I consider myself a basic beginner at it so take this with a grain of salt. I’ve enjoyed it when I’ve done it. Once you get familiar it becomes less work and more enjoyment and pasttime and creating a record of your game. But for me it is still work, and you can’t take a break, go hit the head or stand in line for a beer, that sort of thing.
You’ll definitely want to drain your bladder before the game starts.
There are probably apps, yes, but call me old fashioned, I like pencil on paper.
@Telemark – WW, love it!
@DesertDog, I wish the SF Giants did that, held a class like the AZ D’backs do. Great idea.
Different books have slightly different rules. Is there a source as to a more official way to keep score?
I’m on a mission to visit every ball park and I’ve started keeping score of the one game I’d go to at a new park. It’s a nice souvenir of the game. My brother gave me the MLB Ballpark Pass-Port Book and that’s also a nice memento of my game at a new park. Here it is, MLB Ballpark Pass-Port Book - Google Search.
Back to score keeping, here are some tools of the trade that I like using:
I’ve found that an eraser shield comes in handy, to erase specific small numbers or words surrounded by other writing you don’t want erased. It’s a thin credit-card sized flexible metal that comes in handy. Here >> https://is.gd/IpYnVt
I also like these for erasers, https://is.gd/fdIEJK. STAEDTLER Mars plastic erasers. In my many years of studying mathematics, I’ve found these to be the best erasers, picking up the lead while not destroying the paper it’s written on (which some erasers do). You don’t have to get this shape and holder, but they also have block erasers of the same eraser compound. But I like the stick-shaped ones.
And of course, an 0.05 mechanical pencil in HB lead hardness. You can also go H for a little harder. 2H is way to harsh for me. HB is equivalent to the standard “#2 pencil” lead and that’s what I prefer.
Those are some tools of the trade from a math major who’s erased many tiny exponents and subscripts through many math classes.
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