I have been working on getting a job with a statistical company for about 4 years now. Essentially they have three "reporters" covering the a game. A reporter in the press box and two reporters working from home (starter and reliever). After trading emails before and after every season a spot finally opened up. I got the email asking what areas people could cover and having recently moved to the LA area I was able to work in either LA or Anaheim. Well - this year they needed a reporter in Anaheim
That's how I'll be spending the 2012 season and beyond.
I was sent several shipments of games from last season to score as sort of an audition. After doing roughly 15 games from last season I was promoted to "Starter." They obviously do not want to throw a new guy right into the press box but that is what I am working towards still. In a case where there is a difference in what a reporter sees the press box scorecard is what they go with. In the meantime, I will be scoring Angels games from my couch with my laptop.
Responsibilities are as followed:
- -Enter start time, lineups, umpires, weather etc
- -Measure direction, distance and velocity of all batted balls put in play.
- -Determining level of difficulty needed by the fielder on each play.
- -Essentially to be its own version of Game-cast.
Direction is measured A-Z. A, B, Y, and Z are in foul territory. You measure distance for ground balls where the ball is first touched by a fielder. Fly balls and line drives are measured by where they land. The skill of the play is measured on a 1-4 scale and balls are also listed as being hit hard medium or soft. A ground ball down the 3rd base line fielded on the bag would look like this 5-3 22 X90M. 22 states a routine play by both fielders.
The one thing I can say about this gig is that I will never retire from it and I am going to keep it as my part time job until I cannot see the computer screen anymore. Hopefully the Angels will make the World Series this year because I should be getting a press pass as well.
I guess Ill have to become an Angels fan for now.