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Sandlot Stats

an innovative textbook that explains
the mathematical underpinnings of baseball
so that students can understand the world of
statistics and probability

- The Johns Hopkins University Press


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Dear Professor,
This is Stephen Halvatzis from your MA 176 course at 2:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I hope you are enjoying the end of finals week! I just wanted to say thank you for a great semester and a new hobby of mine that is stat keeping. I do the book and stats for the Hamden Braves baseball club that is non-affiliated with the school, and thanks to you, I can now work on providing more advanced stats for the team! I was unsure if this class would be applicable towards any of my future ventures, but I am now certain that the lessons you taught me will help me going forward. Thanks again for everything you've taught me and stay safe! 

Stephen Halvatzis

Hi Dr. Rothman,

. . . I know that I thanked you and said goodbye yesterday, but I wanted to thank you once again for the opportunity to getting to work with you the past couple a years. It was an experience I will never forget as I learned so much from you whether if it was about the research we have done, to all those life lessons you told me about. Each day being alongside you, JonCarlo, and Dave later on, was always enjoyable. . .

Matthew Silverstein

Hi Professor Rothman,

Hope all is well. I just wanted to tell you a quick story. I am currently in job hunt mode as I graduate in May from Michigan. I had an interviewer ask me today about a Professor/Boss who personally had a positive influence on me and couldn't think of a more perfect example than you. Talked about how you took me under and wanted to help teach me and help me do research as well as the passion for what you do. After 2 years, you still find ways to help me out!

I thought you would enjoy the story.

Alex Everett

Hi Professor Rothman,

I don't know if you remember me, but I took your baseball stats class in 2013.

I just wanted to say thank you because I am now entering my second season as a Photo Intern for the New York Mets. What I learned in your class helped me get the internship and also helps me understand the fast-paced professional baseball environment.

Thank you again and I hope to hear from you soon.


Megan Maher

Dear Dr. Rothman,

How have you been professor?

Over the summer I had a part-time job working with the New York Yankees as a host for premium services. On the way to work one day, just outside the stadium, I noticed this building and it instantly reminded me of you (photo is attached).

Stan The Man's Baseball Land in near Yankee Stadium

Also, your baseball and statistics course inspired me to set out to devise a formula in baseball that can change the game, and I believe that I have finally done that. I created a formula that measures any opportunity to score runs that a player creates, and I would be honored if you would be able to check it out for me to ensure that it can be a successful and accurate formula.


Christopher Dalton

Dr. Rothman,

Thank you. I appreciate the kind words. There is no chance I would have gotten where I am without your guidance and I can't thank you enough for that. Of course I will keep in touch. Even if I do not have time to help with research I hope you keep sending me updates on what you guys find! Will email you after graduation.


. . . Once again, thank you for everything you did for us and for everything you taught us and what you did to help us grow not only as baseball fans and students of the game, but as people in life as well. We will definitely make sure to keep in touch with you as we go.

Thank you

Chris Dalton and Jordan Marino


My friend Jordan Marino and I both took your baseball and statistics course back in the fall semester of 2014. We both really enjoyed the class as well as having you as a professor, as you were really able to help to open our eyes to a new way of seeing the game of baseball. We are wondering if you have any time tomorrow to meet with us, because we are both graduating shortly (I will be graduating this spring and he will be graduating in the fall) and we would love to have the opportunity to talk to you one more time as well as say goodbye.

Thank you.

Chris Dalton

Dear Dr. Rothman,

I hope you are having a good semester! I wanted to let you know that I just got back from the job fair at the baseball Winter Meetings, and I accepted a job as a Finance Assistant with the Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate with the Yankees! I'm so excited to start my career in baseball, and in the Yankees' organization, no less!

Being in your class, reading Moneyball, and working with baseball stats made me realize that that's really what I really want to do in my life. The minor league teams don't really use statistical analysis for players, only the major leagues do, but I'm going to get experience in the minor leagues that will hopefully eventually help me get to the major leagues. And I'll even have a chance with my new job to score a game and record stats once in a while! I've also thought about going to grad school for Statistics at some point.

I'm very excited about it and I couldn't wait to tell you. I'll let you know if I ever see some big league players come through on a rehab assignment!

What do you think about the big signings so far?? Greinke's deal is ridiculous!!! And I'm excited to have Starlin Castro! Much better than Stephen Drew from last year!

Jackie Mott

Dear Professor Rothman,

Last year first semester, I was in your Baseball Statistics and Analytics class. My partner Bryan Lipiner and I did a project comparing Ichiro Suzuki to Rickey Henderson, and if both are hall of fame worthy. I am writing to you today, because I am currently actively interviewing for a job at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), where I would work in the Sports Statistics and Analytics department. They asked me about your class in particular, and I talked about it for a bit with them, and they were very interested with me as a candidate, so much so that I got a second interview. I need to provide professional references and I was wondering if I could give your name. I am sorry if this is late notice, but they called me this afternoon for an interview tomorrow.  I would appreciate any assistance you could give me. I also happened to get an A in your class, and this would be an amazing opportunity for me. I would appreciate it deeply, let me know if you need anymore information from me, and I could call you.

Thank you,

James Middleton

At the beginning of each semester, students always wonder what
they’re going to get out of a class. Is the topic interesting? Is the professor
interesting? How much work do I really need to put into this class to get an ‘A’
at the end of the semester? Well I came in to SPS 226 wondering all of those
things. How can this class really help me in the future I wondered?

Dating back to last March, I applied for a job with the ESPN Stats &
Info group located at ESPN Main Campus in Bristol, CT. Like all sports fanatics,
working at the “World Wide Leader in Sports” would be a dream come true if I
ever got the opportunity, although I knew it would be a long shot.

Months went by, and my confidence slowly dwindled, as I didn’t hear
back from ESPN whatsoever. No phone call. No email. No contact. And so I thought
that it just wasn’t meant to be. Once I registered for Baseball Stats and
realized what type of material we covered in the course, I thought it would be
beneficial to include the course on my job resume for future employers. I
thought it wouldn’t hurt to send an updated version to ESPN group as well, so
sent them a copy with this new course listed on it.

A few weeks later I got the call – “Hi we would love to have you
come in for an interview if you’re still interested.” And when they conducted
the interview, it was obvious they were extremely interested in this Baseball
Stats course I had enrolled in, considering it goes so well in conjunction with
most of the work they do at Stats & Info. Less than a week later, I had gotten
the job, and I would like to think that taking this course certainly played a
role in that. So before you think, “am I really going to get anything out of
this course?” Just know that Professor Rothman is telling the truth when he says
it really can get you the job!

Tim Marks

"High school statistics teachers could use this book as a course supplement or an enrichment source for sports-crazy students. Any college professor teaching a sports statistics course or looking for ways to enliven a traditional course would also find it interesting. Even baseball fans wanting to learn more about descriptive measures used in the game could benefit from Rothman’s interesting exposition." Marc Michael, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD, Vol. 107, No. 7, March 2014, Mathematics Teacher, National Counil of Teamchers of Mathematics, WWW.NCTM.ORG

"Of special interest is chapter 16, 'Streaking', with a detailed analysis and simulation of Joe DiMaggio's 1941 56-game hitting streak." J.T. Saccoman, Seton Hall University, for CHOICE, August 2013

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"Sandlot Stats is a readable and resourceful introductory textbook for statistics." Graham Wheeler,Cambridge, for Significance, Feb. 2013, The Royal Statistical Society

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"If this had been the textbook for a basic statistics course that I took as a student, I might have remembered that course forever as the best class I ever had. " Charles Ashbacher, on 11/24/2012, an MAA Review for the MathDL

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"Dr Rothman has hit a home run. *Sandlot Stats: Learning Statistics with Baseball* is not only a fine book to read, but a text which can also serve as an excellent resource book."  Father Gabriel Costa, Professor Mathmetics at West Point

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"For those interested in the subject—this is your book—" Harvey Frommer, The Epoch Times, Sports Book Reviews

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Dr. Rothman,

I wanted to let you know that just a few days ago I was hired by ESPN as a part time stats and info employee in the fall (of 2015)and I really wanted to thank you for it. The experiences you have given me was the reason I was able to get that job. I owe you the world for that. I can't wait to show all of their analysts the linear formula.

Alex Everett
QU '16

Hi Professor Rothman,

You may not remember me, but I took your Baseball & Statistics class a few years ago. The class was really influential in me deciding to try to pursue a career in the baseball operations field. About a year ago, I submitted a research article based on some of my studies to a popular sabermetrics website, The Hardball Times. They accepted and published it, . . . I did want to thank you for helping to inspire me through your course.

Thanks again,

Tom Palacios
VP-Residence Hall Council
English Major
Delta Tau Delta-Iota Mu Chapter
Quinnipiac University Class of 2013

Professor Rothman,

I don't know if you remember me or not, but I was in your a couple of your classes while at QU, my favorite being Baseball & Statistics, in 2007/2008 (My final project was on whether or not Ken Griffey Jr. should be elected into the Hall Of Fame - I said yes based on a variety of key statistics, I guess we have a couple more years to see if I was right).  I remember during the time I was in your class, you were starting work on writing the statistics textbook.  I've searched for it off and on ever since and finally saw that it's been published and will be available mid-October.  I just wanted to extend my congratulations on this great accomplishment, as well as my thanks for being such an awesome professor and mentor.  A week after graduation in 2008, I landed a job at The Hartford, where I've been working my way up the ladder, all the while using what I learned in your classes to help me stand out from the rest.  If it had not been for all of your extreme formulas derived from baseball stats and me having to learn how to formulate them in Excel, I wouldn't be where I am right now.

I was a Computer Science Major with Minors in Mathematics and History.  My current title is IT Asset Manager.  I am the owner of all software within The Hartford's Wealth Management division, which is about a $13M/yr software portfolio.  I validate and approve monthly software renewal and maintenance spends, ensuring license counts are valid and tracking forecasts and projections against department budgets.  I've setup multiple processes using formulas and calculations in Excel to automate alot of the "busy work"; and my knowledge of, and interest in those formulas wouldn't have been possible without your class.  Alot of them I first learned while doing the various projects for Baseball & Statistics, and that's where my interest for Excel began.

Again, congratulations on the publication of Sandlot Stats, and thanks for being such a great professor.

All the best,
Gregory Cikatz

“He takes away the stigma from statistics,” said Kevin Faggella, a senior at Quinnipiac, who completed Rothman’s course. “A lot of times, people think statistics are boring and something you will never actually use, but the way he presents the subject matter demonstrates how it is quite relevant in our daily lives.”
Learning statistics through baseball gives the subject more real-world meaning, Faggella said.
“It’s a lot easier to become engaged,” he said. “I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It’s like a ‘Statistics for Dummies’ book, but a lot more interesting.”

Kevin Faggella

"Sandlot Stats served as an instrumental and informative piece to the Baseball Statistics course. The amount of time and tedious effort put into the project is evident, as this book is absolutely packed with information. The book puts a new spin on mathematics, and makes it more understandable for even the most casual of baseball fans. Baseball purists and sabermetric geeks alike will love this book."

Jon Alba
Associate Producer of Sports Paws




Sandlot Stats: Learning Statistics with Baseball by Stanley Rothman is published by The Johns Hopkins University Press


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