cat computerThis was noted in Tom Tango’s post about consulting with the Cubs (actually, it was the main thrust of his post, but, for our purposes here, they’re really two separate things), so you may have already seen it if you clicked through. If you did not, the Chicago Cubs are hiring a super genius as “Director of Research and Development.”

The job posting (you can apply at that link):


This role will be responsible for developing and overseeing the research and analytics function within Baseball Operations, reporting to the Assistant GM.


  • Perform advanced statistical analysis on large volumes of baseball-related data and implement predictive models to aid in decision-making.
  • Develop and manage a talented staff (developers, analysts, and consultants) by identifying strong candidates, prioritizing work flows, supervising projects and providing productive feedback.
  • Present high-level analysis in an effective and articulate manner through the use of written reports, charts, tables, graphics, and other tools that enhance the Department’s decision-making process.
  • Develop and maintain proprietary projections model for future performance.
  • Monitor, identify and recommend new or emerging techniques, technologies, models and algorithms applicable to internal processes.
  • Analyze internal baseball processes in order to develop functional requirements (specifications) for outside vendors and application developers, including requirements, system impact, data flow diagrams, special considerations, etc.
  • Identify technologies that offer potential value to the organization through meetings with vendors and providers.
  • Oversee the departmental budget associated with R&D spending.
  • Contribute to baseball decisions and proactively generate ideas for player acquisition and player usage.
  • Other projects as directed the Baseball Operations leadership team.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience in statistics, mathematics, computer science, or a related quantitative field.
  • Demonstrated project management, problem-solving, and teaching abilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate difficult and complex concepts at an appropriate level to colleagues possessing a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Demonstrated expert-level knowledge (of at least 5 years) with baseball-specific data, modern statistical techniques, and sabermetric analysis.
  • Demonstrated expertise with R, STATA, SPSS, SAS, or similar software.
  • Demonstrated expertise with SQL Server, Microsoft Access, My SQL, Oracle, database administration/structuring, data warehousing and data modeling.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated ability in the areas of programming, software-coding, ETL, and/or machine learning techniques.

A few things that jump out at me: (1) the position reports to “the Assistant GM,” but the Cubs have two Assistant GMs – Randy Bush and Shiraz Rehman – and I found the wording there odd. It’s probably nothing, and I’m assuming all it means is that the position will report to one of the two AGMs, probably Rehman; (2) I saw the posting on Baseball Prospectus, as the Cubs had specifically asked BP to post it. I love it: the Cubs are explicitly looking outside the usual “in” baseball world to find the best statistically-inclined person for the job. They’re open to anyone; (3) But that “anyone” has to be a super genius of the highest order.

  • Dave

    I can use Excel, does that make me qualified?

    • hansman1982

      I took two classes in excel in college…ergo I am more genius-y than thou! (AND I used thou in the sentence, I am a shoe-in for the job)

      • blublud

        Well I use excel every single day and currently have it open on both of my moniters and I’m probably the best formula writer in my entire office. So what if my office only has one person in it.

        • DarthHater

          You would have gotten the job by virtue of the coolness of having two monitors, if only you hadn’t misspelled “monitors.” 😉

    • D.G.Lang

      I have worked with mainframe computers since 1967. I even own my own consulting company.Despite my many years of intensive programming experience in various financial projects as well as manufacturing and insurance applications, I would not feel qualified for that job.

      I have headed up development teams as well as actively programmed some of the biggest mainframes in existance. Some of the systems I have developed or worked on literally dispresed billions of dollars yearly as well as billed and accounted for the same. In other words I am no novice and I am recognized as extremely competant in my field, and yet, I don’t have all of what they are looking for.

      I don’t believe that they will be able to find someone with every skill they want because every additional skill desired reduces the number of qualified people.

  • Rmoody100

    I had to use SAS when I was in college studying to be an actuary. Getting to know and learn that one piece of software is hard enough let alone all of the other qualifications they want in this hire. I would really like to meet the man who can fill this job.

  • Tim

    Sahadev Sharma????

  • cerambam

    Dont stereotype us brett. Just because most of us are hard headed, opinionated, die-hard cub fans doesnt mean that one of us isnt a genius. We are a pretty diverse group of people. Im pretty sure there’s a doctor and a goat that frequent the comments.

  • scorecardpaul

    I thnk for the benefit of the Cubs, I will stick with… “put the wet stuff on the red stuff”
    I am always amazed at how smart some people are!!

  • ReiCow

    Were I not regionally restricted to the DC/Baltimore greater area, I’d actually consider applying to this job. I feel I meet most of the requirements outside of it being years since I’ve used SPSS or SAS [and I haven’t used all the listed stats programs], and the lack of working with baseball specific data (though I suspect that could be ameliorated with advanced statistics experience and deep understanding of baseball statistics).

    I’m curious if Doc is interested. Would be cool if he applied!


    • Brett

      The question is: are cows welcome?

      • ReiCow

        Oooooooooohhhh.. good question. You know, as a cow who bleeds cubby blue, I refuse to believe they’d discriminate based on species. Besides, is any virtue more midwestern than bovinity? I think not!


  • Kev

    I am tempted to send my resume, if just for the pleasure of seeing the hilarious rejection letter it would receive.

    “We’re sorry, but your one semester of statistics as a freshman in college isn’t quite the amount of experience that we here at the Chicago Cubs are looking for.”

    • Dave

      Don’t bother. Practically no one sends rejection letters any more, especially a “souvenir” rejection on the letterhead of a professional sports team. But the good news is that the local media will announce your rejection to everyone when they read/print the press release for the one they actually hire.

  • Sprtswiz1

    1+1=3…..where can i send my resume?

  • Spriggs

    If only I could dig up my “Urinal Usage” research paper from my college statistics class – to present to them, I’d be in.

    • DarthHater

      Sounds like you qualify for the new position of Wrigley Remodeling Project Potty Ombudperson. But you have to report to Crane Kenney. 😛

      • Spriggs

        That’s my goal. I thought I might have to work my way up though. So, I’d be willing to be a lowly stats geek for a while.

        • DarthHater

          First research project: Interview all the women waiting in line to use the ladies’ room . . .

  • Patrick G

    I do statistical research for my fantasy team, Does that count on a resume?

    • DarthHater

      Yes, it counts on your fantasy resume.

      • Carne Harris

        My fantasy resume is written on moonbeams.

    • Spriggs

      I’m sure they’ll ask if your fantasy team is any good. So if your team blows or is only so-so, you probably shouldn’t mention it.

      • Patrick G

        Back to back champs!

        • Spriggs

          You’re hired!

  • ncsujuri

    I’m writing a reference currently for Mr. Wile E. Coyote, he is in fact a Super Genius.

    • DarthHater

      And he already has family living in Wrigleyville.

  • Josh

    Soooo you’re saying they are hiring Jonah Hill, right?

    • ETS

      Excellent post.

  • Rafael Meirelles

    I am graduated in statistics! The problems are: I am not a genius and I am from brazil! :/

  • MaxM1908

    This job has Doc written all over it.

  • Noah

    Is a JD equivalent experience? No? Aw, shucks!

  • Noah

    On a more serious note, though, to work for a baseball team anything beneath, say the assistant GM level in baseball has to be a labor of love. My presumption is that 60+ hour weeks are the norm, you won’t get a weekend from April 1 to September 30 (longer if the team makes the postseason), and you are going to be paid well below what your talents would get you in other industries.

    • ETS

      Given how in demand people with stochastic modeling skills are right now, in a variety of industries (yay big data!), my guess is even the cubs have to pay these guys something, especially if they want the best.

      I doubt the hours vary by much for in season vs out of season.

  • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

    Funny thing is how many Cubs fans are going to apply to that now thinking they are the best of the best. Can you imagine the filter on that posting?

  • MichiganGoat

    Okay what the Cubs need is a GOAT, and I’m available. By allowing a Goat inside Wrigley (and a talking goat at that) the whole billy goat curse can start to come to a close. Plus ladies love the goat 😉

    • DarthHater

      And please DO NOT GOOGLE the phrase “ladies love the goat” if you are at work! 😉

  • calicubsfan007

    I nominate Doc. He is a genius in this kind of thing.

  • md8232

    Tony LaRussa is a SooperGenius. Does that count?

  • Joker

    I wonder what kind of salary this pays?

    • Brett

      I’ve always wondered that about ancillary front office jobs. I can see good arguments for why they’d pay very well, and why they wouldn’t.

      • Kyle

        Every example I’ve seen with a salary attached paid terribly.

        With this being a “director” job with a hefty degree requirement, I’d guess $45k to $55k.

        • scorecardpaul

          I would hope that a person who meets all of those requirements is going to make a lot more money than that??

        • Bricklayer

          As someone who works on the data side of IT, this job probably pays easily six figures.

          I’ll be on the lookout for any future DBA job postings.

  • ChicagoCubsTalk

    It would be awesome to work in the Cubs organization…to bad I’m not a computer genus!!!

  • SirCub

    As I look down the list of requirements, the hopeful voice inside of me says, “I kind of sort of almost qualify for most of this!”

    Then I figure that the Cubs will undoubtedly hire somebody that checks all the right boxes.

    • Sandberg

      Sell yourself and make it happen. What’s the harm in trying? :)

  • Preston

    Currently working on my sports management degree, hopefully something like this opens up in a few years!

  • TampaCubsFan

    I know a certain Senior Executive in the Cardinals organization that is crying right now reading that headline, as I know he is a Bleacher Nation Fan and would love this opportunity and is highly qualified.

    • Brett

      Well that’s a cool comment right there.

  • Carne Harris

    Damn. I’m only a genius of p-nuts and hair-doos.