Hey Baseball Fans: Want to Get Paid to Write for MLB.com?
If you know what kind of creature the Tampa Bay Rays’ mascot is (no, it’s not a ray) or the baseball stadium that serves up the Burgerizza, then this could your dream job.
MLB.com is hiring a part-time content writer/editor for its related platform, Cut4.
Calling All Sports Writers
Catering to all things baseball, Cut4 doesn’t solely report the latest wins, ridiculous number of extra innings or batting stats.
It’s all about the game’s culture: the bratwursts, the mohawks, the walkup music, the fan posters — you name it.
Recent posts range from “A Pirates fan was willing to trade away his little sister for foul balls” to “The White Sox are patrolling the streets of Chicago on scooters.”
As the content writer/editor, you’ll be asked to write 100- to 300-word articles that focus on what’s #trending in MLB. You’ll also have opportunities to write 500- to 800-word features about the game’s history and pop culture storylines.
The position is part time, but can get close to full time; the posting offers 32-40 hours per week. The schedule is flexible, and you’ll work when MLB games are played — days, nights and weekends.
Are You Qualified to Write About Baseball?
This is an entry-level position, and the job posting doesn’t note any particular degree or education requirement.
You should, however, be able to write quickly and cleanly with a sense of humor.
A knowledge and passion for baseball is a given. The posting emphasizes this: If you don’t watch baseball on a daily basis, don’t apply. (Although they were more polite about it.)
Photoshop skills and reporting experience are preferred as is a familiarity and use of social media, particularly Twitter.
Cut4 asks you to submit your resume, Twitter handle and 250 words about why you want the gig. Be entertaining, make ’em giggle, use baseball puns, embed gifs or cat memes — whatever it takes to get a call from the major leagues.
I reached out to Cut4 on Facebook and Twitter to ask about the job’s pay and any work-from-home options. I’ll update you with information when I get a response.
Until then, step up to the plate. Apply via mlb.com, and, afterward, do your best good luck ritual.
Oh, and if you’re still stumped on the questions from the beginning: Raymond is a “seadog,” and you can get a colossal pizza burger at the Atlanta Braves’ Turner Field.
Your Turn: Do you think you know enough baseball trivia for this job?
Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. After recently completing graduate school, she focuses on saving money — and surviving the move back in with her parents.