batting average


Definition of batting average

1 : a ratio (such as a rate per thousand) of base hits to official times at bat for a baseball player
2 : a record of achievement or accomplishment

Examples of batting average in a Sentence

an excellent hitter with a batting average above .300
Recent Examples on the Web His batting average dropped 45 points during his junior year, thanks to a rash of strikeouts., 12 July 2021 Barnhart improved his batting average to .273, which would be a career high. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 10 July 2021 The rookies have had their ups and downs, but Kirilloff entered Friday with hits in 21 of his past 26 games; his .289 batting average over that span ranked third among rookies. Christina Long, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 Since May melted off the calendar, his batting average (before Tuesday) dipped to .194 with a .498 OPS, nine RBIs and four extra-base hits in 103 at-bats. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 July 2021 After Sunday’s games, Marlins outfielder Adam Duvall was leading the NL with 60 RBIs, but his .230 batting average and sub-.800 on-base-plus-slugging percentage (OPS) likely kept him from the Mid-Summer Classic. Steve Svekis,, 4 July 2021 After compiling a career-worst .734 OPS and 31.4% strikeout rate in 60 games in 2020, Olson has raised his batting average almost 100 points and cut his strikeout rate nearly in half. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 July 2021 To go with his .258 batting average, Candelario has a team-high 16 doubles and 22 RBIs. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 4 July 2021 The Washington Nationals outfielder has 18 homers and 42 RBIs this season and has lifted his batting average 19 points to .241 in the past week. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 20 June 2021

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First Known Use of batting average

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jul 2021

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“Batting average.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of batting average

baseball : a number that shows how often a batter gets a base hit


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