Red in Chicago (08-30-2013)
I absolutely love scoring games. In fact, I consider myself to be a one-man, local ambassador for teaching others the craft. Coaching my son in baseball over the last 10 years, I always kept the team book as a primary means of ensuring all players received equitable playing time. Of course, while doing that, why not keep the most meaningful stats from the game as a reference?
I was self-taught on scoring, but was totally shocked at how few youth baseball coaches had clear knowledge about proper scoring decisions. The rigor I applied to the craft at the youth level quickly spread to others and I found myself training several other assistant coaches throughout our league.
My son became fascinated with my hobby at an early age, so I shared with him my game records of some very old Reds playoff games. He was on board for learning the principles, so I taught him how to score games at the age of eight.
I personally feel that the knowledge has allowed him to understand the game better as a youth baseball player. He focuses more on proper player defensive assignments, cutoff throws, etc... because he now has the ability to reverse engineer the game down to its most basic elements.
He is 15 now and still loves the art of scoring the game. In fact, his coaches often rely on him to keep their official dugout record over the likes of some of their assistant coaches.
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I kept score of Tom Seaver's no-hitter in 1978 listening to Marty and Joe. I am trying to locate it to have him possibly sign it.
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I kept score quite a bit from about the mid 80's to 1989. I would draw up my own scorecard on notebook paper. I watched nearly every game that came on TBS,WGN or the Reds network. I would keep score then keep the stats of the games I kept score each season. As you can imagine the Braves stats were pretty horrid. Just the basics for average HR and RBI. You never heard much or any about OBP or OPS or any of the "newer" stats that are common now. It was a lot fun. It kept you in game and you really pick up on a lot of the nuances of the game that way. At the time I was finishing up college and then had a hard time finding a decent job so I was home a lot and could watch all these games. I'm not able to do it very much at all now. Life usually gets in the way when I start to do it and quite honestly I don't even think about trying to do it much anymore. But this thread may have encouraged me try to score another game or two very soon.
Reds Fan Since 1971
I've still got a few scorecards from games I saw in the '60's at Crosley. One with the Giants, Willie Mays hit a pair of dingers.
I designed a pitch chart for my best bud's high school team he was coaching years ago.
And I score at home as often as possible, a la Roy. On the road too. Just sayin'
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I think it would be a good idea if MLB or teams offered a scorecard app for people to download. It might not be as cool as the old paper and pencil system, but it would be a great way to get the younger generations into keeping score. Let it have functionality to be able to import lineups from the team from wifi, allow fans to post to facebook/twitter, and even keep stats like "57% of fans scored it as a hit, 43% error," which could be posted at the end of the game (I wouldn't post that info in real time just to avoid fan unrest over the official scorer's decision).
I know they have unofficial scorecard apps out there, but having that good interact with the team's network would be cool and could promote people using their smartphones for good at the game rather than evil. Plus it's easier cleanup for certain fans whose wives bring them hot dogs with ketchup.
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My ability to keep score finally yielded a positive this year as I ended up being the official scorekeeper for my son's little league team and I got a gift certificate for my "work" --
So, a silly question but I figure what the hell...
What do you do with the scorecard and pencil/pen during the game? Like when the Reds do something great and you want to stand up and clap and go woooo? I've gotten fairly adept at tucking card/pencil under my leg and pulling them out when needed. Sometimes I stick the pencil behind my ear but that's a pretty geek look. Sometimes I get a little exuberant and pencil goes rolling down the aisle or flying off my ear.
I seem to be able to get by, but I just wondered what others do at a live game.
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At the final get-together, the coaches gave me a nice pen with the inscription "what's the score, Bruce?". I got asked that question about 50 bazillion times a game. A nice thing.
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I trust each and every poster in this thread more than most mlb official scorers nowadays. Plays that were scored errors 9/10 times 25 years ago are now scored errors 1/10 it seems. I still get a chuckle thinking how Nux would get enraged when he felt a homer scoring decision had been made.
I had to keep score for a living when I was a reporter covering baseball, so I only do it now when I have to: like at my brother's HS games.
Also, I tend to go games alone to avoid the distractions involved with things like conversation.
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