Over the years, many Baseball Prospectus staffers have been hired away by major-league teams, which is a source of pride for us. We’ve gained a reputation as being a source of bright, dedicated people whose approach to baseball can be of considerable value to front offices, and if that reputation means we have to replace starters a bit more often than is optimal, well, it’s worth it.
Of course, it’s not just our staff but our readership that brings a lot to the table. If you read the comments sections, if you followed the BP Idol series, you know that the analytical approach to baseball isn’t something we have on lockdown. There are great ideas everywhere, smart people thinking about the game in ways that over time will make baseball a better game and MLB a better industry.
To tap into that pool of knowledge, one major-league team has come up with a question with which to screen candidates for potential opportunities in their front office:
If you had access to all of the information available to a major league team - both public and proprietary data, such as scouting reports, training reports, video, etc - what question(s) would you attempt to answer with that data? How would you go about that process? What potential problems do you foresee?
You can reply to this question via firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to be considered for a position, attach a resume to your response. In the interest of everyone’s sanity, please do not inquire beyond your initial submission. Every response will be read, but the team will only contact those people with whom it wishes to follow up. The deadline for responses is November 9, 2009, one month from today.