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The Padres sent a job fair invite to the wrong woman

Aug 10, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

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Getting a job in baseball is hard. Really hard. There is a line of super smart, highly-credentialed young men and women who would kill to work in sports. The teams and leagues know this, so the competition is fierce an the pay is low for entry level positions. Oh, and the hours are totally bonkers.

It’s one thing to be selective with your potential hires — hey, you gotta be if you want to run a top flight organization — but it’s another thing altogether to taunt them. As Deadspin reports, the San Diego Padres learned that recently when they sent an email to a woman, inviting her to pay $500 to come to a job fair after they had already rejected her application many times over.

She didn’t much like that, and after (a) telling the Padres to commit a sexual act upon her that is impossible for specific anatomical reasons; and (b) outlining her experience and qualifications once again, she wrote:

And given all that, I chose to apply with the Padres, at least 30 times since moving to San Diego. Persevering through countless anonymous email rejections, I continued to submit my resume despite never even being granted the courtesy of a face-to-face interview. All for the joy of making $30K a year. Maybe you’re right. Maybe I’m not the best fit for your company. But here’s a nice fit, my foot in your ass.

All the best,


Guessing that won’t get her a job with the Padres. But as Deadspin notes, some other sports teams around the country are taking a shine to this young woman’s moxie.

Not the way I’d go about things, but it probably beats plunking down $500 for a job fair.

  1. kkolchak - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    They are charging $500 for the “right” to attend a job fair? What a friggin’ crock. I don’t care how much in demand their jobs are, that is just plain sh@tty.

    • paperlions - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:49 AM

      It is….but, if you are in favor of markets determining salaries and value, then it is a reasonable approach (more than anything, I bet the $500 fee keeps the team from dealing with a giant deluge of useless fan-boys). The offensive part to me is that MLB (just like all sports teams) refuse pay open market prices for high end rare assets. If you pay young, smart potential FO types nothing because they are far more than there are positions….then you should be willing to open the market for young talented baseball players and let all teams bid on their services and let the market determine their salaries as well. MLB wants an open market when it favors them and a monopoly when it doesn’t.

      • joshfrancis50 - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:09 AM

        But MLB IS paying open market prices for this talent. The demand dictates the selectivity with which they can hire and pay. If it were harder to find this talent they’d pay more.

      • joshfrancis50 - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:11 AM

        And now, I think I may have misinterpreted your comment. If baseball lets the market dictate FO personnel, why not let those same principals work with the players.

      • paperlions - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:16 AM

        Yes, that is the point. Let players hit the open market instead of having a draft, whose main purpose is to restrict the earning power of players. What other jobs tell you which company you can work for and won’t let you work for any other company for at least the first 6 years of your career (usually closer to 10 years)?

      • kopy - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:57 AM

        The company is MLB. Individual franchises are not differnet companies. When you say one company is preventing you from leaving for another company for 6 years, you’re being deceptive. It’s just putting your time in with one company until you earn the seniority to choose your franchise.

      • paperlions - Aug 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM

        MLB is not the company, the teams are….individual team make money, sell their TV rights, market their team, and keep their own profits. MLB is the construct in which they display their wares, that is all. MLB does not make money, teams do.

      • bigleagues - Aug 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM

        My kneejerk is to agree with kkolchak.

        However, as someone who actually sifted through applications and conducted hiring interviews at the Winter Meetings . . . paperlions is take is pretty much dead-on correct.

        My only concern with charging $500 for a job fair is that a residual effect might be that you are excluding people who don’t have that kind of money to lay down on a job bet – but who would otherwise run through a wall for you.

        It’s not easy to get a sense of how hard someone will work for little pay within the scope of a 10-15 minute interview. We would typically have 2 people conduct interviews, identify the finalists for the position and sometimes have them hang out one night with our contingent to get a sense of them in a more casual setting.

      • Tim's Neighbor - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:58 PM

        I’ve worked for a professional baseball team. It’s a hard industry to get in and even harder to stay in. I paid for 1 job fair, about 25$, and though I later got a job with that team, no one remembered me from that fair. I had to earn my way there through a part-time job, and you know, working hard for little pay.

        500$? No thanks.

  2. latchbeam - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    HIRE HER!!

    • bigleagues - Aug 10, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      If this is her:

      Than two observations:

      1) If you are about to finish your juris doctorate in law, then you pretty much have earned FU credentials over getting a ticket office job (which is pretty much the most thankless, least glamorous position in any organization).

      2) She’s pretty. And as much as I loathe to offer this observation, it’s never-the-less important . . . the deck remains stacked against attractive women in pro sports . . . especially baseball. It’s still a boys club and many charged with hiring will worry that a) she will be a distraction in the office and b) she’s a cleat-chaser – especially if she has applied as many times as has been reported.

      • bigleagues - Aug 10, 2012 at 12:58 PM

        [edit function] – *then not than.

  3. heyblueyoustink - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    “Getting a job in baseball is hard. Really hard. There is a line of super smart, highly-credentialed young men and women who would kill to work in sports.”

    ….So Craig, how’d you get your gig? Jedi mind tricks? Litigation threats? Made the executives watch the movie “Critters” until they gave in to your demands?

    • mybrunoblog - Aug 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      Get a clue dude. Calcaterra works for a division of NBC. He has no affiliation with MLB other than the obvious facts that he writes a baseball blog. For the record it’s tough getting a baseball media job too.

      • thefalcon123 - Aug 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM

        “For the record it’s tough getting a baseball media job too.”

        Which is amazing, since 90% of them are fuck-awful at it.

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 10, 2012 at 12:43 PM

        Hey Bruno, it was a joke. How about this for a clue, quit being a thumb sucking sycophant, ass clown.

  4. huffdaddyco - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    I assume that (a) was her telling them to do something to her Dick Williams.

    • sabatimus - Aug 10, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      Rich Harden?

    • Bryz - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      Richard Brandon Wood?

      (Yes, Brandon Wood’s actual first name is Richard. No wonder he chose to go with Brandon.)

  5. delawarephilliesfan - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    It seems to me that they Padres are not keeping track of detail on rejected applicants – i.e. number of times applied, reasons, etc. But that hardly makes them unique. Creating a database can be difficult, and of course the data is only as good as what is inputed.

    Sounds to me like this was sent to all rejected employees, she being one of them. Not a big deal, imo. But I can see why she did not like it

  6. deadeyedesign23 - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    I don’t think a face to face interview is “a courtesy.” Honestly I think she sounds like a petulant child here.

    • Jonny 5 - Aug 10, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      Actually, to me it sounds like the Pads are trying to make sure they only hire “petulant children” types. Who can afford to drop 500$ on the chance to get a job paying 30,000$ ? I’d say people who still live home with their parents therefore don’t care that they paid 500$ to enter a job lottery which will pay you less than it costs to live in S.D. Not saying all people who still live home with mom and dad are all brats, but don’t you want to be able to support yourself with a job? To me the method of making applicants pay a large fee is a mistake as it will not only cut down on the amount of good applicants but also draw a certain type of person not known for the best work ethics. A baseball team should be smarter imo. I’d say most other teams have a better way of combing through applicants than that. Unless of course they invite a few thousand applicants to fill 3 positions, then it’s just a way of bringing in additional income at that point.

      • Tim's Neighbor - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        The position I had with a professional baseball team had a couple thousand applicants. All for an entry level job that paid 8.50$/hour. It sucks getting rejected, but the odds just aren’t there. The email is only insulting to someone whose ego is so big that they think they’re so outstanding that the Padres were intentionally singling her out of the thousands to reject her each time. The only reason I got my job is because I made real connections by working a part-time gig.

    • sabatimus - Aug 10, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      After getting patently insulted by the Padres, I’d say her response is understandable.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:01 PM

        Not getting hired isn’t an insult. So they sent you an email. I’m sure it was a terrible burdon for her to delete it.

      • Bryz - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:33 PM

        Did you read the Deadspin post, deadeye?

        This woman was rejected 30 times. She has been easily qualified for many of the positions, overqualified for some. She got so discouraged that she eventually asked to become a ticket taker, and was once again rejected. Finally, the Padres contact her saying that they have an interest in her, but only if she drops $500 to attend what sounds exactly like a job fair.

        In my mind, she did the right thing in calling the organization out for how they had been treating her.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:55 PM

        If she was so over qualified she should have been applying other places. Are we honestly going to suggest that she’s such a Padres fan that a job taking tickets with them is better than any other job she could get because of how “over qualified” she is? It doesn’t matter how they were treating her .No one is forcing her to apply to work for a major league baseball team.

  7. karaterobot - Aug 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    “She didn’t much like that, and after (a) telling the Padres to commit a sexual act upon her that is impossible for specific anatomical reasons”

    Craig, your writing reminds me of how Mitt Romney would sound performing a reading of 50 Shades of Grey on stage.

    • sabatimus - Aug 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      Keep your Romney out of my sports.

    • thefalcon123 - Aug 10, 2012 at 11:37 AM

      This is the saddest attempt at a topical joke I’ve ever seen.

  8. bigleagues - Aug 10, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    “She didn’t much like that, and after (a) telling the Padres to commit a sexual act upon her that is impossible for specific anatomical reasons”

    Apparently Craig doesn’t watch much porn. I’ve seen things much bigger than foot . . . not that I watch much or anything . . .


    • bigleagues - Aug 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      ohhhhhh . . . if I had read the Deadspin post before commenting, then I would have understood the anatomical reference a little more clearly!

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