Brett Penza
Math in Technology
Instructor: Mary Ellen DuBois
Lesson
Plan 1.6: The Mathematics of Dodger Baseball
A Technology Plan with elements of Mathematical Thinking,
Microsoft Excel, and Dodger Baseball Stats.
Designed
for a High School classroom.
The NCTM Framework Standards employed:
·
Develop fluency in operations with real
numbers, vectors, and matrices, using mental computation or paperandpencil
calculations for simple cases and technology for morecomplicated cases.
·
Judge the reasonableness of numerical
computations and their results
·
Draw reasonable conclusions about a
situation being modeled
·
Compute basic statistics and understand
the distinction between a statistic and a parameter.
Websites
to be used:
http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com
The Los Angeles Dodgers Web Site
Lesson
Objective: To introduce the student to the relationship of MLB
batting statistics, and then incorporate this understanding by applying formula
concepts and analysis in a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet.
Tasks:
1. Display the Los Angeles Dodger Team Batting Statistics
web page. Through question and answer session, find out how much the students
know about calculating Batting Average, On Base Percentage, Slugging
Percentage.
2. Give them a few moments to figure out how these
statistics are derived by analyzing the columns of statistics. Can they develop
a reasonable equation to calculate the values?
3. Now display the Powerpoint presentation and provide examples of the
statistical calculations.
4. Show the students how to download the stats into a
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet by (copypaste).
5. Ask them to explain the OBP stat for J. Drew. How is this
derived? (H + BB)/(AB+BB)
6. Why are some of the Statistics
not exactly correct? (We don’t have access to
Sacrifice Information)
7. Have Students complete Worksheet for credit.
RUBRIC – 20 POSSIBLE POINTS
SCORE 
UNDERSTANDING 
EXCEL FORMULAS 
WORKSHEET Q & A 
COMMENTS 
4 
Student can execute and explain all
formulas with high efficiency. 
Outstanding effort on task. Quickly develops chart with accuracy. 
Consistent Performance Excellent answers provided. 

3 
Student can develop formula but has a
little trouble communicating the concepts. 
Formulas are slowly developed with
extensive concentration. 
Good answers. Correct most of the
time. Some error in logic. 

2 
Student has trouble completing all
formulas, but seems to communicate a general understanding. 
Formulas are not correct at times.
Effort is being made. 
Averages in the 50% range for
accuracy. More effort required to grasp concepts. 

1 
Student is not able to develop the
formula to arrive at an answer. 
No sign of formula knowledge. 
No valid answers supplied. Poor
effort. 

TOTALS 




“Dodger
Baseball” NAME: ______________________
Student
WorkSheet
1. What is missing from the statistics, for us to give a
truly accurate OBP number?
______________________________________________________________________
2. If a player has the following statistics, how many
singles has he hit? _____________
H:176 2B: 25 3B:
3. Using above numbers, what are his TOTAL BASES?
____________________
4. Would a player who strikes out
10 times, hurt his BA more than a player that grounds out to 2^{nd}
Base 10 times? _____________________
5. Who has the highest Lifetime Slugging Average in the
history of MLB? ____________
(Hint: Google the National Baseball Hall of Fame)
Hands
ON Project
You have been asked by the General Manager of the Los
Angeles Dodgers to develop a Spread Sheet on the Top 10 Batters on the Dodger
Club. Extract the required data from the Dodger website. Then, create a
spreadsheet that will show the top 10 batters by:
·
Batting Average (highest to lowest).
·
Slugging Average (highest to lowest)
·
On Base Percentage (highest to lowest)
·
Most Singles Hit (highest to lowest).
·
You will need to use your technical skills to download the statistics
page to Microsoft Excel, and then use the DATA Sorting
tools to organize your information. For Most Singles Hit, remember to subtract
2B’s 3B’s and HR from total Hits.
Present your SpreadSheet with
appropriate fonts, bold, italics, and box styles.
Save the file to the Server Folder for your Class and print
file name below:
File Name: ______________________
One
Example:
Top 10 Batting Averages
Name 
BA 
Player name 
.346 
“ 
.322 
“ 
.312 
“ 
.305 











