Joe is the founder of Project COBB, under which he serves as Stats and Research Manager for the GB National Team and chairs the British Baseball Hall of Fame. Joe's writing has been published in book form by Fineleaf.
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Joe, I’m think I’ve asked this before but it came up when I was scoring an archived MLB game the other day!
Scenario: there are two outs with a runner on first base. The batter hits a groundball and the runner is forced out at second to end the inning.
Using the IBAF scoring system, do you put anything in the batter’s square for this? Does it go down as an occupied ball, as if the batter was able to reach first (even though he didn’t!)?
Exactly right! While you may have to draw a line to first even though the batter may have not run the thing out, it does help the “left on base” to add up, so that you are able to prove the box score at the end.
So it’s either “O4″ (occupied ball by the second baseman) or “O6″ (occupied ball by the shortstop) in the box for the batter’s “advancement” to first.
I thought the above scenario would be fielders choice?
It is indeed.
In the strange and wonderful world that is the IBAF scoring system, “occupied ball” is one of the types of fielder’s choice.
See page 26 of chapter 3 of the manual: http://www.gbbsa.org.uk/gbbsa.html#isma
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