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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Joey Votto, Reds Jack Dickey: What’s left to say about the magic of Joey Votto at bat? Staff,, "SI's Top 100 MLB Players of 2018: The Top 10," 15 Feb. 2018 The odds are good, therefore, that even the player who has just hit a homer will strike out the next time at bat. Mark Hulbert, WSJ, "What Investors Should Know About Yearly Performance Rankings," 6 Jan. 2019 Rutschman singled his first three times at bat and drove in a run in the first against Isaiah Campbell (5-7) and another in the third for a 3-0 lead. Eric Olson, Houston Chronicle, "Oregon State defeats Arkansas in Game 3 to win College World Series," 28 June 2018 Prado was hitless in two at bats for Single A Jupiter. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Mistakes come back to haunt Marlins in loss to Arizona," 26 June 2018 The left-handed hitter slugged his first two Double A home runs in his second and third at bats., "Regional Digest: Ramos Homers Twice In Debut But Goats Fall," 21 June 2018 Machado did run out a grounder on his final at bat of the night Tuesday. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Machado apologizes for not running out grounder, says 'there's no excuse'," 27 June 2018 Oregon State leadoff hitter Steven Kwan drove a homer over the right field fence the first at bat of the bottom half of the first to take a 1-0 lead. Brody Miller,, "Oregon State dominates LSU again to end the Tigers' season," 3 June 2018 Havre de Grace scored multiple runs in four of six at bats en route to an 12-6 win over Rising Sun. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "HdG girls win District 5 Major Softball title," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of at bat

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of at bat was in 1908

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