We’re Looking for the Best!

Roll Call! Have you ever wanted to understand the behind-the-scenes magic that supports on-field baseball players? Do you see yourself as working in a professional sports organization? If so, this is the opportunity for you! We run a multifaceted internship program, which is designed to integrate our organization into the community through our sports teams and our dynamic internship program.

Please take a look at our great opportunities below! If you are interested in applying to be one of our wonderful 2012 summer interns, please send a cover letter and resume to our Intern Coordinator at loughstevens.maddy@gmail.com.

Are you a natural people person? Our Community Relations Manager Internship is perfect for you! Come learn how we interact with our community and patrons, and help us increase our fan base through personal contact with local businesses. Strong inter-personal communication skills will be a necessity for this position, so if you are an extrovert, consider applying straight away!

Ever considered being a Scorekeeper? Come be ours! Keeping score in a scorebook at our baseball games is a detailed system that allows those who read it to understand exactly how the game unfolded, and how each player performed. You will work in close contact with our Statistician and our Scouting interns, and gain valuable insight into the mechanics of the game!

Are you interested in Statistics? Our Statistician internship is a great opportunity to utilize those boring classroom skills in a practical way! You will attend games, learn how to prepare statistical summary reports of those games, and use GameChanger to keep our fans updated while the game is happening!

Are you a Social Media Guru? We have a great Social Media internship, where you can Facebook, Twitter, and Blog to your heart’s content! We are really looking to expand our social media presence online, so your job will be both fun and important for the growth of our organization. Good communication skills and the ability to blog incessantly are a must!

Photography, Videography, and Editing Whiz? Boy, do we have a great opportunity for you! We want someone who is ready to get into the action at the baseball games and record it all! Create, produce, and edit your own Youtube videos, create collages of the players, and don’t be afraid to get creative!

Are you interested in being a professional Scout? This position will involve traveling and attending games, and working with a professional scout who will teach you how to evaluate the skills of baseball players. This is wonderful behind-the-scenes access for anyone who is interested in working in baseball!

Do you dream of being a Journalist? Do you do any Sports Blogging? If so, our Media Outreach Internship could be for you! We are always looking to expand our client base, and positive journalism is one of the best ways to get the word out. We expect you to be a strong writer, and fearless when it comes to getting articles published in our local publications. Don’t be afraid to be creative!

Are you a natural organizer? Our Office Assistant Internship could be right up your alley! You would be involved with the day-today operations of our organization, so we are looking for someone with strong organizational skills who has the ability to be versatile, as your duties will vary depending on the project of the day.

The Value of Security

by Eno Sarris

On Tuesday, I took a look at all of the pitchers in baseball that signed contracts that took them from their arbitration years into their free agency years. Basically, those pitchers signed away free agent years at below-market prices — they left money on the table. Why?

First, let’s re-iterate the premise. Justin Verlander is signed for just over $20 million this season, which would have been his first as a free agent. Is there any doubt that he couldn’t have done better if he hit the open market his year? Dan Haren has been in his free agency years for two years now and is making $13.7 million a year. He should be making more than $13 million a year.

But look at Matt Moore, who just signed a contract that could go for eight years, and things become more clear. If Moore is as good as he’s projected to be — he’s the top prospect in baseball on some recent lists — he’ll be worth much, much more than the $9.5 million option he gave the Rays on his first two free agency years.

On the other hand, Matt Moore is 22 years old, doesn’t have a college degree, and has only thrown 169 Major League pitches. He could suffer a shoulder injury and his job prospects would suddenly look very different. Now he doesn’t have to worry about his contract for five years, and his worst-case scenario has been covered. If his shoulder goes all Mark Prior, he’ll still have some earnings in hand.

It’s easy to look at these contracts from the outside and denigrate them. Jokes about the agent and the player flow naturally when you look at James Shields‘ $10 million salary. And it does make sense for athletes to push to get as much money as they can out of their short careers, so maybe some of the criticism is fair.

But you also have to think about these athletes as people. Their families may have sacrificed heavily to help them become who they are, and the player may want to reward them. Or perhaps they value money differently and don’t think the difference between $20 million a year and $25 million a year is worth the acid reflux it might take to get there. Maybe they even feel loyalty towards the organization that drafted them and helped them hone their skills. Maybe they’re on a competitive team and want to stay there.

We can’t know why some pitchers have valued security more than a few more million dollars a year, but we should be careful not to hold it against them. Celebrate their achievements and their ability to come to a long-term agreement with their team instead.

The Fashion of Baseball

We believe that a fashionably dressed baseball player is a confident baseball player.  We are debuting our new line of Warriors gear this Summer, and spoiler alert – the hats are to DIE for. As you may or may not know, we at the First Base Foundation strongly believe that all our players should be as fashionably attired as the Pros! We have alternating uniforms for both home and away games, and to top it off, ALL our teams have different uniforms. (We like to know who you are just by looking at you!)  Not to toot our own horn, but our gear is so comfortable and fashionable, people wear it for years!
This summer, our Collegiate players will be sporting a new line of hats, created by Cap City and specifically designed for the Bay Area Warriors.   We believe that a hat should not only shade your eyes, but create a timeless statement as well.

Watch for the Winning Warriors to take the field this summer, fashionably dressed and ready to play!

 

The Seasons Are Changing!

We know that here on the West Coast we don’t experience “actual” weather, but even we can tell that Spring is fast approaching, and we can smell baseball season in the air! As you all hopefully know by now, the First Base Staff is comprised of avid baseball fans, and we can’t wait to begin rooting for our favorite professional, collegiate, and of course, our Bay Area Warriors teams again.
We feel so lucky that we don’t have to wait for the Opening Day of the Giants or Athletics to see some great baseball, cause right here in the Bay we are privileged to see competitive games at our universities, local colleges, and high schools.
Watch the best bats and the biggest arms as our Bay Area Warriors alums and players take to the field!

Why Baseball?

by Eno Sarris

Sometimes I get asked why. Why baseball? Why do you subject yourself to the torture that is baseball, following baseball, and writing about baseball — the poor pay, the bad hours, the constant up and down, the evil looks from your spouse? Why do it?

The answer isn’t so easy. I suspect anyone that is into sports — as an athlete, scout, coach, supporter or fan — has their own story. My own is as complicated as any, perhaps.

I was born in Jamaica. Half of my family is German. I have lived in Atlanta, Mountain City Georgia, Vero Beach Florida, Hamburg Germany, Boston, Stanford, San Francisco, London, Harlem, Jersey City, New York City and Menlo Park California — in that order. Very few of my inner circle friends enjoy baseball. Half of my family knows nothing about the sport. My mother and I didn’t watch baseball together. I saw my first baseball game at seven years old.

Still wondering why, I bet.

I came to America at six or seven years old and was used to being strange. After all, I was the blond-haired patois-speaking naked toddler running around in Jamaica. I was the tanned Jamaican struggling to learn German on the playground in Germany. I was the nerd with the strange accent wanting to take his whiffleball hacks in America. So, I was usually strange.

But everywhere I went, even at that early age, I was interested in what made each place different. Maybe because I wanted to figure out how to be normal, I needed to know more. What made America America? Why, how, where, what and when?

Baseball was part of that. I had a big brother from Big Brother / Big Sister, and he took me to games. My stepfather loved baseball, and we bonded over the games. Baseball cards were a thing, and boy did I take to those. Later, fantasy baseball was a constant talking point at boarding school. If baseball was American, and I wanted to be American, that was enough for me. It helped me bond with so many people, and those people will always be a part of why I love baseball.

But it’s not just the people and baseball’s relationship to American culture that made the sport interesting to me. The numbers were a part of it too.

I realized that there was an ebb and flow to the game, and that numbers could help me get a better understanding of that flow. I started trading cards of hot prospects I didn’t believe in for Barry Bonds rookie cards. And Greg Maddux rookie cards. And Derek Jeter rookie cards. I took calculated risks. I embraced my emotion, and then set it aside. I used my burgeoning statistical awareness to build a kicking baseball card collection.

Fast forward ten or fifteen years and there I was at Stanford, there I was at my first job, there I was at Kumon Publishing in New York — constantly checking in on my fantasy teams, constantly reading the newest statistical research, constantly talking to important people in my life about baseball, constantly enjoying the sport that made me “normal” instead of “strange.” (Of course, I did so to the point that most of my friends declared me strange, but that’s just a weird quirk of fate.)

It hasn’t been easy switching careers mid-stream from educational publishing to writing about baseball. But it feels normal, too. The sport has been there for me all along.

Baseball has been important to me for most of my life, for so many reasons. What are your reasons?

Eno Sarris is a freelance baseball writer whose work can be seen on ESPN.com, FanGraphs.com, and AmazinAvenue.com in particular. He’s active — too active — on twitter @enosarris and covers a different sort of beat at www.enosarris.com.