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

Belinger ranks second in the National League in home runs, batting average and RBIs. Kevin Dotson, CNN, "The Women's World Cup final isn't the only big game this weekend. Keep your eyes on Wimbledon, the Tour De France and MLB," 5 July 2019 Mancini, at that time, was leading the AL in total bases, tied for second in extra-base hits, third in slugging percentage, tied for fourth in hits, fifth in batting average and sixth in runs. Peter Schmuck,, "Schmuck: All-Star snub of Orioles' Trey Mancini shows new voting system has same old issues," 4 July 2019 During that stretch, the Marlins are 27th in batting average (.233) and last in wOBA (.271) and ISO (.094). Wells Dusenbury,, "Marlins have been one of MLB’s best road teams this month ... At home? That’s another story," 29 June 2019 The Reds are second-to-last in the NL in batting average and third-to-last in runs and on-base percentage. John Fay,, "Cincinnati Reds' season on brink again. Can club turn it around before MLB trade deadline?," 27 June 2019 Entering Thursday, Bellinger led the majors in batting average and OPS while his 26 home runs ranked third, fueling the best team in the majors. Jorge Castillo,, "Cody Bellinger and Mike Trout elected as MLB All-Star Game starters," 27 June 2019 Scoring is way up despite a decline in batting average and a very modest rise in on-base percentage because slugging has become so critical. Henry Schulman,, "Giants host Brewers in series that underscores why homers are so important in 2019," 14 June 2019 The Red Raiders are fifth in the country in team batting average (.315) and home runs (58). Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "TCU can get up off the mat against Texas Tech this weekend in nationally-televised series | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 Apr. 2018 Beyond his steadiness on defense, Semien is putting up career-best numbers in batting average (.272) and OPS (.799). Ron Kroichick,, "A’s shortstop Marcus Semien makes ‘amazing’ transformation in 4 years," 15 July 2019

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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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