At bats per **home run** (AB/HR) is a baseball statistic that measures how frequently a batter hits **a home run**. It is calculated by dividing **the total number** of at bats by the total number of home runs hit. This value can then be multiplied by 100 to obtain AB/HR%.

This statistic was first introduced by John Thorn and Pete Palmer in their book The Hidden Game of Baseball. They stated that although most hitters only hit **one or two homers** per year, they believed that this statistic was important because it showed what percentage of the time a hitter came to the plate with the opportunity to hit for power. They also suggested that since most hitters do not hit for power, looking at numbers such as batting average or on-base percentage alone will not tell you everything you need to know about an individual hitter.

Since then, this statistic has become widely used among baseball analysts to compare players who hit home runs regularly to those who do not. It also serves as a good indicator of how much power someone can produce if they spend more time at the plate than anyone else on their team.

For example, say that Joe Smith hits three home runs in 400 at bats (0.75 per bat). His batting average is also.300 so we can assume that he does not get many extra bases through hitting up pitches or anything like that.

At bat is the sum of **all hits**, outs (excluding **sac hits** and flies), and times reached through error. It is also called an opportunity to hit because there can be only one hit per at-bat.

Hits include bases on balls, hits by pitch, and errors. An out is recorded when a batter fails to reach any base during his turn at bat. A base on ball requires only that the batter touch a base before he is awarded another turn. A hit by pitch is scored when a pitcher throws a ball and it strikes the batter on any part of his body other than **his head** or shoulders. This includes hitting a runner with a pitch. If the ball hits a player's helmet, it is considered to have been a strike even if it does not hit a body part. A walk is counted as a hit unless the batter reaches first base safely before the end of the inning in which case it is not counted as such. If a player commits an error while attempting to beat out a single, he cannot go until the ball is returned to the pitcher; however, if the batter reaches first base before the error is corrected, it does not matter how long he stays there.

There are several ways a batter can reach base without being awarded a hit.

At Bats Per Strikeout, this only covers ABs from seasons where SOs were monitored for **career marks**. There are several other statistics that could be used instead, such as OBP or SLG.

For example, if we look at Jose Canseco's MLB stats from 1991-2001, we can see that he averaged about one strikeout every other at bat during that period. That would put him at around 100 ABs over the course of a season, although it is possible that he had more than one season where that number was reached.

Canseco had several years where he hit over.300 with 100+ RBI, but also had many years where that wasn't the case. So using numbers like these can give us an idea of how successful someone has been, even though they may have had some extreme years where something strange happened on the field. For example, it is possible that Tony Gwynn's high batting averages were helped by hitting in front of Mickey Mouse. But even so, it is clear that he was one of the best hitters of all time before Panda Bear and Friends came along.

In conclusion, there are many ways to measure a hitter's success, but no single number will ever cover everything you want to know.

A player's batting average is the percentage of hits he gets in relation to at bats, with walks excluded. A batting average is calculated by dividing the number of hits by the number of official at-bats. For example, if a player has 14 hits in 45 at bats, his batting average is.311. If a player gets a hit every time he comes to the plate, then his batting average would be 1.000.

In general, the higher a player's batting average, the better he is at hitting. But some players have very high numbers due to the fact that they get a lot of base hits, while others have **low numbers** because they get many strikeouts.

In addition to being one of the most important statistics for judging a hitter's ability, batting average is also used by managers to make strategic decisions about their teams' lineups. For example, if a manager believes that one of his hitters is likely to get hit by a pitch, he will usually remove him from the lineup until further notice. This allows the other players on the team a chance to show what they can do without their best hitter available.

Another reason why batting average is so important is that it determines who wins games. If one team has a much better batting average than another, then they are considered "better" at hitting and thus they should win more games.