What better way is there to start an offseason than placing an online ad for a quantitative analyst position with hopes of bolstering your organization’s research and development department?
Well, apparently, that’s just what the Dodgers are attempting to do.
As I was browsing through the pages of Fangraphs hoping to find some fresh insight on why some Los Angeles players suddenly went cold in the 2019 NLDS, I happened to come across the ad.
Not just is the team hiring a full-time analyst, but they are also hiring a quantitative analysis intern. So, if you’re a college student pursing a degree in statistics, computer science, mathematics or any other STEM field related area, this intern spot could be a great opportunity for you.
The new hires will report to the Director of Quantitative Analysis, Mr. Scott Powers.
The Dodgers are among the most technologically advanced organizations in baseball. In turn, their research and development department is quite expansive. In addition to Mr. Powers, there is one other director in the R&D department—Mr. Daniel Cervone, the Director of Quantitative Research.
Currently, Ms. Megan Schroeder is listed as the manager of R&D.
According to the main description of the position, the new quantitative analyst will collaborate with experts from the statistics, computer science and biomechanics departments, who will challenge the new hire to bring scientific rigor to the team’s research. This position offers the opportunity to solve challenging problems in data science and ultimately see the impact of one’s work on the baseball diamond.
A bachelor’s degree in some type of data science is required.
Robert Van Scoyoc, Brant Brown and Aaron Bates are part of what the Dodgers have assembled as a state-of-the-art team of hitting coaches. The crew also extends to front-office analysts, working away from the field to provide data to the on-field staff. This new quantitative analyst would be considered among those positions.
Some folks around the organization often refer to this part of the R&D operation as the Dodgers’ “swing department.”
“Given how difficult hitting is and how much information (opponents) have on our hitters, it’s our job to make sure our hitters are just as prepared for every AB,” Van Scoyoc said not long after being hired last winter. “So we’re going to use the entire hitting staff to make sure we’re as prepared for every AB as humanly possible.”
After leading the entire National League with 279 long balls and 886 runs scored during the regular season, a big part of the Los Angeles offense went quiet against the Nationals during the 2019 NLDS. In the series, the Dodgers had players galore who were slumping tremendously. A.J. Pollock was 0-for-13 with 11 strikeouts. Corey Seager was 3-for-20 with eight punchouts. Cody Bellinger, who is a leading candidate for NL MVP, was 4-for-19 with seven Ks. Will Smith was 1-for-13. Chris Taylor was 1-for-8. The list goes on.
Neither Mr. Powers nor Mr. Cervone were available on Sunday morning to discuss the job postings further.