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December 12, 2012

BP Announcements

Kansas City Royals Job Posting - Analyst, Baseball Analytics Department

by Joe Hamrahi

The Kansas City Royals are looking to hire an Analyst for their Baseball Analytics department. You can apply for the position by going to Team Work online. A copy of the job description is below. Let the Royals know you read about the opening at Baseball Prospectus.

The Kansas City Royals Baseball Club is seeking a highly motivated and creative statistician/analyst to develop analytics for use in decision-making by the Baseball Operations department. The ideal applicant will be capable of leveraging baseball data to provide a competitive edge and innovative solutions to the Kansas City Royals.


  • Perform advanced statistical analysis on large volumes of baseball data in order to aid in Baseball Operations decision making.
  • Systematize usage of different data sets by extracting key information through probabilistic modeling.
  • Create reports, charts, tables, graphics, and other tools to deliver information to staff.
  • Aid the Baseball Analytics department in usage of best-suited statistical techniques for future and existing analytics.
  • Monitor latest statistical and baseball research in order to implement the most cutting edge techniques.
  • Use findings and methodologies from independent baseball research in developing metrics.
  • Develop interfaces, data imports, and/or other ETL processes for identified data sources.
  • Work with amateur and professional baseball staff to provide the most relevant statistical support.
  • Ad-hoc reports or small studies that come up during the year based on circumstance.


  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience in mathematics, statistics, or related quantitative field. Specialized training, certifications, or published research are a plus.
  • Up to date knowledge of statistical analysis techniques and experience with experimental design.
  • Experience manipulating (through database systems such as Oracle or SQL Server) and analyzing large data sets.
  • Knowledge of baseball and baseball data (Pitch f/x, Hit f/x, Field f/x) is highly preferred.
  • Ability to work evening, weekend, and holiday hours during the baseball season is a must.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills and ability to interact and work with staff at all levels.
  • Ability to recognize and maintain confidentiality of work materials and issues as appropriate.
  • Proficiency with the following tools and/or software:
         * R, MATLAB, STATA, Minitab, or similar - required
         * SQL or MySQL scripting – required
         * Python, C++, or similar language – preferred


Apply here: Team Work online


Joe Hamrahi is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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