Baseball Scorekeeping: A Practical Guide to the Rules

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This detailed guide leads fans through the 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 ...
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Baseball Scorekeeping: A Practical Guide to the Rules

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Overview

This detailed guide leads fans through the 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786414482
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/6/2003
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Preface: Why Scorekeeping Is Important 1
1 Rule 10.01 - The Duties, Responsibilities and Authority of the Official Scorer 5
2 Rule 10.02 - Official Scorer's Reports 16
3 Rule 10.03 - Miscellaneous Matters 25
4 Rule 10.04 - Crediting Runs Batted In 36
5 Rule 10.05 - Crediting Base Hits 46
6 Rule 10.06 - Withholding Credit for Base Hits 58
7 Rule 10.07 - Determining the Value of Base Hits 70
8 Rule 10.08 - Crediting Stolen Bases 82
9 Rule 10.09 - Crediting Sacrifice Bunts and Sacrifice Flies 103
10 Rule 10.10 - Crediting Putouts 118
11 Rule 10.11 - Crediting Assists 126
12 Rule 10.12 - Crediting Double Plays and Triple Plays 134
13 Rule 10.13 - Charging Errors 140
14 Rule 10.14 - Not Charging Errors 157
15 Rule 10.15 - Charging Wild Pitches and Passed Balls 170
16 Rule 10.16 - Walks 174
17 Rule 10.17 - Strikeouts 179
18 Rule 10.18 - Determining Earned Runs 185
19 Rule 10.19 - Determining Winning and Losing Pitchers 218
20 Rule 10.20 - Crediting Saves 230
21 Rule 10.21 - The Duties of the Official Statistician 236
22 Rule 10.22 - Formulas for Determining Percentage Records 239
23 Rule 10.23 - Minimum Standards for Determining Seasonal Percentage Record Championships 252
24 Rule 10.24 - Criteria for Consecutive Hitting and Playing Streaks 259
Index 267
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2004

    You Think You Know the Rules?

    Although you might think that this book, which is a thorough and meticulous discussion of Rules 10.01 through 10.24 of baseball's official rulebook pertaining to 'The Official Scorer,' is only for professional scorekeepers, you would be wrong. If you care what your favorite playerfs batting average is, if his on-base percentage and his slugging percentage are important to you, then you owe a real debt of gratitude to Andres Wirkmaa for writing this accessible guide to scoring. An essential reference for the professional and the dedicated amateur alike, this interesting and informative book reinforces why scorers are so important: all the statistics that are generated around the game of baseball depend upon the oft-maligned and seldom properly-appreciated scorekeepers. Prior to reading this book, I had no idea of the intensity involved in keeping score. Scorekeepers must know and understand all the rules of the game, and must pay strict attention at all times to what is happening on the field. Often, scorekeepers must use judgment and discretion in applying the rules so that the resulting statistics will be meaningful and comparable. The book is filled with examples and illustrations of complicated baseball situations. Despite the format imposed by the rulebook, Wirkmaa manages to provide subtle humor in unexpected places. I particularly enjoyed his explicatory subtitles (he refers, for example, to the 'cSeemingly Pointless, Unnecessary and Incongruous Exception to Rule 10.05(e)'). Fans labor under many misconceptions. Did you think that a fielder must touch the ball to be charged with an error? Not true! Wirkmaa addresses the difference between a misplay and an error and the difference between a plate appearance and an at bat, and provides understandable explanations of a fielderfs choice and how to calculate earned runs. In this surprisingly fascinating book, Wirkmaa also tells us how a runner can be caught stealing and still be safe on base, how a pitcher can be credited with a strikeout while the batter reaches first base safely, and how a batter may have his plate appearance charged to one pitcher but the run he eventually scores charged to a second pitcher. Those who think they understand all of baseballfs rules should buy this book and test themselves. Baseball Scorekeeping is a wonderful book to 'dip into' occasionally just for fun. And when questions about scoring come up, you will find the answers here. A big plus: the book is printed on acid-free paper.

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