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. Today, I am preparing for my second season as a relief pitcher for the Normal Cornbelters in the Frontier League. 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 Sophomore 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.”
Pete Bayer – Throwing Specialist
The new wave of baseball training and technology truly changed my career. I can honestly say without using “new school” methods of training and development, I would not have reached the point that I am at today. Currently, I am a right-handed pitcher in the Oakland Athletics organization. In the offseason I am a “throwing trainer” at FAST Arm Care in Denver, Colorado. I was drafted in the 9th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. After struggling in my first three years of college baseball at the University of Richmond, I discovered Driveline Baseball through Twitter, in 2013. Ever since then, I have been using their training protocols as a staple in my development. If you want to read about my entire story, it can be found HERE.
My new mission, is to advance my baseball career as much as possible while providing valuable information and content to the baseball community, which is why I wanted to release my content through the up-and-coming platform like SOTG. During the offseason, I train on my own while working with youth athletes, helping them reach their potential through the same methods that worked for me. I am very familiar with proper lifting programs/technique, mobility and throwing programs, bringing knowledge from various sources to SOTG. I cannot wait to start sharing my methods of development through videos, blogs, etc. I have also conducted extensive research in the sabermetric side of baseball to understand various statistics that are not the “norm” to develop how I go about my pitching/training.