Advancements in recruiting could create new generation of baseball executives

From SABR member Wayne McDonnell Jr. at on September 19, 2012, with mention of SABR members Vince Gennaro and Roland Hemond:

With an overabundance of highly motivated graduates with impressive degrees entering the work force each spring, Major League Baseball can capitalize on the apprehensions of young adults when it comes to pursuing traditional and unstable careers in banking, financial services and law. Instead of being recruited by the likes of Goldman Sachs or Ernst & Young, Major League Baseball should establish its own fellowship where the future executives of the sport are recruited from prestigious universities across the country. “The Roland Hemond Fellowship,” named after the revered and universally admired longtime baseball executive, would allow each of the 30 ball clubs to select one exemplary scholar to participate in a year-long fellowship subsidized by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball. Besides securing the brightest minds in sports management, finance, economics, information technology and mathematics, Major League Baseball would be targeting exceptional individuals with an affinity for baseball as well as the capabilities to conduct quantitative research.


As the analytics revolution is building momentum on college campuses across the country, Major League Baseball needs to harness the vast amounts of data overwhelming the sport by effectively utilizing human capital. Today, we are seeing forward thinking universities incorporating analytics into the classroom. For instance, the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management at New York University is collaborating with Vince Gennaro, President of the Society for American Baseball Research (S.A.B.R.) on a one day case competition that will be held on campus in early November.

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Originally published: September 19, 2012. Last Updated: September 19, 2012.