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

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Verdon ranks third in the conference in RBIs (52) and home runs (11) and fourth in batting average (.369). Kirk Kenney,, "College baseball weekend: Aztecs host San Jose State; Toreros travel to Portland; Tritons bid for CCAA title," 10 May 2018 The American Heritage product’s batting average stands at .429 and his 22 RBIs are second only to outfielder Wil Dalton’s 23. Ethan Bauer, miamiherald, "This unsung junior pitcher could end up being the Florida Gators’ real ace | Miami Herald," 29 Mar. 2018 With a team batting average of .236, the ever optimistic Kapler feels the Phillies will begin hitting collectively. Marc Narducci,, "Phillies' tenure in first place short-lived after loss to Blue Jays," 27 May 2018 Over the last eight appearances, Holland has a 10.50 ERA, an opponent batting average of .367, and he's issued six walks with three strikeouts in six innings. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Royals head to St. Louis, where fans are booing a struggling Greg Holland | The Kansas City Star," 21 May 2018 Auburn owns a team batting average of .280 this season and is being led by Will Holland's .319 mark. Samford Athletics,, "Samford baseball to play for season sweep at No. 19 Auburn Tuesday," 23 Apr. 2018 Among active players with at least 120 plate appearances, Avila ranks last in batting average, slugging percentage (.219) and strikeout percentage (44.6). Richard Morin, azcentral, "Diamondbacks activate struggling catcher Alex Avila from disabled list," 7 July 2018 Lorenzen entered Sunday with a .333 batting average this season, having gone 1-for-3 (a single). Tom Groeschen,, "Reactions: Cincinnati Reds' Michael Lorenzen makes it 2 days in row with homer by pitcher," 24 June 2018 Just look at his September statistics last season: .368 batting average, seven home runs and 25 RBIs. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers mailbag: Will they buy or sell at trade deadline?," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of batting average

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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