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How To Score Baseball: Offical At-Bats
Maybe you don't know the game very well but are interested in learning how to score a baseball game. An important thing to understand is the game are played one plate appearance at at time. However, not every plate appearance is considered an official at-bat.
Hits, errors, fielder's choice and any out made by the batter for any reason, other than a sacrifice are considered official at-bat.
Here are the plate appearances that do not qualify as an official at-bat.
- Base on Balls (BB)
- Hit by Pitch (HP)
- Sacrifice Bunt (SAC)Sacrifice Fly (SF)
- Defensive Indifference (DI)
- Batter gets to base on an obstruction (O) or interference (I) (usually by the catcher).
- If a runner is caught stealing a base (CS) for the third out of an inning he is not charged with an official at-bat. Instead, the batter leads off the next inning with a clean pitch count.Batter is replaced by another hitter before his at bat has ended.
Little Known Fact:
In 1887 Major League Baseball included bases on balls as hits in the batting average calculation. It was soon abandoned the next year.