This is an edited version of an article that appeared in JMore.
Eve Rosenbaum’s not your average Orioles fan. In fact, she’s not your average anything.
Fusing her varsity softball player experience at Harvard with her education from the university’s world-renowned classrooms, Rosenbaum is one of a limited number of women in Major League Baseball with a high-ranking role in operations.
The fact that she is the Orioles’ director of baseball development for her hometown team is just icing on the cake. Now just a year into scoring her dream job, Rosenbaum’s fingerprints are already all over the rebuild spearheaded by Mike Elias, the O’s executive vice president and general manager.
Rosenbaum spoke about her remarkable journey from childhood fan to front office executive, while also reflecting on growing up Jewish in Maryland. Eve will be the speaker at The Associated’s Jewish Professional Women’s Kick-off Event on November 15.
How would you summarize your role with the club?
I am the conduit between the various departments that we have within baseball operations. Some of our main departments are Research & Development, Scouting, and Player Development. Our R&D team includes a lot of people who are really great in math, computer science and analytics. They are constantly coming up with cutting edge research findings and producing actionable baseball data. I work with them to make sure that the information is presented clearly on our database and then I work with our Scouting and Player Development departments to make sure that we are utilizing these findings when we scout and when we sign players.
Then, once those players are in our organization, I help ensure that we are driving their progress and coaching them, essentially making sure that we use our findings to grow players from prospects into consistent Major League players.
At the same time, we are also making sure that the theories which our scouts or our coaches have from working hands on with the players is being communicated back to R&D so that they can look into these ideas further to make sure that the numbers support these theories. So, I connect the dots among all the different areas throughout the department.