For tonight’s regularly-scheduled game between the Reds and the Phillies, I’m going to show you how to keep score of a Major League Baseball game….or at least the way I do it.

One of the responsibilites of the team’s media relations department is to keep score of every Reds game, even Spring Training games.  We have a huge scorebook that one of us (Rob Butcher, Larry Herms or yours truly) uses to score the games.

Before we get started tonight, here are the things you will need.

  • A black pen
  • A red pen
  • Scorecard (Click and Print this one —–>scorecard)

Of course a pen or pencil is fine, too.  And if you have an eraser or white-out, you might want to have that with you, just in case.

There are several different methods folks use to keep score and there is no “right” or “wrong” way to do it.  I’m simply going to show you the way I do it, and it’s the way my esteemed boss (Rob) showed me.  It’s a very thorough and detailed method that I think you’ll enjoy learning.

Be sure to give yourself a few minutes before first pitch to write the lineups on your scorecard….in other words, don’t be late!

After the lineups are posted and you have them written down on your scorecard, I will begin “class” on Twitter at @Jamieblog.  Periodically throughout the game, I will Tweet photos of what your scorecard should look like (if you’re following my method of scoring).  Once the game is finished, I will post a photo of the finished scorecard right here on BOR.


Here’s an example of one of the games I scored in Spring Training (keep in mind, there shouldn’t be as many substitutions)…


Should be fun. Prepare to write small.

1 Comment

(I mentioned this on Twitter, but I have more space here.)

I’m anxious to follow along tonight as I may pick up a few pointers. However, I’ve been keeping score when I go to games for years.

Once I decided, “You know, I think I’ll just go to the game and enjoy myself and relax and not keep score.” That game, the Reds scored 14 runs in the first inning on their way to beating the Astros 18-2 (Aug. 3, 1989). 24 years later, I’m still kicking myself for not keeping score in that game. Yes, i can get the game info from baseball-reference and do a recreation, but it just isn’t the same.

So, never again will I go to a professional baseball game and not keep score. Although I can’t say I’ve ever kept score from home. That is just my own personal souvenir of visiting the ballpark.

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