About this Site
This site is meant to become a comprehensive reference for anyone who is scorekeeping a baseball game. It is not geared towards the beginner parent who just wants to keep track of runs and outs for their kids’ coach. There are many good introduction to scorekeeping reference books out there already. Here is a
list of some you can use to learn the basics of how to keep score. I am also not going to advise on basic scorekeeping plays. This blog will not teach you that a groundout to shortstop should be scored a 6-3, or a flyball caught by the centerfielder is an F8. There are many resources here that can help you with these basics.
This site is meant to teach the scorekeeper who already knows the basics, the nuances of how to score certain plays. This ranges from some common occurrences such as “is it a hit or an error?” to some rarer incidents such as who to credit with a putout when nobody touches the ball (e.g., batting out of turn). I plan on using examples from recent MLB games to illustrate points where possible. I will also draw upon my personal experience watching and umpiring youth games to give me some ideas of topics to discuss. Additionally, if there are any specific items you would like to me cover, please let me know and I will do my best. You can leave a comment on here, email me, or mention it on Twitter.
There are some basic articles that cover the major scorekeeping rules in the Rules Articles section. I will occasionally blog about random scoring topics of interest, and will have a “Did you know” series that will be just short little tidbits, as well as several rants on things I think need to be changed.
And finally, for ease of writing, I’ve mainly used the masculine (“he”) instead of the more correct but verbose “he or she” throughout this site, but any references to a particular gender should be understood to refer to a generic player, whether male or female. I’m well aware that females play baseball too, and write about it as well.