Why is Jesse Behr a “Special Assistant” at Baseball Prospectus? What does that even mean?
Behr actually answered this question during the long chat session that Baseball Prospectus held on the first day of the playoffs. I realize the purpose of this blog is snark, but if you want the info it’s there.
It took some digging, but I found the chat in question. Here’s the relevant passage:
Jesse Behr (2:38:40 PM PT): I’ll start by saying I’M NOT the punching bag for our staff here, though this chat may not show that . . . Basically, with the whole “Special Assistant” title, I have a very unique situation. I’m studying as a freshman at Syracuse University in the Sport Management department. Since I spend a good amount of time working with these nuts (kidding!) during the week, I asked my lead professors if I could earn credits for my work at BP. To make a long story short, the title of “Special Assistant” was awarded to me to so I could concentrate on specific tasks with Prospectus rather than carry a broader title of being called an intern (not that that’s a bad thing). Now, I can take those three credits and cure world hunger . . .
That doesn’t even make sense. Isn’t working for an outside firm for college credit called an internship? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!
It means he’s a guy who just started out as a behind the scenes intern, but did well enough to earn a promotion. Because BP pays author’s more than assistants (I presume), they didn’t want to make him a full fledged Author yet; however, they wanted him to contribute to the site.
Admit it. You made that up completely.
Yes, yes I did.
I miss this blog. More, please.
Nothing on this? I figure it would be perfect Praiseball fodder. Backlasher was a guy who would opine on Moneyball, DIPs, steroids, and reliever usage. He was sort of a dick, but I got along with him.
More food for thought. Aren’t Bradberri both Burn-baum recipients?
It’s the World F Series. You haven’t found something to snark on lately? A lonely nation turns its eyes towards you.
Jesse’s LinkedIn profile says that he’s now a ‘Executive Assistant’, and I didn’t make that up
Does that mean he fetches coffee for Colin Wyers?
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