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

Recent Examples on the Web

Sands posted a 7-4 mark with a 4.54 ERA while holding opponents to a .208 batting average this past season as a junior. Roy Parry, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Seattle Mariners, FSU's Cal Raleigh reach deal before deadline," 7 July 2018 Braun entered the day with a .261 batting average on balls put in play, compared to his .329 career norm. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "White Sox 6, Brewers 1: String of winning series ends at six as bats go quiet in Chicago," 3 June 2018 For those who still believe that batting average has value, Mazara leads Rangers regulars with a .278 average and Choo is second at .264. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Is 'Big Sexy' losing his appeal?," 2 June 2018 Altherr went 1-for-4 Wednesday to enter Thursday with a .200 batting average in May and .655 OPS. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Rhys Hoskins' time on Phillies' disabled list presents opportunity for Nick Williams, Aaron Altherr," 31 May 2018 In the past 23 games, the ’pen has a 9-2 record with a 2.91 ERA and .200 opponent batting average. Kirk Kenney, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Corvallis Regional capsules, schedule: A glance at Aztecs, LSU, Oregon State and Northwestern State," 31 May 2018 Betts entered the day with a major-league-leading .359 batting average. Ken Powtak, courant.com, "Benintendi, Martinez Carry Red Sox Past Blue Jays," 29 May 2018 The Diamondbacks rank dead last in the majors with a .211 batting average through 52 games of the season. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Despite struggles, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo still 'proud' of offense," 28 May 2018 Grenier, who is from Henderson, Nevada, is riding a 25-game hitting streak and boasts a .342 batting average this season with 14 doubles, two triples, four homers and 41 RBIs. Joel Odom, OregonLive.com, "4 Oregon State Beavers named semifinalists for national player of the year award," 17 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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