Stew Thornley still remembers the jitters from his first big league game. The Minnesota Twins were playing host to the Washington Nationals in June of 2007, and Thornley's hands were shaking.
Thankfully for the Twins -- and for Thornley -- he wasn't in Minnesota's starting lineup that night. Instead, he was sitting in the Metrodome press box for his first game as the official scorer for the Twins. Thornley and Gregg Wong have since served as the team's two scorers, splitting Minnesota's 81 home games each year. It's a job that goes unnoticed by most fans, but it's one that can certainly carry its share of pressure.
Call an error on a play that the fielding team believes was a hit -- as was the case in Thornley's debut, when he gave Twins shortstop Jason Bartlett an error -- and you might get an ear full. Make the opposite call and rule it a hit instead of an error and someone else could get upset.
Being an official scorer means having to study Major League Baseball's rule book and u...