Working with a minor league baseball team can be extremely rewarding. Not only are you getting paid to be part of the national pastime, but you get to see young ballplayers who are on the way to the major leagues, up close and personal. Unfortunately, being the director of baseball operations for a minor league team is not likely to make you rich. It is, however, a great career for those interested in a fulfilling career in the game.
A front office staff member for minor league teams doesn’t make as much money as you might think. According to a 2010 "Baseball America" article, "director positions usually begin at $25,000 and top out around $50,000.” People who work with Single-A teams will generally make a little less than those who represent Triple-A teams. (This also goes for ballplayers working their way through the minors.)
The duties of the director of baseball operations will vary, depending on the team. In general, it will be your responsibility to do whatever it takes to make sure your team is ready to take the field. You will coordinate with the groundskeepers and clubhouse staff and others. It’s not likely that you’ll be making roster decisions; that’s the job of the major league folks and the general manager.
Minor League Baseball
One of the great qualities of minor league baseball is that you have a little more freedom than at the major league level. While winning is still important, it is critical to improve attendance and ensure that your fans have fun. Another primary responsibility of the minor leagues is to develop players who, hopefully, will soon be ready for the majors. It's important to remember that you’re not only working for the Connecticut Tigers; you’re also working for their parent club, the Detroit Tigers.
Even though the salary of a director at the minor league level can be somewhat low, it’s important to consider the future. Being a director of baseball operations for a Single-A baseball team can lead to higher-paying positions at higher levels. Depending on your skill and level of success, you could move on to a Double-A or Triple-A team as a director, or even as a general manager. Many major league front office personnel got their start in this way, and you could be next.