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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

What? Wednesday - The scorecard

In keeping with the idea of starting simple, here's a link to what is probably the most basic form of statistical analysis - keeping score at the game.

I think it's funny that even the MLB web site doesn't have an "official" stance on how to keep stats. It's just anarchy out there. I'd also like to point out that the scorecard flashed on the screen (at right) for Braves games is a great idea - it's right up there with the adventurous clubs that are adding a column for "left on base" before and after innings in addition to runs, hits and errors.

I will say that despite the possibility of looking like a total dork at the ballpark, of resigning yourself to no bathroom or beer breaks and the very real risk that you'll miss one play because your friends are screwing around, thus rendering your scorecard shockingly incomplete. If you're the type of person prone to keeping score, you know what a grim prospect that is.

In reality, those who will keep score probably already are, but for those who haven't, here's a good place to start. If you haven't kept score for at least a few innings, it's worth doing at least once.

It does a great job of laying out patterns that you miss unless you have some sort of weird thing for remembering numbers and is nice in a park like Wrigley that can be lacking for instant information.

Plus, it's always nice to have the strikeout count at your fingertips - you'll be the most popular nerd in your row.

(Image from: TBS Television via



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