Chad Tatum ’18, a former Rice baseball player who graduated with a degree in Sport Management, has recently began working for the Baltimore Orioles as a Baseball Operations Analyst.
In that role, Tatum utilizes his coding and statistics background to assist in scouting, player development, and data analytics.
“This year I’ve been much more focused on the player development side for the Orioles,” Tatum said. “For the second time, I am at Spring Training where I’m tracking some of the biggest names in baseball. I love what I’m doing.”
During his time at Rice, Tatum, a 2nd baseman for the Owls, not only managed to juggle the heavy load of baseball and academics, but he also completed internships with Alamo Bowl and Official Fan Package.
“Playing baseball at Rice gave me a competitive nature and taste of success,” Tatum said. “That competitive drive has helped me to become successful in the work environment as well.”
Tatum credits the Department of Sport Management for helping him build the needed tools, networks, and experiences to land his dream job in baseball with the Orioles.
“I learned the most from the hands-on internships,” Tatum said. “They helped me gain experience in analytics and helped me get a better idea of what career opportunities I wanted to pursue after graduation.”
Mason Hellums, a senior from Robstown, Texas, is majoring in Sport Management.