Sports Science Analyst, Baseball Research & Development

Cleveland Indians - Baseball Operations - Cleveland, OH

Primary Purpose

The Cleveland Indians are seeking an analyst to join the team's Baseball Research and Development group with a focus on answering questions specific to sports science. The position will use data and statistics to provide research and analysis to support the Indians' player development, medical, S&C, and sports science staff in helping Indians players perform at optimal levels. This individual will work closely with other analysts in the R&D department as well as sports science, player development, medical, strength & conditioning, and other staff members across the organization. The ideal candidate will possess a strong foundation in statistics and/or data science, the ability to effectively communicate findings to colleagues in non-technical roles, and a passion for learning more about baseball. Strong applicants will demonstrate curiosity, creativity, and the ability to learn new concepts.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Analyze and interpret baseball data with a focus on sports science
  • Research, build, test, and deploy statistical models to support Baseball Operations
  • Design and implement research studies to improve organizational knowledge in sports science
  • Visualize data in concise, readable formats for non-technical staff members
  • Communicate research findings to key stakeholders across the organization
  • Work with sports science, strength & conditioning, and medical departments to capture player performance data
  • Evaluate and recommend new data sources and technologies
Role Requirements and Preferences

Education & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or demonstrated work experience in a quantitative field such as statistics, mathematics, computer science, operations research, economics, or data science
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems in a data-driven way
  • Creativity to brainstorm new avenues of research
  • Demonstrated passion for baseball analytics and/or sports science.
  • Proficiency in at least one statistical programming language (e.g. R, Python)
  • Proficiency in a database language (e.g. SQL)
  • Ability to communicate research findings and other technical concepts to non-technical audiences
Preferred Experience

  • Working knowledge of advanced baseball statistics and publicly available research
  • Advanced degree in a quantitative field
  • Experience working with baseball data
  • Experience with data visualization
  • Experience with experimental design and/or causal inferenc
Standard Requirements

  • Reads, speaks, comprehends and communicates English effectively in all communications.
  • Represents the Cleveland Indians in a positive fashion to all business partners and the general public.
  • Ability to develop and maintain successful working relationship with members of the Front Office.
  • Ability to act according to the organizational values and service excellence at all times.
  • Ability to work with multicultural populations and have a commitment to fairness and equality.
  • Ability to walk, sit or stand for an entire shift.
  • Ability to work extended days and hours, including holidays and weekends.
  • Ability to move throughout all areas and levels of the Ballpark.
  • Ability to work in a diverse and changing environment.
  • Occasional physical activity such as lifting and carrying boxes up to 25lbs.