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What's an error in baseball?

Author's Note

I've always known what an error is, but what impressed me when writing this article is how many different ways you can commit one. Bobbling a grounder, dropping a pop fly, overthrowing the first baseman -- even rolling the ball to the pitcher's mound when you think there are three outs and there are only two. Then, as if the embarrassment of making such mistakes in front of a crowd isn't enough, the name "error" only serves to reinforce the fact that you really messed up. It's a good thing I didn't think like this when I played Little League or I would have spent a lot less time having fun and a lot more time crying.

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