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Those of us in the Philadelphia area understand the title of this site. For those of you visiting from elsewhere, this is a frequent phrase of Harry Kalas, the long-time play-by-play announcer of the Phillies.

The phrase is emblematic of scorekeeping. Major league baseball requires an official scorer for each of its games. You, however, do not have to agree with the official scorer. There are plays that seem to tilt toward one team or another. Some cities are notorious for having homer scorers. Have you ever seen a ball that went through a player's legs and was called a hit?

When you score, you are not obligated to follow the offical score. Harry Kalas sees the game differently. Just because the umpire calls a pitch a ball does not mean it was a ball.

We strive to be independent thinkers. Scoring baseball is your opportunity to practice that.

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