Positions, Abbreviation, scorecard number:

Pitcher, P, 1
Catcher, C, 2
First Base, 1B, 3
Second Base, 2B, 4
Third Base, 3B, 5
Short Stop, SS, 6
Left Field, LF, 7,
Centre Field, CF, 8
Right Field, RF, 9
Designated Hitter, DH

Notes: Third base comes before Short Stop because originally the SS was an outfielder.

AB = At Bats – How many official Abs the player had in the game, note Walks and sacrifices don’t count as official Abs
R = Runs scored by the player in the game
H = Hits – number of times the player reached base safely by putting the ball in play
RBI = Runs Batted in – the number of runs that scored as a result of the players at bat, note runs scored as a result of hitting into a double play don’t count, runs scored as a result of the player drawing a base on balls or being hit by a pitch do. Also the official scorer may decide not to award an RBI if there was an error on the play.
BB = Base on Balls, number of times the player walked (does not include Hit By Pitch)
SO = Struck Out, how many times the player struck out
LOB = Left On Base, the number of runners that were on base when the player batted who didn’t score during his at bat
AVG = Batting Average (number of hits divided by number of official at bats), note this is the ongoing batting average for the season, not the game

Batting Abbreviations:

2B = A hit where the runner reaches second base (double)
3B = A hit where the runner reaches third base (triple)
HR:= Home Run
TB = Total bases (if a hitter hits a single, then a double his total bases would be three etc.)
RBI = Runs Batted In
2-out RBI = As above but happened when two runners were out
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out = Being in scoring position usually means a runner being on second or third base.
S.= Sacrifice hit, usually a bunt that allows a runner to advance, no official at bat is recorded against the hitter
SF = Sacrifice fly, A fly ball that is caught but is deep enough to allow the runner on third (if there is one of course) to tag up* and score.
GIDP = Ground into Double Play, means the batter hit a ground ball which enabled the defence to get two players out. There has to be a runner on base who can be forced out.
Team RISP How many hits the team got with runners in scoring position, so 2 for 12 means that there were a total of twelve at bats by the team with runners in scoring position, and on two occasions the team got a hit.
Team LOB = LOB means Left On Base and is the total number of players that were on base when the final out was made in any inning. Players that were on base but were retired (got out) don’t count; so if a hitter grounds into a double play the player who is ‘doubled off’ would not count for this purpose


SB = Stolen Base, followed by the runners who stole a base in the game, followed in brackets by how many bases that player has stolen in the season, then by which base he stole and then by who the pitcher and catcher were

CS = Caught stealing as above but the would be thief was caught, how many times he’s been caught in the season and pitcher/catcher responsible

PO = Picked Off Similar to CS, but means the pitcher managed to catch the baserunner off base and he was tagged out.


E = Error followed by the player who made the error, (number of errors in the season, how the error was made)

DP = Double plays turned number of Double plays (fielders who were involved in the double plays)

Pitching abbreviations:

IP = Innings Pitched, note each out is counted as one third of an inning and is denoted by .1, so if a pitcher pitches 3 full innings and then gets two batters out in the fourth IP would = 3.2)
H = Hits given up
R = Runs scored by an opponent that got on base off the pitcher in question – So if Fred allowed a runner to reach base by any means and that runner eventually scores, that run is debited to Fred, no matter who was pitching when the runner scores.
ER = Earned Runs – As runs above, but if the run scores due to an error then the run is not ‘earned’
BB = Base on Balls
SO = Struck Out – denotes the number of batters that pitcher struck out
HR = Home Runs given up
ERA = Earned Run Average. The number or earned runs allowed, divided by the number of innings pitched, the total then multiplied by nine to represent the number of runs the pitcher would have allowed over nine inning. Note this number is the pitchers ERA for the season, not the game in question)

WP = Wild Pitch, followed by the number of wild pitches, and which pitcher(s) were responsible
IBB = Intentional Base on Balls, where the pitcher deliberately walks the batter on instructions from his manager.
HBP = Hit By Pitch (batter hit, Pitcher who hit him)
Pitches – Strikes = How many pitches each pitcher made in the game – number that were strikes
Groundouts-Flyouts number of hitters retired by getting them to hit ground balls for the out – number of hitters retired by getting them to hit fly balls for the out
Batters faced: Self explanatory
Inherited runners-scored – The number of runners that were on base when a relief pitcher came into the game – how many of them scored
Umpires: The names of the crew followed by the positions they were umpiring, HP being Home Plate, i.e. The dude calling balls and strikes
Weather Temperature when the game started, in English refreshingly rather than the French we use in this country!, and the overhead conditions
Wind Speed (also in English not French), direction relevant to the playing field
T: Time the game took to complete
Att = Attendance, usually refers to the number of ticket issued, not the number of people in attendance which is often a lot lower than the number shown
The date the game was played

* Tagging up means touching the base previously occupied after the ball is caught, this enables the runner to advance at his own risk