Sarris: Dean Stotz, Stanford’s dean of baseball stats

From SABR member Eno Sarris at FanGraphs on April 26, 2012:

Late in a conversation with Stanford ace Mark Appel, talk drifted to the use of advanced stats in the college game. What kind of statistical analysis was he familiar with? How much did the coaching staff give players to think about? Was he up-to-date on recent research?

“Oh, dunno much about that, but Dean Stotz usually has a page of information for us,” the right-hander told me. “It’s pretty intense.”

Stotz’s name might not be familiar to most baseball fans. After all, coach Mark Marquess is the face of the Stanford program -— as he has been for the past 34 years. But every year for more than three decades, Stotz has been at Marquess’ side. Though he’s listed as the hitting instructor, third base coach, erstwhile pitching coach and current primary recruiting coordinator, Stotz has perhaps a less-formal -— but another highly important -— title: dean of stats.

 Talk to him for more than a minute, and a deep understanding of the game rockets to the surface. Talk to him for an hour, and you’ll leave wanting to know more about baseball.

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Originally published: April 26, 2012. Last Updated: April 26, 2012.