(December 2, 2011) For the past couple years, Matt Friedman has wanted two things, to live in a major market and to work full-time in minor league baseball. He has now achieved both goals. An STAA client since December 2007, Friedman is joining the Gary (IN) Railcats Baseball Club as Manager of Broadcasting and Media Relations. He’ll live in Chicago.
The Railcats play in the independent American Association. “Its an organization that’s had a lot of success,” Friedman says. “They’ve averaged 3,000 fans for 10 straight seasons. They’ve also been successful on the field, winning two championships and making six straight playoffs [between 2005 – 2010].”
Friedman joins the Railcats after spending 2010 as the No.2 broadcaster with the Kinston Indians and last summer as the lead voice of the Florence Freedom.
Networking played a key role in Friedman landing his new job. “Through a contact, I talked to Tom Nichols, (Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations) with the Dayton Dragons. Tom was with Gary for three seasons. He told me about the opening.”
Following the tip from Nichols, Friedman immediately contacted Railcats President and GM Kevin Spudic, emailing a letter and the link to his STAA Talent Page. Spudic called Friedman the next day, they scheduled an interview, and Friedman was eventually offered the job.
“A huge bonus of networking is there is always going to be jobs out there that few people know about,” Friedman advises.