For more than a century, statistics have defined baseball—perhaps more than any other sport. Numbers such as Ted Williams’s .406 batting average in 1941, Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak (also 1941), Roger Maris’s 61 homers (we’ll let you decide if 73 is the better mark of a slugger …) and Cy Young’s 511 career wins are ingrained in the collective baseball consciousness. Easily recognizable benchmarks such as a .300 batting average, 100 RBIs, a sub-3.00 ERA, or a 20-win season emerged decades ago and still mean something today.
However, over the last 30 years or so, baseball statistics jumped into another universe. The Internet of course led to this revolution, but other digital advancements helped as well—stats that might have required a supercomputer to figure out in 1980 can now be achieved on a tablet. These numbers can be charted and viewed for all levels of the game, from the majors and minors all the way down to a youth rec league.
Going digital has never been easier for rec baseball teams than it is today. Baseball scoring apps, including those paired with league management software, are easy to use, are incredibly portable, and operate in real time. Here are some features that can benefit your team: