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# How To Figure Batting Average

By: Brian Neese

Break Studios Contributing Writer

It is quite easy to learn how to figure batting average. A player's batting average represents the percentage in which a batter gets a base hit, which does not include walks and other events that are not considered official at bats. Take the following considerations into account to learn how to figure batting average.

1. Add up the batter's hits and at bats. You will need the batter's hits and at bats to be able to figure batting average. Keep these numbers separate. Do not take into account what are not official at bats, such as walks, sacrifices or when the batter is hit by a pitch.
2. Divide the total number of hits by the total number of at bats. Say that a hitter has 100 total at bats, with 22 hits. Dividing 22 into 100, the result will be .22. However, in baseball, the batting average of a player is always listed to three decimal places, thus giving the result as .220. Generally speaking, .250 to .275 is average, making this a relatively poor batting average. Of course, circumstances are different for players in regards to position, era, defensive ability, and other considerations.
3. Take splits into account. A split in baseball is quite simply a condition for a statistic. For instance, if you wanted to see a player's batting average at night, on the road, or on some other basis, simply follow the previous steps with this condition in mind. With splits and other further statistical methods, you can use batting average with further conditions. Of course, one's basic batting average is one of the most common statistics in baseball.
Posted on: Aug. 28, 2010