Athletics Nation thrives on the efforts of the community. When a spot opens up on the roster, we don't go out and sign a high-profile free agent writer, because we are a small-budget team. Instead, we promote from within, just like the A's do.
The front page crew keeps a Game Thread schedule, and we’re starting to put together this year’s version. To help fill it up, we're holding our annual Spring Training Game Thread Auditions, via the FanPosts section.
If you’re interesting in writing for AN, then this is the best way to get your foot in the door. In this case we’re specifically looking for folks to run Game Threads/recaps during the season, but many of our current front page writers came to us through past versions of these spring auditions, including Jeremy F. Koo, Tim Eckert-Fong, and bernie_till_i_die — so as you can see there is not only the opportunity to cover some games but also to find an expanded role down the road.
Note: It’s also OK to sign up for this because you just feel like covering a spring game for fun. Wanting to write for AN all season is not a requirement!
So, without further ado, here is how this will work. I'm posting the Cactus League schedule below, and anyone who is interested can claim a game in the comments section. To start out, we'll keep it to one person per game, but that rule may be bent later on depending on demand.
When you choose your game, your job will be to do the following:
- Post the Preview/Game Thread half an hour before game time. (We’ll move it from FanPosts to front page for you.)
- Post a recap of the game, structured however you wish, within an hour or so after the game.
- Bulleted lists should have 3 items but those are the only 2 things you have to do.
At the end of the spring, we will determine who (if anyone) to add to the staff based largely on community feedback, but the final decision will be made by the front page crew.
Schedule of games to choose from. Games start at noon until 3/12, at which point they switch to 1 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). Games that are televised are in italics with their channels (MLB Network or Comcast Sports Net California), but so far that’s only two games and there may end up being more. Games that have been claimed are denoted by the screen names of the individuals who claimed them:
Sat. 2/25 @ Cubs (MLBN) — TuffsBuffs steps in for a warmup
Sun. 2/26 vs. Angels — Jeremy F. Koo gets some stretches in
Mon. 2/27 @ Giants
Tue. 2/28 vs. Indians
Wed. 3/1 @ Padres
Thu. 3/2 vs. Rangers
Fri. 3/3 vs. Giants
Sat. 3/4 vs. Indians
Sun. 3/5 @ Mariners
Mon. 3/6 OFF-DAY
Tue. 3/7 @ D’Backs — synthfunkfan
Wed. 3/8 vs. Team Italy
Thu 3/9 vs. Reds — Ferdinand de Saussure
Fri. 3/10 @ Royals (5 p.m.)
Sat. 3/11 vs. Rangers
Sun. 3/12 vs. Cubs (CSNCA) — Nswany4
Mon. 3/13 @ Reds
Tue. 3/14 vs. Rockies — Torreyh
Wed. 3/15 OFF-DAY
Thu. 3/16 @ Indians
Fri. 3/17 vs. D’Backs
Sat. 3/18 vs. Padres
Sun. 3/19 @ Rockies — OaklandAsbaseball
Mon. 3/20 vs. D’Backs (7 p.m.) — Matt Doan
Tue. 3/21 @ Mariners (7 p.m.) — B.Lewis
Wed. 3/22 @ White Sox — Cespy’s Eyebrows
Thu. 3/23 vs. Brewers — J. Moore
Fri. 3/24 vs. White Sox — Frederic_Henry
Sat. 3/25 vs. Reds (SS)
Sat. 3/25 @ Dodgers (SS) — Matt Doan
Sun. 3/26 @ Brewers — J. Moore
Mon. 3/27 vs. Royals
Tue. 3/28 @ Angels
Wed. 3/29 @ Cubs
(The three Bay Bridge games from March 30 to April 1 will be used for final auditions or other tune-up purposes.)
Game thread and front page positions are on a volunteer basis. Your motivation should be the pure enjoyment of following your team and the fun of having a voice about issues you care about. The entrepreneurial among us have used this kind of thing as an unofficial "unpaid internship" and parlayed it into paying gigs in the media industry, but that part is up to you. If you've ever wanted to write about the A's, this is your chance; the platform already exists and the audience is already here, so you won't get a more gift-wrapped opportunity than this.
So, without further ado, sign up for the game you'd like to cover in the comments! Even if you don't want to audition for a permanent spot but always wanted to run a Game Thread one time just for fun, that's fine too. The whole point of all of this is to have fun, so let's have some fun with it. Happy Threading!