Wareham Gatemen Baseball
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Jeffrey Lunger

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics
Minor: Mathematics, Environmental and Renewable Resource Economics
Hometown: Media, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2021

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

Working for Wareham Gatemen rewarded me with knowledge, skills, and fond memories that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. When attending a game or practice six days a week, my duties consisted of running commonly used baseball data collecting technology, which ranged from motion sensors, ball trackers, to video cameras, as well as charting pitcher velocities, spin rates, and tendencies. I also scouted individual players using the professional grading scale and participated in traditional field maintenance.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, my internship provided real world data to analyze and interpret. With the use of data capturing technology, I effectively gathered and subsequently translated raw numbers into tangible information that players and coaches could better understand and utilize. I further developed collaboration, teamwork, and presentation skills that translated into the classroom setting when working on projects or in teams. In completing scouting reports, my writing improved and become more concise.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

In mimicking entry-level baseball positions with MLB teams, my internship provided invaluable experience in running common technologies seen around professional baseball. In addition, learning the cadence of report writing, and subsequently producing reports, I have a foundation in which to build upon and use to gain an advantage in the competitive hiring process. The experience also introduced me to people working in pro baseball that will act as mentors and advisors for entering the baseball world and maintaining my career there.

"... learning the cadence of report writing, and subsequently producing reports, I have a foundation in which to build upon and use to gain an advantage in the competitive hiring process."

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Enrichment funds from the college of Liberal Arts were a key piece in making the experience happen. Since the position was unpaid and far from home, I am grateful that it was possible to utilize funding to lower the tremendous costs associated with living in a popular and expensive area for the summer.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program, in addition to the college of Liberal Arts, provided additional funding for the experience that was necessary for my ability to complete the internship.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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