Job Posting: Red Sox Baseball Research and Development Analyst

Position: Boston Red Sox Baseball R&D Analyst

Location: Boston, MA

Description:
The Boston Red Sox are seeking an Analyst for the team’s Baseball Research & Development department. The role will support all areas of Baseball Operations while working closely with the VP, Baseball Research & Development, and the analysts on the R&D team.

This is an opportunity to work in a fast-paced, intellectually curious environment and to impact player personnel and strategic decision making.

Responsibilities:

  • Statistical modeling and quantitative analysis of a variety of data sources, for the purpose of player evaluation, strategic decision-making, decision analysis, etc.
  • Effectively present analyses through the use of written reports and data visualization to disseminate insights to members of the Baseball Operations leadership.
  • Maintain working expertise of leading-edge analytics, including publicly available research and novel statistical approaches, in order to recommend new or emerging techniques, technologies, models, and algorithms.
  • Other projects and related duties as directed by VP, Baseball Research & Development, and other members of Baseball Operations leadership.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an analytical field such as statistics, engineering, applied math, physics, quantitative social sciences, computer science, or operations research.
  • Demonstrated experience with baseball data analysis.
  • Advanced understanding of statistical methods or machine learning techniques.
  • Proficiency with modern database technologies including SQL.
  • Demonstrated experience with programming languages (e.g., R or Python).
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate technical ideas to non-technical audiences using data visualization.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word).
  • Demonstrated work ethic, passion for baseball, and strong baseball knowledge, including familiarity with current baseball research and analysis.
  • Attention to detail while also having the ability to work quickly and balance multiple priorities.
  • Ability to work evening, weekend, and holiday hours is a must.
  • Other programming and database skills are a plus.

To Apply:
To apply, please send an email to analyticsresume@redsox.com with the subject “Analyst”. Please include the following items/answer:

  • Updated resume.
  • Example of analysis you’ve done, preferably related to baseball.
  • What is a project that you believe would add substantial value to a baseball team? Please describe the project and provide an overview of how you would complete it.

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Meg is the managing editor of The Hardball Times and a contributing writer to FanGraphs. Her work has appeared at Baseball Prospectus, Lookout Landing and Just A Bit Outside.

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gump
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gump

Can anyone explain why teams are posting jobs in January? Most candidates already have accepted offers by this point, and it’s not like the Red Sox had any FO turmoil this offseason… Are they reinvesting saved FA money? Did they just forget to alert FG?

Jim Lahey
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Jim Lahey

Well, I’d give 2 scenarios:
1 – Employee Turnover – somebody left and they are back filling.
2 – Staff Additions – It’s a business that revolves around a lot more than just the team and many businesses budget based on the annual calendar. So the VP made a case to expand staff and hire an analyst and the funding for it was approved as part of the 2018 budget. R&D will be accountable to meet their budget much like the GM will be accountable to meet their player salary budget, even it if it is a rounding error compared to player salary.

gump
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gump

I guess I’m surprised that the manpower budget calendar is based of the calendar year and not the baseball calendar. So much other hiring is based around the baseball calendar (and the winter meetings in particular).

tb.25
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tb.25

Bring it up with the government. I agree – the organization should operate relative to the baseball calendar, but taxes and whatnot don’t.

rgarofalo80
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rgarofalo80

regardless of what calendar your budget is based off, you can have vacancies at any time for a myriad of reasons.

beaster
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beaster

Maternity leave, its a reality for 51% of the population…

JamesFan
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JamesFan

Could be a function of the Trump tax cuts. Lots of companies are deciding on whether to spend the new found money or return it to the owner/shareholders.