Extra Innings Rules
MiLB has announced that they are going to experiment with new Extra Innings rules at the Rookie League level. For each extra inning there will be a runner on 2nd base to start the inning.
I would love to hear suggestions on how to mark these additional runners (the runner that will start on 2nd will be the batter in the slot immediately preceding the current inning's lead-off batter).
And, for those who are curious, for purposes of ER/uER, the runner is treated as if they reached on error, though not effecting the defensive team's error count.
First, I don't like this rule. I'm seeing it now in Triple-A ball in Columbus, Ohio. Basically, I'm not a fan of any of the "speed-up-the-game" rules, apart from limiting idle time (I'm OK with that - the 20 second pitch clock didn't seem to hurt anything).
I don't see the difficulty. Just start the first box with the appropriate runner (jersey number) on second. It feels weird, because it is, but it is the situation that the first batter is batting with. Just remember that if the runner scores, use an underline, not a circle.
Side comment, I switched to Reisner Scorekeeping a few years ago. I haven't turned back, and am very happy with it. I do a very small handful of things slightly different, but nothing terribly significant. I convinced a friend to go that way as well. He won't go back either. Thank you very much, Alex!
The difficulty is where to mark if the start-up runner scores. There is not a box unique to that runner's being on base and the previous box on the scoresheet is the start-up runner's AB in the previous inning, typically the last out of that inning.
OK, I confess to missing the issue. However, given the rule, mark the player as scoring (yes, in the prior inning). If it is clear that he was out in the prior inning, it would then also be clear that he scored as the "extra-inning base runner." You'd see him underlined (I assume) or circled (whatever) in the actual inning in the hitters box. For clarity, make it a star instead of a dot, if desired.
If the third out of the prior inning were a base running play, it would go back one player further (I'd assume), and ultimately still work out, though be more confusing I suppose. If need be, put the inning number of the score by the dot/star to indicate that way. Or put the normal dot in, with an arrow pointing down under it to indicate it is in the next inning.
If someone has a better way, I'm not opposing it. Just proposing that it "can" be managed with little change... It may not be the best solution, but it can be managed.