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Current Position: Director of Baseball Operations for the Los Angeles Angels
Story Last Updated: August 2017
Current Position Updated: March 2019
You seldom hear of someone leaving a full-time position behind for an internship with no job security. That is, unless everything you have done since you first saw Nolan Ryan pitch in Arlington Stadium at just two years of age has been toward your dream of working in Major League Baseball.
Andrew Ball, a 2011 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sports management , took a gamble when he left his job as the baseball operations manager of the York Revolution to take an internship with the front office of the Tampa Bay Rays. It was a risk he felt necessary.
Playing baseball all of his life, Ball knew he wanted to continue playing at the collegiate level. After countless recruiting trips across the northeast, he felt Gwynedd Mercy University was the right mix of a well-rounded education and competitive athletics.
Once on campus, Ball developed special relationships with not only his teammates and coaches, but with several professors and faculty members. Ball's business teachers, Stephen Mumford and Ron Bruce specifically, armed him with the knowledge he needed to step into the workforce immediately.
His gamble might have seemed risky, but after his internship ended, Ball landed a full-time position with the Tampa Bay Rays as an Assistant in Baseball Operations where he served as a liaison between scouts and the front office for several years. He recently took on the role of Director of Baseball Operations for the Los Angeles Angels.