Harris: From band teacher to quantitative analyst: How Corinne Landrey joined the Phillies’ analytics department

From Ben Harris at The Athletic on October 11, 2018:

The​ ever-expanding Phillies analytics department consists​ of​ alumni from Major​ League Baseball​ operations, a quantitative analyst​ at​ Google,​​ a systems engineer at Northrop Grumman, a number of MIT-educated quants, a programmer who developed an app for checking coats at bars and restaurants, a Bloomberg data engineer … and one former high school band teacher.

Corinne Landrey, who is finishing her first season as a full-time quantitative analyst in the Phillies’ Research and Development team, used to teach band (concert and jazz) at Cairo-Durham High School in Cairo, New York.

After graduating from Ithaca College in 2008 with a degree in music education, she spent three years as a band teacher. Every day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. — as the hours of one-on-one sessions, music theory lessons, and even some middle school general music classes passed — Landrey saw no end goal in that line of work. It was not the professional life she wanted, and she decided to leave her job as a music teacher. 

She had a background with numbers, having taken advanced math courses and participated in math league in high school. With no clear understanding of what a math degree would lead to, she chose to study music education over math. But the same part of her brain that lit up when studying music theory was satiated in analyzing baseball.

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Originally published: October 11, 2018. Last Updated: October 11, 2018.