at bat

plural at bats

Definition of at bat

: a turn at batting had three hits in five at bats

Note: For the purposes of calculating a player's batting average and slugging percentage, an official at bat is charged for each turn at batting except when the player walks, hits a sacrifice bunt or sacrifice fly, is hit by a pitched ball, or is interfered with by the catcher.

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Josh Harrison, who was at bat with a 2-2 count in the bottom of the seventh when the game was suspended, is no longer with the Tigers. Susan Slusser,, "Liam Hendriks on mound for A’s in suspended game tonight," 6 Sep. 2019 His own personal growth away from the strikeout and into more competitive at bats (and, thus, a higher OBP) is due, in part, to his leadoff hitter’s approach. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "‘He’s an MVP candidate, he really is’: Despite roster chaos, Marcus Semien continues to excel at the plate," 29 Aug. 2019 Both teams kind of got involved in that a little bit.’’ Rays relievers struck out 14 in 20 hitless at bats. Dick Scanlon,, "Rays strike out 24 and snap 29-inning scoreless streak," 18 Aug. 2019 His double moved Tim Anderson to third and set the table for Jose Abreu’s groundout in the next at bat to produce the game’s first run. Phil Thompson,, "There's been no cooling off Avisail Garcia since his June return," 2 July 2018 In the next at bat, Cole Morrison hit a ball in play that looked to be a groundout, but a Northshore defender sailed the ball over the head of the catcher at home plate, which scored another run and tied the score at four. Andrew Valenti,, "Dutchtown 5, Northshore 4 (Game 1): Ben Davis notches go-ahead RBI in extras to give Griffins upset win," 27 Apr. 2018 That’s the importance of everybody having their at bats, keeping that line going. Phil Thompson,, "5 takeaways from the White Sox-Astros series, including James McCann’s success against Houston and Jose Abreu getting back on the 100-RBI pace," 15 Aug. 2019 Brooks was standing at third base when Ted homered in his final at bat in the bigs. Dan Shaughnessy,, "He went to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and unearthed these nuggets," 21 July 2019 Tebow’s numbers for the Syracuse Mets of the International League are sub par to say the least, batting .150 with 76 strikeouts in 187 at bats, one homer and a .209 slugging percentage. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Tim Tebow back in Denver in the Orange and Blue? It could happen this fall.," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of at bat

1908, in the meaning defined above

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