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Box score question

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by bigpern23, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    When a pitcher doesn't record an out in an inning, he is usually credited with a "+" to indicate that he pitched in that inning, but didn't record an out (i.e., someone who pitched 5+ innings threw into the sixth, but didn't get an out).

    But what about someone who doesn't record an out in the bottom half of the final inning (when the other team scores the game-winner without recording an out)? Is he credited with the full inning or just given a "+"?

    I'd guess he gets the full inning, since he did technically complete the inning, but just wanted to check.
  2. ondeadline

    ondeadline Well-Known Member

    No. It still goes down as 0 innings but at the bottom it will say "Blow pitched to 4 batters in the ninth inning."
  3. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Exactly. You only get credited for innings for the number of outs you record.
  4. dawgpounddiehard

    dawgpounddiehard Active Member

    Baseball stats make my head hurt.
  5. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    Same reason you can have an ERA of infinity. Because you can't divide by 0.

    Baseball stats are one place where I am completely old-school. Every sportswriter should have a passion for them. Period. :p
  6. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Easy for you to say, shottie. You have the codas to do the stats for you.
  7. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    They were little coda embryos when I was keeping stats for my local teener league, buddy. ;)
  8. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Truth is, shottie, old guys like us have a far greater appreciation of keeping score and stats then the generation that grew up with computers to do it for them.
  9. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    That, I think you'll agree, is one instance where something precious was lost with progress.
  10. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Absolutely... and the art reading a full box score and being able to figure out pretty much what happened in the game.
  11. bueller

    bueller Member

    This isn't relevant to the pitcher's stats, but the boxscore will also have the notation "No outs when the winning run scored." I also am a boxscore purist.
  12. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    Well played.
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