Do You Want to Work in Baseball?

Inside Baseball Operations

Non-Fiction - Sports
354 Pages
Reviewed on 02/15/2017
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Do You Want to Work in Baseball? by Bill Geivett is an engaging read that gives insights on baseball with details on the preparation and work that goes behind getting an interview call or employment in the competitive world of professional sports. The author’s experience in the sport is credible throughout the book as he answers questions on baseball, on the process of acquiring employment in MLB, how baseball scouts evaluate players, and many other questions that will cross the minds of all baseball enthusiasts. The book also throws light on the process of scouting junior athletes and projecting their abilities, and gives readers a peek into the professional player development and the perspectives involved. The book is about the study of philosophy and practical procedure, how it is developed, reviewed, and analyzed in professional baseball.

This book connects well with all baseball lovers and it is a must-read for all those who are seeking employment in professional baseball. The book should be read by all baseball coaches and players as the perspectives and insights shared are thought-provoking. The author handles the topic extensively and his experience in professional baseball as a player, scout, and front office executive makes this an informative read. His writing style is neat and simple, making it easy for readers from all strata of society to understand baseball and everything associated with it. This book can be kept as a guide to the conceptual thought processes required in designing Baseball Operations programs and procedures. It also has some good techniques and suggestions on how to solve issues in professional baseball and create successful plans.

Gisela Dixon

Do You Want to Work in Baseball? by Bill Geivett is a comprehensive non-fiction book on the ins and outs of professional baseball and how to make a life and career in it. Do You Want to Work in Baseball? explores literally everything to do with the field, including what are the various job and career options in the field, detailed information about each one, how to break in, baseball operations, interview skills and tips, scouting, and much more. Bill Geivett brings his background in professional baseball to this book and explores not just everything that is needed to know to break into the industry, but also offers thought-provoking and often times humorous glimpses into the world of some well-known pro baseball players.

Do You Want to Work in Baseball? is an in-depth, comprehensive book on everything one needs to know to succeed in the field of Major League Baseball. In fact, the interview tips and general life lessons in this book are not restricted to pro baseball or indeed any sports field, and can be applied equally well to any field to achieve career success. I really liked the interview section presented in this book, which proves that one not only needs the skills, but also a never-give-up, can-do attitude and a passion for the job. The writing style is very engaging and makes it a fun read, even for a non-baseball fan. All in all, a highly recommended read for anyone wishing to enter the competitive world of Major League Baseball.

Kayti Nika Raet

Bill Geivett's Do You Want to Work in Baseball? provides an insider's look into the world of professional baseball. In it, Geivett details how scouts evaluate players, the process of starting a career there, and the passion required for longevity and success. With twenty-eight years of experience, Bill Geivett is an expert in his field, not through sudden genius - though his work is insightful - but because of a willingness to listen and learn, a willingness he proves time and time again is necessary for success.

Do You Want to Work in Baseball is more than a simple how to. As Geivett draws on his insight as a player, scout, and front office executive, he offers philosophical as well as practical advice. His advice is also good for any aspect of one's life, regardless of whether they succeed in the world of baseball, urging the reader to focus on long term gains instead of short term victories.

I enjoyed reading Do You Want to Work in Baseball? by Bill Geivett. It provides a unique view into a world few get to experience and Geivett's words of wisdom also reminded me of my own father who coached Little League. It seems as though baseball inspires a unique philosophy in all those who engage in the classic sport. Geivett also includes some colorful stories as well as tips and advice, and his book reads as though you're getting one-on-one insight from a mentor. A great read for anyone who is tough enough for the world of baseball.