After the Game

Back in the Dugout
Now that the game is over, you can tabulate all the data you've compiled.   If you haven't been keeping up with it during the game, now is the time to add up the statistics for each inning:  runs, hits, errors, passed balls, and men left on base.  You can also add up the data for each pitcher:  innings pitched, batters faced, strikeouts, walks, hits, runs, earned runs, wild pitches, batters hit, and balks.   There may be other statistics that you can fill in on your card, but these are the fields on the scorecard that I created.  Professionally printed scorecards may contain several fields to tally a batter's performance:   at-bats, runs, hits, singles, doubles, triples, home runs, runs batted in and others.  It's up to you to decide how much you want to do.

If you want to learn the formulas for calculating batting average, earned-run average, on-base percentage, or several other stats, check out my statistics page.

The official scorekeeper must prove the official box score, which is what becomes part of the official record.  The formula is very simple and must be applied to each teams scorecard. 

First, total the number of runs, men left on base and opponents' putouts for one team.   Next, total the number of at-bats, walks, sacrifices, batters hit by pitcher and awards of first base due to interference for the same team.  If these two totals are equal than this team's box score is "proven."   Repeat the process for the other team.

I've never tried to prove a box score, but I thought others might find it interesting.

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