Clipping:Errors and assists

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Date Saturday, March 1, 1879

By this record-score it will be seen that while every error in fielding, as well as every good play made which bears upon the record of chances offered and accepted for putting opponents out, is duly recorded, no errors are directly charged to each player. For instance, suppose a hot line ball is hit to the short-stop which is sent with such force that he is not able to do anything but stop it, either catching it on the fly nor being able to field in time to throw the runner out. In such a case the batsman is credited with a base-hit. Suppose, also, that the next ball hit is sent to the short-stop, and is well held and thrown accurately to the first-baseman, but is muffed by the latter. In this case the short-stop is credited with a chance offered and accepted, while the first-baseman is charged with a chance offered and missed. This is the principle of the method, and it can readily be carried out in all its variations. Of course there are exceptions to the rule which will have to be particularized; such as passed balls and wildly-pitched balls, which are not chances offered for putting players out, and therefore cannot be justly charged as chances not accepted, and yet they are errors to a certain extent. New York Clipper March 1, 1879

There is a possibility that the present scoring system will be made a subject for consideration, if not ultimate action, at the Buffalo meeting. We earnestly hope no alteration will be made this year, at least. The system now in vogue is about as near complete in its details as can be conceived, is easily understood and comprehended by the average lover of the game, and, while it may not be popular among those players who play for a record only, it is exceedingly popular with the masses, and has no dread for those players who play to win. The system recently promulgated by Henry Chadwick in the New York Clipper, of substituting “chances offered” and “chances accepted” for the columns “P.O.” “A.” and “E.” has been favorably regarded in some quarters, and, while it would eventually show the record of a player, it is open to several objections, the consideration of which is reserved for another time. The nationals have abolished the error column, and it would be well for the league to see from a year’s experience how the plan works, before it follows suit. Let the various proposed changes in the score be discussed for a year, and then, in 1880, when, in all probability, an alteration in the bat will be made, and batting greatly benefitted, if a general desire is found for a change in the present method of scoring, then let the best and more comprehensive system be adopted. Boston Herald March 30, 1879

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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
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