Stat guru Baumer leaving Mets to teach

Ben Baumer, the Mets' statistical analyst, who has been praised for creating a state-of-the-art system in order for the team to prepare for upcoming opponents, will be leaving the organization to teach at Smith College, GM Sandy Alderson confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.

Baumer recently had been pursuing a doctoral-level mathematics degree at the City University of New York while leading the Mets' statistical efforts.

Baumer joined the Mets in 2004. He has been credited with working with Rick Peterson to devise a state-of-the-art analytical system back then that now helps pitching coach Dan Warthen prepare for upcoming opponents.

"He'll probably be consulting with us," Alderson said. "Ben's made a big contribution -- not just in terms of a system that's been produced, but everyday availability and insights. He's done a great job for us, and I hope he continues in a consultant capacity. You know, he was getting his degree all this time, so he hasn't been working every day anyway."

Smith College's online fall course catalog lists Baumer as teaching "Calculus I" and "Statistics I: Introduction to Regression Analysis." The college, which admits only women as undergraduates, is located in Northampton, Mass.