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Do MLB umpires keep a lineup card in spring training games?

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Was just thinking about this. Teams often make wholesale changes during spring games and it seems like that would be a real pain to keep writing down pinch hitters. 

edit: lineup card, not scorecard

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10 hours ago, Gfoley4 said:

Was just thinking about this. Teams often make wholesale changes during spring games and it seems like that would be a real pain to keep writing down pinch hitters. 

edit: lineup card, not scorecard

 

10 hours ago, udbrky said:

I wondered that today when the Cubs had back to back batters with the same #

 

https://twitter.com/sahadevsharma/status/835616957508407296/photo/1

I think this photo answers the question.

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=2017+spring+training+umpire+pictures&biw=1890&bih=914&tbm=isch&imgil=fFF4cuv8n9ZxCM%3A%3BvXmPUecXWlqOZM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fdetroitjockcity.com%252F2017%252F02%252F25%252Fdetroit-tigers-vs-houston-astros-spring-training-game-time-broadcast-information%252F&source=iu&pf=m&fir=fFF4cuv8n9ZxCM%3A%2CvXmPUecXWlqOZM%2C_&usg=__XNGOmea39IEjhUxfGkpOXMw6ZZs%3D&ved=0ahUKEwiHobOmga7SAhVFLSYKHQouA9MQyjcIMw&ei=KeuyWMfoKcXamAGK3IyYDQ#imgrc=fFF4cuv8n9ZxCM:

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Good to see Joe West on the field.

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19 hours ago, umpstu said:

Good to see Joe West on the field.

Yep and when Joe hits the field as a "full time" umpire on either Sunday or Monday of the opening games of the season, he becomes the only umpire to work 38 years as a "full time" umpire on the field. If he works 121 games like last year he will pull within 100 games of Bruce Froemming #2 spot for games worked in a career. On the last year of the current contract 2019 he will have 5305 games worked and pull within 70 games of current leader Bill Klem. If working into 2020 as the third umpire to work at 68 years old after HOF Hank O'Day and Froemming, he will catch Klemm in late July or early August of 2020.

If he would like to retire on his "first game as a call up"/first MLB game, birthday so to speak, that day would be September 14, 2020. He worked his first NL MLB game in Atlanta with the Houston Astros in town. His crew chief was Paul Pryor (and future apparel bag businessman, Paul Pryor travel bags), a North Carolinian like Joe, with the other crew members of John McSherry and Art Williams. Joe had only been working MiLB since 1974, so he only completed 3 full years of Minor League ball before working his first "call up" at 23 years old in late September.

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9 hours ago, Minnz said:

Numbers don't matter in baseball for official lineups. 

Exactly. This is why when playing amateur baseball under OBR, it doesn't matter if there are three number 34's, two 8's, and one kid lacking a number altogether. Names matter. 

Need verification? The All-Star Game and Jackie Robinson Day games are all legal games, with no modification in the rules.

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True story: one of my former MiLB partners worked a spring training game with a veteran (now retired) MLB umpire on the dish.  (Everyone on this message board would know this now-retired MLB umpire.  He was a long-time MLB umpire.)  The problem was that the MLB umpire could no longer read the line-up cards without reading glasses and he refused to bring reading glasses on the field.  So, my friend had to keep the line-up card on the bases.  The MLB umpire would just yell changes out to him.

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