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Friday, April 23, 2021

Don’t be fooled by Kim Ng’s hiring. Women in baseball say MLB has a long way to go

In 2016, 106 women worked in baseball operations roles, with nine in on-field positions and 12 in director positions or above, according to Major League Baseball. In 2020, the number of women in baseball operations roles increased to 225, with 17 women in director’s roles or above. From 2016 to 2020, the number of jobs in baseball operations increased from 4,442 to 4,951, with 23.8% of new jobs going to women.

“Kim’s hiring is progress,” said a female National League baseball operations staffer, “but there’s a lot of work to be done.”

Buoyed by Ng, MLB scored a C for gender hiring in the 2021 Racial and Gender Report Card from the University of Central Florida, a grade that seems palatable only when compared with what the league received in 2020: an F.

MLB has worked to diversify in many ways, but even with Ng’s hiring, success has been limited when it comes to women. Women continue to report incidents that range from harassment to getting kicked out of rooms they belong in and an inability to find basic resources, including restrooms. MLB is noticing, and the league says it’s working to fix these issues, bringing Michele Meyer-Shipp in as its first chief people and culture officer last August as part of a larger effort to be more inclusive. But women in the game remain discouraged.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 23, 2021 at 09:25 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tin Angel Posted: April 23, 2021 at 10:51 AM (#6015054)
Like I says to my wife, I says- you can keep the house clean or you can be a chief officer of baseball operations but you sure as hell can't do both.
   2. Tom Goes to the Ballpark Posted: April 23, 2021 at 10:58 AM (#6015055)
Dang. I totally expected that a single hiring would solve all the issues with women in baseball.
   3. Brian C Posted: April 23, 2021 at 11:24 AM (#6015057)
OH MY GOD AND HERE I WAS TOTALLY FOOLED
   4. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: April 23, 2021 at 01:14 PM (#6015068)
I'd be curious to see data about what percentage of people in these jobs had played major-league baseball, or at least professional baseball, or even collegiate baseball. As the sports slowly moves away from the idea that "you had to play the game" in order to have certain types of jobs, that would open it up further for women. The same thing would apply for jobs around sports, like sportscasting.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 23, 2021 at 07:38 PM (#6015110)
It’s not just whether you played the game, it’s interest in baseball, and willingness to pursue a career in the field despite the intense competition for even relatively low-paying entry level positions. The qualified applicant pool isn’t 50% female at the moment, and it may never be, although it goes without saying that women should be treated fairly and without discrimination by MLB and organized baseball.

Somewhat related, here’s a MLB-Related Job Opening that may be of interest:
Position: Baseball Research Analyst – Full-time
Location: Newport Beach, CA

Description:
The Boras Corporation has an immediate opening for a creative, well-organized team player with a genuine interest in a career in baseball. You will be working in an office-based setting with others responsible for handling a variety of research, statistical and analytical needs. The ideal candidate will have personal experience in a team-sports environment combined with ability to present complex information in a visual presentation.

Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (or sufficient relevant experience)
Fluent in Spanish (written and verbal)
Prior baseball or team sports experience
Proficient in Keynote presentations, visual graphics, and Microsoft Excel
Outstanding communication, analytical, and organizational skills
Able to operate under short deadlines in a fast-paced environment

To Apply:
Please send an email with the subject “Open BC Position” to borascorpcandidate@gmail.com by May 15, 2021.
More at link.
   6. cardsfanboy Posted: April 23, 2021 at 10:28 PM (#6015146)
I'd be curious to see data about what percentage of people in these jobs had played major-league baseball, or at least professional baseball, or even collegiate baseball. As the sports slowly moves away from the idea that "you had to play the game" in order to have certain types of jobs, that would open it up further for women. The same thing would apply for jobs around sports, like sportscasting.


When it comes to the general manager job, not really that high of a percentage. Or a very moderate amount of playing time, just enough to wet their whistle to be honest, but the greatest GM of all time, Branch Rickey, played something like 3 years in the majors, Ed Barrow never made it to the majors.... Even in the 1910's and later, the people at the top of the food chain, the executives, had a very little connection to being players, they might have played the game a bit, but it wasn't what got them the job, it was what got them the connections that allowed them to show off their executive skills.
   7. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: April 26, 2021 at 05:50 PM (#6015566)
As the sports slowly moves away from the idea that "you had to play the game" in order to have certain types of jobs, that would open it up further for women.

Naah, they'll just hire more young guys with Ivy league degrees, who have trust funds so they can put up with working at sh!t jobs for no money...

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