Don’t get too excited here, but it looks as though the Jays have a rather interesting opportunity.
Why do I say not to get excited, you ask? Those sound like pretty exciting opportunities, you say?
Well, actually yeah. They are, if that’s your bag. But for one, I can’t help but wonder if the actual position– less so the internships– might not be a posting for a job that’s already been earmarked for someone, even though the company still has to go through the formal process of putting up a job posting. Don’t companies do shit like that? I’m entirely just speculating baselessly on that, but my immediate thought was that it sure would be a hell of a process, having to go through a torrent of applications from the public, full of all sorts of dubious research credentials and over-eager dreamers hoping to get a foot in the door.
Or maybe not. I don’t know. And it doesn’t really matter, because secondly, I’m pretty sure the guys behind the brand new Jays-focussed analytics blog Breaking Blue are going to own us all in a matter of months anyway, so the Jays will probably be snapping them up any minute now to take whatever position is available.
Obviously I half-joke, but their work– which first came to my attention after Chris Carruthers’ post at FanGraphs Community Research (which is also on his own site) on the effect R.A. Dickey had on pitchers following him was getting all kinds of Twitter love yesterday– is slightly terrifying. In a good way, I mean– in terms of ingenuity and execution, and also in making me (and several other folks sitting around here in theScore’s blog jail) feel mighty old. Mighty fucking old indeed.
Hey, but that’s alright. Good on ‘em. And shit, there is precedent when it comes to big league clubs hiring analytics writers from the web– in particular, of course, when it comes to Baseball Prospectus, who’ve had a number of guys hired away by different organizations.
One of those guys is Mike Fast, now with the Astros, who offered which I can only assume is some excellent advice today– all of this stuff is pretty much entirely above my pay grade (yeah, but how well can these guys squeeze “fuck” into the middle of common, everyday words, huh????)– on some prompting from our own @DrewGROF (as well as Noah Sherman, whose work you’ll probably recognize from Bluebird Banter) based on the “qualifications” section of the Jays’ job posting for the analyst position.