MLBTR Looking For Writers

Would you like to join the MLB Trade Rumors team? We are considering adding a writer. The position pays on an hourly basis. The criteria:

  • Knowledge of all 30 baseball teams, no discernible bias. Knowledge of hot stove concepts like arbitration and free agent compensation.
  • Writing experience is necessary and online writing experience is preferred.
  • Attention to detail – absolutely no spelling errors, especially for player and journalist names.  Ability to follow the MLBTR style and tone.
  • Ability to analyze articles and craft intelligent, well-written posts summing up the news in a few paragraphs.  We need the best of both worlds: quick writing with thoughtful analysis.  You must be able to add value to breaking news with your own insight, numbers, or links to other relevant articles.
  • Ability to use an RSS feed reader such as Google Reader.  Ability to use Twitter.  Both of these are crucial.
  • Strong evening availability – typically 5-10pm CDT shifts.  
  • If you're interested, email mlbtrhelp@gmail.com and take a couple paragraphs to explain how you stand out. Hundreds will likely apply, so we cannot respond to most applications.


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4 years 9 months ago

I would love to do this! Sadly I’m a Junior and I’m most likely gonna be busy most of the time, can’t do shifts.

Potrzeba
4 years 9 months ago

I would love this job!

BoSoxSam
4 years 9 months ago

….You have no idea how much I’d want to get this job. Sadly, I meet almost none of the requirements xD

4 years 9 months ago

how much is the pay?

Yanks48
4 years 9 months ago

I meet most of the requirements here but im a sophmore -.-. I would love to do this job even if there is no pay. Sounds fun to me

chreeschan
4 years 9 months ago

Paging Spandemonium

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

Present

Yeah I would love to do this. I think I’d do a good job, I meet all the requirements.

BravesRed
4 years 9 months ago

You aren’t the only one that writes a blog on mlblogs. I think it could come down to the two of us.

4 years 9 months ago

I see your blog and raise you a column!

BravesRed
4 years 8 months ago

I call.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

Arm wrestle? Thumb War? Home run derby? Whats it going to be?

But yeah quite honestly, everyone on MLBTR knows their Baseball, I think pretty much everyone would do perfectly fine at the job.

BravesRed
4 years 8 months ago

Thumb war.

Everyone? I disagree. How many of the them that know baseball, know about writing a blog, or a column?

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Good point…Well I hope everyone reads ours and likes them and learns and gets encouraged to write one.

4 years 8 months ago

I promise to start commenting from now on. No more lurking & read-only.

airohpue13
4 years 8 months ago

Anyone that is a diehard MLBTR reader can get used to the style pretty easily.

tomymogo
4 years 8 months ago

If they hired anyone, then pretty soon will start seeing stories about how the Braves should hire Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth, and Cliff Lee…………..They wouldn’t hurt, but do you think there’s any chance of that happening? It needs to be somebody that can be analytical about what he writes, somebody who has an idea of how much money may be available for a certain team, and what type of a risk a team is willing to take…….And he needs to know what a type A player means, who may get non-tendered and why, etc……I’d love to be a writer and share my opinion about what a team should do and why, but you need to have good arguments and it needs to be possible.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

I think I fit the bill there.

BravesRed
4 years 8 months ago

I fit that also.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Yes sir.

BravesRed
4 years 8 months ago

Sorry, I didn’t mean to but into your conversation with tomymogo.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Its okay man. I do that 15855 times a day!

tomymogo
4 years 8 months ago

lol

airohpue13
4 years 8 months ago

Just apply then instead of trying to convince readers that you are the best candidate. I doubt it is going to come down to a fan poll.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

I applied and I’m not convince readers of anything. Were not the ones making the decisions anyway right?

Gumby65
4 years 8 months ago

Thought about SPAN before I even opened up the comments section (thumbs UP)

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Thanks man. Much appreciated.

BravesRed
4 years 9 months ago

I want this job more than anyone here.

airohpue13
4 years 8 months ago

Doubt it.

4 years 9 months ago

E-mail sent!

tomymogo
4 years 8 months ago

I live in Bogota, Colombia but I’m a huge baseball fan, not bias though, huge Braves fan……And English is my second language……but following baseball is my hobby, I read a lot, I practically live in this website and the AJC(Atlanta journal constitution) baseball blog, I follow every team but because I want to find out what player might be available…….Maybe in the future if I ever live in USA

Guest
4 years 8 months ago

I think almost everyone who blogs on this site would nominate SPAN for the spot. I’d do it if I didn’t have another full time job right now. But yea…I’m a slave to corporate America :(

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Thanks boomshwa I appreciate it. Hope I get the job!

joeycrist
4 years 8 months ago

I applied to this the first time, only problem is I would be subjective with the pirates and objective with everyone else. The job would be great for me as I am a grad student to be a teacher so my evenings are free. Only catch is I only write my own blog and I can’t get an audience to read it so I am guessing I’m not ready for this yet. I need a job due to my rent just doubling because of some stupid government study. I would love to write about baseball all day, not enough good minds left that love the game.

Sniderlover
4 years 8 months ago

I would love to be one of the writers but University work load is just too much.

Maybe in 4 years?

DunkinDonuts
4 years 8 months ago

“Attention to detail – absolutely no spelling errors, especially for player and journalist names. Ability to follow the MLBTR style and tone.”

I think the Twitterification of journalism has made attention to spelling and grammar largely irrelevant. If you can’t spell a player’s name, just mash some buttons and blame it on your Blackberry’s tiny keypad. If you don’t know how to punctuate sentences, just write in stream of consciousness and chalk up the lack of punctuation to saving precious characters for the meat of the story. If you’re incapable of forming complete sentences, you’re not stupid; you’re efficient. Fragments tell the whole story in half the time.

Observe…

“STL Postdspatch rpts Puhols 2 meet w moleziak 2 talk xtension … if an agmt is reached, u have to believe this takes cards out of running for FA Kevin Millar”

“NYY close 2 deal w C.Lee, acc 2 Tyler kepner – deal is 8 years, AAV not known … NYY officials gave Lee blank check, hes still writing in zeros ….. Depending on when Lee’s pen runs out of ink, Yanks may set sites on Crawford/Werth platoon in LF, moving Gardener 2 play roll of late inning pinchrunner”

When do I start?

Steve_in_MA
4 years 8 months ago

I cannot be completely objective, favoring both the Red Sox and Mets greatly. I cannot read an RSS feed … hell, I don’t even know what an RSS feed is. And I make way too much money drafting legal documents for a living to consider doing this for mere glamour, or at least that’s what Chase Mortgage subliminally tells me (yeah, I know its risky to start a sentence with “And”). But I hereby nominate Spandemonium, because the dude can write, knows what an RSS feed is, and knows his baseball.

BravesRed
4 years 8 months ago

What about me?

4 years 8 months ago

Span, you are good but I feel I am your equal or better. I am also pursuing this. Good luck to you. I do not believe I partcipate on this site as much as you so that may prove to be a difference.

shysox
4 years 8 months ago

SPANdemonium_is_back_again