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
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.
In 1997, when Thomas was a second grader at Indian Valley School, in Walnut Creek, CA, his teacher asked the kids to come up with a name for the A’s elephant that was and still is the mascot of the team. He went home and talked it over with his mother and said he wanted to submit the name “Stomper” as his choice.
“Stomper” was selected by the A’s, and Thomas and his family were invited to the opening day game on April 2nd where the name was unveiled. He got to throw out the first pitch that day, and he and his family got to sit in a box for the game. In addition, he was given season tickets for 4 years after that. He has remained an A’s fan ever since, as evidenced by his hat.
Thomas is 22 years old, has completed the required coursework and is certified as an EMT. He is currently lifeguarding and taking classes at Los Medanos College in fire science and other classes related to becoming a paramedic. He lives in Pittsburgh, CA.
Thank you Thomas for naming Stomper. It’s a great name!