How to Keep the Scorebook in Baseball – Position Numbers

After a couple of years of declining when asked to keep the book, it’s about time that I learn!  We had tickets to several Durham Bulls game this past week, so my training started there, with #12, #28, and Coach Dad all helping out.  And now I will pass that information on to you.

Lesson #1: Position Numbers

In baseball, defensive positions are assigned both an abbreviation and a position number. The position number is used for scoring, and perhaps other things that I haven’t learned about yet.

The position numbers move around the field in a pattern, according to Coach Dad, although the only pattern I can envision out of this drawing is a backward question mark.

Baseball_positionsSource: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball_positions

1 Pitcher (P)

2 Catcher (C)

3 First Baseman (1B)

4 Second Baseman (2B)

5 Third Baseman (3B)

6 Shortstop (SS)

7 Left Field (LF)

8 Center Field (CF)

9 Right Field (RF)

I wrote a list of these positions on my score sheet to use as reference while I was learning, but I can tell it will be a lot easier when I memorize them.

Up next? Abbreviations and acronyms.

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