batting average

noun

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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There is not a player on the Padres with more than four plate appearances who is within 40 points of Ellis’ batting average or within 60 points of his OBP. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "A.J. Ellis shows what it takes for Padres," 7 July 2018 Statistically speaking: McAdoo was second in the league in batting average with .574, and fourth in the league in RBI (31). Melanie Laughman, Cincinnati.com, "Mohawk memories: A yearbook for McAuley High School athletics in 2017-2018," 6 July 2018 Delgado, who arrived in the United States with his mother at age 16, exhibits a fabulous offensive line with the Doral Academy squad: .480 batting average with 13 home runs and 33 RBI. Jorge Ebro, miamiherald, "He was left off the Cuban national team. And now he is a step closer to the majors," 5 June 2018 This is a team that has an AL-worst .226 batting average. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "How bad are the Rangers? Losing three of four to White Sox raises question | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 May 2018 Chen’s batting average on balls in play, or BAbip, is lower at home. Mike Persak, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Marlins pitchers downplay effect of Marlins Park on better home splits," 14 July 2018 The 6'4 190 pound right-hander has posted an anemic 1.05 ERA over his first 16 appearances and sports a .170 opponent batting average against. Cincinnati.com, "Freedom players head to all-star game," 10 July 2018 And Boston’s batting average against him in those games is .224. David Waldstein, New York Times, "For the Yankees, a Win Ends With Concerns About Aroldis Chapman," 7 July 2018 Has 167 strikeouts in 147.1 innings along with 33 runs scored, 33 RBI and a .243 (35-for-144) batting average. J.c. Carnahan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida varsity softball products competing in NCAA Super Regionals," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of batting average

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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batting average

noun

English Language Learners Definition of batting average

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

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