Are you looking for a dream job in sports? Here’s your chance to get into Major League Baseball.
The league is looking for official scorers for the seasonal position that will pay you $35 an hour, and that includes people who dropped out of high school.
The official scorer will be in charge of announcing all game decisions that involve judgment calls based on Rule 9 of the Official Baseball Rules, ‘clarifying scoring rules interpretation to club and media personnel when necessary’.
According to the job listing, they are seeking applications for all markets, but are actively recruiting for the following:
- Boston Red Sox (Boston, MA)
- Cincinnati Reds (Cincinnati, OH)
- Miami Marlins (Miami, FL)
- Toronto Blue Jays (Ontario, Canada)
The post also laid out the essential functions of the job which include being at the ballpark no later than 60 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
- Arrive at the ballpark no later than 60 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
- Collect rosters and other applicable information, test press box microphone and be set up before first pitch.
- Keep a detailed scorecard of the game, focusing on every pitch and play.
- Make announcements as expected of the Official Scorer (i.e. time of first pitch, individual pitching lines, Official Review times, fielding credits, winning and losing pitchers, etc.).
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:
- Exceptional (and demonstrable) knowledge of the Official Baseball Rules, and especially Section 9 of OBR.
- Effectively utilize approved online tools designed to enhance performance and communication with essential game personnel.
- Ability to clearly communicate information via press box mic, and to effectively clarify Official Scoring Rules and scoring decisions, when necessary, to club officials and others.
- Demonstrate good judgment on applicable plays requiring decisions.
- Attention to detail in keeping a scorecard and tracking game totals for each player and team.
- Demeanor to accept constructive criticism and instruction, and patience to deal with critique of performance from various parties (i.e. clubs, players, media).
- Collaborative spirit with colleagues at MLB, other Official Scorers, team officials and others.
- At many games, the Official Scorer may be the most visible representative of MLB and needs to conduct him or herself with appropriate dignity.
- Previous Official Scoring experience in professional or amateur baseball is strongly preferred but not required
It should be note that at the bottom of the post it includes that all in-office and ballpark-based positions are subject to MLB’s mandatory Covid-19 vaccine policy. This will certainly eliminate a ton of people.
The hiring range for this position is an hourly rate of $35.00.
For that type of money, it looks like you will be doing a ton of things and really earning it. If this job is for you, then your life might change for the better should you apply.