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Students of the Game (SOTG) is dedicated to providing baseball players, coaches, parents, and fans a one-stop-shop for content regarding the new generation of baseball analytics and player development. SOTG offers insights and articles written by our co-founders about the ever-so-changing wave of player development, analytics, and interviews with credible members of the baseball industry. Our goal is to inspire learning and thought-provoking conversations amongst our following, which we hope will evolve and challenge your personal beliefs about baseball.
Matthew de Marte – President
“Baseball has always been my biggest passion. My goal is to learn as much as I can about baseball through an open mind that will allow me to be curious and objective in a quest to become a true student of the game. The game of baseball we all know and love has evolved to one powered by analytics and data-driven player development. As I started to hear about analytics and tools such as weighted balls in high school, I was skeptical and caught up in traditional teachings. I was narrow-minded and naive to the new direction baseball was headed. I entered college after undergoing hernia surgery a couple of days before my freshman orientation at Babson College, followed by almost three years of undiagnosed Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. During this time, I started to expand my viewpoints, research sabermetrics, and the new wave of player development. What I learned challenged nearly everything I had been taught, and I began buying into the new realms of baseball. The evolution of baseball dramatically sparked my interests and made me want to learn as much as I possibly can. With all the new information, a found a desire to try to pursue a career in baseball operations. After making this decision, I became even more obsessed to learn as much as I possibly could about baseball. This quest for truth and answers has increased my knowledge of baseball and made me eager to share this journey with others. When I had this idea, I wanted to create a platform with my brother. Our relationship is built on our love of the game and a desire to be the best players, students, and teachers of baseball as possible. Together, we hope to change the lens through which our followers view baseball and its new generation. I do not want our followers to adopt my thoughts and viewpoints about the game, but rather I want to inspire players, coaches, and fans to search for and develop their own answers. If SOTG can do this then we will have achieved our goal in inspiring the new generation of baseball.”
Jonathan de Marte – Vice President
“If you told me my high school performance was any indication of the direction my baseball career was headed, I would have been the first to tell you I envisioned playing three years of college ball and then getting drafted. After winning the New York State Gatorade player of the year twice, I thought my name was destined to be called on draft day. I just finished my second season of professional baseball after spending most of my Professional career with the Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League. I was traded to the York Revolution of the Atlantic League this past August. I am also a member of Team Israel for the upcoming 2020 Olympic qualifiers and hopefully can aid in helping Israel qualify for the Olympics, and be able to travel to Tokyo and participate in the games. My path to becoming a professional pitcher has not been ideal to say the least. During my time at the University of Richmond, I underwent five surgeries; three elbow, a partially torn rotator cuff, a double hernia, and became a position player before becoming a two-way guy in my sixth year. These setbacks forced me to expand my viewpoints on baseball training, and I had to become open-minded to new frontiers that could keep me on the field. After experiencing various setbacks, I became desperate and willing to try anything to get back on the field. My desperation led me down a path that has changed how I train and how I pitch, which has kept me healthy and made me a better pitcher than I ever imagined. My new training regimen contains movements that had been debunked by my baseball counterparts for most of my life. It took serious self-realization over the years to migrate towards the new generation of movement, lifting, rehabbing, throwing, and hitting. Now, I believe that if athletes do not invest in themselves by exploring the new training methods that have emerged for hitting, lifting, throwing, pitching, and moving pertaining to baseball their growth as a player will be stunted and they will not be able to reach their full potential. One of the personal satisfactions my brother and I have is sharing what we have learned with other aspiring ballplayers and seeing them implement and have success as a result of our guidance. I pride myself on positivity, humility, and leading by example to become the best player and source of information I can be. SOTG is dedicated to providing content in an objective matter, which I believe is one of our most attractive attributes. Matthew and I are not claiming our way is the only way or the best way, but rather we are sharing content that has benefited our clients and ourselves as a way to offer ‘students of the game’ an alternative way of understanding the new generation of baseball.”
Jack Landess – Advertising and Marketing Intern
“I was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia and have been in and around the game of baseball my entire life. Growing up, l played travel baseball for various teams and organizations as well as for my high school. During my junior season at Mills E. Godwin high school, I was the starting designated hitter until an injury cut my season short. I came back my senior year and started at second base for Godwin. In my senior campaign, I earned all-conference honors, was named to the all-academic team, and helped lead Godwin to the Virginia state championship tournament.
After graduating from Godwin, I decided to pursue a degree in Advertising at the University of South Carolina. I am currently a Junior at USC, and I am an Advertising major and a Business Administration minor with a concentration in Marketing. As a Gamecock, I have been involved in various athletic and academic pursuits on campus including positions as the Vice President of the Student Advertising Federation, the Marketing Chair for the Gamecock Triathlon Club and the Social Media Chair for all of Club Sports at South Carolina. After I graduate, I hope to become an account planner within the field of advertising.
I chose to apply for an internship with Students of the Game because it was the perfect opportunity to merge my love for baseball with my love for advertising. I found out about SOTG through my brother Sam, who was coached by Jonathan in the winter of 2018. I was instantly drawn to SOTG because of the strength of the content it produces. Although I am no longer playing baseball, I am still very interested in both player development and analytics. In particular, I enjoy delving into how these two factors translate to helping baseball players climb the ranks up to the MLB.
As SOTG’s Advertising Intern, I hope to create exposure for the young start-up brand by reaching its target audience through various marketing endeavors. Additionally, I am looking forward to making improvements to the website interface, social media pages, and content posted on the SOTG website. Ultimately, I want to help take Students of the Game to the next level by captivating an audience of like-minded baseball fans.”
Matt Carlin – Analytics Writer
Growing up, I always had an innate desire to be around baseball. Whether it was playing/training at the highest level possible, watching as a fan, or consuming all I could about the game’s history, statistics and intricacies, I prided myself on being a true student of the game. Matthew and I were first teammates at age 13, our first year with the Taconic Rangers showcase program, and I had met Jonathan down at a James Madison tournament where he taught me a slider minutes before my start (I used it to get out of a bases loaded jam that day).
I was fortunate enough to take my talents to Tufts University to play baseball, and it did not go as planned. As my collegiate career went into a tailspin, I felt my passion for the game slightly eroding. This was right around the same time I discovered the Tufts Baseball Analytics Club, which let me look at the game in a different, and more analytical, light (as well as allow me to continue writing school assignments pertaining to baseball). Through Tufts BAT, I had the opportunity to present with my team in the Diamond Dollars case competition at Columbia University, as well as conduct my own research on topics I felt were interesting. At the time, however, I felt that looking at baseball from a truly arbitrary and sometimes overwhelming perspective only exacerbated my growing frustrations with the game. Matthew and I stayed in touch throughout school, as Babson and Tufts are both proud members of the”just outside Boston club,” and since inception, I have been a loyal SOTG follower. Over time, I grew increasingly interested in what Matthew and Jonathan were creating (I remember thinking woah they actually interviewed Chris Taylor, ESPN can’t even get that). I am still an avid reader and look forward to #MobilityMonday and content from Andrew Lysy to wake up what is left of my shoulder and back. My senior spring, I began to get the itch again. Partly because it was my first spring without baseball, and partly because during a visit to Babson, I took my first cage swings in a while. I wanted to get back into the game as more than just a fan. Playing was out of the question, and although I enjoyed writing, I wasn’t ready to share my work with the world. This past summer, before I started my “real world job,” I began my coaching career. I loved being able to share my experiences and views on the game while also learning as much as I could as fast as I could. Needless to say, the desire was back and I was ready to become a student again. About a month ago, I realized I missed writing and analyzing the game at a high level and wanted to do so in my free time. I gave Matthew a call, and I feel extremely fortunate that himself, Jonathan and Jack have given me a shot, and welcomed me aboard their growing platform.
As an analytics writer at SOTG, I look forward to presenting some of the statistics and theories guiding the next generation of baseball in a straightforward and clear manner. Additionally, I hope to be able to create a nice blend of analytics, strategy and insights to draw light on some interesting topics within our game today.
Jeff Adams – Analytics Writer
No one talks about the past quite like a former athlete. As a proud member of that elite subset of the population, I could talk for hours about my experiences from the highs of traveling the country playing for some of the top showcase programs in the Mid-Atlantic to the lows of being told as a freshman I would never walk properly again after a training accident. And you know what? Most of what I’d have to say might even be true, but baseball, to me, is so much more than a list of accolades or might’ve beens. In all my years of playing, I never stopped learning new wrinkles or layers to the game. As a native of Norfolk, Virginia, I played with and was coached by some of the best people in country. Without great influences like Paul Shows, Adam Wisniewski, and the late Al Walke, I would not have continued to develop my passion for baseball.
With my playing days coming to a close at Tufts University, I found a new way to channel that passion. In an econometrics class my junior year, I was exposed to advanced statistical analysis and was blown away by how much I enjoyed working with numbers. For the first time, I realized that I had the tools to explore the ideas about baseball that I had running through my head at all hours of the day.
As I moved on from the diamond to behind a desk in downtown Boston, I kept up with Matt Carlin and kept hearing about SOTG from him. I have wanted to find a forum to discuss the increasingly more complex ways that data science is being used to understand baseball and I believe that I’ve found that platform in SOTG. I’m looking forward to being be able to discuss baseball at a high level and discuss sabermetrics with a wider audience. I am personally very interested in defensive metrics and how they could be improved with the introduction of Statcast data and more advanced statistical techniques.