Couple of clarifications

On that weird play in the second inning, Randy Wolf was credited with an RBI, but he was NOT credited with a sacrifice fly, so he was WAS charged with an at-bat. I doubt he really cares all that much, because he is DEALING today. Has retired the last 10 in a row, and the last 12 in a row that he didn’t intentionally walk. I probably just jinxed him. … And as for my earlier rant about official scorers and their unwillingness to make non-sacrifice calls when guys are clearly bunting for a hit, I was later told that Elias, the official stats keeper for MLB, has INSTRUCTED official scorers not to make that call this year. I can’t for the life of my imagine why, unless it’s because they want to relieve them of a judgement call. But these guys get paid upwards of $100 a game, and judgement is exactly what they get paid for. But my understanding is that from now on, anytime a guy lays down a bunt, is thrown out at first base and advances at least one runner, that player will be credited with a sacrifice even if it is perfectly clear he was bunting for a hit.

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  • gregb

    As a professional statistician who has been an official scorer for NBA games and NCAA tournaments, our job is to follow the rules. We are not supposed to make “judgement” on what has occured on the field of play. If the rule says “do not count an individual rebound on a loose ball foul (NBA), then that is what is done. If MLB (thru its stats service) says don’t do something, then the official scorer is obligated to follow those instructions even if his/her professional judgement would say otherwise.

    Why is it that sportswriters seem to know the statistical rules better than the professionals who are paid to do the job?