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Sports Notebook: How many outs?

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Why is it in baseball that infielders are those regularly signaling and verbally telling outfielders the number of outs during an inning, and not the other way around?

Watch and listen sometime.

Is it because the outfielders are stuck off in that expansive garden so far away from others that they are not capable or smart enough to count the number of outs? So they have to constantly be reminded. Or maybe it’s considered they are day dreaming a lot out there, another reason for the total outs reminder.

Really, the outfielders certainly are capable of keeping tabs on the total outs all by their individual selves. It should be insulting to them to constantly be reminded otherwise.


“Hey, we can count, too,” an outfielder should shout back to an infield teammate one time after they hold up two fingers to indicate there are two outs. Or, out of spite, hold up two fingers themselves pointed at the infielders.

Maybe that has happened sometimes. If not, it should.

– Dave Facinoli


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