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Let’s talk about lineup card calligraphy

Apr 11, 2014, 8:40 PM EDT

There are a lot of aspects of baseball in which the digital world has changed things for the better. The evolution of baseball statistics, first and foremost, has changed the game forever for the better. Instant replay allows umpires to get right calls that otherwise would have been wrong. But there are some negatives too, and one that is near and dear to my heart is the typed-out lineup card.

Just look at this abomination from Wednesday’s Brewers/Phillies game:

Now compare that to the Phillies’ lineup card for Friday night’s game against the Marlins:

It’s a thing of beauty.

And here’s a Brewers lineup card from last March:

B-E-A-U-tiful.

You unsung heroes who turn lineup cards into art, keep doing what you do. There are some of us out there who appreciate it.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Spot on, Bill. That’s some sexy lineup card.

    I can’t believe I typed that.

  2. jre80 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Rather see old school pencil and paper

    • 18thstreet - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      I liked it better when lineup cards were carved into rocks.

  3. gerryb323 - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Or they figured out how to print their lineup in calligraphy font…

    • stupidusername - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      Except the differences in B’s in Brown, Byrd, and Burnett.

  4. uwsptke - Apr 11, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    That last one is the work of one of the Narron brothers for the Brewers. He’s the master. Everything from Aoki written in Japanese to color coding the left-handed batters in red is captured. True masterpiece.

    • jwbiii - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      On or both of the Narrons do Japanese calligraphy? Cool.

  5. nbjays - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    I seem to remember John Farrell doing calligraphy on the Jays’ lineup cards when he was in Toronto.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 12, 2014 at 2:41 AM

      That would have been Don Wakamatsu, he was a bench coach under Farrell.

      • nbjays - Apr 12, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        I stand corrected. It was Wakamatsu.

  6. historiophiliac - Apr 12, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Wow, that is beautiful.

    Alternatively, if you wanted to confound the other team, you could have your doctor fill it out.

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