepare for backlash by apologizing in advance), but I wanted to share how this topic affects me. I didn’t think that would be such a terrible thing to do.

        I was wrong, I suppose.

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        • Evan says:

          Just want to say that this reader completely understands how Brandon feels. I have a similar plight (but in a different way than as a dev) to get into the game of baseball… and how can you give up security?

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  4. Kris Gardham says:

    The best way to find a quality LAMP developer is to ask for a .NET developer. It’ll ensure they spend most of their free time — y’know, coding they enjoy and are passionate about — working on open source. (Hashtag: Burn!)

    Those are the ones you want to bring on board if your major selling points are more KC Royals (BASEBALL!!! and COMPETITIVEish WAGES!!!) and less New York Yankees (Financial Security 4 LyFe!)

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  5. Mike says:

    I am just commenting to state that I applied for the BIS internship last year (pretty similar sounding job as the video scout one, and I was unhappy with the way they handled their corresponding. I had the necessary qualifications and most of the preferred ones, but I never heard anything back from the company. After several months, I emailed them asking if the position had already been filled or if they were still reviewing, etc., and I still never heard back. I didn’t expect to get the internship, and I don’t doubt they are a high quality organization and it is a great experience. However, I do think their complete refusal to respond to an email or notify an applicant that he did not receive the position was very unprofessional. I hope it was an anomaly and that is not their standard practice, but regardless I thought I’d post this just so people who apply know what to expect.

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    • dc says:

      no offense to you but not getting a position doesn’t mean they failed anything on their end.

      the reality is that there were probably a tonne of applicants,and while you may be qualified, clearly you didn’t have what they were looking for.

      If every employer had to cuddle the self esteem of every job applicant who didn’t make the cut, it would become a full time job in itself.

      grow up, and get over it, it wont be the first or last time you don’t get a job.

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    • Scott says:

      This is perfectly normal practice, at least in CS-related field. I’ve interviewed and rejected a lot of people, and no one received anything from me (or anyone of my company). The same thing happens too when I apply for jobs myself.

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