No decision

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A no decision (sometimes written no-decision) is one of either of two complicated sports statistics scenarios; one in baseball and softball, and the other in boxing and related combat sports.

Baseball and softball[edit]

A starting pitcher who leaves a game without earning either a win or a loss—that is, before either team gains or surrenders the ultimate lead—is said to have received a no decision. In such a case, the outcome of the game does not affect the starting pitcher's win–loss record, as a relief pitcher will receive the win or loss. Attributing wins, losses, and no decisions can be complex, such as when a starting pitcher leaves a game mid-inning with runners on base, as runs scored by those runners would still be considered the starting pitcher's responsibility. Further, if a starting pitcher leaves a game while losing (colloquially, that pitcher is said to be "on the hook"), he or she will receive a no decision if their team comes back to tie the score or take the lead, regardless of the final outcome. Box scores for completed games indicate who the winning and losing pitchers are, as determined by the official scorer; the absence of a win or loss designation for a starting pitcher indicates a no decision.

In Major League Baseball (MLB), the record for the most no decisions by a starting pitcher in a single season (dating back to at least 1908) is held by Bert Blyleven, who had 20 in 1979.[1] Tommy John has the all-time record of 188 career no decisions.[2] The starting staff of the 1918 Boston Red Sox recorded only three no decisions, the fewest of any MLB team dating back to at least 1908, while the fewest in a 162-game season is 16, by the 1980 Oakland Athletics.[3] The record for most no decisions by a group of starting pitchers is 66, set by the 1993 Cleveland Indians.[4]

Boxing and related combat sports[edit]

Although uncommon in contemporary combat sports, except in white-collar boxing, a no decision (ND) occurs if both boxers are still standing at the bout's conclusion and there was no knockout; that is, it ends in a tie or a draw, as no winner is selected on points. This may be by law, to discourage gambling; by rules to discourage injury of amateurs; or by prearrangement of the fighters, to protect titles from sudden upsets.[5] This should not be confused with the unrelated contemporary term "no contest".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pitching Game Finder: From 1908 to 2018, Recorded no decision, as Starter, sorted by greatest number of games in a single season matching the selected criteria". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  2. ^ "Pitching Game Finder: From 1908 to 2018, Recorded no decision, as Starter, sorted by greatest number of games in all seasons matching the selected criteria". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "Pitching Game Finder: From 1908 to 2018, Recorded no decision, as Starter, sorted by smallest Performances matching selected criteria by a Team". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  4. ^ "Pitching Game Finder: From 1908 to 2018, Recorded no decision, as Starter, sorted by greatest Performances matching selected criteria by a Team". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  5. ^ "No decision". BoxRec. Retrieved 14 April 2019.