It was a critical component of baseball’s evolution in popularity. Chadwick developed the shorthand symbols used in scorekeeping, including K for strikeout. Chadwick used the letter K because it was the last letter in the word “struck.” The letter S was already used to denote when a base hit was a single.
Definition. K/BB ratio tells us how many strikeouts a pitcher records for each walk he allows. The number is found simply by dividing a pitcher’s total number of strikeouts by his total number of walks. It’s an essential tool for evaluating pitchers.
A backward K represents the umpire’s third strike call against the hitter. This backward K means that the final strike against the hitter fooled them into not swinging. Since it looks strange on a baseball scorekeeping card, it stands out, which helps shine more light on that strikeout by the pitcher. What is this?
Run (R) Runs Batted In (RBI)
Why Is BB Also Called a Walk. A BB (as per baseball BB meaning) is also called a walk because, in actuality (as per details defined in the baseball rules), a batter/hitter cannot legally walk towards a base. His only privilege to walk into a base is when he can avoid four straight balls pitched outside the strike zone.
If the next batter hits a ball to the center fielder who catches it on the fly for the second out, it would be noted as F8, with F for flyout and 8 for the center fielder. (In some systems, the letter ‘F’ is reserved for foul outs.
The “Olympic Rings” or platinum sombrero applies to a player striking out five times in a game. A horn refers to a player striking out six times in a game; the term was coined by pitcher Mike Flanagan after teammate Sam Horn of the Baltimore Orioles accomplished the feat in an extra-inning game in 1991.
A flyout to left field would listed as F7. A lineout to center field might be L8, or F8 with a straight line above the F and the 8 to indicate a line drive.
During the 1980s, New York Mets fans started the tradition of placing signs with the letter K, and also a backwards K to help keep track of Dwight Gooden’s strikeouts during a game. Today during many games that feature a power pitcher, fans still post the strikeout signs.
Another option - Use Insert –> Symbol, and in the Symbols dialog, choose Ariel for the font and then choose IPA Extensions for the subset. Down just about 4 rows you’ll see something that looks quite like an upside down (and backwards) lowercase K.
Strikeout and walks rates are extremely important for evaluating pitchers.Context:
A very good K:BB is 4.00 or higher, something that just 14 of 96 pitchers with a minimum of 150 IP met in 2013, including both Cy Young winners. Generally a ratio around 2.75 is what I consider good while anything under 2.00 would be a sign of concern.
Strikeout Rate (K%)
Strikeout rate represents the frequency with which a pitcher strikes out hitters, as determined by total strikeouts divided by total batters faced.
In baseball, striking out the side refers to when a pitcher strikes out all the batters he faces in the defensive half-inning in which he pitches. There is no official statistic in regard to this accomplishment, though it is often noted by commentators and fans when it occurs.
Some scorers use a forward K for a swinging strikeout, a backward K for a batter caught looking. Chadwick also developed the system used to indicate fielders, like making the pitcher 1, the shortstop 6, and so on; and abbreviations for occurrences in the game, like HR (home run), HBP (hit by pitch) and so on.
F means Final, indicating the game is complete.
Pitcher. A baseball position that is the player that pitches the ball to the catcher from the mound; often seen on baseball rosters, score cards, and fantasy baseball leagues; can also appear as SP and RP which represent the type of pitcher.
The E on a baseball scoreboard stands for Errors and is the number of errors awarded to the defense during the duration of the game. This number calculates all the defensive errors per team and gives spectators a general idea of how well a team is doing defensively.
Definition. A fielder is credited with a putout when he is the fielder who physically records the act of completing an out – whether it be by stepping on the base for a forceout, tagging a runner, catching a batted ball, or catching a third strike.
PS: Pitches seen. PS/PA: Pitches seen per plate appearance. 6+: Plate appearances with 6+ pitches.