Top resources for breaking into baseball

Compared to the past, MLB front offices are now open to more job seekers. But we’ve still got a long way to go before anyone, regardless of their background, can really pursue that opportunity. You can check out my full thoughts about this in Part 1 of my blog post!

For those of you out there interested in working in baseball, I’m sharing a list of my favorite resources that helped me join an MLB front office. This is far from an exhaustive list, but I found these books, websites, online personalities, and other resources to be tremendously helpful for learning from today’s greatest baseball minds.

Without further ado, let’s get at it!

Books

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Websites

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People

Podcasts

Analytics and statistics

Analytics have taken the game by storm, and teams are now heavily focused on statistical analysis and machine learning to answer all types of baseball questions. That can cover anything from projecting players’ future stats to deciding optimal in-game strategy.

From my experience, teams rely heavily on SQL for querying data from relational databases and R for analysis and modeling. Sometimes teams also use Python, although it doesn’t seem as popular as R in the industry for now.

There are a lot of great textbooks and online courses dedicated to sports analytics, machine learning, statistics, etc. Here are a handful I’ve used to learn foundational skills:

Textbooks & Courses

Open-source software packages

As you might’ve noticed, my list leans heavily on analytics and technology. I may be a bit biased because I really like those things… but modern technology has revolutionized decision-making in companies of all industries. MLB teams are no exception to that.

If you want to work in sports, I highly recommend that you stay up-to-date with the latest trends in sports technology. Top teams are always looking to tech for a competitive edge. Check out my latest post about another data revolution that’s coming to baseball — and how the sport is going to change once more.

Of course, this list doesn’t cover all of the amazing resources and talented people that are out there in our industry. If you think there’s anything cool that I missed, I’d love to hear about it. And if you have any questions for me, feel free to leave a comment or send me a DM on Twitter!

Thanks a lot for reading my story!

You can also find this post on my own blog: https://lambertchu.com/2020/08/03/my-top-resources-for-breaking-into-baseball

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