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Where can I go on the Internet to learn about baseball notation?

Asked by 2davidc8 (9204points) July 24th, 2013

I’m talking about quickly jotting down the details of a game on one of those baseball scorecards I’ve seen. Where can I learn to do this?

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LostInParadise's avatar

I did a Web search and found this site. I never realized how much information you could keep track of.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Go to a little league or pony league. They’re always looking for help with this. I did a bunch of it when my team wasn’t playing.

CWOTUS's avatar

I think @Adirondackwannabe has absolutely the best idea for this. Actually scoring a baseball game in progress is the unbeatably best way to learn how to do it. And scoring Little League (or equivalent) is actually useful for the participants and coaches, too.

Part of the reason it’s the best way, though, is that you’ll find people there who already know and would be very helpful in passing on and discussing what they know. The internet is great for many things, but baseball is still best outdoors.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

In high school, I got a varsity letter for being the baseball team’s official scorekeeper! That was fun.

2davidc8's avatar

Thank you, @Adirondackwannabe, @CWOTUS for the suggestion. I hadn’t thought of that.

@LostInParadise Thank you for the link. The article itself does not provide enough detail. For example, how to score a stolen base, caught stealing, passed ball, errors, pinch runner, etc. But the commenters provided several links which were interesting. In particular, there seems to be an alternative scoring system, the Reiner system, which looks intriguing. It’s non-traditional. Looks like it’s up to you as to how much detail you want to capture.

nope's avatar

Agreed with @Adirondackwannabe that Little League and Pony would usually welcome additional scorekeepers…do any of your friends have kids who participate? You could ask to get involved with their teams. Most kids leagues will fire up practices/games in the March timeframe. When I was first learning, I sat with someone who knew the process, and that was super helpful to get the hang of it.

You could watch baseball on TV and practice. And, as much as I enjoy the old-fashioned paper & pencil, the world is changing so I feel compelled to mention two excellent baseball scoring apps – GameChanger and iScore. My personal preference is GameChanger, which I have used for several years now…the apps give you the advantage of quickly clicking around the screen to describe the action, allow you to easily manage the lineups, broadcast games over the internet to family and fans who can’t attend, AND, best of all, calculate stats for you. Both apps can be used on a phone or tablet at games, and I’m pretty sure they both have training modes, so you could do some practice.

Good luck!

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