How to Get a Job in Baseball
The other night my good friend Tim messaged me on Facebook and asked me how he could land a job in baseball. I called Tim right back and chatted with him for quite a while. Basically Tim has a passion for the game of baseball and wants to work in the industry. I get a lot of people asking me how I went to work in baseball. With that said I will tell you how I did it and how you can work in baseball as well.
In 2006 my good friend Mig noticed that the Lancaster Jethawks were looking for a Clubhouse Manager. I went to the Jethawks website and emailed my resume to the Jethawks general manager. Within a week I had a phone call from their GM and Director of Stadium Operations. Over the next few weeks I must have talked with someone from the Jethawks every day. Finally, one Saturday, I was in the gym supervising youth basketball when John Laferney (Jethawks Stadium Opps Director) called me to let me know I had the job. I was to report to Lancaster by March 20th. The rest is history. I have done various jobs in Minor League baseball every year since.
So here’s how you do it. First update your resume. Then go to www.milb.com and go to the team list. Pick out what team you would like to work for and email your resume to the GM or Asst. GM. The more teams you send a resume to the better luck you will have. There is a huge turnover in minor league baseball and there’s a ton of different jobs. If you like to travel, hit up the baseball Winter meetings. Those are held usually the first week of December. This past year they were in Nashville, Tenn. The MLB Winter meetings will be held December 9-12 in Dolphin Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
If I was looking to go to the Winter meetings I would print up at least 100 of my resumes or take business cards. Plan out the trip. Make sure you call ahead for the hotel and rental car. The Winter meetings are a fun experience.
The way that the job search at the Winter meeting works is there is a giant bulletin board where the teams looking to fill positions post it there. Take a look at all of the posts on the board, find a job you are interested in and then go find that team. They will interview you on the spot.
If you’re going to the Winter Meetings be sure to research who’s going to be there and the layout of the hotels and meeting spaces. This could be a huge opportunity for card collectors to get autographs.
Doing this isn’t a guarantee that someone will hire you. But, from my experience this works. If anyone has any questions contact me. Another good website for jobs is www.pbeo.com. This is a pay site ($50 for a year) and well worth is. The PBEO holds a job fair and it’s in conjunction with the Winter meetings and is held December 8-11 2013.