John Lopez’s unique start to his career was featured in an October article published by Elon News Network.
Since about opening day of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, John Lopez ’16 has carefully balanced the line between Elon University student and media analytics intern for the Miami Marlins. The two roles – separated by nearly 12 hours by car, or a two-hour flight – have lead to an unconventional senior year experience for the business management major minoring in sport and event management.
His experience juggling both responsibilities over the past few months was featured in an Elon News Network article, titled “Lopez jumps at the chance of a lifetime with Miami Marlins.” Jamie Snover ’20 penned the feature article, which was published in October.
“If you told me in high school or during my freshman year of college … that I’d be working for the Miami Marlins before I even graduated, I’d probably tell you to get out of the room,” Lopez told ENN. “I wouldn’t even believe you.”
Assistant Professor of Sport and Event Management Mark Cryan, who has mentored Lopez, credited the senior’s experience as a Division I athlete, as well as his work ethic. Lopez took advantage of a baseball-themed study abroad class in the Dominican Republic and a university-sponsored baseball analytics competition team in addition to his summer internships, helping him break into the industry.
“There’s only 30 teams, and each of them only have a handful of people… so the demand for these jobs is very high,” Cryan explained in the article. “For John to have gotten this job shows how hard he worked and what a good position he put himself in.”