Monday, June 21, 2010
Every Sunday at 10:00 AM a group of guys and gals from the neighborhood gather at Fairmount Park to play a game of pick-up ball.
Photo: Chris F. A. Johnson via Woodbine & Gerrard.com
Google Earth view
This Sunday I went 5 for 6 with 4 runs scored and I'm not sure how many RBI, around 5 or 6 I think. I'm a singles hitter and my batting average goes up with runners on. The team I was on fell short in our ninth inning comeback bid, losing 19-23. At the top of the 7th we were down by 11 runs.
The 'League' that right now consists of the two teams, has a mercy rule. In effect until the 8th inning, teams cannot score more than 5 runs/inning. That rule kept us in the game I think and when the 8th came we shut the other team down, allowing no runs in the 8th and only 1 in the 9th; while scoring 4 runs in each of our half innings. So the mercy rule didn't play a part in our late inning comeback attempt - but it seemed to get our attention - we became aware that we needed to bear down if we were to make a run at winning the match.
The diamond we play on is nestled into a hillside in the rolling topography of east end Toronto near Woodbine and Gerrard, next to Bowmore Public School. All around the back stop there's a forty degree slope that in summer is shaded by huge maple trees - a great place to watch the game from, or to get out of the sun when, like yesterday, the UV is high. I drank plenty of water all game long and came home red faced, but not burnt. Luckily the fountain at the top of the hill was working...
This is Google's Street view of Fairmount Park from Gerrard Street, about 10:00 AM. By the level of the sun on the horizon, this was taken in February or March - it's much more beautiful now in summer.
After the game, usually around 1:00 PM it's off to the local pub to watch the Toronto Blue Jays and have a beer or two.
Chris F.A. Johnson's community web site Woodbine&Gerrard.com published a link to this piece. It looks like Chris had a picture on file of Fairmount Park. He's photographer - as well as a web designer, developer, and coder, chess master, and cryptic crossword puzzle designer.
Here's Chris's picture of Fairmount Park field from Gerrard Street, looking south-east.
Thanks for the photographs Chris.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Scoring scoresheets for iphone have been around for a while, but nothing open source until May 2010 when 6-4-3 Baseball Scorecard for Android came out. This has probably lead the standard in pad scoring ScorePad to release this evaluation version (ScorePAD V8) of their proprietary software. I've set it up with lineups for today's Toronto Blue Jays at Colorado Rockies - Game 2 (Scored Live tonight at the Internet Baseball Score Card (IBSC) Blog, 8:10PM EDT 6:10 PM MDT). I loaded in yesterdays lineup with today's probable pitchers - it may change.
The ScorePad has all the buttons I imagined when I began building my DIY Score Card.
You high-light the batter who's at the plate and then, if they hit the ball for a single, you go to the batter row to the right of the lineup section that has a selection scroll beneath it, click '1B', a green angled area appears in the AB box along where the first base line would be - indicating Fred Lewis is on first base.
There's no way for me to share this live with you in internet land, except by taking a 'print screen' shot of it with my Windows OS - like I've done here.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010 the Internet Baseball Score Card Blog presents, a complete game box score:
Toronto Blue Jays @ Colorado Rockies - Game 1
Starting at 9:10 PM ET a Live Blog
Toronto Blue Jays @ Colorado Rockies - Game 1 from
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
Starting Pitchers: Ricky Romero (5-2, 3.06 ERA) - Ubaldo Jimenez (11-1, 0.93 ERA)
Internet Baseball Score Card Blog link: Toronto Blue Jays @ Colorado Rockies - Game 1
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Internet Baseball Score Card Blog presents, Toronto Blue Jays @ Tampa Bay Rays - Game 1, a complete game box score. A handy reference while watching or listening to the game!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Live Blog Box Score starts at 7:05 PM ET, June 7, 2010
Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians Game 1
Matsuzaka (4-2, 5.49 ERA) - Carmona (4-4, 3.53 ERA
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Weather Forecast: Partly cloudy 20% chance of rain, 22°C | 76°F
Wind, NNW 20 kph | 14 mph (LR)
The Internet Baseball Score Card Blog is a specially formatted blog with extra wide parameters to accomodate a 20 inning score card. Watch Live as every play, every out, every substitution - even every pitch is scored as it happens. It's a great resource while watching or listening to the game!
Click below to have a look - and see you there at 7:05 ET:
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Watch Sunday Night Baseball Milwaukee Brewers @ St. Louis Cardinals Complete Game Live Score Card on the Internet Baseball Score Card Blog
8:05 PM EDT, June 6, 2010
Manny Parra (1-3, 4.06 ERA) vs. Jamie Garcia (5-2, 1.32 ERA)
Click here to watch the game unfold on the extra wide format "Internet Baseball Score Card Blog": Milwaukee Brewers @ St. Louis Cardinals - Game 3.
This is the third game of a three game set. The Cardinals won the first two and can sweep the series tonight. Sweeps doesn't happen that often, so we can hope that maybe the Brewers might grab a win in the most unlikely of situations. Jamie Garcia stands in the way of that unlikely occurrence; for the Brewers to stay in this one they're going to have to get a good start from Manny Parra.
Watch New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays - Game 3 in a Live Score Card Blog at my Extra-Wide Baseball Scoring Blog, the "Internet Baseball Score Card Blog - Scoring baseball games with a Blogger Baseball Scoring Forum"
SP Javier Vazquez (4-5, 6.06 ERA) vs. SP Brandon Morrow (4-4, 6.00 ERA)
Sunday, June 6th 2010 - 1:07 PM EDT
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Click here to watch the score card unfold: New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays - Game 3
If the temperature reaches it's forecast high of 18°C the Dome might be open for the game. If it is, all folded up - cupped with-in itself over the outfield - it acts like a aircraft wing in the north wind, creating a vacuum as it blows over the hump - creating a draft low on the field out, to centre field and swirling winds higher up. High drives will hang up while Bautista-esque LD HR's will succeed.
Yesterday's 14 inning game tested this DIY score card. I tried to add innings, honest I did have a plan for extra innings, but I could not; too many parameters of the blog and the card had to be changed, so my scoring ended in the 10th.
To make sure that doesn't happen again I've added another inning to the starting card. (I find that if a game goes into extras it usually ends in the 10th - if a game goes past the 10th inning they can go on forever.) I've opened up the blog to a width 2700 pixels to accommodate header coding that can now support a 20 inning AB table. In the event of another long game I'm ready to add innings to the score card quickly, with a few clicks in the html.
I've also separated out the R-H-E-LOB table from the pitching table so the former can expand to 18 innings with a couple of clicks.
I hope today's game does go into extras - so I can test my plan.
Posted by Michael Holloway at 11:42 AM
Saturday, June 5, 2010
New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays - Game 2
SP Andy Pettitte (7-1, 2.48 ERA) vs. SP Ricky Romero (5-2, 3.14 ERA)
Saturday, June 5th 2010
1:07 PM EDT
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Weather (forecast): 26°C | 84°F
Wind, W 30 kph | 20 mph (LR)
Watch the game in a Live 9 Inning Score Card Blog at my New Extra-Wide Baseball Scoring Blog, the "Internet Baseball Score Card Blog - Scoring baseball games with a Blogger Baseball Scoring Forum"
Friday, June 4, 2010
My DIY baseball scoring form now includes a 10 inning box score table, columns for scoring the game pitch by pitch, 9 batter AB boxes with room for three subs each, a batters totals column with room for every player who played, a per inning runs, hits, errors and LOB table, and a pitchers line box. All scoring boxes are designed to allow scoring "The Project Scoresheet Way".
Your can download the code for free from my Google Documents post - and score your own game!
Check it out, at my New Extra-Wide baseball scoring forum, the Internet Baseball Score Card Blog.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
To see the complete game box score for this game head over to my other Baseball Blog designed especially for scoring baseball games, The Internet Baseball Score Card Blog - Scoring baseball games with a Blogger Baseball Scoring Forum:
Box Score for Tampa Bay Rays @ Toronto Blue Jays - Game 3
Wednesday, June 2nd 2010
7:07 PM EDT
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Weather: Raining 20°C | 70°F
The Internet Baseball Score Card Blog is set up to allow scoring according to David Cortesi's "Scoring a Baseball Game the Project Scoresheet way".
Final: Tampa Bay Rays 7 - Toronto Blue Jays 3