batting average


: a ratio (such as a rate per thousand) of base hits to official times at bat for a baseball player
: 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 61 career games with the Marlins, Burger has a .310 batting average with 14 doubles, 11 home runs, 38 RBI and 33 runs scored. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 5 Apr. 2024 The three-time All-Star hit 35 home runs and had 109 runs batted in (RBIs) with a .275 batting average last season for San Diego and is one of the favorites to challenge for the American League MVP award this season. Ben Morse, CNN, 28 Mar. 2024 Teammate Matt Halbach is fourth in batting average (.408) and slugging (.662). Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Mar. 2024 His batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage have all declined in each of his four MLB seasons. Daniel R. Epstein, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 Over 52 innings in 26 appearances for Miami last season, Soriano pitched to a 3.81 ERA with 52 strikeouts against 23 walks and a .234 batting average against. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 7 Mar. 2024 And if the Dodgers do reach the postseason as many expect, Hernández has an impressive October resume, with a .274 batting average in 72 career playoff games. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2024 And those moves are for bounce back players for a team whose .258 batting average was sixth but whose 4.52 ERA was 21st in the game. Larry Fleisher, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 This spring, Massey has a .294 batting average in six games. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of batting average was in 1867

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“Batting average.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

batting average

: the average of a baseball batter found by dividing the number of official times at bat into the number of base hits
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