HQNOW: Want to contribute to BaseballHQ? We’re hiring!


BaseballHQ.com has provided subscribers with winning fantasy baseball analysis for over 25 years. We’re currently looking to add to our team of writers, analysts and contributors for the 2022 season and beyond. There are several specific current needs listed below. In addition, we invite applicants’ ideas as to how they might enhance our coverage. All openings are paid freelance positions that vary in frequency/time commitment.

BaseballHQ.com is committed to building a staff that embodies a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds and experience levels who work together to share insights that benefit all our subscribers. In addition, through our website, publications, and live events, BaseballHQ.com strives to grow the scope of the fantasy baseball community by continuing to make it accessible for all. 

If interested in one or more of these positions, please fill our short online application to begin the process. We will accept applications through Wednesday, March 30, 2022. Upon review, we will circle back with the most promising candidates and ask them to complete a sample writing assignment or task. We hope to fill these positions by mid-April. Good luck!

 

Playing Time Analyst

Description: A Playing Time Analyst is assigned one or more MLB teams, and is responsible for two important functions:

First, keep an updated balance-of-the-season MLB playing-time allocation for each player on that team. These playing-time allocations drive our balance-of-the-year projections and must be tweaked as often as necessary (sometimes daily), according to MLB roster news (injuries, transactions, manager statements, etc). Example: the starting second baseman suffers a season-ending knee injury in mid-June. The PTA for this team would zero out the injured player’s rest-of-season playing time, and re-assign that playing time to the replacement (or, often, replacements). 

Second, write short notes on the fantasy impact of the most important of these MLB roster moves that go into our daily PT TODAY transaction column. Again, the frequency of this workload will vary—some days might require several adjustments/notes; other days maybe just one or two, and other days no adjustments will be required. 

Requirements: Strong familiarity with (or willingness to learn about) the assigned MLB team(s). Following any/all news for this team, reading local media outlets, understanding managerial and front-office tendencies as well as the organizational depth chart. In short, becoming an “expert” on this MLB team to accurately project future playing time.

Flexibility to make any/all adjustments by 11pm local time six days a week, to ensure the BaseballHQ projections are accurate and the PT TODAY column can be published with that day’s fantasy-relevant information. 

 

AL Central Playing Time Tomorrow writer 

Description: Write a weekly 1200-1500 word column that covers each team in the AL Central with a forward-looking focus on playing time. Column takes one particular area or position for each team each week and attempts to anticipate MLB roster moves to help prepare subscribers to think about the “what-ifs” before they happen. Example: A team’s closer has been ineffective over the past 10 days, and there are rumblings that the manager could make a change soon. The PT TOMORROW writer might spend 300 words on that team and address questions like: IF the manager makes a switch, who would be the candidates to step up? Who has the best skills? Do recent usage patterns give a clue to whether this possible replacement would be one player or several? Writers are encouraged to stick to one “subject” per team each week, but rotate around the positions or issues as necessary. Each team in the AL Central must be covered in every column.

Requirements: Becoming very familiar with the rosters and job battles of the teams in the AL Central. Following the news, taking note of managerial and front-office tendencies, knowing the who is performing well in the high minors for these teams – all in a way that aids in speculating a bit about that team’s future playing-time allocations. While it can be applied to fantasy, this position is more about giving subscribers a sense of what could happen on the field in the near future. PT TOMORROW runs weekly from mid-February through end of the regular season, and occasionally during the off-season. 

 

AL Facts/Flukes writer

Description: BaseballHQ.com’s Facts/Flukes column is a signature site offering that analyzes player performance skills with the long view in mind. Its core question is whether the player’s current performance is “for real,” and uses a player’s underlying metrics (from BaseballHQ and other sources) to determine if his current statistical output is sustainable or is likely to diverge one way or the other in the upcoming weeks/months. The open position is a weekly column covering AL players; each column presents five player profiles presented within a consistent template.

Requirements: Strong analytical skills that include awareness of current player-evaluation metrics, ability to summarize info and write concisely, and ability to meet weekly submission deadlines. Familiarity with BaseballHQ-centric methods and metrics as well as previous player-evaluation experience preferred but not required. Facts/Flukes runs weekly from mid-February through end of August, and occasionally during the off-season.

 

Minors/Prospects writer

Description: We’re seeking to add a member of our BaseballHQ Minors team who can synthesize scouting observations and/or minor-league data into periodic articles that evaluate a player’s future fantasy impact. Also looking writer(s) to assist with researching and writing short profiles of just-promoted players for our daily Call-ups feature. This could lead to an opportunity to contribute to our offseason Minor League Baseball Analyst publication.

Requirements: Working knowledge of the minor-league player pool and standards of prospect evaluation. Preference given to applicants with some in-person scouting experience who are currently available to continue cover their local area, but will also consider other skill sets. 

 

Research & Analysis writers

Description: The Research and Analysis department is our laboratory for our metrics and data analysis. It’s where we pull apart existing metrics and develop and test new ones, presenting actionable results for our subscribers on gaining an edge in their fantasy leagues. Multiple positions available. 

Requirements: The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of metrics (both in BaseballHQ’s current arsenal and in the wider baseball community), the analytic skills to ask the right questions, the writing skills to present their findings to the reader, and a curiosity about our games that would steer them into relevant and fertile areas for future research. Once hired, each writer would be tasked with producing a new research piece on a (more or less) monthly basis. 

 

Gaming/Strategy writers

Description: While other BaseballHQ departments handle player evaluation and research, the Gaming/Strategy division provides our subscribers with fresh ideas on how to approach draft and auction strategy, as well as new ways to evaluate players in various formats. We’re looking for writers with novel approaches to all kinds of full-season formats, and new ways to evaluate players to give our advanced readers an edge over their opponents. 

Requirements: In a “normal” year, ability to provide approximately 5 pre-season articles (January through March) and a few in-season articles. 

 

Content Editor

Description: To assist the GM of Content in preparing articles for publication in accordance to BaseballHQ.com’s Editorial Manual to maintain consistency and accuracy for readers. Both daytime and evening options and the occasional weekend. 

Requirements: Strong attention to detail; previous copy-editing experience preferred.

 

Tech Team contributor

Description: Our tech team is responsible for all of the data and tools wizardry on the site.

Requirements: Our technology stack relies on PHP web pages, mySQL database, Drupal, Amazon Web Services hosting, and more. Obviously, familiarity with BaseballHQ data/metrics is also important.

 

Apply now through March 30, 2022. If you have any questions, drop us a note at [email protected] Thank you!

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