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Play ball! In good company at MLB front offices
Bringing a fresh perspective to the world of major league baseball.
More than a third of the top financial executives in Major League Baseball have PwC roots. Formal titles vary, but many were seasoned by early PwC experience for their careers in the Majors. Steve Quinn, Vice president, finance and administration and Chief Financial Officer for the Detroit Tigers, is one such alum.
Quinn has adapted to life in the big leagues, learning its ways over time. Like any other industry, baseball has adopted its own language and nuances—what one executive deemed “baseball accounting.” But the baseline responsibilities, the simple debits and credits, came naturally to an accounting professional who sharpened his skills on large-scale audit and tax engagements.
He admits, however, to something intrinsically unique about an office environment where business expenses include hot dogs, pizza and cold beverages in the owner’s box, and the team’s success means everything.
Pride and passion in their club have been known to exact an emotional toll on a team’s office staff. “Wins and losses definitely affect the mood in the front office,” said Quinn. “I always tell people, when times are bad, we’re not as bad as folks might think we are, and from a front-office perspective, when times are good, we’re probably not as good as what we think we are.”
But whether the season ends with a rise in the standings, a championship trophy, or a shrug and a view to better times next year, what remains is a contribution to baseball’s special magic. Traits that drive success in the batter’s box and the corporate box overlap. And skills cultivated at PwC and applied to America’s legendary pastime operate behind the grandstand scene, helping teams financially weather many seasons to come.