Where Are They Wednesday with Baseball 2015 Alumnus Joe Harrington

Name: Joe Harrington
Sport: Baseball
Year of Graduation: 2015
Major: Quantitative Economics

Where do you currently work and what do you do?

I work in Player Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers as the Assistant Director of Minor League Operations. Alongside a killer team, we oversee the development of 200+ players from all over the world, as we strive to uphold our mission of building strong men first, and strong baseball players second. My primary responsibilities include player evaluation, process management/improvement, staff development, hiring and assisting in development plan formulation.

What is your favorite Tufts memory?

I have two: watching Will Glazier try to catch a seagull with his bare hands during FIT Pre-Orientation, and humiliating Cody McCallum in cornhole in front of his family and friends while visiting him at his childhood home in Rutherford, New Jersey after sophomore year.

How has the Tufts community helped in your professional life since graduating?

Both the Tufts community and the baseball alumni group have been invaluable in my professional - and personal - life since graduating. Our captain my freshman year, Sam Sager, not only helped me get my foot in the door with the Tampa Bay Rays, but also let me live with him and his now wife, Julia - also a former Jumbo and tennis superstar - during my internship with the team. My professor, Andy Andres, introduced me to my current boss and former Jumbo, Matty McGrath, who was the reason I got hired by the Dodgers. Will Vanderberg (M.S. '15), another Dodger coworker, former Tufts baseball teammate and close friend imparts his wisdom of biomechanics on me each day to expedite my learning curve and make me look like I actually know what I'm doing. Alex Merberg (A '15 ) - one of my best friends - who works for the Cleveland Indians, continuously pushes me with different ways to approach problems and attack development. Finally, none of these opportunities would have been possible without the values Coach Casey instilled in us during our time on the baseball team, whether or not we comprehended the method to his madness at the time. Oh, and can't forget my girlfriend, Anna Grammerstorf (MPH '17), who caught me up to speed on the finer things in life such as vacuuming, doing the dishes and recycling.

Harrington is a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization that won the 2020 World Series, the team's first championship since 1988. His career in Major League Baseball started with the Tampa Bay Rays as a Baseball Operations intern and then as an Advance Scouting intern in 2015 and 2016. He was hired by the Dodgers in 2017 and held positions in Peformance Science for the team prior to moving into his current role. He is from Burke, Virginia originally.

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