Many baseball fans want to know how to keep a baseball scorecard. From tracking stats, to just sitting back and enjoying the game, keeping a scorecard is a great way to stay mentally involved in the game while you cheer on your favorite team and players.
To keep a baseball scorecard, you will need:
- Baseball scorecard
- Learn the battery position numbers. On a baseball scorecard, each position is represented by a number. For the battery, meaning the pitcher and catcher, those numbers are 1 and 2. 1 being the pitcher and 2 being the catcher.
- Learn the infield position numbers. The numbers move from right to left across the infield. This makes the first baseman 3, the second baseman 4 and the third baseman 5. The short-stop is considered number 6 because he is technically in the shallow outfield.
- Learn the outfield position numbers. The outfield moves from left to right. That means the left-fielder is 7, the center-fielder is 8 and finally the right-fielder is 9.
- Learn how ground ball outs are recorded. To “score” an out in baseball the aforementioned numbers are used to abbreviate the play. For instance if the ball is hit to the short-stop who throws out the hitter at first-base, the that would be written as 6-3. If it was a double play, where the ball was thrown to the second basemen, it would be written as 6-4-3.
- Score pop-ups, line drives and fly ball. When one of these outs occur, use the first letter of what happened along with the number of the player who made the play. So a pop-up to the second baseman would be written P4, a line drive to the right fielder L9 and a fly out to the center-fielder F8.
- Educate yourself on strike out recordings. A strike out is signified by a “K” if the player struck out swinging or a backwards “K” if the batter went down looking.
- Score offensive events. To keep a baseball scorecard, you must also know how hits are written. Hits are pretty self-explanatory with a single written as 1B, double 2B, and a triple 3B. A home run is written as HR.
- What about errors? To keep a baseball scorecard you must know how to “score” errors. An error is signified with an “E” before the number of the player who committed it. So an error on the first baseman would be written E3. If the error allows the player to advance more than one base it would be written E3 2B since the player advanced two bases.
- Balls, strikes and outs. To keep a baseball scorecard, many people keep track of each pitch. Most score cards have a place for balls and strikes. Simply color in the little boxes associated with them for each ball and strike. If a player fouls off more pitches with two strikes, leave the score card alone. Also, when an out is recorded, write the out number in the corner of the box.
- List the players according to the batting order. To keep a baseball scorecard, simply right the batting order on the left of the score card. Across the stop of the scorecard are the inning numbers. As the players come up in their respective innings record what happens in the provided box using what you learned above.
- If there is a designated hitter it is written as DH.
- Many scorecards leave a space underneath each player in the batting order in case there is a substitution.
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