>regardless of whether r.s.b.mod or r.s.b.analysis or r.s.b.whatever
>pass, i think that perhaps a good idea would be rec.sport.baseball.games.
>i envision it as our own sort of project scoresheet. the idea is that
>people keep track of a game they're watching pitch by pitch, and post
>it to the net. of course, you'd have to be wacky to do this for every
>game you watch, but perhaps a schedule can be arranged say a week in
>advance of who is covering what; with enough people, maybe a game every
>week or two would suffice.
>perhaps (if possible) two people should cover each game, just in case,
>and a moderator would be there to let only the first through.
>obviously, this would be very dependent upon user support, and it could
>very well fall flat on its face, but i think it would be neat if it worked,
>and i see no reason not to try it.
>no more waiting till year's end for DA's. no more wondering if big frank
>is taking even less pitches. no more a bunch of things. a lot of work,
STATS, Inc. does this already, pays their reporters, and usually doesn't
really find it easy to find reporters to do the games.
The reporters they hire have to pass a screening test, where they use a
particular scoring system that has been designed and refined very carefully.
It is extremely intricate, and very difficult to grasp fully. I am proud to
say that I have mastered most aspects of it completely, although I do forget
sometimes that the code for a runner advancing on an obstruction is AOBS.
Such a coding system would have to be devised, and it would most definitely
have to something other than the STATS system. Designing a foolproof system
is difficult. At first glance it looks easy, but you need to be able to
devise a system where you can unambiguously look at the scoresheet after the
game, see some weird tricky play with a pickoff attempt, an error, a couple
of rundowns, and then having the runner get called out on obstruction.
STATS's system is the only system I've ever seen that does that. Any kind
of situtation is unambiguously and accurately portrayed by the scoring
I very much doubt you would be able to get all of the games covered, and
even if you did, the quality or correctness of the statistics gathered I
would have to question. I'll score games, since I do that for STATS, but
I don't have the time to help design a scoring system or be involved in
other administrative details.
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