This summer I had the privilege of interning with MLB.com, covering the Texas Rangers for 10 weeks. Each day, I arrived at the ballpark between 2:15 and 2:45 for a 7:05 game, and immediately hit the ground running. After conducting pregame interviews with Rangers players, as well as manager Ron Washington, I contributed to a pregame notebook that went live on texasrangers.com an hour before game time. The pregame notebook consisted of any and all relevant team, which for the Rangers included a slew of roster moves and transactions, due to so many team injuries. When game time came, either me or my boss, T.R. Sullivan, had to have a running story in by the end of the eighth inning, and a final gamer in 90 minutes after the final pitch. Often times I’d write side stories as well, and when the team was on the road I wrote previews for the Rangers, as well as the other teams in the league.
I also had the opportunity to write several feature stories in addition to the day-to-day coverage that comes with being a beat reporter for a professional team. The feature stories often ran on off-days, and frequently required a translator, which taught me how to be more flexible.
I learned what it takes to be a true beat reporter, and how important it is to quickly and accurately relay the behind-the-scenes information to the fans. The 2014 season was an unconventional one for the Rangers, who saw unprecedented injuries and extreme adversity. Fans were able to see what happened in each game by looking at a box score or rwatching highlights, but it was what the athletes and coaches were saying about the results that mattered. It was my job to make sure that information was shared.
I absolutely would recommend this internship to any and every female college student interested in pursuing a career in sports writing. Writing for MLB.com kept me on my toes, taught me how to write quicker on deadline, and allowed me to create relationships that I know I will treasure for the rest of my life. My very last day I even got to write a story on George Bush surprising Derek Jeter in his final visit to Globe Life Park. I was so fortunate to have such an excellent teacher in my boss, and his lessons have already carried over with me in my first month back at school.
MLB.com pushed me — often times out of my comfort zone — but it made me a better writer and certainly a better person. For that I will be forever thankful.
Raynor is a senior at North Carolina who is majoring in journalism and mass communication. Follow her on Twitter at @gmraynor.