Burton Rocks

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Burton Rocks
Burton Rocks 2019portrait.jpg
Born (1972-06-25) June 25, 1972 (age 46)
New York, New York, US
Alma materStony Brook University, B.A. History 1994
Hofstra University, School of Law, J.D. 1997
OccupationPresident, C.L. Rocks Corporation
Known forwriter, business entrepreneur, sports attorney/agent,
Notable work
With Paul O'Neill: Me and My Dad: A Baseball Memoir (Harper Collins 2004);
Parent(s)Lawrence Rocks (chemist), Marlene Rocks

Burton Evan Rocks (June 25, 1972), born in New York City, is an American sports attorney/agent, and writer. Rocks collaborated with Yankee outfielder Paul O'Neill on the 2003 New York Times bestseller Me and My Dad: A Baseball Memoir.

Early life and education[edit]

Burton Rocks is the son of chemist Lawrence Rocks.[1]

As a child Rocks was often hospitalized due to life-threatening asthma,[2]suffering three code blues before the age of five. [3] He graduated from Ward Melville High School[4] and then graduated from Stony Brook University with a history degree in 1994,[5] where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.[6] Rocks then graduated Hofstra University School of Law.[citation needed]


Rocks is the co-author, with New York Yankees outfielder Paul O'Neill, of the 2003 New York Times bestselling book Me and My Dad: A Baseball Memoir, detailing O'Neill's relationship with his father and how they bonded over baseball.[7] Andrea Cooper reviewing for the New York Times described the book as a charming eulogy for O'Neill's father.[8] Rocks has also co-written books with other athletes and media figures.

In 2006, Burton Rocks and Andrew Goodwin co-founded and launched the social media company Chatwithastar Inc.[9][non-primary source needed]

In 2015 Stony Brook University hired Rocks as an adjunct business professor.[5]

C.L. Rocks Corporation[edit]

Rocks is the founder and owner of C.L. Rocks Corporation, a sports agency, which he launched in 2008,[10] based on a metric he created during law school.[11] Agency clients include:Jim Riggleman,[12][13]Joe Oliver,[14] Dave Eiland,[15] Charlie Montoyo,[16] Stump Mitchell,[17]Alex Cintron,[18] Robinson Cancel,[19] Kip Wells,[20] Paul DeJong,[21][22],Aaron Wilkerson[23]and Sean Burnett. [24]

In 2018 Rocks negotiated a six-year contract extension worth a guaranteed $26 million for client Paul DeJong, the biggest contract ever signed by a Major League Baseball player with less than one full year of major league service time.[25][26] Forbes SportsMoney profiled Rocks' "Quantified Intangible Sheet" evaluation methodology used in DeJong's contract extension negotiations.[27]

In January 2019 Topps announced plans to issue a collectable card for Rocks.[28][29]



  • King, ClydeA King's Legacy : The Clyde King Story (1999, Masters Press) ISBN 9780809226610
  • O'Neill, PaulMe and My Dad: A Baseball Memoir (2003, Harpercollins Publishers) ISBN 0-06-052405-7
  • Klugman, JackTony And Me: A Story Of Friendship (2005, Goodhill Press) ISBN 978-0976830306
  • Erskine, CarlWhat I Learned From Jackie Robinson (2005, McGraw-Hill) ISBN 0-07-145085-8
  • Feller, BobBob Feller's Little Black Book Of Baseball Wisdom (2001, McGraw-Hill) ISBN 0-8092-9843-0
  • Lyons, Steve "Psycho"The Psycho 100: Baseball's Most Outrageous Moments (2009, Triumph Books) ISBN 978-1-60078-167-4
  • Feller, Bob – Bob Feller's Little Blue Book of Baseball Wisdom (2009 Triumph Books) ISBN 978-1-60078-219-0
  • North, AndyThe Long And The Short Of It (2002, Thomas Dunne Books) ISBN 0-3122-8797-6


  1. ^ http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,907177,00.html (May 7, 1973)
  2. ^ Kazmi, Aleeza. "Burton Rocks brings sports agency experience to College of Business". The Statesman. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  3. ^ Emproto, Robert (January 23, 2019). "Sports Agent Burton Rocks '94 Explores the Analytics of Character". news.stonybrook.edu. Stony Brook University. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  4. ^ Petriello, Anthony. "Ward Melville grad turned sports agent makes MLB history". Times Beacon Record. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Stony Brook Alum Rocks — as Author and Sports Agent". Stony Brook University. March 4, 2015. Archived from the original on October 5, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "Member Spotlight-Burton Rocks". www.keyreporter.org.
  7. ^ 10 Bestseller List, New York Times Book Review (Sunday, June 29, 2003)
  8. ^ Baseball Books in Brief New York Times Book Review (Sunday, May 25, 2003)
  9. ^ "The Blogmobile: 'Blogmobile', the World's First Mobile Blogging Sanctuary, Makes Star-Studded Debut in New York City (press release)". businesswire.com (Press release). August 8, 2006.
  10. ^ "Alumni Spotlight: Burton Rocks '97, Sports Agent and Best-Selling Author". Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  11. ^ Cafardo, Nick. "Sunday Baseball Notes". The Boston Globe. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  12. ^ Ladson, Bill. "Riggleman talks managing Reds' turnaround". MLB.com. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  13. ^ Blum, Ronald. "Riggleman knows he may be viewed as Mets' manager in waiting". Associated Press. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  14. ^ "Joe Oliver to be named Spinners skipper". ESPN.com.
  15. ^ Ken Davidoff. "Dave Eiland, Andy Pettitte, Joe Girardi and John Farrell". Newsday.
  16. ^ Davidi, Shi. "What new manager Charlie Montoyo brings to Blue Jays". Sportsnet. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  17. ^ "Stump Mitchell a candidate to coach at Southern". tribunedigital-baltimoresun.
  18. ^ "Nationals Journal - Hector Taveras suspended, Alex Cintron signed". Washington Post.
  19. ^ Jeff Sullivan. "POLL: The Best Baseball Agent Name". SBNation.com. Vox Media.
  20. ^ "Kip Wells - remember him - is back with White Sox on a minor-league deal". CBSSports.com.
  21. ^ Langosch, Jenifer. "Q&A: DeJong talks offseason, holidays & more". MLB.com. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  22. ^ Davenport, Matt (July 29, 2018). "Science is in the (baseball) cards and comic books". cen.acs.org. Chemical & Engineering News. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  23. ^ Davidoff, Ken. "Meet Freezer Man: Aaron Wilkerson's unlikely rise to Brewers reliever". New York Post. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  24. ^ "Sean Burnett Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  25. ^ Sheinin, Dave. "As chasm grows between MLB teams and players, Cardinals and Paul DeJong may have found a bridge". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  26. ^ Woods, Amy. "Meet the $26 million man". Florida Weekly. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  27. ^ Ozanian, Mike. "PODCAST: Why Paul DeJong Got A Record-Breaking Contract From The Cardinals". Forbes. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  28. ^ Goold, Derrick (January 21, 2019). "Ankiel 'has nothing to lose' as he curves back to baseball". stltoday.com. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  29. ^ Emproto, Robert (January 23, 2019). "Sports Agent Burton Rocks '94 Explores the Analytics of Character". news.stonybrook.edu. Stony Brook University. Retrieved January 23, 2019.

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