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Is it right / appropriate / sportsmanlike for the scorekeeper to call to fielders where batters hit in previous innings?

by Mandy
(Gig Harbor, WA)

Pony Baseball Complex, Bloomington, Illinois

Pony Baseball Complex, Bloomington, Illinois

Mandy asked: The scorekeeper from the other team was calling to the pitcher what each of our batters had done in previous innings.


Is that sportsmanlike?


Rick answered: Mandy, thank you for your question.

Possibly a bit unusual for the scorekeeper to be doing that, but not unsportsmanlike.

Generally coaches will alert defensive players that a hitter has hit their direction in prior at bats.

Possibly at the youth level, they include the pitcher in that.

At the high school level, usually the pitcher gets that through his catcher, or the pitch selection has been determined by what has happened in previous at bats.

As players get older they learn to keep track of that information themselves. At the professional level pre-game scouting report meetings are the source of what tendencies opposing players have shown, then adjustments made during the game, player to player, depending on what that hitter has done that day.

All a part of the game.

Yours in baseball,

Rick

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Jul 04, 2013
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by: Mandy

I didn't think anything of it. I had heard many other people, dads, coaches, etc. do the same thing. But my husband was completely put off by it. Because he was the scorekeeper, he thought it was wrong. I was just wondering if anyone else felt that way?

Jul 04, 2013
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by: Mandy

I didn't think anything of it. I had heard many other people, dads, coaches, etc. do the same thing. But my husband was completely put off by it. Because he was the scorekeeper, he thought it was wrong. I was just wondering if anyone else felt that way?

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