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iScore – iPhone baseball scoring app

Posted on June 11, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Breaking news has moved to Twitter (and so have I for the most part), print paper is dying, so they say, and well, scoring baseball games is headed in that direction as well. Forget the bulky scorebooks… Electronics is where it’s at in this brave new ADHD connected world! And even better if your “scorebook” fits in your pocket. If you remember, I tried scoring on my laptop ages ago using Perl. That pretty much turned into a failed experiment, but did provide much of the basis for my somewhat cumbersome paper method I still use because it makes captioning photos quick and easy and the flow of the game easier for my brain to process. From Perl, I moved on to trying out the Palm ScorePad application on my ancient Palm VII (which, really, I had no use for other than that). Since serial sync connections are hard to come by these days, that experiment pretty much ended when I changed jobs and went all Mac. Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for another pocket-sized electronic scoring system. I couldn’t believe there was no app for the iPhone and eventually gave up searching for one. But of course, my travails have been well documented publicly and @kevin_reiss clued me into the iScore application, so I immediately paid my $5 and downloaded it.

There are some pros and cons to it, particularly in comparison to ScorePad. I had bought the MLB subscription with ScorePad so all roster updates were automatically downloaded. I did not need to input each team’s roster manually. It also had a desktop app component, whereas iScore obviously does not. So entering rosters is kind of a PITA – everyone on the 25 man needs to be entered, and of course, by typing into the iPhone. The screens are actually pretty quick and easy, but must be done hours before a new series begins. My first attempt at scoring, I ran into a bug where all the uniform numbers and positions disappeared, but this last game went smoothly. I also didn’t do replacements properly (pinch hitters, relievers), so my scoresheet looked rather wacky at the end. I highly suggest watching the training videos on YouTube if you get it.

So I totally screwed up the first game I scored. But hey, I paid a hard-earned five buckaroos for this app, and by golly, I’m going to make it work. After studiously watching the training videos, I tried tonight’s (win) game against the Reds and this time, all went rather smoothly. Well, except I cribbed a bunch of plays of Yahoo! Sports’ play-by-play since I missed many plays between the commute home and work. The PBP doesn’t actually give fielders who completed plays, so I guessed on some of the plays. Once a game is complete, you can then email the stats and scoresheet to yourself (or whoever you feel like spamming). Stats are HTML formatted with a PDF scoresheet and Excel spreadsheet of the stats attached. Sweet! The output is beyond the jump.

It also gives you a pitch track screen where you can track where each pitch went in (or out of) the strike zone. I didn’t really use that this game and probably won’t since my hands are tied up enough with the camera.

I apologize because these stats are going to run over the sidebars, but you’ll get the idea.

Download: Scoresheet 061109

6/11/09 Cincinnati Reds at Washington Nationals

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati Reds 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 1
Washington Nationals 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 9 1

VISITING TEAM:

Cincinnati Reds – Batting
PLAYER G PA AB R H B 1B 2B 3B HR RBI BB Kc Ks SO HBP SB SCB SF SAC RPA OBP SLG OPS AVG
Jerry Hairston Jr 1 4 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.250 0.250 0.500 0.250
Willy Taveras 1 4 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.000 0.250 0.250 0.500 0.250
Brandon Phillips 1 4 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.500 0.333 0.833 0.333
Jonny Gomes 1 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.250 0.500 0.000 0.500 0.000
Ramon Hernandez 1 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.250 0.000 0.250 0.000
Jay Bruce 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Alex Gonzalez 1 4 4 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.500 0.500 1.000 0.500
Adam Rosales 1 4 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.250 0.250 0.250 0.500 0.250
Micah Owings 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Bronson Arroyo 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Jared Burton 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Francisco Cordero 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Johnny Cueto 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Carlos Fisher 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Aaron Harang 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Nick Masset 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Daniel Ray Herrera 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Mike Lincoln 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Matt Maloney 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Arthur Rhodes 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
David Weathers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Ryan Hanigan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Paul Janish 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Chris Dickerson 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Laynce Nix 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
TOTALS 1 35 31 2 6 1 5 0 0 0 2 3 0 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 0.114 0.286 0.194 0.479 0.194

Cincinnati Reds – Pitching
PLAYER G IP BF Balls Strikes PIT R RA ER ERA ERG K H BB IBB K/BB HB BK WP HR WHIP OBP BAA
Micah Owings 1 5.33 26 18 28 46 1 0.19 1 1.69 1.69 4 4 4 0 1.00 2 0 0 0 1.500 0.385 0.200
Jared Burton 1 0.67 3 0 3 3 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.00 0 1 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 1.500 0.333 0.333
Carlos Fisher 1 1.00 6 8 6 14 1 1.00 1 9.00 9.00 1 1 2 0 0.50 0 0 0 0 3.000 0.500 0.250
Nick Masset 1 0.67 3 0 5 5 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.00 1 1 0 0 1.00 0 0 0 0 1.500 0.333 0.333
Daniel Ray Herrera 1 0.33 3 0 3 3 1 3.00 1 27.00 27.00 0 2 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 6.000 0.667 0.667

HOME TEAM:

Washington Nationals – Batting
PLAYER G PA AB R H B 1B 2B 3B HR RBI BB Kc Ks SO HBP SB SCB SF SAC RPA OBP SLG OPS AVG
Cristian Guzman 1 5 5 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.400 0.200 0.200 0.400 0.200
Alberto Gonzalez 1 5 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.600 0.333 0.933 0.333
Ryan Zimmerman 1 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.200 0.400 0.000 0.400 0.000
Adam Dunn 1 5 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.400 0.250 0.650 0.250
Elijah Dukes 1 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Josh Willingham 1 4 3 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.250 0.750 0.667 1.417 0.667
Austin Kearns 1 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.250 0.000 0.250 0.000
Wil Nieves 1 3 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.667 0.500 1.167 0.500
John Lannan 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Joe Beimel 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Jason Bergmann 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Jesus Colome 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Ross Detwiler 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Joel Hanrahan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Mike MacDougal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Shairon Martis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Craig Stammen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Julian Tavarez 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Ron Villone 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Jordan Zimmermann 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Josh Bard 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Ronnie Belliard 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Anderson Hernandez 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 1.000
Nick Johnson 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 1.000
Willie Harris 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 1.000
TOTALS 1 41 33 3 9 0 9 0 0 0 2 6 0 6 6 2 0 0 0 0 0.122 0.415 0.273 0.687 0.273

Washington Nationals – Pitching
PLAYER G IP BF Balls Strikes PIT R RA ER ERA ERG K H BB IBB K/BB HB BK WP HR WHIP OBP BAA
John Lannan 1 6.00 25 12 27 39 2 0.33 2 3.00 3.00 2 6 2 0 1.00 1 0 1 0 1.333 0.360 0.273
Joe Beimel 1 1.00 3 0 3 3 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000
Julian Tavarez 1 2.00 7 4 10 14 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.00 2 0 1 0 2.00 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.143 0.000

BATTING LEGEND:
G - Games
PA - Plate Appearances
AB - At Bats
R - Runs
H - Hits (all)
B - Bunts
1B - Singles
2B - Doubles
3B - Triples
HR - Homeruns
RBI
BB - Walks
Kc - Strikeout looking
Ks - Strikeout swinging
SO - Total Strikeouts
HBP - Hit By Pitch
SB - Stolen Bases
SCB - Sacrifice Bunts
SF - Sacrifice Flies
SAC - Total Sacrifices
RPA - Runs Per At Bat
OBP - On Base Percentage
SLG - Slugging Average
OPS - On Base + Slugging
AVG - Batting Average

PITCHING LEGEND:
G - Games
IP - Innings Pitched
BF - Batters Faced
Balls - # of Balls
Strikes - # of Strikes
PIT - Total Pitches
R - Runs allowed
RA - Run Avg/Inning
ER Earned Runs
ERA Earned Run Avg
K Strikeouts
H Hits allowed
BB Walks allowed
IBB Intentional walks
K/BB Strikeouts / Walks
HB Hit Batters
BK Balks
WP Wild Pitches
HR Homeruns
WHIP Walks+Hits per Inning
OBP On Base Percentage
BAA Batting Avg Against

My enhancement requests – ability to download MLB rosters – I realize something needs to be worked out with MLBAM for that (or someone). Also, for my uses, it’d be nice to be able to flag particular plays as notable so they come out highlighted in the scoresheet somehow (whole square highlighted or something). Even better if users could annotate things in the game. Other than that, I’m pretty happy with it so far! We’ll see how it goes with a live game in person on June 19th.

12 Responses to “iScore – iPhone baseball scoring app”

 
  1. Kenny says:

    I found out about this one a couple weeks ago and didn’t think to forward the link! I can’t wait to score a game!

  2. An Briosca Mor says:

    By buying this app and using it to score a game, you are basically manually entering in all the data that the MLB At Bat app already provides in its Gameday, Box Score and Summary screens. In other words, for five bucks more you can carry your iPhone into the ballpark and use it to look up everything you’d have to enter into the phone to score the game electronically. So, really, what’s the point?

  3. misschatter says:

    ABM, is there anything you do like? ;-)

    Some people (like me) really like to score for themselves. For me, it’s how I keep my head in the game. I also like captioning photos off my own scoring – it’s harder to follow a PBP online and flip between that and my editing screen.

    I do have the MLB At Bat app too – I pretty much only use it for the audio feed and keeping up if I’m not near a tv or radio.

  4. An Briosca Mor says:

    I’m not saying there’s no point to keeping score. I do it myself. It just seems rather convoluted to replace a pen-and-paper solution with something that involves you having to re-enter data into an iPhone when it’s already in there in the first place. Sort of like taking a pre-printed filled-out scorecard and copying it by hand onto a new sheet of paper.

    Keeping score on paper is an experience loaded with tactile satisfaction and old-timey charm. Keeping score on an iPhone with this app sounds like data entry. And I wouldn’t do data entry with my thumbs even if I was getting paid for it!

  5. misschatter says:

    Ah, thanks for elaborating. I’m just a total gadget geek and really trying it out to see if there’s any benefit. I already carry a bunch of stuff to a game, so if I can reduce that without losing functionality, I’ll be happy. Plus, juggling the camera and scorebook is awkward. But I still want to score…

    I fear it will be a fad because I tend to write a lot of notes on the edge of my scoresheets and there’s no way to do it in the app.

  6. iScorebooK says:

    Stay tuned… there’s another iPhone app coming that is a little more scorecard-like (including marking spectacular plays and the equivalent of scribbling notes in the margin!) and also handles substitutions differently.

    @ABM: While your Gameday comment is true for the Nats and other MLB teams, wouldn’t it be cool to get the same output from a Little League or rec league softball game?

  7. misschatter says:

    Oh fantastic – can’t wait! Another feature request would be shortcuts for scoring plays (like 63 means ground out to short, etc.)!

  8. iScorebooK says:

    Good catch — the 63 shortcut is already there! (Hit location à la iScore Baseball is a user-controlled setting, and even when turned on is optional to enter.)

    It looks like ScorePAD itself is coming to the iPhone — though from the screenshots it doesn’t seem as “iPhone-like” as ours.

  9. misschatter says:

    iScorebooK – did you know the play by play (pitch by pitch option from game manager) is buggy? :-) I scored last night’s game live while photographing and it went great and definitely faster and less cumbersome than paper. Then I tried to use the PBP to caption photos. It showed the leadoff batter batted twice in a row to begin the game. Substitutions just said “substitution” but didn’t say who was subbed. Pinch hitters always showed up as the starting pitcher (but the scoresheet emailed looks normal and has the right subs). It’d also be nice if you could click a play and see where the hit went like the live batter view while scoring (feature request!). But great great product and definitely worth the money!

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