I Score iScore — App Review

Last Saturday’s Connecticut Tigers game was a rained-out rain out (PPD of a make-up double-header). I don’t want to go all infinite progression on you, but the make-up double-header PPD means two more double-headers, in baseball math. (Blog post forthcoming.)

As we made our way to the concourse in the downpour, clutching umbrellas in one hand and swag in the other, I wondered if someone made a good score-keeping app. My soggy program included a scoresheet, which was no longer useable, and it occurred to me that someone might make a digital version. I didn’t need it any more that night, but the program’s demise prompted my app inquiry for future use.

Screenshot_20180817-161240_iScoreA Twitter query produced no recommendations, so I settled on the first — and highest rated — app in the Play store: iScore. Before I get to my iScore review, I want to add that I am kind of surprised AtBat doesn’t include a score-keeping feature. It will give you scoring info, but it won’t let you try your hand at it yourself. It seems to me that such a learning tool might be helpful in getting fans participating in games — as much as game selfies, etc. I think the problem is that MLB is so busy chasing casual fans — who presumably won’t keep score — that it ignores more serious fans.

That said, my interest in score-keeping is very casual. I do not crunch the stats for fun in my spare time — and especially not for short-season A ball. Scoring is a sometime fun activity for me. Randomly keeping score at a game helps you stay in it — and with enough beer, it prompts you to wonder how the hell so-and-so got to second before you are distracted by the next batter’s walk-up music. See, cas.

I decided to try out iScore at home with a Tigers game first to get the feel for it, which may or may not have made the experience worse. I watched the online tutorial at lunch and set up my teams so I’d be ready at game time. Here was the first annoyance. You have to set up a team and type in the names of the players to set your roster. You can enter the players’ numbers, ages, handedness, and all that, but, you know, keeping it cas.

I set up the Tigers and went to add the ChiSox. I realized then that the app keeps an alphabetical list of all players combined. This would be handy if you were, say, scoring AL Central games regularly and needed to move players between teams due to trades. For me, it was pointless; a feature I did not need to score one game. It annoyed me to have to forward through the name list screen every time I added another player. Boooo!!! Strike one.

It was my night to cook (chicken tacos*), so I listened to Screenshot_20180817-161311_iScorebut did not score the first couple of innings of the game. It turns out that iScore does not allow you to skip ahead innings, so Paper and I decided just to put in info from Gameday to catch up while we ate. However, the app requires soooo much information, quick entry wasn’t an option. You couldn’t just mark that Candelario got an out — no, you have to select “out” and then what kind of out (ground out, etc). Then, the field screen opens, and you have to drag your finger to the place where the ball landed. Then, you have to enter who fielded the ball. If another player is already on base, you have to enter their status to advance to the next batter as well.

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Needless to say, catching up the first few innings was taking longer than Tigers at-bats. We never did figure out Screenshot_20180817-161355_iScorehow to score a single. (If he’s batting and you selected “single,” why would you need to mark if he stole a base, there was a passed ball, etc as well? He’s on first because he hit the single. Duh. Just go to the next batter.) Strikes three, six, eleventy-billion!

iScore is probably super useful for the undomesticated stathead or for league play. It compiles stats for the players you enter based on your scoring and will export the game data to a shareable pdf. These are great features for travel team coaches or rec league managers — which begs the question, do you need OBP’s for beer league players?

As a handy digital scorecard, however, iScore was a solid pop out. It was too bulky for one-time casual use, and it isn’t flexible enough for the demands of practical daily fandom. Maybe I’d like it better at the park, but I’m not eager to go through the roster set up again just for an A ball game. For the time being, it’s back to a ketchup-stained scoresheet for me then.

*chicken tacos: dice a couple of large chicken breasts and chop a white onion. Cook both in a little oil on medium heat until slightly browned. Add a can of corn (drained) and black beans, drained and rinsed. Add a packet of chicken taco seasoning and a little water. Bring to a boil; then reduce heat and simmer to let the seasoning take. Serve in small tortillas with a little sour cream. We usually make an avocado salad to have on the side.

 

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8 thoughts on “I Score iScore — App Review

  1. I don’t care that the Twins beat the Tigers yesterday and other than hoping that young Kohl Stewart looks good I don’t really care what happens in todays game. Does that make me a bad person? If you can tell me that you don’t really care either it would make me feel better.

    Tuna Fish Slider
    Tuna fish (packed in oil not some tasteless “spring” water)
    Mayonnaise (don’t even think about Miracle Whip and use enough to make it good and wet)
    Chopped red onion (an amount equal in volume to the tuna fish)
    Coarse flaked chicken brand MSG (no MSG is not bad for you and even if it were we’ve already established that cause and effect doesn’t exist)
    Mix it all together making sure to stick a finger in for a taste several times. Serve it on the doughiest dinner roll you can find (my current choice is Sara Lee Classic). Sprinkle the tuna with whole oregano.

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  2. One of the parents on my son’s travel team used iScore to score our games and really enjoyed doing it. As manager I loved the detailed stats for making lineup decisions. For high school ball, teams almost exclusively use GameChanger. When he wasn’t pitching my son often kept score on GameChanger and said it was pretty easy. I still prefer the good old paper scorebook.

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    • Yes, I think this was really for leagues — not casual users. My sense is that there isn’t an app for folks like me. I’ll look more but I think there’s as gap only filled by paper and pencil here.

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  3. I freely admit I’m not an Old Gator level food-ologist. Nonetheless, a packet of taco seasoning!?!? Are you insane? Have you no basil growing out on the porch or at least a row of spice jars hanging near the stove? My mouth was watering, right up to the word, “packet”. I love your posts but I must admit you lost me at the end of this one.

    As for our northern contributor, I’ve moved on from mayo to Greek yogurt. It adds a little zing and takes away some excess fat. I like the onion, though. I only do chicken salad but I’ll try it. Thanks.

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    • 1) it was Tuesday, and
      2) it’s Mexican. I guess you can measure out cayenne,etc but I short-hand it. I like the chicken taco packets and I don’t have to figure out what to add. It’s easy and good. It’s not like when I make enchiladas, but it’s summer so I limit my time in the kitchen.

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  4. I have such a weird way of keeping score (no one taught me, I had to develop a system of my own over the years) that I fear if I got hit by a train and folks looked at my scorecards they’d think a preschooler just scribbled on them.

    Also one of these days I should post my recipe for sweet potato and chickpea curry. It’s vegan, and delicious.

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