This news release, from West Palm’s Oxbridge Academy:
Oxbridge Academy students have figured out a way to combine two of their passions: math and baseball for the ultimate summer internship. Seniors Jordan Bustabad of West Palm Beach and Steven Ginsberg of Palm Beach Gardens who have been hired as interns with St. Louis Cardinals’ farm team, the Palm Beach Cardinals.
The students were hired for their knowledge of sabermetrics, which they learned in their Honors Math Seminar Class at Oxbridge Academy taught by faculty member Larry Baio.
Luis Morales, assistant director of International Operations for The Cardinals, visited the Oxbridge sabermetrics class at the invitation of Baio. He was impressed the students’ expertise on the Trackman software system which tracks and analyses hits in a baseball game, based on sabermetrics concepts they learned in the classroom. He offered two internships for this summer and invited interested students to apply. Bustabad and Ginsberg were selected to fill the positions.
“As a math teacher, it’s rewarding to see students get excited to apply a math concept they learned in my class into the real world and, in this case, earn an internship which can help them in their future academic and career pursuits,” Baio said.
At each of the Palm Beach Cardinals farm team games at Roger Dean Stadium from April through September Bustabad and Ginsberg will be stationed in the stadium’s press area, recording the speed, location and trajectory of the ball each time a batter connects with the ball. They will then analyze the resulting data and, per Major League Baseball protocol, share it with both the home and visiting teams.
Ginsberg said, “At Oxbridge our teachers help us see how what we are learning has real world applications. This is a perfect example of that concept. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to use what I learned in math class in an internship that will be both fun and helpful for my future.”