Want to be a MLB.com Stringer?

If you ever wanted to be a MLB.com stringer, now’s your chance to apply!


MLB.com, the Official Site of Major League Baseball, is seeking stats stringers in these markets for the 2010 season:

· Boston
· Cincinnati
· Cleveland
· Detroit
· Miami
· Milwaukee
· Texas

Stats stringers are responsible for digitally scoring games from one of the 30 MLB ballparks, which provides the data used in the live content applications on MLB.com, including Gameday and MLB.TV, real-time highlights and text alerts, and by our business partners. This is a perfect part-time job for a diligent, responsible employee who happens to be a big baseball fan.

Responsibilities include:

-Arrive at the ballpark no later than one hour prior to the scheduled start time;
-Double-check and verify all pre-game information: rosters, umpires, weather conditions, etc.;
-During the game, enter the results of every pitch and game event (plays, substitutions, etc.) using our proprietary software and coding language;
-Work closely with our game-night support staff (via AOL Instant Messenger) to ensure proper scoring of all game events and accuracy of data;
-After the game, enter all post-game information: winning and losing pitcher, saves, holds, time and attendance
-Validate all stats in software box score against the official box score provided by the Official Scorer, and print out a final box score and game text for the club PR staff

Qualifications include:

-Previous experience (including pressbox exposure) with a professional or college sports team, preferably baseball;
-Exceptional (and demonstrable) knowledge of baseball and how to score a baseball game;
-Strong computer proficiency (Windows OS and Windows-based software) and the ability to quickly learn and operate new software;
-Regular availability to attend games in-person as required by the schedule: weekdays, nights and weekends;
-A “team player” with a great attitude, including but not limited to a willingness to make and learn from mistakes and the ability to work closely and cooperatively (and take direction from) our game-night staff;
-Professionalism. It’s a fun job and we pay people to watch baseball, but it’s also an important job and we want people who will take the responsibility seriously.

(New stringers undergo an 8-10 week correspondence training program, and co-score several practice games in the ballpark with a returning stringer, before scoring any games solo in the ballpark.)

Those interested in applying should send a resume and cover later, addressing the above-listed qualifications, to stats@website.mlb.com

ONLY those who reply to this e-mail address will be considered, and due to volume, we may be unable to respond to all applicants.




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David Appelman is the creator of FanGraphs.


18 Responses to “Want to be a MLB.com Stringer?”

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  1. RKO36 says:

    Damn. Too bad this isn’t for the New York area. I’d like to do this.

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  2. And That says:

    I’ve heard you can get really strung out doing this job.

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  3. JoeR43 says:

    I applied last year for this job.

    I guess it wouldn’t hurt to do it again.

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  4. The A Team says:

    With the way it’s been spammed all over every site there’s going to be a lot of competition for those few jobs.

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  5. Bryz says:

    Damn, too bad there’s no need in Minnesota.

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  6. Benne says:

    I applied last year. Didn’t get contacted, but it was worth the try. Too bad it doesn’t look like a Seattle position isn’t available this year.

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    • Benne says:

      Er, that should read “too bad it doesn’t look like a Seattle position is available this year.” Damn double negatives.

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  7. Brendon says:

    Anyone know how much it pays?

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  8. Brendon, the gig pays $100 per game.

    For those who have wondered about it, we only have 2-3 stringers for each club, and there is very low turnover, which is why we’re only hiring for 8 clubs this year.

    Thanks,
    Cory Schwartz
    MLB.com

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  9. Brendon says:

    Thanks Cory!

    I’m preparing my resume and cover letter now.

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  10. James Ring says:

    Good Day Mr. Svhwartz:

    I am interested in the part time position.

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  11. longgandhi says:

    I did this for 5 years for MLB.com in Baltimore and DC. The coding system is not exactly intuitive so there’s a learning curve and because the stringer is recording so much information on each pitch, there’s not much opportunity to enjoy spectating. However, if recording data is your thing, then this is right for you.

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  12. Gabriella says:

    How do you manage to keep the comments away with spam? I been trying to handle my sports website but it gets filled with spam such as porn, crap and what not? Any suggestion would be welcome

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  13. Do you have a website feed I can save? I looked around only couldn’t

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  14. Just wanted to say I appricate the post. You have really put a lot of time into your posts and it is just great!

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  15. Death Knight says:

    My brother always wanted to be a stringer, I’ll pass this info to him.

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