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 In 22 career plate appearances versus Clevinger, Castellanos has a .158 batting average, seven strikeouts and no home runs. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Best bets for Reds vs. Indians and Tejay Antone's first MLB start," 5 Aug. 2020 Five out of the 20 couples over two seasons wound up married — an impressive batting average for a genre that has a low success rate. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, "The revealing and disturbing story of America, told through 20 years of reality dating shows," 5 Aug. 2020 Milwaukee entered the game with a .215 team batting average and .654 OPS, ranking 25th among the 30 teams. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "White Sox 3, Brewers 2: Offense continues to struggle in second consecutive loss," 4 Aug. 2020 The league batting average entering Tuesday is an abysmal .233, with a .315 OBP and a .396 slugging. Paul Sullivan,, "Column: Could Luis Robert be the first White Sox superstar of the TikTok era? Much like Frank Thomas’ call up, this is the start of a new era on the South Side.," 4 Aug. 2020 Estevez entered Monday’s game with a 1.69 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, .238 batting average against and two walks vs. four strikeouts. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ relievers Diaz and Estevez have to reduce late-game traffic," 3 Aug. 2020 Bellinger got a rare day off on Saturday after starting the season with a .139 batting average and no homers through eight games. David Brandt, Star Tribune, "Kershaw sharp in return, Bellinger HR, Dodgers blank D-backs," 2 Aug. 2020 Last season, Gentry led the Crimson Tide with a .310 batting average, 37 runs, 65 hits, 12 doubles, 13 home runs and 42 RBIs. Mark Inabinett |, al, "3 more players from state sign with MLB teams," 25 June 2020 In 140 games for the Rays in 2018, Cron had 30 home runs and 74 RBIs with a .253 batting average. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "What Detroit Tigers' C.J. Cron has learned from Miguel Cabrera: He's 'unbelievable'," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of batting average

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Aug 2020

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“Batting average.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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