2019 World Champion Washington Nationals’ Assistant General Manager for Baseball Operations? Bedford’s Mike DeBartolo!

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Image The BHS Missile (c) 2002

Pictured (l-r) Mr. Will Thompson, Class Advisor; Steve Kerwin, Treasurer; Mike DeBartolo, Vice President, Dane Mahoney, Prom Committee; Joe Chapa, President; Tim Busa, Secretary; Mr. Dan Hunt, Class Advisor. Seated (l-r) Ashley Campbell, PromCommittee; and Jessica Christin, Prom Committee.

It’s not likely that the BHS Class of 2002 was surprised to learn that its Vice President and the student voted Most Likely to Succeed, is happily employed as an Assistant General Manager for Baseball Operations with the Washington Nationals, the 2019 World Champions after Wednesday’s Game 7 win against the Houston Astros.

After Bedford High School, Michael DeBartolo graduated from Tufts with a BA in Economics. With a long term family interest in baseball, he took a freshman seminar course taught by Professor Sol Gittleman, Writing about Baseball and Introduction to Sabermetrics* by visiting lecturer Andy Andres.

After graduation, DeBartolo began his career in finance with Cambridge Associates. Then he earned an MBA at Columbia Business School where he was a member of both the Student Investment Management Association and the Careers for Sports Business Association.

But the idea of sports team management remained in the back of his mind. During the summer of 2012, DeBartolo took an internship with the Nationals. He has grown with the organization, from a position as an Analyst, initially, to Assistant General Manager for Baseball Operations since March 2019.

Shirley DeBartolo, Mike’s Mom, says she’s delighted that the team has finally achieved its goal of a World Series title (the first since 1924, with multiple incarnations of the team) and that Mike was able to be a part the team’s remarkable year!

* Sabermetrics, the empirical analysis of baseball statistics, has come into its own in the recent past as successful teams leverage all possible advantages for a successful season.