About the Fellowship Program
Baseball is a game that is played globally, featuring players whose backgrounds differ tremendously. Collectively, they compose a population as diverse as any other group of athletes in professional sport.
Success on the field is not measured by one individual's talent, but rather how a team of individuals with different skills comes together to achieve a common goal. Each and every day, teams seek the best talent in order to stay ahead of the curve in the ultra-competitive landscape of the Major Leagues.
Major League Baseball understands that we must apply that same approach to our front offices in order to secure the game's next generation of leadership. With that in mind, Major League Baseball is pleased to announce the 2022 Diversity Fellowship Program.
WHAT IS THE MLB DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM?
This latest venture in Baseball's efforts to competitively recruit the most talented individuals and brightest young minds entering the workforce will provide the opportunity for young, diverse professionals to experience front office positions that have been traditionally influential in baseball operations decisions. Fellows will have the opportunity to work in baseball operations and see the inner workings of a front office. Areas of baseball operations include Major League operations, player development, scouting, research and development, and beyond.
The MLB Diversity Fellowship Program will allow us to stay true to the ideals of equal opportunity while solidifying Major League Baseball as an organization of choice for all recent graduates, including people of color and women.
This distinct opportunity will place candidates in entry-level roles within one of the MLB Clubs and MLB's Central Office. The Club-based program will be an 18-month commitment in a front office or baseball operations role at one of the MLB Clubs around the country participating in the MLB Diversity Fellowship Program.
MLB Club Diversity Fellowship Program
Thank you for your interest in the MLB Club Diversity Fellowship Program, a rewarding opportunity to start a career in baseball operations and be a part of building a world-class sports franchise. Eligible candidates will be placed in one of our 30 Clubs in the United States or Canada and appointed to an entry-level role in either the front office or baseball operations department for a minimum of 18 months. The Fellows will not have the option to choose a Club or location, so applicants should have flexibility to relocate for any of the assignments. While all disciplines are eligible to apply, we strongly encourage candidates with degrees or knowledge in economics, statistics, computer science, applied mathematics, law and business to submit applications. The Fellowship will begin post-graduation (if applicable) on a mutually agreed upon date between the Club and the chosen fellow.
MLB Office of the Commissioner Diversity Fellowship Program
Thank you for your interest in the MLB Office of the Commissioner Diversity Fellowship Program. MLB's Diversity Fellowship Program is a rewarding opportunity to start a career in baseball and be a part of growing a world-class, global sports business. The chosen Fellows will be located in MLB's Office of the Commissioner in New York City for a minimum of 18 months. During his or her tenure, each fellow will rotate through MLB's baseball operations department under the supervision of respective department heads. While all disciplines are eligible to apply, we strongly encourage candidates with degrees or knowledge in economics, statistics, computer science, applied mathematics, law and business to submit applications. The Fellowship will begin post-graduation (if applicable) on a mutually agreed upon date between the Office of the Commissioner and the chosen fellow.
Baseball Operations Fellow
Department: Baseball Operations
Reports to: Sr. Manager, Baseball Operations
Main purpose: In-season focus on administration of Major and Minor League player transactions and roster management, and offseason focus on Minor League operations and player development initiatives
- Provide support for Minor League player transaction and contract administration and serve as a point-of-contact for Club player development staffs on these topics.
- Assist in coordinating MLB’s affiliated Minor League system and Partner Leagues, including related on- and off-field initiatives.
- Provide support with central office administrative duties for Major League player transactions, waivers and roster management, including assisting Club baseball operations staff with the interpretation of Major League Rules, Major League Regulations and the Basic Agreement.
- Review and approve Major and Minor League transactions leading up to game time throughout the season and disseminate waiver bulletins during the season.
- Stay abreast of player development and Minor League operations trends occurring throughout the league with a focus on enhancing and improving the broader player development system.
- Work with MLB baseball IT systems group and outside software consultants to ensure and enhance data accuracy and system functionality across relevant baseball applications.
- Other projects as assigned by the Baseball Operations department.
- Demonstrated interest in baseball and baseball-related analysis
- Familiarity with transactions, Major League Rules, the Basic Agreement and Major League Club operations regarding the minor leagues is a plus
- Strong administrative, organizational and communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to manage relationships in a fast-paced business environment
- Must possess highly proficient skills in the use of Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Power Point)
Amateur & Medical Fellow
- MLB Draft Combine: Assist with planning for MLB Draft Combine, including event operations and logistics, strength and conditioning, and the medical evaluation process. Aid in identifying tools, technologies and methods to streamline operations before and during the event.
- Amateur Data: Assist with amateur data and technology initiatives, including the administration of the amateur data sharing policy and working with MLB technology partners in the amateur data space.
- Amateur Medicals: Collaborate with others in the department on the process for collecting and disseminating medical information from amateur players through Draft Prospect Link and the MLB Draft Combine. Serve as a liaison to players, advisors and Clubs regarding best practices for medical uploads and dissemination.
- Amateur Leagues: Work with Appalachian League and MLB Draft League on administrative and data/technology/medical initiatives in those leagues, including Pro Days for each league.
- Medical Administration: Assist with EMR compliance program, including auditing of medical records for Major League and Minor League players.
- Biomechanics Research: Work with key partners to aid in establishment of testing standards and a longitudinal database, with the goal of collaborating on injury-based research.
- Open to people of color and female candidates.
- Candidates must be recent graduates (2017 graduates to spring 2022 graduates) with either a bachelor's degree, Master's degree or related advanced degree.
- Recommended GPA of 3.0 or higher
- A passion for and knowledge of baseball is helpful but not required
- Former professional baseball and softball players (including national team members) who have earned a degree(s) and do not meet the graduation date requirement will also be eligible.
- For the Club Fellowship Program, a commitment of at least 18 months of employment is required at any participating Club in which you are placed.
- Exact locations are up to the discretion of Major League Baseball and participating Clubs.
- A personal statement (500 words or less)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Cover letter (optional)