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How To Read A Baseball Scorecard

Updated on July 20, 2012

Have you ever wondered what all those symbols, numbers and letters on a baseball scorecard mean? Well, all that jargon on a baseball scorecard is a shorthand system for scoring a baseball game.

Learning how to score baseball may seem complicated, but its easier than you might think. And interpreting the events of a game from the baseball scorecard is not difficult, as long as the scorecard is detailed and accurate.

Here is an example of a baseball scorecard showing the results of the first three hitters in a fictitious baseball game.

When scoring a baseball game, the teams, date and starting time are written on the baseball scorecard. Next, each starting player is entered in the order they are batting, followed by the position they are playing.


1. Jones bats first.

On a 2 ball, 2 strike count, he hit a single to right field.

The dots represent the balls and strikes
The "1B" represents a Single
The line denotes the direction of the Single
The shaded diamond means he scored a run

2. Adams bats second
He hits a Home Run over the Left Field fence on a 1 ball, 1 strike count.
He is credited with 2 RBIs

The dots represent the balls and strikes
The "HR" represents a Home Run
The line denotes the direction of the Home Run
“2RBI” means he is credited for 2 runs batted in
The shaded diamond means he scored a run

3. Smith bats third
He makes the first out of the inning by grounding out to the 3rd baseman on an 0-2 count

The dots represent the balls and strikes
“5-3” means the 3rd Baseman “5” caught the grounder and got the runner out by throwing the ball to the first baseman “3”
The circled “1” denotes the first out of the inning.

Obviously this is a simple example but learning how to read a baseball scorecard takes no time at all.

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      B4UPLAYBALL 6 years ago from NYC - USA

      How To Score Baseball is a really good baseball scoring resource. I promise you, it's worth the visit.

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      Evan 6 years ago

      You lost me. I wish you had a diagram for it so it was a bit easier to read.:-/

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