Pirates Prospects Job Openings

I am looking to add writers to the site for the 2014 season. In the past I’ve received a lot of interest when posting job openings. It’s usually impossible to respond to all of them, especially with Spring Training taking place. Most of the interest is in the major league position, for obvious reasons, but we have more openings for minor league coverage, again for obvious reasons. The details for each position are below, along with qualifications.

Major League Coverage

The last two years have been a bit of an experiment on this site when it comes to a new media outlet having a “beat writer”. One benefit of being new media is that we don’t have to follow the traditional rules and guidelines when it comes to major league coverage. Beat writers are responsible for detailing the day to day events, recapping games, and there is no room for opinion. What I’m looking for isn’t really a beat writer, but an analyst. We won’t be recapping games, or providing basic articles. The focus will be analytical articles, which combine stats, well reasoned opinions, and the knowledge you gain through interviews and research on the subject.

In the past we’ve focused on game stories and notebooks, plus the need for smaller daily features, and the result was that we just had a variation of what you can find everywhere else. I’d rather ignore all of that, and provide something that is unique to Pirates Prospects. And I want to do this several times per week, rather than once or twice per month.

If you’re interested, e-mail me with the title “MLB Analyst”, along with why you feel you would be a good fit for the site.

Minor League Coverage

Just like the Major League Coverage, we’re shifting the focus of our Minor League Coverage this year. Rather than having game recaps, we’re going to focus on scouting reports and analysis. You’ll be covering games, but won’t be focused on the events of the game as much as the specific players you are there to follow. This won’t be a drastic shift, since it is something we’ve been doing since day one. We’re just eliminating the game recaps, since you can get those online elsewhere.

The requirement for each article will be to have at least three of the following sources of information: live coverage, statistical analysis, information from opposing scouts, information from the player, and information from team officials. This will be an analyst position, with scouting involved via watching the players, and researching them through the previously mentioned sources of information.

We are looking for coverage for the following teams:

Indianapolis

Altoona

West Virginia

Jamestown

Bristol

Ad Sales Representative

Pirates Prospects is seeking a part-time advertising sales representative. Experience in online ad sales is preferred. The job will start as commission only, and could grow to full-time based on performance. If you are interested, please send an email to tim@piratesprospects.com with your qualifications.

Database Management

One of the things I’ve always wanted to add to the site was a section with updated statistics for every player in the system. I’d like to have a sortable stats page, plus stats on every player page, which update each night. The problem is that I have no knowledge on SQL programming, and don’t have the time to teach myself. If you have any ideas on how to set this up, let me know. If you need more information, get in touch with me and I’ll provide more details.

Apply For a Position

To apply for any position, send an e-mail to tim@piratesprospects.com with the following information:

-What position(s) you are applying for.

-Why would you be a good addition to the site? I get a lot of requests to write for the site, so what could you provide that would separate you from other writers?

-What is your availability for game coverage?

-What is your previous experience (include links to published content)?

For any writing position the following will be very important:

-Great work ethic and independent workers

-Strong grammar/spelling

-Good statistical knowledge, including an understanding of advanced statistics

-The ability to come up with original and interesting topics

-Leaving emotional biases out of the work

-Twitter and social networking experience

This site is mostly read by Pirates fans, but there are a few non-Pirates fans who read. Being a Pirates fan is NOT important here. Some of the best writers on the site in the past were fans of other MLB teams. I really want to stress this because in the past about 70% of the applications I’ve received have been along the lines of “I am a Pirates fan and I’d love to write about the team.” If the only qualification you list is that you follow the Pirates, then the application is going to be dismissed.

The site is run on WordPress, so any knowledge of that is a plus.

Writing for Pirates Prospects is a great opportunity for experience and exposure. The site saw just under 11 million page views in 2013. One of our authors from 2013 was named a finalist for the SABR Analytics awards. You’ll have the opportunity to have your work referenced by local and national media outlets.

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • Sam

    Excited to read analytic based articles that bring in interviews and in person observations. As some fangraphs writers have gained access to clubhouses through the BBWA they’ve posted a some of this type of work and I have found it fascinating.

  • sixdeuces

    I would be woefully incompetent at any level or position needed and I don’t live near any minor league towns either, but I am extremely happy that your site is doing well and expanding, Tim. You provide a wonderful service that has been needed for years. Good luck in your expansion and I wish you continued success!

  • ecbucs

    what about health coverage? Does this mean James S. is not returning? (he did a great job last year).

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com/ Tim Williams

      There won’t be just one person writing about the Pirates at a time. It will kind of be like FanGraphs, where you have a lot of people providing analysis.

  • Nickmid13

    This doesn’t pertain to anything in the post, but I’m glad you changed the comment section.

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com/ Tim Williams

      It’s something I’ve had on the back burner for a long time. Made today a site maintenance day and took care of it.

      • mrnellis

        Hello Tim. While I do not want the commitment of doing the full database management, I would be happy to provide some guidance to help you get started. Let me know if you are interested and then I would need to get some additional info on your environment. I saw that you are using WordPress. Do you already have MySQL installed? Please reply back privately.

  • imadushbag

    thank you tim, for everything.

  • https://www.facebook.com/scott.skink Scott Skink

    I was looking for you at Pirate City/McKechnie this week to introduce myself. Didn’t see you though. Back in Pgh now. But based on my experience at Pirate City this week I have an idea to make a couple of bucks – an actual roster of who’s there. As of yesterday the Pirates still had nothing posted that matched uni numbers with players, so with only a few exceptions (e.g. Meadows, Lattimore, Gift), we had no idea who we were watching. Maybe you only make a couple of bucks per sale, but even a basic list would be useful as a lot of people were asking for one. The “rosters” they did have available earlier in the week were only for the 40-man plus ST invitees.

  • TitoTheMidget

    I’ll throw my hat in the ring for the Indianapolis position. I live about 30 minutes away from Indy and regularly make the pilgrimage there to check out the upper level of the minor league system. While I’m there, I usually take notes on prospects and any interesting depth options anyway, so translating those notes to blog posts wouldn’t be too out of the ordinary for what I already do.

    I’ve authored a short-lived Pirates blog in the past (Stealing First Base) that gained a following, but unfortunately academic obligations got in the way of regular updates and I had to shut it down. I’ve recently graduated with my bachelor’s, though, so I’ve got nothing but time and love of baseball and writing on my hands.