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Baseball Scorekeeping Explained

Updated on February 1, 2010


Baseball fans are all about statistics and probabilities. That's why it is so important for baseball fans to learn how baseball statistics are determined. But in order to do this, you must understand how to keep score in baseball. Keeping score in baseball is also known as baseball scorekeeping.

Baseball scorekeeping is how the game of baseball is documented. Every conceivable statistic is now captured in major league baseball. In fact, there are companies, like Elias Sports Bureau, whose sole business is to record sports statistics.

Fantasy Baseball and Baseball Scorekeeping

Learning how to score baseball has gained popularity due to fantasy baseball. Fantasy baseball is a hobby where avid baseball fans create a mock major league. Each participant's team is determined by a pre-season draft of major league players.  Points are awarded for individual play in each game over the entire major league baseball season.  The one with the most points at the end of the season is the league champion.

The Official Scorer and Baseball Scorekeeping

The official scorer is responsible for keeping score. The statistics of the baseball game are recorded pitch by pitch, batter by batter, inning by inning. The official scorer is ultimately responsible for deciding the baseball game statistics. The scorer decides the statistics but doesn't have an impact on the game. The scorer simply records the game on a baseball scorecard or baseball scorebook.

The basics of baseball scorekeeping include keeping track of the players who have played, the batting order and to keep track of individual and team statistics.

To understand baseball scorekeeping you need to understand Baseball's numbering system. Each defensive position is assigned a number. The pitcher is "1", catcher "2", 1st baseman "3", second baseman "4", third baseman "5", short stop "6". Then the outfielders are numbers left to right. The left fielder "7", center fielder "8" and right fielder "9".

Basic offensive baseball statistics include"

At bats (AB), Hits (1B, 2B, 3B, HR), Walks (BB), Errors (E) and Strike outs (K).

Learning how to score baseball will teach you about baseball statistics and get you one step closer to understanding and/or participating in a baseball fantasy league.

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