More on The GMercyU Community

GMercyU alum Andrew Ball

Meet Andrew Ball

Sports Management, 2011

"I spent the majority of my time at GMercyU on the field or in the gym, working toward becoming a better baseball player. The feeling of working toward a goal with 30 other people is something I’m really glad I had the chance to be a part of.”

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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 may seem 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 serves as a liaison between scouts and the front office.