Category Archives: Scorekeeping

We’re $550 Short of the Mountain Top, Help Us to the Top

Since we uploaded the kickstarter, we’ve been overwhelmed by the response.  Adam, the PhD candidate at University of Virginia, and I have seen $1,957 raised so far and we’re closing in on our goal.


Naturally, Adam and I have gotten it into our heads that we’re amazing and we’re going to reach our goal and thus we’ve started getting ideas for what to do if we go over our goal.

Our main idea is expanding the data to include non-broadcasting items.  This includes print media and talk radio, although holy shit who wants to listen to Jim Rome for four hours every day.  We want more data and we want more coverage.  If we had an infinite supply of money, I think we’d keep this study going on forever.


With that, let’s focus on raising past our goal.  Let’s focus on a new goal: $3,000.

If you’ve been thinking about donating, do it now.  If you’ve donated already, donate another five bucks and we’ll get to our goal by the end of today. If you don’t have the funds to donate–and trust me, I know that feeling–spread the word.  Let other people know about this.  Post it on Facebook.  Tell your friends.  I’ve had a few people donate to the cause as a birthday present–those were especially sweet.

Let’s keep it going.  Full speed ahead.

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Introducing: Scorekeeping: The Official Scientific Study (AND WE NEED YOUR HELP)

This is the big news I’ve wanted to announce for about six months.  Are you ready for this?

We’re taking Scorekeeping to the scientific realm.

That’s right, we’re making The Subtle Racism Project an official scientific study, complete with a lit review, reference variables, and a whole bunch of scientific IAT shit I barely understand.  Dingers reader and grad student Adam chimed in to help a couple of months ago and helped to create the model.

For now, we’re raising the money to get 30 people to watch 30 telecasts of baseball–basically from the beginning of September to the end of the season, if we’re lucky.  Click here to see the Kickstarter page.  Once we reach our goal, we’re all set.

But we need your help.  Forward this to friends; to family; to neighbors; to baseball fans world wide.  Let’s get this thing underway.

In the meantime, if you’d like to submit random, unscientific samples to the original Scorekeeping thread, click here.  I have about 50 minor examples so far this year.


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Taking Scorekeeping to the Next Level

Here ye, here ye.

Let this date mark the moving forward of the Scorekeeping agenda.

Scorekeeping will officially become a social study this summer. This means me and 29 other people will be watching about a month’s worth of baseball, listening to broadcasters talk and taking note any time the words hustle and other variations are used toward any player of any race.

The goal of this study is to determine the use of the word hustle in common language–in particular among broadcasters–and whether it has any association with a player’s race. Examples and counter-examples will be used.

If you’d like to take part in this in any way, please post in the comments section or email me at sethamitin at gmail dot com.

Thank you.

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Scorekeeping: Felipe Lopez’s Benching Marks First Major Incident of 2011

Felipe Lopez was benched for a lack of hustle on Friday.

Here’s more from Marc Topkin of

Rays INF Felipe Lopez was pulled from the game in the middle of the 11th inning by manager Joe Maddon for a lack of hustle.

Lopez did not run hard to first on an 11th-inning ground ball that ended up being bobbled, costing the Rays a baserunner in a key situation, amplified when Sean Rodriguez followed with a walk. It was the second time this week Lopez clearly did not run hard all the way to first – which is one of Maddon’s cardinal rules – and the issue was brought to his attention after the first incident in Wednesday’s game.

Some quotes via Topkin:

“He was great,” Maddon said. “I explained to him everything, he understood, he was not upset. I just want him to understand that’s how we do things here, and I’ve talked to him about it before. For us to be repeat AL East champs we’ve got to play the game a certain way, and that’s it.”

“Here’s my take: I feel like he and I have a good relationship – I really like this fella, he’s a very likable guy,” Maddon said. “Sometimes people where they come from just don’t understand, or it’s about prioritizing what is important and what is not. So maybe it’s not been presented to him in a way that this stuff is that important in the past. I just want him to know while he’s here, it is that important. So hopefully he’ll understand that and make the adjustments because I think he’s done a great job for us so far.”

Seems Maddon’s improved his approach on these things from last year with the <a href="; BJ Upton incident.

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Scorekeeping: Subtle Racism in Baseball, the 2011 thread.

Here’s the 2010 thread. Here’s the 2010 review parts I and II.

If you want a quick catch up, here’s what we’re doing.

We’re taking any instances in which a black, white, latino or asian player was belittled or praised for hustle, or lack thereof, or any other instances that may have a mildly racist connotation.

The major incidents are incidents that are without a doubt in clear view. This is almost exclusively benching for lack of hustle by a team’s manager or trading a player with mildly racist or xenophobic reasoning (attitude, behavior or the dreaded “clubhouse cancer”). Yunel Escobar being traded for attitude issues last year is one example.

The minor incidents are any incident in which a sports columnist, blogger, player, manager, coach, farm hand, broadcaster, groundskeeper, anonymous fan or sentient television says something with racist undertones. This is less scientific and more because we’re bitchy gossipers. However, I do keep a spreadsheet of who said what for fun.

These work both ways, though. We’re not looking for black players called lazy, we’re looking for white players called lazy; we’re looking for white players called out for lack of hustle and black players praised for hustle. If you want to see examples of either, please click the above links.

Without further ado, let’s get started in the comments section. As soon as you hear something, please post it.

Happy Opening Day, everyone.


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Scorekeeping: Yunel Escobar’s Situation and Marlon Byrd’s Hustle

Scorekeeping disclaimer: The “Scorekeeping” articles on this blog are not to make libelous claims against anyone for calling out one player for not hustling. It’s an attempt to collect data over a several-year period and take notes on what was said, who said it and why it was said. Before you read this post, know that my intentions aren’t to put the spotlight on broadcasters who use a loaded word, but to see why this word is loaded in our beloved sport and if the claims against it (that terms like “hustle” and “grit” are used primarily in favor of white players and against non-white players) are true.

This isn’t even that scientific of a study and shouldn’t be treated as such.

Read the first Scorekeeping article here and then read the comments for the updates.

Yunel Escobar has been chastised this past week for work ethic, so to update Scorekeeping, here’s what I’ve come across.

Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote an interesting article about Escobar’s lack of hustle. Consider reading Bradley’s full article:

Escobar got thrown out because he watched the flight of the ball and admired his work, as opposed to running hard. The Braves noticed. The Braves always noticed. As one man in the clubhouse said afterward, exasperation in his voice: “He has been told time and time again.”

About the trade: This isn’t an exchange of equal talent. Alex Gonzalez is a serviceable big-league shortstop who played on a World Series winner with Florida in 2003 and delivered the biggest hit — a walk-off homer in Game 4 — of the Series. He’s 33, which means he’s not a long-term answer.

Maybe you noticed this, but it looks like Bradley had a great opportunity to note how big of a “gamer” A-Gon is or how much “grit” A-Gon has in that second paragraph, yet didn’t.

Read more (much more) after the jump.

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A Tale of Two Centerfielders

Adding to our Scorekeeping thread.

Last week, BJ Upton was criticized for not getting to a ball hit to the gap fast enough, allowing the batter Rusty Ryal the opportunity to turn a standard double into a triple.

Yesterday, Drew Stubbs fielded a ball poorly and then didn’t get to the ball fast enough, allowing a the batter Ryan Howard to turn a standard double into a triple.

BJ Upton was criticized by his teammates, coaches and fans. NESN published an article this morning saying Upton may have had some sense knocked into him because of the criticism.

Stubbs, as far as I can tell, was not criticized. No teammate fought with him in the dugout, no manager came out publicly to say what he did was wrong. A search of “Drew Stubbs hustle” doesn’t even turn anything up.

These were days apart. Upton’s received national attention and Stubbs’ didn’t receive any local attention, as far as I can tell. The biggest difference between Upton and Stubbs is that Upton is black and Stubbs is white.


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