Want to learn about how to calculate batting average? You always hear it when watching a game, "So-and-so is having a strong year, batting .313." But what does that number even mean, and why does that mean he is having a strong year. This article will teach you how to calculate batting average, so you have a better understanding of what exactly that number means.
- Add up hits. Hits are whenever you reach base safely. Reaching on an error or fielder's choice does not count as a hit. Walks and Hit-by-pitches are obviously not hits.
- Add up at-bats. At-bats are when you get or hit, or when you hit into an out, including a strike-out. A sacrifice bunt or fly, a walk, or a hit-by-pitch do NOT count as at-bats (this is why a player can go 0-1 with 3 walks). Reaching on an error or fielder's choice is considered an out.
- Divide your hits by your at-bats. For example, if you've had 82 at-bats and 13 hits, you divide 13/82 and get 0.158536585.
- Round to the third decimal place. So, using our previous example, if you have 0.158536585, you round to .159. Therefore, your batting average is .159.
Having a batting average of .333 (that is, getting a hit every third at-bat) is considered very good. Hitting over .400 in the season is unheard of in the modern era, and the last person to do it was Ted Williams when he hit .406 in 1941. Hitting below .200 is considered hitting below the "Mendoza Line" and their defensive work can not justify their unproductive offense. Calculating batting average is very simple, and it's the most basic indicator of how well a hitter is doing. There are other stats like slugging average and on base percentage, but batting average is the easiest to understand and simplest to communicate.