How to Become a General Manager in the Major Leagues

Even if you can't play ball, you can be a major league player.
Even if you can't play ball, you can be a major league player. (Image: Driendl Group/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Not everyone who loves baseball is destined to play in the major leagues. But the major league players couldn't go out there and play ball if it weren't for the people in the clubhouse. Leading up this behind-the-scenes team is the general manager. This is the person in charge of the team's operations. Becoming general manager in the major leagues is perhaps even more of a long shot than playing on the field. However, for the highly motivated baseball fan lacking athleticism but possessing keen business sense, it certainly is the more realistic option.

Get an extensive education. General managers aren't dummies. They are people with keen business sense. This means that you will likely have to get an education in business administration, sports management or law to prepare yourself to compete. You may also want to learn as many foreign languages as you can. Major League Baseball is increasingly international, so a strong command of Spanish or Japanese will make you an attractive prospect when you go scouting for front office jobs.

Get an internship with a major league club. This will allow you to make connections within the team, as well as earn valuable experience. Remember that because of the broad scope of a general manager's job, basically anything that you get an internship doing will result in valuable experience for your future position at the top of the franchise.

Accept any job the franchise offers you. Even when working in the front office, few people start working in the majors. Your flexibility in accepting a position will make climbing your way to the top easier. Not only does it open more doors, you will also prove yourself to be a person willing to make sacrifices for the good of the team. Nothing shows your willingness to do whatever it takes quite like moving from Los Angeles to Witchita to oversee some seemingly minor part of a farm team.

Maintain your resolve, even in the face of setbacks. Your road to the general manager's office won't be a straight shot. It will likely be fraught with setbacks and problems. However, your resilience will show you to be good general manager material.

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