Simply use the following method to figure out or calculate a baseball player's batting average: Batting average = (number of hits) / (number of official at bats) As can be seen, batting average is just a ratio of "number of times the player hit the ball" to "at bat." A batting average of.300 means that the player got 300 hits in 800 opportunities. This would mean that he/she is hitting on contact about half the time they make an out.

There are several ways to improve one's batting average including improving one's plate discipline and understanding how pitchers work. A batter who goes down on strikes most of the time will have a higher batting average than one who gets on base more often but doesn't go down on strikes very often. A pitcher can help out **his or her hitters** by throwing different pitches and using different speeds. The idea is to make it harder for the hitter to get a pitch to hit well. While batting practice is used to work on skills before a game starts, someone who plays in the minor leagues may only get the chance to play in games occasionally if they are not performing well enough to keep **their job**. In **that case**, they could focus solely on taking good swings and making the ball travel as far as possible when they play in order to have the best chance of getting a hit whenever they get a chance.

The batting average is used by managers to compare players' abilities to get on base with those who hit the ball.

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To calculate a player's batting average, divide his or her total hits (not the number of bases) by his or her total at bats. A walk is not considered an at-bat or a hit, and it has no bearing on a player's batting average. A batting average can range from 0 to 1.000. A batter with a batting average of.500 would get 500 balls thrown at him and 50% of them would be hits. A batter with **a batting average of.333** would get 333 balls thrown at him and 33% of them would be hits.

Walking too many or too few batters will negatively affect your batting average. If you walk more than 10% of the men you face, you're over-walking them. If this happens often, you should ask someone to pinch-hit for you. On the other hand, if you under-walk them, you'll be giving up runs. Ideally, you should try to find **a good balance** between walking enough players to keep the batter from getting too comfortable while not so many that you are denying yourself valuable at-bats for your teammates.

The batting average is used to evaluate hitters who do not play **every game**. In these cases, their stats from all the games they played are averaged together to come up with a final number.

Batting average is one of the oldest and most often used measures for determining a hitter's performance at the plate. It is calculated by dividing a player's hits by his total at-bats for a figure between zero (represented as.000) and one (1.000). The league-wide batting average has consistently been around.250 in previous years.

Hits are counted when a ball is put into play during an at-bat. If the batter hits the ball lander than any fielders, whether they're from one team or another, he gets credit for a hit. A walk is recorded when a pitcher takes too many balls to get an out while batting him self. A pitcher can only take so many pitches per at-bat before he is removed from the game. Thus, walks are important because they give batters opportunities to score. A hit with runners on base becomes automatically converted into a double if the runner scores. A triple kills the batter - he cannot be replaced until the next player comes up. A home run restores all value to a single; it can win or lose a game by itself!

The batting title is awarded to the player who averages.400 or higher for the season. This means that he needs to reach **that mark** to have a good year. Most players only manage to reach it for **one season** - Barry Bonds is the only man who has ever done it twice.

Formula. A player's batting average is 70/200 = 0.350 if he has 200 at-bats and 70 hits. Therefore, his average should be 0.350 * 70/70 = 0.500.

Subtract the amount of hits from the number of at-bats.

- For example, if a player had 70 Hits and 200 At-Bats, his Batting Average is 70 ÷ 200 = 0.350.
- You can read a batting average of 0.350 as “this player would expect to get 350 hits in 1000 at-bats.”

It is computed by combining all hits, walks, and pitches hit by pitch and dividing it by the number of at-bats, walks, pitches hit by pitch, and sacrifice flies. The on-base percentage of a batter is nearly usually higher than their batting average. This is because they will often get hits when no one is out, reach **first base** on an error, score when they are 0 for 1, and so forth.

There are several other statistics that are used to determine how good a batter is. These include slugging percentage, batting average on balls in play, and wins above replacement (WAR). Slugging percentage takes total bases divided by at-bats times 100 to give you the percentage of total bases that come from home runs or extra bases hit. Batting average on balls in play is nearly always higher than batting average because it takes into account all balls put in play instead of just those made into bases. Wins above replacement (WAR) is the most common statistic used to measure a player's value. It tries to take into account all aspects of a player's contribution to his team, not just what you see on the field during game play. WAR was developed by baseball analysts John Thorn and Harry Walker who first published a book on the topic in 2001.

A hitter's batting average may also be called their "slugging percentage" since this is the only stat that combines singles, doubles, and triples.

It is most commonly reported to three decimal places and read without the decimal: A player with a.300 batting average is said to be "batting three-hundred." A season batting average of.300 or above is regarded great in modern times, while an average of.500 or higher is considered exceptional. In earlier times, however, an average near.400 was considered good, while anything above.450 was celebrated.

When reporting a batting average to only two decimal places, it is understood that one must round down to get the exact figure. Thus, a player who bats.350 has an average of.35, but a player who bats.399 has an average of.40.

A batting average is also used to describe a team or league's average performance per game. For example, the 2002 Arizona Diamondbacks had **a batting average of.260**, which means they hit over.260 every day of the season except for **five games** where they hit under.260 (three times).

The term "average" comes from the fact that you need to divide **your hits** by the number of balls put into play to obtain **your batting average**. If there are more hits than balls put into play, then your batting average will be higher than.200; if there are less hits than balls put into play, then it will be below.200.