East Carolina Amateur Baseball League
Statistics Key and Rules
There are many stats that we can capture during games. Below are partial lists that we can capture, and we do capture many of these and post them. These lists may help you understand what the abbreviations mean.
There are other stats that we can capture that I have not listed. Why are they omitted? Because trying to capture them is either not feasible or of no tangible benefit. For example, a batting stat that is not feasible would be total strikes swinging and total strikes looking for a batter. While it can be tracked, it is very hard for one person to keep track of that accurately while entering all the other data.
An example of a stat that offers no tangible benefit would be intentional walks. Yes, we could track it, but for the one or two that may happen during the season, why bother?
Also, we could track fielding stats, but with the number of substitutions that each team does throughout the game, maintaining accuracy would be impossible.
We will not be changing the stats that we are capturing this season, but if there is a statistic you believe would be beneficial to add, click here and submit your suggestion.
Why didn't I get credit for ...
Don't see a stolen base listed that you think you should have? Think you hit a double, but it shows as a single? Think you got a hit, but it doesn't show? I will say that I'm not perfect and there could be a mistake.
The games that don't include my team are likely to be more accurate. It is hard to keep stats while I am playing, but I do get help from teammates, and their effort is appreciated. If you believe there is a mistake, point it out. I will either fix the mistake or explain why there is no mistake.
You may not always agree with the ruling, but I am trying to be fair to all players of all teams -- batters and pitchers. Batters have to earn hits because it's not fair to pitchers to saddle them with extra hits that lead to extra earned runs. I take into account the wind, bad hops, etc. I even ask the opinions of those around me and take that into account. But at the
end of the day, I try to apply Major League Baseball rules to all plays. I have twice this year applied a rule and then reversed the decision the next day. I made the call during the game, and I was not completely certain. I researched the rule the next day and made the necessary adjustment.
Below I will try to keep a running list of rules and how they are applied that may be confusing to some people. This may help answer the question of why you didn't get credit for a stolen base, or why you weren't credited with an RBI. By the way, if your team is up by 15 runs in the final inning and you steal second, I will give you a stolen base, reluctantly. But the baseball gods will get you for padding your stats at the expense of that team. :)
To be listed in the batting average leaders, a minimum of five plate appearances are required. That number will be raised as the season progresses.
To be listed in the ERA leaders, a minimum of one inning is currently required. That number will be raised as the season progresses.
The third bullet point eliminates a lot of stolen bases in our league. If the defense does not hold the runner on or the pitcher and catcher make no attempt to hold or prevent the steal, then a stolen base is not awarded. That doesn't mean there is no stolen base if the catcher does not throw to second. If the base was stolen on the pitcher, it would be a stolen base. But if the defense is giving the base up, it is not a stolen base.
Taking the Extra Base
So, a batter reaches second base safely and is thrown out at third trying for a triple. It is ruled a double.
FIELDER’S CHOICE is the act of a fielder who handles a fair grounder and, instead of throwing to first base to put out the batter-runner, throws to another base in an attempt to put out a preceding runner.
The term is also used by scorers (a) to account for the advance of the batter-runner who takes one or more extra bases when the fielder who handles his safe hit attempts to put out a preceding runner; (b) to account for the advance of a runner (other than by stolen base or error) while a fielder is attempting to put out another runner; and (c) to account for the advance of a runner made.
The play is scored as a fielder's choice whether the attempted play is successful or not, so not all fielder's choices result in an out. An unsuccessful attempt to put out a preceding runner is only scored a fielder's choice if the official scorer thinks that the fielder had a chance to retire the batter; if he tried for a preceding runner because he couldn't get the batter, the play is scored a hit.