Baseball Scorekeeping: A Practical Guide to the Rules

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McFarland, May 6, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 278 pages
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Many fans enjoy keeping track of baseball action with easy abbreviations written on simple grids. Serious scorekeeping, however, is more complicated than just jotting down runs, outs, and the final score. Official scorekeeping requires a thorough knowledge of a large body of rules--many of which are confusing, and all of which must be followed carefully to ensure that the scorekeeper's data are valid. With confidence and enthusiasm, Andres Wirkmaa leads the reader through the daunting maze of rules that govern official scorekeeping. Chapters explain and clarify the official scorer's duties, responsibilities and authority; the official scorer's reports; and all the game-to-game details such as player listings, substitute batters and runners, out-of-turn batters, called and forfeited games, runs batted in, base hits, stolen bases, sacrifices, putouts, assists, double and triple plays, errors (and instances when errors are not charged), wild pitches and passed balls, bases on balls, strikeouts, earned runs, winning and losing pitchers, and saves. Also covered are statistics, percentage records, minimum standards for individual championships, and consecutive hitting and playing streaks.
 

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Contents

RULE 1001 The Duties Responsibilities and Authority of the Official Scorer
5
RULE 1002 Official Scorers Reports
16
RULE 1003 Miscellaneous Matters
25
Substitute Batters and Runners
26
Proving a Box Score
27
Players Batting Out of Turn
28
Called and Forfeited Games
34
RULE 1004 Crediting Runs Batted In
36
RULE 1012 Crediting Double Plays and Triple Plays
134
RULE 1013 Charging Errors
140
RULE 1014 Not Charging Errors
157
RULE 1015 Charging Wild Pitches and Passed Balls
170
RULE 1016 Walks
174
RULE 1017 Strikeouts
179
RULE 1018 Determining Earned Runs
185
RULE 1019 Determining Winning and Losing Pitchers
218

RULE 1005 Crediting Base Hits
46
RULE 1006 Withholding Credit for Base Hits
58
RULE 1007 Determining the Value of Base Hits
70
RULE 1008 Crediting Stolen Bases
82
RULE 1009 Crediting Sacrifice Bunts and Sacrifice Flies
103
RULE 1010 Crediting Putouts
118
RULE 1011 Crediting Assists
126
RULE 1020 Crediting Saves
230
RULE 1021 The Duties of the Official Statistician
236
RULE 1022 Formulas for Determining Percentage Records
239
RULE 1023 Minimum Standards for Determining Seasonal Percentage Record Championships
252
RULE 1024 Criteria for Consecutive Hitting and Playing Streaks
259
Index
267
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Wyckoff, New Jersey, attorney Andres Wirkmaa coaches baseball, has served as official scorekeeper for amateur baseball leagues, and is a member of SABR.

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