I work a lot of summer ball. A lot of times in summer ball there is not a scoreboard. Coaches come up to me all the time and ask the score. I honestly don’t know. I have enough to keep track of.
I usually make a quick joke about umpires being taught only to count to 4.
The larger point to this is that there is a lot to keep track of – sometimes a guy can lose the count. This happened in a recent game.
The batter thinks he is getting a free one and takes off to first. He has a sheepish smile coming back to the box. He almost got away with it.
This is why I usually don’t say “ball 4” after a walk. I just call the ball and let people figure it out. Sometimes less is more.