Big 12 baseball: Robby Holzberger knows the score

Holzberger, who operates the scoreboard for the Thunder and RedHawks, is doing the same for this week's Big 12 Baseball Tournament. He prides himself on getting the scoreboard updated fast, and correctly.
by Ryan Aber Published: May 23, 2013
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It's become a game for some fans at NBA games in Oklahoma City — try to catch the score change after watching the basket.

It's the same thing at RedHawks games with the ball-strike call.


Robby Holzberger, who operates the scoreboard for the Thunder and RedHawks, is doing the same for this week's Big 12 Baseball Tournament. He prides himself on getting the scoreboard updated fast, and correctly.

“I just have my hand on the button,” Holzberger said. “You've got to pay attention.”

In baseball, he learns how an umpire signals a strike and hits the button at the first signal.

“Randy Wetzel's easy to pick up on,” Holzberger said. “You've just got to kind of watch and see. I do occasionally think it's a strike from my vantage point. I've had to change it like three times this year but usually before they call it a strike, it's already on there.

“I see some of the umpires turn around and look at the outfield board and they can't believe it.”

His speed has sometimes caused problems.

Early in his tenure with the Thunder, someone told him that Thunder general manager Sam Presti wanted him to slow down.

But a quick conversation with Presti in the tunnel before a game alleviated that concern.

“He just told me to keep doing what I'm doing,” Holzberger said.

Earlier this season, veteran NBA referee official Ken Mauer got caught by Holzberger's quick trigger.

Mauer looked at the team fouls on the board right after making the call and lined the teams up for free throws, despite being a foul short of the bonus.


by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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