How to Keep the Scorebook in Baseball – Abbreviations and Acronyms

If you haven’t already read the post on numbers of positions and player position abbreviations, read this other post first.

The next thing you will need to know is the set of abbreviations used in baseball to indicate what happens during an at bat, out, etc.

How Did the Player Get on Base?

This set of abbreviations is intended to capture what action happened to get the player on base during an at bat.

Abbreviation What Happened
1B Single
2B Double
3B Triple
BB Base on Balls (also known as Walk)
E Error
FC Fielder’s Choice
HBP Hit by Pitch
WP Wild Pitch
HR Home Run
I Interference
IBB Intentional Walk

How Did the Player Get Called Out?

This set of abbreviations is used when a player gets called out during an at bat.

Abbreviation What Happened
CS Caught Stealing
DP Double Play
F Foul Fly (Fly Out)
FO Force Out
G Ground Out
K Strike Out Swinging
Backwards K Strike Out Looking
L Line Drive
B Bunt
SF Sacrifice Fly (What’s this? Learn from the MLB).

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