Great Careers for People Who Love BaseballBaseball offers the best of all spectator sports. Baseball has the fast-paced, explosive action, speed and power of football, the tangible momentum swings and tension build up of soccer, the etiquette and heritage of golf, and the technique and individual flair of the NBA. It’s not hard to agree that all of the above factors are pretty awesome. In the same way, it’s not hard to understand that your job as an office clerk offers none of the above.
There are many people who love baseball, but there are not many people who have a career in which to manifest that love. This unfortunate fact about many people's careers can be remedied. The following careers are perfect for those who love baseball.
Sports Business ManagementDeveloping a career in business management does not mean you have to become the next Theo Epstein. What it does mean, however, is that you are probably going to earn the accompanying college degree. This degree is a four-year degree, and it will open the door to jobs in baseball on all levels. For example, you could get a position within your city's co-ed recreational baseball league, your neighborhood's little league front office, or land a marketing and sales position for a minor league baseball team.
In the MediaMany baseball fans have a play-by-play voice, television analyst, or talk-show radio host that is readily associated with their home team. These are not the only media jobs, however. A lot of behind the scenes work goes into every game: camera operators, lighting technicians, wardrobe coordinators, writers, producers – the list goes on.
A college degree, such as an associate degree in sports media technology, is helpful for those interested in this kind of job, but applicants can always help their cause – especially for media positions – by having extensive statistical or historical knowledge about the subject, as well as an outgoing and amicable personality.
Freelance WriterThe beauty of baseball is that everyone has a different take on an issue. As such, the world could always use another opinion. There are hundreds of sports-blogs that could be interested in your opinion or analysis, and you do not necessarily need any specific training (although English-proficiency is probably a pre-requisite!).
UmpireThis job is not for everyone, but when it comes to a way for non-athlete's to get a baseball-oriented career, there are not many careers that offer a better chance. Like Major League Baseball (MLB) players, an umpire must work his way through the minor leagues. However, it usually takes an umpire about seven to 10 years of minor league experience before they get the major league call up. Keep in mind that this is much longer than a major league player.
There is also extensive schooling involved in becoming an MLB umpire, and only top students make the cut to be considered for work in the minor leagues – the top 15 percent to be exact. There are between 60 and 70 umpires in the big leagues and, due to the low turnover rate of major league umpires, it is a long shot to become an MLB umpire. You can learn more about what it takes to become a baseball umpire here.
AgentAgents negotiate player contracts. You can learn more about what it takes to be a sports agent here, but basically, an agent needs to have a four-year undergraduate degree as well as a law degree. Law degrees are professional graduate-level degrees and take three years to complete. Admissions into law school are competitive, and the best schools require top scores on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) – as well as high undergraduate GPA results.
These certainly are not the only careers that have to do with baseball. I did not even touch on the different medical fields that you could consider, such as athletic trainers and physical therapists.