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Job Opportunity with the A’s: Developer – Baseball Systems

The A’s are hiring, and the press release below indicates that they are looking to develop a new player information and evaluation  system.  Very interesting!  If you know anyone with the requisite skill set, this looks like a great opportunity.  Feel free to pass this on.

Here’s the press release:

The Oakland Athletics are currently seeking a full-time Developer – Baseball Systems. This position reports to the senior Baseball Operations staff and will assist in the development and operation of an aggregated player information and evaluation system. This position requires strong statistical, database management, and software development skills and experience, as well as a demonstrated ability for independent thought and for working within a team framework.

Duties/Expectations: Responsible for, but not limited to the following:

• Work with senior Baseball Operations staff to develop and implement player management system, including regularly reporting on progress once project is underway • Employ an iterative software development approach to ensure quick roll-out along with incremental improvements to developed player management system over time • Create specifications for application through gathering and documentation of user requirements • Prepare detailed design specifications defining system architecture and object relationships and functions and review specifications with Baseball Operations and IT management to validate design • Design underlying data architecture for player management system while adhering to rules of normalization and database design practices to produce efficient and intuitive data structures • Create database tables, stored procedures, and views using Microsoft SQL Server and associated tools • Develop player management application using Microsoft VB.NET and other relevant tools while making use of industry best practices and recommended coding standards to write clear, readable, and efficient code • Coordinate with 3rd party providers of data and multimedia to effectively integrate those systems into underlying data architecture and player management system • Design and develop procedures to calculate advanced player statistics and manage player evaluations, rankings, and other information into a coherent and cohesive system • Program graphical and tabular layouts of information as appropriate to optimize user experience for Baseball Operations staff • Continue to identify features and functions to be incorporated into the player management system, including solicitation of feedback from Baseball Operations staff and involvement in staff meetings to evaluate system and prioritize additions/improvements • Responsible for training staff on use of system, including in-person training and development and maintenance of a reference manual • Provide ongoing support and troubleshooting of system, including upgrades to take advantage of new technology • Work with IT department to address any infrastructure needs (hardware, bandwidth, etc.), and provide regular updates to Baseball Operations staff on ongoing and future software development costs for budgeting purposes

Qualifications/Minimum Requirements:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or equivalent; advanced degree strongly preferred • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience developing enterprise level applications using Microsoft VB.NET and SQL Server • Experience with software development, including requirements definition, design, development, testing, implementation, and iterative improvement • Ability to design and implement complex database structures using SQL Server tools • Experience integrating multiple data sources, formats, and media into a single application • Familiarity with the following programming languages: C, PHP, Javascript, and Perl • Working familiarity with advanced statistical concepts, particularly those relevant to sabermetric player evaluation techniques including experience implementing statistical calculations, derivations, and graphical representations into software applications (Experience with R programming language a plus) • Ability to communicate effectively with all aspects of Baseball Operations, Scouting and Player Development staffs, and understand their job functions and subsequent software needs • Passion for baseball, strong intellectual curiosity, and ability to work within team framework highly desired • Candidate must be available to work non-traditional hours (various nights, weekends, holidays)

Please apply at: http://baseballjobs.teamworkonline.com/teamwork/r.cfm?i=42846

All cover letters and resumes must be received no later than Sunday, April 1st, 2012.  No phone calls please.

Thanks to Jason Pomrenke of SABR for the press release.

New Baseball Books

Last weekend I attended a SABR (Society of American Baseball Research) event at the Borders Bookstore across from AT+T Park in San Francisco.  It was Tim Lincecum Bobblehead Night at the stadium and at 4:15 the line to get the bobblehead was strung out almost back to downtown SF.  But my friend Sandy and I were not there to snag a replica of “The Freak,” but to hear three authors talk about their recently-published baseball books.  Let me introduce them to you.

 


Home, Away Cover.jpgJeff Gillenkirk has written a baseball novel, entitled Home, Away.  Jason Thibideaux is a  pitcher who has a bright future in professional baseball.  After a divorce which brings out the worst in both parties, he fails to secure joint custody of his two-year-old son whom he raised full time for the previous year while his wife finished law school. Jason is devastated at being separated from his son for long periods of time as he embarks on his baseball career. 

Over the next few years, through many ups and downs in his career and in his relationship with his son, Jason arrives at the crossroads and must make a gut-wrenching choice between family and career.

“Home, Away has it all — realistic family drama, the action of professional sports, witty dialogue … I was captivated from beginning to end. Gillenkirk’s book is a home run.” –Holly Goldberg Sloan, screenwriter, “Angels in the Outfield.”

I am about halfway through Home, Away, and am enjoying it thoroughly.

 


Joe Cronin Book Cover.jpgMark Armour
is the author of Joe Cronin: A Life in Baseball.  Joe Cronin was a player for 20 years for the Washington Senators and the Boston Red Sox, and was a 7-time allstar. He became a player-manager at the age of 26, a General Manager at age 40, President of the American League in 1950, and in the Mid-60’s was kicked upstairs to the Chairman of the League, a largely ceremonial position.  He had almost 45 years at the level of manager or above, and spent over a half-century in baseball.

“For so many decades, Joe Cronin has defied the ambitions of biographers…until now, as Mark Armour finally brings us a revealing portrait of this towering figure in the game’s history,” says Rob Neyer of ESPN.  “His treatment is both thorough and (equally important) very readable,” according to Bill Nowlin, author of more than 20 books on the Red Sox.

 


1921 Cover.jpgSteve L. Steinberg
, a baseball historian, is the co-author (with Lyle Spats) of the book “1921: The Yankees, The Giants and the Fight for Baseball Supremacy in New York.” 1921 was the year that the Yankees won their first pennant.  John McGraw of the Giants had always been the personification of New York baseball.  As owner, general manager, and field manager (all at the same time), he called every pitch and managed in the old style of baseball.

By and large, the Yankees were a mediocre team before 1921.  But that year, the Bronx Bombers, led by Babe Ruth, emerged as the new face of baseball.  The clash between these two baseball styles and franchises is the focus of this remarkable book.

“1921 is an incredibly comprehensive look at a pivotal baseball season–for the sport, for New York, for an America finally distancing itself from war. … Iluminating and entertaining” — Frank Deford, senior contributing writer for Sports Illustrated and author.

I hope you will check these books out. They are all available on Amazon.com.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.