What’s the Score?: The Basics of Scorekeeping
Scorekeeping in baseball and softball entails much more than simply keeping track of how many runs are brought across the plate. As a result, the system of statistics, symbols, and methods that is as much a part of the game as an old glove, is a language all its own in the world of baseball. However, it is not difficult to learn. Moreover, after you’ve mastered the art of keeping score, you’ll be able to keep track of every pitch, every at-bat, every hit, and every out in the game. Each league will have an Official Scorer, who will be appointed by the League President.
Whenever possible, the scorer will transmit such choices to the press by hand signals or over the loudspeaker system, and he or she will also notify the announcer of such decisions if he or she requests it.
The scorer must adhere precisely to the Scoring Rules in order to ensure that all records are kept in the same manner.
If the teams switch sides before three outs are called, the scorer is responsible for promptly notifying the umpire of the error.
This includes noting the score, the number of outs, the position of any runners, and the number of balls and strikes the batter has received.
In his or her official capacity, the scorer represents the league and is entitled to the respect and dignity that go along with the position.
The method that gives a number to each player is the basis of the scorekeeping process. Don’t mistake them with jersey numbers; these standard numerical symbols used in scorekeeping remain constant throughout the game: 1 = pitcher; 2 = pitcher catcher 2 = catcher 3 is the number of the first baseman. 4 = second base in baseball 5th base is represented by the number 5. 6 denotes a shortstop. 7 denotes the left field position. 8 is the middle of the field. 9 represents the right field. Using a 10-player lineup, the number “10” might suggest a short fielder or fourth outfielder, for example.
- Among these are: 1B is an abbreviation for single.
- 3B is an abbreviation for triple.
- DP is an abbreviation for double play.
- E stands for error.
WP is an abbreviation for wild pitch. PB is an abbreviation for passed ball. RBI stands for run batted inSB stands for stolen base IP is an abbreviation for Illegal Pitch (Major Division and below) The abbreviation BK stands for balk (for intermediate 50/70 and higher).
Trying It Out
Write out the batting order for each team to get things started. They will be traded between the two managers and will not be able to alter throughout the game, with the exception of substitutes. It is critical to record player jersey numbers alongside the batting order in order to ensure that the appropriate players bat in the appropriate order. The basic scorebook will resemble a gigantic checkerboard, with nine (or ten, or more) rows going across the page and a matching number of columns going down the page, as seen in the illustration.
- For example, the first inning, second inning, and so on are all separated by a column.
- Consider the Mudville Mudhens, who are batting in the first inning of the opening game of the season.
- For the sake of argument, let’s say the leadoff batter grounds out to the shortstop.
- This would be stated in Section 6-3.
- Similarly, a grounder to third base would result in a 5-3 score.
- The letters L8 or F8 may be used to represent a lineout to center field, with a straight line above the F and the 8 to suggest a line drive.
- Again, various scorers use different symbols, but if the ball is thrown to the center fielder, the “8” is always used to indicate a successful throw.
Some scorebooks will have little squares within each at-bat square to indicate this, while others will not have any.
Keeping accurate pitch counts is made possible by this method.
The second hitter is now on the mound.
He smacks a single to the right field gap.
A line should be drawn from home plate to first base in his at-bat square, with “1B” or “1B9” written next to the line in a paper scorebook to indicate where he is at first base.
The Mudhens now have a runner on first base, one out, and their third batter is on the mound for them.
He smacks a double to the right field corner.
During this time, the runner on first came all the way around and scored on the play as well.
In his at-bat square, indicate that he has completed the whole circuit of the diamond, including stops at second, third, and home.
That diamond should be colored in to signify that he scored a run.
What is the significance of the number 6?
Meanwhile, on the No.
Because there won’t be much place for all of this in a paper scorebook, it’s vital to write short — yet legibly — in order to avoid confusion.
The runner on second tries to steal third but is thrown out because of his inexperience.
Almost certainly 2-5, since the catcher “2” tossed to the third baseman, “5,” who tagged him out at third base.
The Mudhens have two outs left, and Casey is on the mound. Casey, on the other hand, is unstoppable. Casey receives a “K” in this instance, which is the global scoring sign for a strikeout. Alternatively, a reverse K indicates that the hitter glanced at strike three but did not swing.
Heading to the Bottom
The peak of the first has come to an end. Your very first scoring experience has now been recorded. Not nearly, to be honest. At the conclusion of the half inning, draw a line or a ‘x’ at the location of the next hitter. This plainly identifies who will bat first in the following inning as the leadoff batter. Then it’s ideal to tally up the runs, hits, errors, and, if you’re keeping track, pitches thrown, and make notations at the bottom of the page to keep track of everything. A section for this should be included in either an electronic or a paper scorebook.
Make your way to the opposite side of the book, where you should have the starting lineup for the home team in place, and you’ll be ready to begin.
After all of this, that T-shirt you could see at the stadium suddenly makes sense: “I scored a run, I won the game.” 6-4-3=2.
How to Provide a Box Score
The balance (or proof) of a box score is achieved when the sum of the team’s times at bat, bases on balls received, hit batters, sacrifice bunts, sacrifice flies, and batters awarded first base because of interference or obstruction equals the sum of the team’s runs, players left on base, runners removed under playing rule 7.13(c) (Little League Baseball Majors and below), and the putouts of the opposing team.
Give It a Try
The most effective approach to learn is to get started right away. Watch many competent scorekeepers and keep a parallel book to see which approach is the most effective for you to learn from. It is extremely beneficial to observe Little League and high school games in person, as well as professional baseball games on television, while paying close attention to the scoring decisions. Keep a scorebook that is well-organized and easy to interpret as your knowledge of the specific rules grows. Even while it is not a task to be taken lightly, it can be entertaining and can offer a new level to your pleasure of baseball and softball.
GameChanger, the live scoring app that provides coaching insights and fan updates, as well as the official scorekeeping tool endorsed by Little League®, has contributed this content.
Excerpts from the book “What’s the Score?” provide additional substance.
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Using the Proper Symbols to Score a Baseball Game
With the advent of high-tech scoreboards in professional baseball, it is possible that scorekeeping may become extinct. However, if you take a glance around at the next game you attend, you’ll most likely see someone who is keeping track using a pencil and paper, which has been a tradition from the beginning of the game. It appears to be hard, but it is not mathematics, and if you are only scoring the game for entertainment purposes, you may not want every single detail. It is essential that you understand how to score in order to be able to function as an official scorekeeper for your team.
The purpose of a scorecard is to keep an accurate record of the game’s proceedings.
If you want to be an official scorer, you can get a scorebook from a sports goods store or order one online.
There are as many different types of score sheets and forms as there are different types of scorekeepers, and there is no one technique that is actually the perfect way.
It’s acceptable as long as the information is correct. This is a really crucial point. Always write with a pencil. Whatever your level of experience, you will occasionally need to use an eraser, whether you are doing something for the first time or have 50 years under your belt.
Abbreviations And Symbols
First, determine the starting lineups for each club. When attending a professional game, the starting lineups will be displayed on the stadium’s scoreboard and announced around 10–15 minutes before kickoff. Lineups can be provided by a game official or coach at the collegiate level or lower level. Input each player’s uniform number, name, and position on the scorecard to complete the scorecard. If you want to use letter abbreviations (like you might see on a scoreboard), you may do so. If you want to use numbers, you can do so as well.
- Pitcher (P or 1), catcher (C or 2), first baseman (1B or 3), second baseman (2B or 4), third baseman (3B or 5), shortstop (SS or 6), left field (LF or 7), center field (CF or 8), right field (RF or 9) and designated hitter (DH) are the positions on the baseball diamond.
Because 1B is a single, 2B is a double, and so on, using numbers (with the exception of the DH) helps to minimize misunderstanding with the acronyms for what happens in the game. Here are some more commonly used acronyms to describe what happens in the game besides those listed above:
- Baseball terminology: single (1B), double (2B), triple (3B), home run (HR), runs batted in (RBI). Double play (DP)
- Fielder’s choice (FC)
- Error (E)
- Stolen base (SB)
- Caught stealing (CS)
- Unassisted (U)
- Strikeout swinging (K)
- Strikeout looking (backward K)
- Double play (DP)
- Sacrifice (SAC), wild pitch (WP), and passed ball (PB) are all terms used in baseball.
Softball games, as opposed to baseball games, are more likely to include four outfielders, as opposed to three in baseball games. According to this scenario, the left-center fielder has an 8, the right-center fielder has a 9, and the right fielder has a 10. And, depending on the league regulations, there may even be additional designated hitters in the lineup – players who bat but do not play in the field or substitute for the fielders — to help round out the order.
Sample Game: Top Of The First
In the top of the first inning, the Mariners scored one run. The game between the Seattle Mariners and the Cleveland Indians on June 11, 2007 is used as an example. Most scorecards and score sheets already have the diamond drawn in, and you only need to draw a line from the diamond to the base that the player is advancing to. Mark the balls (top line) and strikes (bottom line) in the upper left corner of each box (bottom line). To begin the sample game, say the following:
- You draw a line from home to first base and write “1B” in the lower right corner of the diagram next to the line to denote a single by Ichiro Suzuki, who is the left fielder
- Vidro, the second batter, then grounds out to first base, so you write “3U,” which indicates that the first baseman made the unassisted out. Suzuki moves up to second, causing you to create a line from first to second
- Jose Guillen then hits a single, allowing Suzuki to cross the plate. As a result, place a “1B” in the lower right corner and “RBI” in the lower left corner. Draw a line from Suzuki’s line to the second and third positions, and then to the finish line. Most scorekeepers then fill in the box so that they can see how many runs have scored at a glance
- For example, if Raul Ibanez flies out to right field, put a “9” in the box to indicate that the right fielder caught the fly ball
- After that, Kenji Johjima singles and Guillen advances to second
- And after that, Kenji Johjima singles and Guillen advances to third. Afterwards, Ben Broussard grounds out to the second baseman, who tosses the ball to first, making the score “4-3.”
Seattle has taken a 1-0 lead. Seattle has 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 men left on base, according to the lineup below. Take notice of the line below Broussard, which indicates that it was the final player out. That way, you can quickly tell where you need to begin the following inning.
Sample Game: Bottom Of The First
In the bottom of the first inning, the Indians left the bases loaded for the opposing team. In the bottom of the first inning, it is Cleveland’s time to bat.
- Grady Sizemore is struck out on a 3-2 pitch to right field, therefore place a “9” in that area on the scoresheet. Jason Michaels then hits a fly out to left field, which should be marked with a “7.” Assuming there are two outs, Casey Blake singles on a 2-2 pitch, resulting in the designation “1B” in the bottom right corner and a line to first base
- Travis Hafner then hits a double, allowing Blake to advance to third base. Because of this, Hafner is placed at second base and Blake at third
- Jhonny Peralta then walks, therefore he is designated as a base on balls adjacent to the first baseman’s line to first base. Hafner and Blake remain in their positions
- With the bases loaded, Ryan Garko flies out to left field on a 1-2 pitch. It should be marked with a “7.” As a result, the Indians leave three runners on base in the first inning.
Below the lineups, it is noted that there were no runs scored on two hits, with no errors, and three runners left on the field.
Sample Game: Top Of The Third
The Mariners scored four runs in the third inning to take a commanding lead. Let’s fast forward to the third inning of the Seattle game.
- First, Carlos Guillen singles off the first pitch, which should be marked with “1B” and a line to first
- Then Raul Ibanez hits a home run off the second pitch, which should be marked with “2B” and a line to second. As a result, write “HR” in the lower right corner, and because he scored two runs, write “2 RBI” in the lower left corner. He and Guillen both travel all the way around the bases
- Kenji Johjima then lines out to third base, so write “5” in that place
- Then Ben Broussard flies out to center field to finish the game. In that spot, there’s a “8,” which leads to Adrian Beltre’s RBI single on a 1-2 pitch. Write “1B” on the board and draw a line from home plate to first base
- Jose Lopez is up next, and he knocks another home run on the first pitch. In the same vein as Ibanez, he receives the same quip. Write “HR” in the lower left-hand corner, “2 RBI” in the lower right-hand corner, then continue writing all the way around the bases. Additionally, Beltre completes a full circuit of the bases
- Yuniesky Betancourt subsequently flies out to first base for the third out.
The Mariners had a major inning on their hands. On the bottom of the lineup, there are 4 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, and 0 men left on base. The score is 5-0 in favor of the team.
Sample Game: Bottom Of The Fifth
The Indians scored three runs in the fifth inning to take a commanding lead. The Mariners added two more in the fourth inning to make the score 7-0. Let’s fast forward to the fifth inning of the Indians’ game.
- It all starts with a ground out by Josh Barfield to the third baseman (who is 5″ tall), who then delivers the ball to first (“3”). As a result, the score is 5-3. After that, Kelly Shoppach hits a single, so put “1B” in the lower left corner and a line from home to first
- Grady Sizemore follows with a single of his own. To mark Shoppach’s progression to second, draw a line from first to second
- Jason Michaels does the same thing. Sizemore is placed second, and Shoppach is placed third
- The next round becomes a little more tricky. Blake is the hitter, and he drives in two runs with a ground ball to the shortstop, who throws home to force Shoppach from the game. He manages to go to first base. As a result, construct a line between third and home that prevents Shoppach’s progress, and move Sizemore to third and Michaels to first while putting Blake on first. Blake’s box has a “FC” (fielder’s choice, meaning he didn’t go for the out on the batter) and a “6-2,” which means shortstop to catcher
- The next batter is Travis Hafner, who hits a single to right-center field. Sizemore and Michaels each score a goal, and Blake moves up to second place. As a result, Hafner receives a “1B” and moves up to first. In addition, he receives “2 RBI.” In order to color in their diamonds, Sizemore and Michaels must travel all the way home. Draw a line from first to second in Blake’s box
- The next batter is Jhonny Peralta, who hits a single to bring Blake home with the winning run. Hafner takes over at second base. As a result, Peralta receives the letters “1B,” a “RBI” in the lower left corner, and a line from first base to home. Complete Blake’s diamond and color him in, then shift Hafner from first to second place on the list. Ryan Garko hits a fly out to right field to bring the inning to a close. That’s a “9,” by the way.
So the final tally is 3 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, and 2 runners left on base for the Reds.
Sample Game: Bottom Of The Sixth
In the sixth inning, the Indians scored two runs. Now for the Indians’ sixth inning:
- In his box, put “2B,” a line from home to first and first to second, and “RBI” because Nixon flies out to center (“8”)
- Barfield hits a single
- Shoppach hits a double
- And Barfield scores as a result of Shoppach’s double. Barfield’s diamond has been colored
- From Cha Seung Baek to Eric O’Flaherty, the Mariners have changed their starting pitchers. You may begin filling up Baek’s box on the Mariners sheet by clicking on it. A total of 27 hitters were faced by him throughout his 5 1/3 innings of work. He allowed 10 hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, and walks. However, you are unable to complete his runs permitted line at this time. He was the one who placed Shoppach on second base
- Sizemore then knocks a single to left field, advancing Shoppach to third. Sizemore is given the position of first baseman and a line from home to first base
- Shoppach’s line is extended to third base
- And Sean Green takes over for O’Flaherty. O’Flaherty is given 0 innings and 1 hit. He’s in charge of Sizemore, who’s at first base
- Michaels is hit by a pitch while trying to steal second. Put a “K” in his position, and Blake follows it up with a single that brings Shoppach in. Fill in the blanks with “1B” and a “RBI.” Bring Shoppach back to his house and color in his diamond. Sizemore advances to third base, and the official scorer determines that Sizemore advanced as a result of a fielding mistake by the left fielder. Placing the letter “E7” next to the line between second and third in Sizemore’s location effectively puts an end to Baek’s career. All five runs are earned, and the Mariners have changed pitchers once more, this time to George Sherrill. As a result, in Green’s line, placed 1/3 of an inning, one hit, and one strikeout in the two hitters that faced the pitcher. Because he is accountable for Blake, you are unable to fill in the blanks for his runs at this time
- Hafner gets thrown out at third base. So that’s a “5” on the scale. That brings the inning to a stop and puts an end to the careers of both O’Flaherty and Green, who both get a “0” next to their runs and earned runs totals. A side note: If Sizemore had scored, O’Flaherty’s run would have been unearned because he had advanced one base on an error
- However, he did not.
In the sixth inning, the Indians scored two runs on four hits, one error, and left two men on base.
Sample Game: Top Of The Ninth
The Mariners scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning to win the game. Although they score two more runs in the eighth inning to tie the game at 7, the Indians fail to advance any further with the bases loaded. That will appear on the completed film, but you can skip forward to the start of the ninth inning if you so desire.
- Jose Vidro gets things started with a single. To begin, write “1B” and a line to the left of the first. The Mariners then bring in Willie Bloomquist to serve as a pinch runner. It’s best to indicate this by placing his name beneath Vidro and the letters “PR” next to it. Pinch runner Ben Bloomquist is brought in during the ninth inning, so place a “PR” next to first base to indicate where he came in. Jose Guillen then hits a fly out to center field, so place a “8” in that box. Raul Ibanez then hits a double to bring Bloomquist home. “2B” should be written on his line, along with “RBI.” The Bloomquist diamond should be colored in to indicate the run scored
- Kenji Johjima then hits a single, and Ibanez moves up to third. Draw a line from first to second for Johjima, and a line from first to second for Ibanez. Ben Broussard is up next, and he hits a fly out to right field to start the inning. Despite his best efforts, Ibanez is thrown out at the plate while trying to score from third. As a result, the score is 9-2 DP. A double play is made from right field to the catcher. Draw a line between home and third base on Ibanez’s diamond to indicate that he was thrown out at home.
Finishing Up And More
Add it all up and fill in the blanks on the form. Finish up the pitching lines if necessary. It is important to note that sacrifices and walks do not count as at-bats in baseball. And here’s a link to the box score from the game, courtesy of MLB.com.
Keeping a Clean Scorecard: A Baseball Beancounter’s Bible
I’m a statistician by training. As a statistician, I’m a big fan of your work. I enjoy statistics that are comprised of acronyms and may cause Joe Morgan to become perplexed. I believe that most of the standard statics we utilize are faulty, incomplete, and too frequently fall prey to small sample sizes and other problems, as well as other factors. However, regardless of whether you believe that the Win is the most important statistic or if you like to examine contextual wOBAs and compare them to a player’s VORP for the season, all of these figures must originate someplace.
- Obviously, this is a baseball reference.
- That’s correct, and it’s reasonable.
- There are a variety of options for obtaining a scorecard these days.
- Alternatively, you can do what I do and create your own cards.
- Because they have a reasonable amount of pitchers’ places available, they have enough of room for substitutes, and the scorecard isn’t unduly packed on the actual score box, this is the case.
- Okay, let’s start from the very beginning with the most fundamental concepts, beginning with Positions.
- But I’ll proceed on the assumption that you don’t and tell you anyway.
7 – Left Field is the position.
This shorthand is used to conserve space in the score box so that plays may be scored as they occur.
The terms “offense” and “defense” each have their own particular notation.
The number “6-3” would be used to indicate a groundout from the shortstop to the first baseman.
Let us start with the basics.
An out-of-bounds play is often scored simply by writing a huge number above the score box to denote which fielder made the catch.
Some people like to use the letter “F8,” but I prefer the number “F8” on its own, and I’ll explain why in just a moment.
I prefer to clearly write them on my scorecard as “L8” or “pop6,” which indicates a lineout to CF or a popout to SS, respectively.
It doesn’t matter who catches it if the CF, RF, and 2B are all closing on the ball.
It is, however, still an out if the ball is hit clearly to right field and the 2B is nowhere to be found.
Popouts are rare in baseball.
I score these the same as if they were fair balls, but here is the point at which I insert the “F” that I described previously in the discussion.
We can’t forget about double plays in this discussion.
Taking the Tulo-Barmes-Helton DP as an example, the score is 6-4-3.
However, if the back end of the double play is not completed, you will not be penalized for an error.
” This play would be scored as a Fielder’s Choice, 6-4-3, with the runner out at second base, as shown below.
It’s basically defined as every instance in which a runner reaches because the fielder chose to get someone else out instead is referred to as a fielder’s choice.
A grounder to 1B that is fielded by the 1B on their own and either tags the runner or touches the bag is simply scored as “3u,” which is an abbreviation for “3-unassisted,” and is the lowest possible score.
Typically, you’ll only see this with the 1B and 3B, but it can happen with other classes as well.
In order to register a strikeout, you must simply indicate which strikeout it is in the bottom-right corner of the scorecard by circling it.
Look over to the other side of the plate for a moment.
You just track the batter’s journey down the basepaths and note how he arrived at his destination.
A double to RF would be denoted by the letters “2B9.” A triple to the letter CF is “3B8.” Have you gotten the picture?
But, you might wonder, what happens if they divide the difference.
When the CF and the RF are ripping after the ball, the CF will grab it first, and Chipper Jones will be limited to 2 bags since the CF possesses a cannon of an arm, as shown in the video above.
It is possible to make an exception when the ball is obviously in RF, but Adam Dunn slid for it and missed it miserably, and Shane Victorino had the play covered and prevented an inside-the-parker from being scored.
Then it’s on to pitching.
K, BB, HBP, and HR are all possible outcomes.
To create the appearance of a strikeout, place a huge Backwards K above the box.
When you have a dinger, you have to write down where the ball departed the park.
You get a “HR7” for your efforts.
Moving on to the scorecard now that we’ve covered the notation part of our discussion.
The first step is to fill up the scorecard with pertinent information, such as the date, time, scorer, weather conditions, and umpires, among other things.
The player’s uniform number should be included in the left box, followed by their name, and finally their position number should be included.
As soon as we have completed all of the paperwork, we will begin playing the game.
However, while the fundamentals of how to mark outs and hits, along with the appropriate placements, are quite general, this does not imply that you must copy my method exactly.
Do whatever makes the most sense to you in terms of keeping a record of the game!
During this process, I’ll give you a play-by-play of what’s going on and then paste how I score it as we go along.
Fowler hits a single to center field on a 2-1 count.
In order to score this, we darken the line to indicate how far Fowler made it on his hit, and then write the necessary notation to indicate what he did in order to reach that point.
You are not have to be sequential; instead, you can just mark “x” for each strike or ball.
Now, some people would circle the pitch or anything like that, but I don’t generally go into such depth with my notes.
In addition, you may opt to score it as “SB7” to signify that he took the bag while the LF was still on the field.
Todd Helton, who is batting third, grounds out to second base on a 2-0 count.
We track Fowler’s movement along the basepaths by filling in the gaps in the line and noting who has moved him forward.
We indicate Atkins’ move to first base by filling in the line and marking “5” to credit Atkins with the RBI, and we advance Fowler to home plate by filling in the line and marking “5” to credit Atkins with the RBI.
Hawpe, who is batting 5th, spans the gap with the first pitch, moving Atkins to third base (slow).
Hawpe accomplished something, so we move Atkins up to 3B by marking the “9” to indicate that something happened, and then we add the arrow to indicate that Hawpe got him all the way along.
Hawpe and Atkins, without a doubt, do not progress.
Atkins is victorious.
Iannetta, who is batting eighth, is hit by seven pitches, one of which is a foul ball.
Ubaldo is batting ninth.
There’s nothing to it.
Following your understanding of the fundamentals, you may move on to asking questions regarding scorekeeping that are more specific to your situation.
Keep in mind that baseball is a sport that requires discipline, not just in terms of pitching, fielding, and batting, but also in the way records are kept and statistics are compiled.
I’d want to express my gratitude to Patrick McGovern of Baseballscorecard.com for making such beautiful designs available. It has been years since I’ve used his scorecards, and they are truly remarkable in their simplicity.
The techniques used by individual fans to keep a scorecard vary, and many of them create their own notations for their scores. However, here’s a straightforward method: As an example, if the batter grounded out to shortstop, enter the number “6-3,” which indicates that the shortstop threw him out at first base. If the batter hits a fly ball to left field, mark the spot with a “7.” If the hitter receives a hit, record the hit in the appropriate field according to the base he reached. Each of the box’s four corners symbolizes a base, with the lower-right corner being the first to represent a base.
- For every time he doubles, write a “=” in the top right corner, and so on.
- As the runner makes his or her way forward, place the proper symbol in the corresponding corner.
- Using the above example, if the No.
- The usage of consistent numbers in this situation is preferred by some, as it allows you to identify who did what even after the lineup changes.
- At the conclusion of the game, you will be able to sum the totals of the innings to obtain the final score.
How To Score a Baseball Game With Pencil and Paper
The practice of keeping score in a baseball game with a piece of paper and a pencil dates back to the early days of the game. Keeping score is a terrific method for a fan to become more involved in the game. You’ll become completely absorbed in the game. Furthermore, each scorecard tells a tale about the game that you are attending. Scorecards are a terrific way to keep track of all the baseball games you’ve been to throughout the years. Because of the proliferation of high-tech scoreboards and mobile phones that can provide real-time updates in the palm of your hand, keeping score using a game card is becoming more obsolete.
- Prepare the playing card Take a look at your card.
- If you don’t want to spend $4 for a program, you may print one from the comfort of your own home using this helpful website.
- You should also give the players’ position number (see below) and jersey number, in addition to their names.
- When it comes to scoring baseball games, a shorthand has evolved to make things easier for everyone.
You are free to build your own style, however the following is the normal procedure: Numbers indicating where you are on the map. Each position has a unique number allocated to it. When you record fielding plays, these numbers will be used to identify the players.
- Pitcher- 1, Catcher- 2, First Base- 3, Second Base- 4, Third Base- 5, Shortstop- 6, Left Field- 7, Center Field- 8, Right Field- 9, Designated hitter- DH
- Pitcher- 1, Catcher- 2, Designated hitter- DH
Batter slang for “shorthand.” When a hitter comes to bat, use the following simple acronyms to keep track of whether he was hit, walked, or struck out:
- Walking- BB (base on balls)
- Strikeout- K
- Looking strikeout (when the hitter does not swing)- backwards K
- Walked- BB (base on balls)
- Single-base hit, double-base hit, triple-base hit, homerun-homerun, flyout-flyout, double play-double play
Follow the game
You’ve got your card ready in one hand and a hot dog coated in mustard in the other, and you’re ready to put the game out of reach. Each player has a row of squares with baseball diamonds next to their name, which represents their position on the field. These squares will be used to keep track of the progress of each batter. A single is recorded outside the diamond by writing 1B outside the diamond and shading the line from home plate to first. If the runner in first place moves to second place, the line from first to second place should be darkened.
- Here’s an illustration: If the runner receives a point, use your pencil to fill in the diamond.
- If that batter was the first out, circle the number “1” and write “1” on the board.
- If the batter is out after hitting the ball, you should write a note of what transpired throughout the play.
- For example, if Derek Jeter hits a grounder to the pitcher who then fields and tosses the ball to first base, the out would be recorded by writing “1-3” across the diamond.
- It’s not difficult at all.
- Consider the following scenario: Jeter is on first base after hitting a single.
- The shortstop tosses it to second, allowing Jeter to get out on the force play.
Here’s how we go about recording it.
This may be accomplished by darkening the line from first to second only halfway through.
Jeter’s starting lineup will look somewhat like this: To indicate the fielding sequence for Giambi, we will write “6-4-3” across the diamond on Giambi’s row.
Please don’t forget to include a “2” with a circle around it to indicate that he was the second player to be eliminated.
So, if the centerfielder catches a fly ball, you would write “F8” within the diamond of the batter who hit the ball to indicate that the centerfielder made the catch.
Consider the following scenario: Jeter was on first after hitting a single.
The third baseman fields the ball and tosses it to second base, resulting in a force out. As an example, here is what Jeter’s row might look like: If you have a card that looks like this at the conclusion of the game, you should avoid it. Pay close attention, then.
Make it your own
After you’ve mastered the fundamentals, you may start incorporating your own personal flair into your scorekeeping. There is no “wrong” or “right” method to go about this. The difficulty is to come up with a method that will allow you to easily keep track of the progress of a video game. An excellent example of someone who has customized their scorecard may be seen here.
Keeping score, especially during a Little League baseball game, is both enjoyable and straightforward. The key is to be familiar with the fundamental abbreviations, understand how to score plays, and, of course, pay close attention to the game. Scorebooks are the official record of the games that have taken place, thus it is critical that they are filled up completely and precisely.
The method that gives a number to each player is the basis of the scorekeeping process. Don’t mistake them with jersey numbers; these standard numerical symbols used in scorekeeping remain constant throughout the season. When maintaining score, you will always refer to the position number rather than the position name, as follows: 1 = pitcher; 2 = pitcher catcher 2 = catcher 3 is the number of the first baseman. 4 = second base in baseball 5th base is represented by the number 5. 6 denotes a shortstop.
- 8 is the middle of the field.
- Using a 10-player lineup, the number “10” might suggest a short fielder or fourth outfielder, for example.
- 3B is an abbreviation for triple.
- BB = walk-up DP = double-take HBP (hit by pitch) is an abbreviation for hit by pitch.
- The following items are required: pencil, eraser, sharpener
- Scorebook (must use the official scorebook issued by the league)
- Lineups for both the visiting and home teams
- Official Regulations and Playing Rules (given by the management or league): Copy of the Local League House Rules (given by the management or league):
- You are in charge of keeping track of the official score of the game. The official scorekeeper is always assigned to the home team
- You are the one who has the ultimate word on whether or not an error has been committed. Every participant has an equal opportunity to have his or her name published in the newspaper, and it is your responsibility to guarantee that this occurs. It is your responsibility to preserve an accurate record of the game’s proceedings. It should be possible for any of your colleagues scorekeepers, the manager, or a member of your board of directors, to study your scorebook and obtain an accurate and clear picture of everything that occurred throughout the game
Setting up the Scorebook
- Arrive on the field at least 15 minutes before the game begins. Establish a position right behind home plate. Locate the relevant page in the scorebook and fill in the blanks. The names of the teams and the date of the game should be written in ink at the top of the sheet. In addition, the scorebook will specify which team is the home team and which team is the visiting squad. There may also be additional comments in the scorebook identifying eligible pitchers and other relevant information. Make sure to get the lineup from the managers at least ten minutes before the start of the game, if possible. It will be mentioned on the lineup card who is in the lineup. Transfer the names, positions, and player numbers from the scorebook to the player listing on the board
- Check to see that the team’s managers have tracked down and accounted for every player on the roster. Make notes in the scorebook about eligible pitchers and other relevant information.
Official Start Time
Make care to write the following at the top of the scorecard: “Official start time:” (v) vs TIME: 1:35 p.m. DATE: PLACE_ In baseball, official time begins when the umpire declares, “Play,” or in some other way signals the start of the game. Most games have time constraints that must be adhered to. The length of a game varies according on the division and the day of the week.
Scorekeeper In-Game Duties
- Watch each play and make a note of the outcomes in the scorebook. Keep an exact count of all pitches thrown and write it in the scorebook at the end of each half inning (you may want to double-check the pitch count with the other scorekeepers after each half inning)
- During a game, the scorekeeper’s major task is to maintain a written scorecard that tracks the following information:
- Each batter’s number of balls and strikes
- What each hitter does to get on base
- Each team will have runs and outs. “RBIs – runs batted in” should be identified. “Pitch Count” refers to the total number of pitches fired by a single pitcher.
- Confirm the batter’s identity. As each player takes the field, double-check that he or she is the proper player by comparing his or her uniform number to the lineup. Balls and strikes that result in goals
- All scorebooks have a section for noting balls and strikes. They are often arranged in the shape of five little squares or circles. To score a ball or a strike, you must either draw a line through the little squares or circles or enter a number or color in the appropriate square or circle. If you’re going to utilize the number technique, it’s a good idea to number the pitches in the order in which they happened.
- A player must know where the ball has gone, who it has been thrown to, or who has caught it in order to score an out. When an out occurs, record the position number of the player who caught the ball, followed by the name of the player to whom the ball was thrown. Make sure you use a dash to divide the players on the field. Once you’ve completed this, be sure to write the out number 1, 2, or 3 in the spot where the out happened and circle the number. Make sure to draw a half-line toward the base of the out where it was made to avoid confusion. A strikeout is indicated by the letter K in the score box.
- To get a hit, all that has to be done is to figure out what kind of hit it was in advance (single, double, triple or home run). Each scoring box in most scorebooks will have these elements clearly noted. Simply mark the proper hit with a circle. Make certain that any players who were on base at the time of the hit are moved to their proper positions after the hit. Making a walk is simply like making a hit
- You just need to circle the BB in the appropriate box and draw a line depicting the player who is at first base.
- It is recorded in the same way as a hit is recorded as a walk or (Base on Balls). The batter walks, and you circle the BB abbreviation in the side column and draw a line from first base to second base. Make care to advance any prior runners who may have been on the track at the time of the race. If a batter walks with the bases loaded, he is awarded an RBI
- Otherwise, he is not.
- To score a run, simply color in the complete box of the player who scored the run you want to score. It is important to credit the player who batted in the runner with an RBI when he or she scores a run. Some scorebooks contain a box for runs batted in, while others only need the run batted in to be written in
- When an inning has concluded, a slash must be placed in the bottom right corner of the scorebook to indicate the final player to come up in that specific inning. To ensure that no additional runs are scored in that particular inning, just draw a line along the length of the inning after filling in the slash
Scorekeeper After-Game Duties
- When the umpire proclaims the game to be finished, the game is over. Record the total number of pitches thrown by each pitcher on each side and input the information into the Pitcher Eligibility Tracking Form.
- Show the final score and the winner/loser in a clear and legible manner
- Clearly identify the total number of pitches thrown by each pitcher.
- Following the game, ask each manager to sign the score sheet after confirming the final/official outcome of the game. To ensure accuracy, have each manager sign the pitch count sheet.
- Always write with a pencil
- Spills are a pain in the neck
- Keep your coffee beverages secure. It is critical to maintain concentration and attention. Issues and disagreements should be referred to the BMOD (Board Member on Duty) for resolution
- If there are two or more players running the bases at the same time, complete the score sheet “backwards” after each play.
- Begin with the batter and make a note of everything that occurred to him or her. Then go up the lineup to the person who came in before you on the bases, and note what occurred to that player. So on and so on.
- Take advantage of the opportunity to use a timeout to ask an umpire to clarify a call. Due to the fact that Little League has extremely strict regulations regarding the amount of pitches a pitcher can throw, it is critical to record the final pitch count of each pitcher in the scorebook
- Remember that you have an important task to do, so try to filter out any distractions from the crowd and maintain your composure
Important Items to Get Right
- Pitch Count: The total number of pitches thrown by each pitcher in each inning and over the course of the season. In baseball, there are balls and strikes, outs, and the score.
Pitch Count Scoring (see further down for pitch count rules and days of rest.)
- Provide managers and coaches with pitch count totals whenever they want them. Each pitch delivered to the batter (while the ball is in play) will be counted against the team’s total. (There is one exception: a pitch that is designated “no pitch” will not be charged to that pitcher.)
- At the conclusion of the game, the total number of pitches thrown by each pitcher must be recorded in the scorebook (as well as on the Eligibility Tracking Form)
- The pitch count provided by the Office Scorekeeper is the official and final count. It makes no difference whether the managers, coaches, parents, or anybody else’s interpretation differs from the Official
- Scorekeeper! Do not become entangled in the debate about whose record is correct. Keep in mind that the Official Scorekeeper is the one who makes the final and official pitch count. Every ball and strike should be recorded with a slash
- Foul balls that have already been recorded with two strikes are indicated by the letter “F,” which may also be written in the top left corner (F1,2 denotes a pair of foul balls that have already been recorded with two strikes
- You can also use dots or hash marks in place of the letter “F.”) After the third out, add up the balls plus strikes plus the second strike, fouls plus HBP plus hits plus mistakes to get the pitch count fouls. At the bottom of the score sheet, in the appropriate inning column, record the number of pitches thrown in each inning. Each time a new pitcher joins the game, whether it is for your own side or the opposing team, you must record it in the scorebook
- Otherwise, the game will be called. You are interested with the amount of actual pitches thrown rather than the number of innings played with pitch count.
Here’s a video that will teach you all you need to know about Little League scorekeeping:
10 Must See Best Baseball Scorebooks (Plus Buyer’s Guide)
When it comes to baseball viewing, true baseball enthusiasts recognize that the experience is incomplete without a scorebook. It is not sufficient to use any old baseball scorebook. In addition to shaping your enthusiasm for the game, the quality of your scorebook will guarantee that you record accurate statistics of both your team and your kid, as well as the squad for which you are managing or volunteering. No matter if you are a baseball club manager, a baseball fan, a baseball parent, or a baseball coach, you require the greatest baseball scorebook available on the market.
If you are looking for baseball scorebooks, this buying guide will give you an inside look at exactly what to look for while you are shopping. We also take a look at some of the best baseball scorebooks you should consider purchasing.
The Top Baseball Scorebooks
Purchase at Amazon.com It is appropriate for both baseball and softball to use this scorebook. The BSN scorebook provides enough space to keep track of the results of 26 matches. This scorebook keeps track of 16 different batting positions. Each page contains enough space to record the results of nine innings of baseball or softball play.
Additional features include:
- Season schedule, batting average chart, season totals, and pitcher statistics are all included in the 11.3″ by 9.3″ by 0.4″ dimensions. Additional statistics, such as AB, BB, 1B, 3B, and HR Well-constructed spiral binding that keeps pages securely bound together
You will appreciate the fact that our scorebook makes it simple to log all at-bats from a baseball or softball game on a single page once you have used it for a while. You will discover as you flip through the pages that the scorebook even has additional spots to facilitate replacements during the game itself. It doesn’t go any more in-depth than that, either.
2.Perfect Strike Baseball Scorebook
Purchase at Amazon.com This well-constructed heavy duty scorebook is constructed of sturdy paper sheets that will hold up over time. Give this scorebook a trial, and you will discover that it truly does make scoring that much easier to do. This scorebook, which is manufactured in the United States of America, has a sturdy hefty front cover, as well as an even heavier rear cover, which provides additional support. You will be hard pushed to find a baseball scorebook that is thicker than the Perfect Strike Baseball SCOREBOOK, which is partly due to the substantial scoring sheets used in the Perfect Strike Baseball SCOREBOOK.
quality paper that is ideal for multi-media applications.
- There will be 40 scoring records
- 20 sheets of strong paper will be used, with the measurements of 8.5″ by 11″. Perfect for 9-inning baseball
- Classic style
- Large score boxes
- Perfect for 9-inning baseball
Even if you accidentally drop your Perfect Strike scorebook, the PVC spiral binding will most likely keep it in place without breaking. It is not possible to crush or bend this binding unless you apply a lot of pressure on it. In reality, the PVC binding shows to be far more robust than the metal binding used previously. This cutting-edge scorebook is unquestionably one of the best available on the market.
3.SR Baseball/Softball Scorebook “Side by Side”
Purchase at Amazon.com For those of you who have kept score at a baseball or softball game, you’ve probably dealt with a scorebook that needs you to flip back and forth between the pages. By placing both the home and guest score sheets side by side in this enormous scoring book, our scorebook eliminates that problem completely. Aside from that, it is a reasonably priced scorebook that is very straightforward to use. The following characteristics are included:
- With side-by-side scoring, there will be no more flipping pages. Spiral bounding
- Batting average graphic
- Spiral bounding Track the performance of 16 individual players on each side. Individual player statistics are provided in this section. Having a scoring record for 30 games
- Size: 16″ x 11.5″
- Pitch count monitoring
- Dimensions: 16″ x 11.5″
This scorebook will make it easier for you to keep track of the results of your baseball or softball game. It contains a “supersized” score box, which makes it simple for anyone to fill in and keep track of the ball game while playing.
4.Rawlings Deluxe System-17 BaseballSoftball Scorebook
Purchase at Amazon.com Only the Rawlings Deluxe System offers as much space as the Rawlings Deluxe System when it comes to baseball scorebooks.
This scorebook is 11″ by 14″ in size, which provides a substantial amount of room for all batters. The scorebook contains all of the same features as the standard System-17 scorebook, with the addition of larger area to allow clearer game metrics as well as a greater number of stats in general.
- New scorekeepers will benefit from a design that is straightforward and intuitive. Suitable for both children and adults
- Simple to understand
- Measures 0.5″ by 11″ by 14″ in dimensions
- A slew of extra functions and statistical tools are included. Each batter will have an additional writing place
- A sturdy backing board is required.
You will discover that this adaptable scorebook is more than enough for keeping track of baseball or softball scores if you give it a go. The book has room for 24 matches, with 17 three-line batter spots in each match. There is more than enough room to keep track of the information for two replacements in this file. Consider the fact that writing is made simpler by the sturdy rear cover, and you have even more justification for choosing this scorebook over the competition.
5.Franklin Sports MLB Baseball/Softball Scorebook
Purchase at Amazon.com More than two dozen games are covered in this 25-game scorebook, which includes lineup sheets for keeping track of stats, lineups, scores, and other pertinent information. The design of this notebook is simply flawless, combining a simple format with an easy layout to create a very functional product. Try your hand at scoring with the Franklin Sports MLB Scorebook and you will agree that it makes the experience that much more entertaining and convenient.
- Sheets provide adequate room for 16 lineup positions, allowing you to keep track of both starters and backup players. Contains simple-to-follow guidelines that make scoring baseball and softball games simple for fans of all ages. Having a team roster page on the back cover makes it easier to keep track of players and their contact information. It has an additional team roster page for keeping track of player information
The Franklin Sports scorebook, which is designed for baseball and softball managers and spectators, makes keeping track of information simple and straightforward. As a result of the scorebook’s straightforward layout, it is much easier to precisely measure your team’s success during the full season.
6.Glover’s Scorebooks Short Form Baseball/Softball Scorebook
Purchase at Amazon.com It has enough room for 30 games and contains a variety of conveniences, such as thorough instructions, to make it a worthwhile purchase. The scorebook is constructed of an extremely sturdy ply cover with spiral memory binding in the no-crush technique to ensure long-term use.
Additional features include:
- Chart of batting averages
- Its dimensions of 15″ by 11.75″ by 0.5″ make it the perfect size for baseball fans of all ages
- It is made of plastic. Pitch count in line with the league’s criteria for monitoring pitches
- Pitching stats and batter stats are each on their own separate pages.
Glover’s scorebook is a beautiful example of how function and form can be combined to create something better than the sum of its parts. Check out the evaluations for this scorebook, and you’ll see that it’s considered to be one of the finest in the business. As soon as you begin writing down game notes, you will notice that the high-quality pages avoid leaking through to the opposite side. Above all, this book is highly regarded for the amount of room it provides. If you’re searching for a scorebook with lots of space to work with, you won’t be disappointed with Glover’s scorebook’s layout.
7.Murray Sporting Goods Baseball/Softball Scorebook
Purchase at Amazon.com A baseball scorebook with a single-page style, which is suitable for baseball fans of all ages, may be just the thing you’ve been searching for. Murray’s scorebook has all of this information and much more. This scorebook keeps track of all of the batting, pitching, and fielding statistics throughout the whole nine-inning game. This spiral-bound notebook is extremely sturdy, guaranteeing that the scorebook can withstand the demands of the full baseball season and beyond.
- Simple scoring instructions make using the scorebook simple for everyone
- Scoring instructions are straightforward to grasp. Capacity for 35 games
- Roster capacity for 16 players. 12-by-9-by-0.5-inch (LxWxH) dimensions
- Vertical format with big font for comfort of the eyes
- Grids with plenty of space
- The durability of spiral binding will endure the test of time. On the season summary page, you may keep track of your team’s performance. Maintaining organization during the baseball/softball season is a breeze with this tool.
Give our scorebook a chance, and you will discover that it makes it much simpler to improve your team’s performance through the analysis of data and patterns across games when you use it regularly.
Additionally, the high-quality materials will ensure that the book remains durable throughout the whole season, guaranteeing that all of the information you monitor is actually useful to your baseball or softball team.
8.C.S. Peterson’s Scoremaster Super 16 Baseball/Softball Scorebook
Purchase at Amazon.com Simple scoring instructions are included, and this scorebook is large enough to accommodate 25 baseball or softball games and 11 batting positions. For the most part, this is one of the most complete baseball/softball scorebooks available on the market today.
- When compared to other scorebooks, wire binding is more affordable. A total of 25 games, each lasting 12 innings, may be tracked using the sheets
- The sturdy cover and binding will withstand the rigors of the next season. It is considerably simpler to carry the scorebook around with you to and from the diamond because of its compact shape, which measures 8.5″ by 12″.
The C.S. Peterson Scoremaster scorebook is undoubtedly one of the greatest solutions available on the market since it is conveniently sized and created with the user in mind from the ground up. For a baseball or softball team, there is more than enough room in the book to retain a complete account of both batting and pitching. It is impossible to find a better solution than this C.S. Peterson scorebook if portability and simplicity are important to you.
9.Super 16 Baseball/Softball Scorebook
Purchase at Amazon.com The 9″ by 12″ dimensions of this hardcover baseball and softball scorebook ensure that it will appeal to a wide range of baseball and softball players. When you hold this scorebook in your hands, you will realize that it is the right size. The hardcover feels fantastic in your hands, and it will provide you with the inspiration you need to correctly score upwards of nearly two dozen games in one sitting. The scorebook has adequate room to record 25 games, taking into consideration the number of players on each team.
Additional features include:
- Each side will have 16 hitting positions. For each of the 16 batting positions, a substitution spot has been created. Having the following measurements: 11.97″ by 8.54″ by 0.39″, The use of illustrated scoring examples on each page makes learning how to score in the proper manner that much easier. To make it easier to hang in the dugout, 12 perforated lineup papers are included. It is enjoyable to score when you have lineup cards, a season overview, a team schedule, and an average chart.
Baseball fans, team management, parents, coaches, and injured players will all appreciate the ease with which this scorebook can be used to keep track of their stats during the baseball season. This scorebook is very appealing to people of all ages and generations, and it is truly universally acceptable.
Purchase at Amazon.com Through the course of the baseball or softball season, your scorebook will take a battering. Rain, wind, humidity, drink spills, and other mishaps are just a few of the factors that might jeopardize your performance on the field of play. Shortly said, the CHAMPRO baseball/softball scorebook creates the conditions for collecting reliable statistics that may be used to get valuable insight into the game.
- Player performance monitoring is made easier with scoring sheets that can hold up to 26 games at a time. The scorebook’s heavy-duty backing assures that it will remain sturdy. 12.4″ by 9.25″ by 0.2″ are the dimensions of this item. The scorebook’s weight of 9.59 ounces makes it quite comfortable to hold in one’s hands
- There are 18 player spots per game sheet, which ensures that there is enough space to accommodate for substitutes. There are also extra lineup cards and scoring guidelines included. Instructions on how to correctly score a game are included for individuals who are new to baseball or softball as well as those who are experienced.
If you use the Champro scorebook during the baseball or softball season, you will agree that it is one of the best available today. This scorebook was definitely created with the scorekeeper in mind, since it includes tear-off type lineup pages that are quite practical. You will be impressed with it if you use it in your baseball or softball games this season, and you may even decide to purchase a couple more for the following seasons.
Buying Guide: Why use a Scorebook?
Using a scorebook while taking in America’s national game makes the experience that much more detailed and pleasant, as well as educational. If you have a passion for baseball, numbers, or statistics, keeping a scorebook will be second nature to you. The potential to quantify the game of baseball through reliable statistics and records is now yours to take advantage of. Maintaining baseball records on certain scorebooks, on the other hand, is substantially easier than it is on others. In a nutshell, no two baseball or softball scorebooks are precisely same.
If you look for alternatives on the internet, you will come across a plethora of possibilities, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.
Avoid making a purchase unless you are confident that the scoring book provides ample table space, records a suitable number of games, and has the appropriate amount of players on the roster.
Different Types of Scorebooks
A common misconception among casual baseball fans and those who are entirely unfamiliar with scorebooks is that they are all the same or at least comparable to the point that it makes no sense to spend time examining any of the several possibilities in detail. Take a closer look at the many various baseball scorebook alternatives available, and it becomes more evident that the intricacies of each make a significant difference in usability and overall consumer happiness, as seen in the table below.
The scorebook used for the collegiate world series will be different from the scorebook used for a nightly small league baseball game, and so on and so on.
At the end of the day, the baseball scorebook you choose should have the appropriate amount of pages for your requirements, be particular to the league in issue, and fulfill the remainder of your detailed criteria.
Good Qualities to Look for in a Scorebook
It is important that the baseball or softball scorebook you choose has the following characteristics:
- Make sure you’re the right size. You should have the appropriate amount of pages. Keep track of an acceptable number of innings, taking into consideration the possibility of extra innings
- Ensure that the binding is of good quality. Have an adequate number of player slots
- High-quality materials were used in its construction.
The spiral binding quality of your baseball scorebook, as well as the quality of the front and back covers, are extremely crucial. These components must be of high quality since they will be subjected to a great deal of strain. Concentrate on the spiral’s coil as well as the overall binding quality. After all, the last thing you want to be doing is stumbling about trying to flick through the pages of the scorebook. Ideally, the scorebook you choose will have a place for the pencil that will be used to keep track of the scores.
In terms of size, the scorebook should be small enough to be easily carried about in a pocket.
Prior to making a decision, look over many different baseball scorebooks. Consider how the scorebook feels in your hands as you read through it. If keeping track of your stats is comfortable, simple, and stress-free, you may have discovered the perfect baseball scorebook. Although appearances are important, the functionality of the scorebook is more important than anything else. You will be pleased with your new baseball scorebook if you place emphasis on function rather than appearance.