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Scorecards at the K: A public appeal


We may be a dying breed; we may conjure images of contrarian (except for "conventional" baseball wisdom) old gentlemen still vocally pining for the days before the DH and the 1969 Mets; but we still exist. Of course, I'm referring to those of us who keep score at baseball games.

Several years ago, Kauffman Stadium suddenly stopped selling scorecards at games. A public outcry soon resulted in this policy being reversed. As late as 2010, you could walk through the gates at the stadium, see the vendor right ahead of you, and buy a large, foldout scorecard with plenty of room on both sides to shade and annotate to your heart's content, following whatever conventional or invented scoring system you want.

Early this April, I arrived at the K and looked for the vendor. There was nobody there. Confused, I looked for an usher and was directed into the team store. After waiting in line behind people willing to throw down $30 for a Jeff Francoeur T-shirt, I awkwardly made my request for a scorecard, and saw something I didn't recognize... a tiny card, about the size of a standard 8.5/11 sheet of paper. I still kept score that game, but it was difficult; as I'm a lefty (and thus smudge easily when writing in pen) who was not blessed with the gift of good handwriting.

I looked at sports stores in the area, but couldn't find anything suitable to use instead. I suppose I can print sheets off the Internet, but it's not the same (and doesn't solve the problem of the small size).

Royals, I know those of us who keep score are a shrinking minority, but we do exist and we attend games probably at a higher frequency than your average casual metro-area fan. Please bring back the old scorecards.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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