Breaking into Baseball: Alumni Headline Baseball Industry Networking Night
Frank Auditorium was the place to be on Thursday, April 26, 2012, for students
interested in a career in professional baseball. Executives from Major League Baseball,
the minor leagues and the media shared advice about the profession at the Baseball
Industry Networking Night hosted by the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the
University of Maryland.
A panel discussion featuring executives from the Baltimore Orioles, Washington
Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, and others gave students an
inside look at the game and the various professional opportunities in the sport.
The panel was moderated by Tyrone Brooks (Smith School ’96), director of player
personnel for the Pirates.
The executives said an internship is the first requirement for those hoping to
work in baseball. The second requirement is the willingness to work hard.
“If you want to break into baseball, you have to stand out,” said Bruce Leith
(UMD ’91) who works for the Phillies. “It’s competitive with about four interns
for every one possible full-time opportunity.”
The advice panelists shared included:
Listening to the panelists, it became clear that the successful people in baseball
are entrepreneurial and passionate about their work, and they are willing to help
younger people who want to get into the game.
“I’ve learned a great deal working with the Nationals,” said Ted Towne (MBA ’08),
vice president of finance for the Washington team. “I am happy to be here tonight
to share some of my experience with the Smith School students. Hopefully, we helped
them somewhat tonight.”
Baseball Industry Network Panelists included:
Ken White, Office of Marketing Communications
About the Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader
in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the
University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate,
full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, MS in business, PhD and executive
education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The
school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning
locations in North America and Asia.