Baseball Numbering

June 18, 2013

Baseball is unique in that each position in the scorebook is a number, not letter or words. One is the pitcher, 2 is the catcher, 3 is the first baseman, 4 is the second baseman, 5 is third base, 6 is the shortstop, 7 is the left fielder, 8 is the center fielder, and 9 is the right fielder. So as the score keeper, you would write in the book, F-8, for a fly out to center field, 6-3 is a ground out from short to first. A double play from third to second to first is 5-4-3. A letter “K” written the normal way is a swinging strike out, but reverse the “K” and it is a called third strike. Some score keepers will put a “P” with a number if it is a pop up to an infielder while others will still use the F (like the fly ball to the outfield). Scorebooks in baseball have a diamond shape in each block in the book so a hit becomes a line to wherever the goes and the side of the diamond is filled in to show how far the runner got on the hit. If it is a double, the line goes from home to first to second. When a run is scored, the center of the diamond is filled in. If a runner is caught in a run down, the book might look like a score keeper gone amok! Every player who handled the ball is listed for the rundown. With the emphasis on player stats today, the score keeper has to keep track of AB’s, runs, hits, RBI’s, runners left on base, and the list goes on. Gee, I just added AB (at bat), RBI (runs batted in), and I could have written LOB (left on base). Oh, well, that is enough to swell your head for today!

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