Job Posting: Phillies Internship

Phillies Baseball Operations Internship Program

The Philadelphia Phillies seek passionate, knowledgeable and highly motivated individuals with a desire to work in our Baseball Operations Department.  Interns will primarily focus on Baseball Analytics with the opportunity to be exposed to all facets of the Department.  The internship will include salary and benefits and will end in December.  Consideration will also be given to exceptional candidates who are only available during the summer months.

Responsibilities

  • Support all functions of Department by performing advanced statistical analysis on large volumes of baseball data and extracting key information to apply to decision-making processes
  • Design, test, implement and maintain proprietary tools and metrics while also monitoring and incorporating publically available baseball research
  • Develop interfaces and data imports to facilitate use of data and analysis
  • Assist with ad-hoc research projects and present results to staff in a coherent, straightforward manner
  • Track performances of prospective salary arbitration eligible players
  • Provide administrative support to staff as needed

Required Qualifications

  • Experience working with large datasets and statistical modeling
  • Familiarity with advanced metrics, statistical analysis techniques and current baseball research and baseball data
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to take initiative and work collaboratively
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Professional attitude, work ethic and ability to maintain confidentiality of work materials and issues as appropriate
  • Demonstrated passion for and general knowledge of baseball

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with database systems, analytical tools and web development
    • Knowledge of SQL/MySQL, Oracle, R, SPSS or equivalents and how they apply to baseball
    • Technical proficiency with scripting languages such as C++, HTML5, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python or equivalents and how they apply to baseball
  • Advanced degree in a quantitative field of study
  • Specialized training, certifications or published research
  • Practical work experience in baseball industry
  • Institutional knowledge of drafts, important industry dates and transactional mechanics
  • Collegiate or professional playing experience

Interns must be willing and able to relocate to Philadelphia and work long hours, including nights, weekends and holidays.  Interested applicants should direct their cover letter, resume and related work product to Scott Freedman at SFreedman@Phillies.com.



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smpeterson327
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smpeterson327
2 years 6 months ago

Wow… those are some serious qualifications to be an INTERN!!

smpeterson327
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smpeterson327
2 years 6 months ago

Crazy that they can pull someone like this and not pay them anything

theheater
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theheater
2 years 6 months ago

In the Phillies defense, it says the internship will have a salary and benefits.

Will Fletcher
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Will Fletcher
2 years 6 months ago

I just finished an internship with the Rangers, and “Salary and Benefits” will most likely mean a half bag of sunflower seeds and 5 free tickets a month. My experience was incredible with the Rangers, but it is not a financially sustainable opportunity for the entry level kid.

Chad
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Chad
2 years 6 months ago

Now Will Fletcher – You wait just a second. Are you trying to say that it was exactly like an internship is supposed to be? Shame on you.

Alan
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Alan
2 years 6 months ago

At least the internship doesn’t require a keen attention to detail.

NEPP
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NEPP
2 years 6 months ago

The sad part is that they’ll likely get at least 1000 qualified resumes for such a job.

Mike c
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Mike c
2 years 6 months ago

What’s sad is that statement.

Mike M
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Mike M
2 years 6 months ago

My current salary is just under 100K, and I would leave my job for this one.

hk
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hk
2 years 6 months ago

Why is that sad if supply and demand suggests that there are 1,000 qualified people who would love to have the chance to turn the internship into a full-time job?

Jonah Pemstein
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2 years 6 months ago

I’d love to have this so many of these jobs that are posted here… too bad I’m still in high school

ChadT
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ChadT
2 years 6 months ago

The nice thing is, these postings are giving you a road map to what you need to learn and do to get there.

KingFelix
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KingFelix
2 years 6 months ago

Yeah, this is a job I’d love to have but I’m in high school as well.

Brad Johnson
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2 years 6 months ago

There are a lot of people out there who would be willing to give you some advice on how to break in. That’s how I ended up as a baseball writer. Usually the best way to make a name for yourself is to do good analysis on sites like FanGraphs, THT, and BPro – especially any work that involves data modeling. That way, you can get your name on a short list before they even put out the call for resumes.

I learned that I’m not great with modeling but that I like to write. And since writing pays about the same as interning for five years, plus I get to set my own schedule, it made a lot more sense for me to pursue that path.

Ruben Amaro Jr.
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Ruben Amaro Jr.
2 years 6 months ago

Oops, forgot to add:

• Must be 35 years old or older.

Oh, Beepy
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Oh, Beepy
2 years 6 months ago

I fucking died.

Phillies Front Office
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Phillies Front Office
2 years 6 months ago

Special consideration will be given to applicants who can provide depth at first.

Ryan Howard
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Ryan Howard
2 years 6 months ago

Well fuck you too, Ruben!

James
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James
2 years 6 months ago

If you’re over 30 you get an invite to spring training too.

John Elway
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2 years 6 months ago

Hay you mean I still have a shot with the Fillies?

Oops, keep making the same mistake. Kinda like Kim Kardashian answering an ad from the Blackhawks…

Justin
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Justin
2 years 6 months ago

I had my internship with a frontier league team, not MLB affiliated, but it was still an experience. I worked 70+ hours a week, got paid $180 a month and tickets to the game. It was absolutely brutal.

coldseat
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coldseat
2 years 6 months ago

It’s highly likely that they will pay AT LEAST min wage/hr, which could be a lot with the OT hours. Mainly because “intern” wage claims have been a hot topic in labor litigation recently. Every large company is being advised to pay at least min wage to cut off costly lawsuits. Perhaps one could be more cavalier in a reactionary state like texas, but prob not in a modern city like Philadelphia.

benny krian
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benny krian
2 years 6 months ago

Modern means litigious, evidentally. That or you’ve never seen Philadelphia.

AK7007
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AK7007
2 years 6 months ago

Paid corporate commenter (AKA coldseat) – Internships in america historically have paid below min wage. Hence the “intern” label. Maybe the Phils will be good to the intern they are looking for, but maybe they will be shitty. Let’s ask the intern that is privileged enough to take that gamble next year. The reason that people are less than supportive of entities that choose not to pay employees because they don’t have prior experience based on the logic that the “experience” replaces pay is because it disproportionally favors “interns” that are already financially free from the market.

If you really think there is no problem with that model, just look at Voros McCracken’s baseball career.

coldseat
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coldseat
2 years 6 months ago

right….think what you are saying is beginning to change & hence the increase in the litigation I mentioned. “Internships” are supposed to be mainly of benefit to the Intern & not the company. If the “intern” is doing tasks that the company needs to get done, then it is not an “internship” and must be paid. I think working in an analytics department qualifies as work that needs to be done by the team in the context presented…..hence, they are going to be paid at least Min Wage + the OT hours if the Phillies had half a brain/competent legal depart.

Ruben Amaro Jr.
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Ruben Amaro Jr.
2 years 6 months ago

You mean Quinton McCracken?

Speaking of which, do any of you guys have his current contact info? He hasn’t returned our non-roster invite, and I just want to know why. Thanks.

Ed
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Ed
2 years 6 months ago

Required Qualifications

-Experience working with large datasets and statistical modeling

-Familiarity with advanced metrics, such as Batting Average, Fielding Percentage, and GW-RBI

Matthew
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2 years 6 months ago

In Seattle, you only have to be familiar with Home Runs

NEPP
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NEPP
2 years 6 months ago

Be fair to them…they probably have to explain complicated concepts like how OBP+SLG=OPS.

AK7007
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AK7007
2 years 6 months ago

This makes me wonder if the “experience” that this future intern gets will preclude them from getting any future MLB job.

Matthew
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2 years 6 months ago

It looks likes the Phillies want a 2 person Analytics department as long as it costs them less then 1/100000th of Ryan Howards annual salary.

Matthew
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2 years 6 months ago

I feel like the lack of pay and working under RAJ would lead an intern going postal.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN WE SIGNED KENDREYS MORALES?

ankle explosion hr celebration
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ankle explosion hr celebration
2 years 6 months ago

Presumably, you sign up for this job knowing that you’re going to be ignored at every turn. It’s like the sabermetric equivalent of going to a monastery high in the Himalayas, entirely cut off from society.

Oh, Beepy
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Oh, Beepy
2 years 6 months ago

Someone get this job and then totally blow their NDA telling us dirty secrets about the inner workings of RAJ’s halls of insanity

snapper
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snapper
2 years 6 months ago

If you have all those qualifications, I can get you a 9 to 5 job making $75K tomorrow.

Why would you want to “work long hours, including nights, weekends and holidays.” for intern pay?

Luke
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Luke
2 years 6 months ago

that’s so true

EthanB
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EthanB
2 years 6 months ago

Because your job would be what doing what the rest of us do in our spare time?

Eric
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Eric
2 years 6 months ago

It’s generally a bad idea to work in a field that many people have a passion for. I once thought about a career in public transportation planning, but after taking one college course that was full of railfans and other enthusiasts, I realized there would be way too much job competition relative to the salaries offered.

Of course the same is true with the athletes themselves. Very few baseball lovers get as far as a job with a minor-league team, not to mention the majors…

Pitnick
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Pitnick
2 years 6 months ago

It’s a bad idea if your main motivator is money, yes.

Mike c
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2 years 6 months ago

Go back to Russia, hippy.

Frank
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Frank
2 years 6 months ago

Who the hell wants to ride the bus for ten years either?

It’s baseball man! A shot at the show.

justin
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justin
2 years 6 months ago

Anyone else wondering how HTML and C++ could in any way be described as scripting languages?

ALZ
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ALZ
2 years 6 months ago

Yes. Someone doesn’t proof read these, or have no clue about programming.

Ed
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Ed
2 years 6 months ago

Because Ryan Howard said so.

Dead Opera Star
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Dead Opera Star
2 years 6 months ago

It’s the Phillies’ analytics department. They’re still using tape reel computers.

Tim
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Tim
2 years 6 months ago

I’ve written scripts in C++. I’m not sure I should be admitting that in public, but I don’t have a last name here.

ALZ
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ALZ
2 years 6 months ago

Did you write some in HTML too?

B N
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B N
2 years 6 months ago

You could TECHNICALLY write scripts in HTML, provided you also wrote a parser that processes HTML as an imperative language of some sort. Maybe that’s what the C++ script is for.

chuckb
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chuckb
2 years 6 months ago

Not me…because I know less about computer programming than RAJ knows about advanced analytics.

BigBubbaNoTrubba
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2 years 6 months ago

This job postningen showa the flawed thinking of Ruben.

Anyone who had a grasp for saber metrics and how stats can help a team would be prepared to pay big money for it, because it’s worth it.

Ruben wants to have interns doing it cheaply.

Wrong place to be cheap IMHO.

Phillies should offer up a big salary for this position and try to get the best possible available.

NEPP
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NEPP
2 years 6 months ago

They already hired that guy to head the dept…this is the same thing every other MLB franchise does. They know full well that there are literally hundreds of people with those qualifications that will gladly suffer through the hell of this internship just to say they worked for an MLB team in their front office.

B N
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B N
2 years 6 months ago

I don’t think they’re going to get the best candidates by jacking up the salary anyway. Someone with those qualifications who was interested in chasing money could probably target a Wall Street analyst position. Since the magnitude of gains you can make through better analysis in finance dwarfs those for player evaluation, there is more incentive to pay for talent.

Patrick Newman
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2 years 6 months ago

C++ and HTML aren’t scripting languages.

James
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James
2 years 6 months ago

Such Phillies hate! He’s trying guys!!

chuckb
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chuckb
2 years 6 months ago

I agree, and think it should be recognized. At the very least, they know what Fangraphs is and that some of its readers might be good candidates. Clearly they’re trying to expand their analytics department. They’re obviously not the A’s or Rays but they’ve got to start somewhere.

AynRand'ssocialsecurity#
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AynRand'ssocialsecurity#
2 years 6 months ago

I’m surprised they didn’t offer another team 2 of their top 10 prospects for their intern.

Antonio Bananas
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Antonio Bananas
2 years 6 months ago

Why is playing experience a plus?

NEPP
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NEPP
2 years 6 months ago

Rube probably thinks that you cant possibly understand baseball unless you played it yourself at a high level. I mean, look how great he is at his job after all?

Brad Johnson
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2 years 6 months ago

I would certainly consider it a plus. I know I’ve been able to point out flaws by drawing on my college experience. I can imagine that somebody who was actually played everyday through college or had minor league experience might have more insights. It’s also given me more than a few ideas for research over the years and I’m working on a large project that was inspired by my playing career and things that I wish I had known.

Mostly though, I’ve found my familiarity with training regiments to be the my helpful experience. I find that most fans and even writers are largely in the dark about those.

tz
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tz
2 years 6 months ago

In other words, folks like Well-Beered Englishman and yours truly should plan on getting bumped by the likes of say, Brian Bannister if we were on a waiting list for this type of work.

AK7007
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AK7007
2 years 6 months ago

Brad, then where do you draw the line? High school? Little league? Passion for the game is passion for the game. Excluding outsiders because “game experience” removes a bunch of people that might have amazing ideas. Did Voros McCracken play at the highest levels? Tango?Andrew Friedman only played in college for a bit. I think your comment is called elitism.

Eric F
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Eric F
2 years 6 months ago

Brad,
Why would your experience of being carried to a Super Bowl championship by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense help you get a baseball job?

Dog puddles
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Dog puddles
2 years 6 months ago

Players are humans, not stat lines

Doug Lampert
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Doug Lampert
2 years 6 months ago

Speaking as someone working in (non-baseball) analysis and modeling with an advanced degree:

Knowing how what you’re modeling works always helps. The more you know the better you can do.

Stuff it would never occur to someone else to worry about can be important. I have no idea HOW having played at a high level will help, but I’m utterly confident that it will help, and I note that that’s a preferred, not required, qualification.

NOT preferring someone with actual play experience who’s otherwise qualified would be insane.

coldseat
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coldseat
2 years 6 months ago

stop making sense….we hate jocks here, they know nothing that we can’t sort off a data set so we can then tell them how to play the game.

act sci
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act sci
2 years 6 months ago

Well said.

tz
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tz
2 years 6 months ago

+1

RedsManRick
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2 years 6 months ago

Want to know if an organization really values a skill set? See how much they’re willing to pay for it.

This set of qualifications tells me that having an organizational capacity to do real, robust analytics would be nice to have, so long as its free. If you try to build an organization on people who are desperate and don’t value their expertise, you’re going to get what you pay for.

Dog puddles
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Dog puddles
2 years 6 months ago

Welcome to the wide world of sports. Someone will take it. Supply and demand.

Pro sports teams across the board don’t pay their interns (or at least not livable compensation, much less fair compensation) because they’re struggling at the margins and the money just isn’t there.

Got a problem with it? They’ll find another.

John Elway
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2 years 6 months ago

So true. Read this about NFL cheerleaders….as long as folks want to do it for little to nothing, that’s what the going rate will be:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10360990/vote-longest-award-sports-tmq-non-qb-non-rb-mvp#cheerleaders

AK7007
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AK7007
2 years 6 months ago

“Folks wanting to do it” does’t make it right, it just makes it possible.

coldseat
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coldseat
2 years 6 months ago

OTHOH: one can simply say “no” to an internship. This is America & this is hardly an economic/poverty coercion situation; these aren’t migrant farm workers or starving displaced Vietnamese villagers we’re talking about. There’s also dangers lurking in the nanny state, too.

NEPP
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NEPP
2 years 6 months ago

Welcome to the world of ANY INTERNSHIP IN THE COUNTRY…they’re all like this. When I ran an IT Security dept, we paid (if we paid at all) our interns minimum wage and traded them like absolute dogsh!t…and they took it all so they could put our company name on their resume. Regardless of that, we always had hundreds of good resumes for every internship and none of them ever quit.

It sucks and its unfair…but its how American companies tend to operate. Why pay when you can have free slave labor like that?

Dog puddles
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Dog puddles
2 years 6 months ago

Those types of American/multinational companies can lick my grimy taint.

Patrick Newman
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2 years 6 months ago

Well, I think that needs to change. I only hire interns if I have budget to pay them with, and I pay pretty well. Still a fraction of an entry level full time employee but the expectations are different. I believe the status quo with regards to interns is unethical.

ankle explosion hr celebration
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ankle explosion hr celebration
2 years 6 months ago

here, here.
I’m glad someone is willing to do what’s right, even if it’s not necessarily maximally profitable.

By the way, I really enjoy NPB Tracker.

Patrick Newman
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2 years 6 months ago

ankle explosion hr celebration: actually it is profitable. Tech is very competitive, and a good intern program can help build a good pipeline of entry level hires, which is valuable. It’s a short term cost, but a long term investment.

ankle explosion hr celebration
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ankle explosion hr celebration
2 years 6 months ago

good point–I should have said “maximally profitable in the short term,” which seems to be how most companies operate.

AK7007
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AK7007
2 years 6 months ago

Ankle – you nailed it. Short term thinking does not equal long term success. Corporate interests in baseball should know that.

Brandon Firstname
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2 years 6 months ago

Luckily this is starting to change I believe, at least in the tech field. I’m currently in college and a lot of the internships I’ve looked in to are very reasonably paid, plus many have a housing stipend. I’m still not making as much as the year-round guys, of course, but enough to live very comfortably for a few months in the summer.

Of course, most other fields offer either next to or no pay for their interns, require relocation, etc. There really should be an expectation to pay interns at least a livable wage and some sort of relocation help if they need it–these interns should become your year-round staff if they’re any good, and they should be treated like that. I think enough tech companies are desperate enough for good people that they’re starting to realize that.

The problem is that baseball teams will never be desperate for good people. They’ll always come flocking.

Antonio Bananas
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Antonio Bananas
2 years 6 months ago

My biggest issue is that non paying or extremely low paying internships restricts your pool. The kids who don’t have mommy and daddy to help literally can’t take the internship. You hurt your prospects.

B N
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B N
2 years 6 months ago

I second Antonio’s point. Non-paying internships are inherently socially regressive. You’re basically shutting out working-class people from applying. This hurts your talent pool, and also hurts the people who are shut out (assuming your internship offers any value, at least). Particularly when internships are needed to break into a field, having only unpaid internships is tantamount to discrimination.

Kris
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Kris
2 years 6 months ago

Most of these internships end up going to arbitrary stanford grads that Friedman or Beane already have on payroll. This started as a joke, but the thought of those two paying random kids 150K to break non-disclosure agreements is awesome.

O's Fan
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O's Fan
2 years 6 months ago

Advanced degree in a quantitative field of study?

How many Math PhDs are applying for short-term internships?

Doug Lampert
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Doug Lampert
2 years 6 months ago

I have a math Ph.D., and if I and my wife were retired I’d seriously consider it.

As is, I doubt they’ll come within an order of magnitude of my current pay and my wife wouldn’t be interested in moving.

I know several young physics masters who’ve been having no luck finding real jobs, if they lived in philly and were interested in baseball they might apply.

This job will get someone.

Eric
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Eric
2 years 6 months ago

Of course, you get what you pay for. What happens when this highly educated minimum wage worker gets sick of the “long hours, including nights, weekends and holidays”, they decide to leave or slack off and are fired, and they decide to take all the inside information they saw with them?

Roto Wizard
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Roto Wizard
2 years 6 months ago

The Phills have inside information? I’m really not sure the rest of the league needs tutelage on how to acquire or resign overpriced on the decline talent. I’m 90% certain that their method for talent selection involves baseball cards and darts and a broken random salary generator.

walt526
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walt526
2 years 6 months ago

An important part of the job actually involves being at the table during the review of spring training invitees and pointing out which ones are dead, ala Major League.

Anon21
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Anon21
2 years 6 months ago

Hey Dave… close your italics tag on the front page. The open tag ended up out there, and the close tag is behind the cut.

Billy
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Billy
2 years 6 months ago

You’re one sick puppy.

Pun intended.

hk
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hk
2 years 6 months ago

For years, everyone ripped (and rightly so) the Phillies for ignoring advanced metrics. Now, they have done the following:

1. Decided that they need to incorporate advanced analysis into their evaluation.
2. Borrowed an intern from MLB to begin developing an Analytics Department.
3. Offered that intern a full-time to run the new department.
4. Shown, through this posting, that they at least know that Fangraphs exists.
5. Begun seeking interns to work for the team and, presumably, prove that they deserve to be hired as full-time analysts.

IMO, a front office that has deserved all of the criticism that they’ve received over the years now deserves some credit for trying to move forward by correcting the errors of their past ways.

Ben
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Ben
2 years 6 months ago

I believe there’s a requirement missing: “Must provide own abacus.”

Ryan D.
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Ryan D.
2 years 6 months ago

These are “groupie” jobs. There’s people who would probably pay the Phillies to work there.

Miguel Cabrera
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Miguel Cabrera
2 years 6 months ago

A Fangraph’s posting that does not mention Mike Trout?

Matthew Krott
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Matthew Krott
2 years 6 months ago

All Phillies fans (including myself) read this headline and expected it to be a joke about their front office lmao

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