October 22, 2010
Good afternoon, gentlemen—and lady! How cool is that?! I’d like to thank you all for coming in today to take our Baseball Skipper Aptitude Test. As you all know, we like to consider ourselves a forward-thinking organization, and we feel that having you take this short examination will give us more insight into the qualities you possess, your decision-making processes, and the opinions you have which might affect how you would perform in our organization. Since we’re a small-market club we could only afford to hire a professional proctor for one day, hence the rather unique decision to bring you all in at the same time to take this test.
We’re looking for a manager who is not only a solid tactician, great communicator and outstanding leader, but a person whose personality and point of view are somewhat aligned with those of the organization as a whole. The BSAT is designed to help us make that determination, in conjunction with your lengthy interviews over the past few days and our review of your previous work history. While completing the BSAT, please be sure to use the No. 2 pencil we’ve provided; keep in mind that there is not necessarily a single correct answer to any of these questions, and be sure to stop when the proctor tells you that time is up.
You may begin.
1. A baseball is traveling in a straight line south at 91 mph. Before making impact with a wooden cylinder and rebounding 450 feet due north through a five-mph easterly wind. The man who threw the baseball, a pitcher on your team, has already recorded 14 outs in a must-win game, and your team’s lead has just been trimmed from 6-1 to 6-4. How would you best describe the vector of your travel immediately after this event?
2. Please rank the importance of each of these criteria when selecting a “closer”?
3. In which of these situations is it acceptable to bet on a baseball game?
4. It’s May 15 and your organization’s top prospect is a slick-fielding third baseman who’s raking at Triple-A. Your starting third baseman has just injured his wrist and will miss at least six weeks, while your backup third baseman is a career .283/.305/.355 hitter with an average glove. Your team wasn’t expected to contend, but currently sits only two games out of first place. At a post-game press conference, you’re asked if the organization should call up the Triple-A third baseman. How do you respond?
5. Intentional Walks are to Winning Baseball as Water is to:
6. Below are the batting lines for several of your players. Which of them would you be most likely to bat leadoff?
7. Please circle each situation in which you would never let your closer pitch:
8. Please fill in the blanks with the selection below that you feel best completes this sentence: Pitch counts are ___________and should be used ______________.
9. Which of these movies best exemplify your leadership style, and why?
10. After a series of meetings in a small conference room at our spring training facility in Florida, a staff member approaches you to say that several meeting attendees had been complaining about your bench coach’s unpleasant body odor. What do you do?
11. At what rate must basestealers generally be successful to make their attempted steals beneficial?
12. What do you think of the Expected Runs Matrix?
13. Circle each situation in which you feel it might be appropriate to authorize bunting, depending on inning and score:
14. How important is on-base percentage for sluggers who aren’t very fast? Circle all that you feel apply:
15. If you had Neftali Feliz on your team, can you envision a situation where you might let him pitch in the eighth inning to help stop a rally and protect a lead in a playoff game?
16. There are two outs and a runner on second, and your team is down a run in the bottom of the ninth. The opponents have their right-handed closer, Lester Leviathan, on the mound, and you are about to pinch-hit for your own pitcher. On the bench you have Player X, a right-handed batter whose season and career numbers are approximately .280/.350/.440; and Player Y, a left-handed batter whose season and career numbers are approximately .260/.310/.380. Player X is 1-for-8 with a double and two strikeouts versus Leviathan; Player Y is 5-for-8 with two doubles and a strikeout versus Leviathan. Who would you use to pinch-hit?
17. After a tough loss, what word best describes how you would likely respond to an insinuating question about a tough managerial decision late in the game?
18. Which of the following images best represents how you feel when you think of the word “rookie”?
A. B. C. D.
20. What name do you plan to call an umpire when you feel the need to be kicked out of a game to motivate your team?