Jonathan asked in SportsBaseball · 6 months ago

# in baseball why do they call the double play 543?

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• 5 months ago

represents 3 positional players involved on play.

• 6 months ago

Because it is the five hundred and forty third totally useless number among the thousands in the strange game of baseball which is so dull it is a game of just numbers and statistics.

• Greg
Lv 5
6 months ago

Because those are the numbers that correspond to the positions on the field where the double play occurred. The numbers are used for scorekeeping purposes.

• 6 months ago

Each position on the field is assigned a number to make score keeping easier.

The numbers are:

1 = pitcher

2 = catcher

3 = 1st baseman

4 = 2nd baseman

5 = 3rd baseman

6 = short stop

7 = left fielder

8 = center fielder

9 = right fielder

So any play can be scored by simply writing down the number associated with the players who made the play.

A 5-4-3 double play means the ball was fielded by the 3rd baseman (position #5), he threw to the 2nd baseman (position #4), who threw to the first baseman (position #3).

Any play can be "scored" (meaning recorded in the score book) using this simple notation. A fly ball caught by the right feilder is simply F7, a ground out to the 3rd baseman who throws to first is just 5-3 PO (PO = put out)

This provides a simple but effective shorthand so the scorekeeper can record nearly every detail of every play and fit the entire game on one page without having to write out lengthy descriptions of common plays.

The numbering system has made its way into announcing and everyday terminology since its also useful as a quick & simple way to describe what happened. Its much easier and faster for a radio announce to simply say he grounded into a 5-4-3 double play than to explain it position by position.

• 6 months ago

Not all double plays are 5-4-3. The numbers refer to the positions for use in the scorebook. 543 means The third baseman fielded the ball, threw it to second who then threw it to first.

• 6 months ago

That refers to position numbers. If the 3rd baseman throws the ball to the 2nd baseman who then throws to the 1st baseman, the notation is 5-4-3.

Of course, not all double plays are made that way.

• 6 months ago

It went from third to second to first. The numbers represent positions on the field.

• 6 months ago

Each position has a number for scoring purposes. 543 is third to second to first.

• James
Lv 7
6 months ago

the positions are numbered: 3rd base is 5 ; 2nd base is 4; and 1st base is 3. It is the order how the ball is fielded and thrown.

if the shortstop got the ball first then it would be a 6-4-3 double play