Batting average

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A batting average (abbreviated to BA) is defined as the number of hits a player has made divided by the number of at bats they have had. It is normally reported to three decimal places, for example .358 which is read as three fifty-eight.

BA = H ÷ AB

The batting average is used is to measure a batter's probability on reaching base on a particular at bat, and does not account for any particular type of hit, since doubles, triples, and home runs are all counted first as a hit.

Batting average is one of the three batting statistics used in the batter's Triple Crown (together with HR and RBI), although there has never been a batting Triple Crown winner in the Bull League.

An average is considered great if it is over .300, while a poor average is considered anything below .230. Modern baseball sabermetrics give reduced weight to the significance of a batting average, instead preferring the on base percentage as a better measure of a player's ability to contribute to runs scored by a team, as any player scoring a run must reach base first, and batting average does not account for walks.

Batting average records

The season record for highest batting average belongs to Hall of Fame second baseman Chuck Provost, who in 1995 hit with an average of .444 with the Richmond Ravens. The highest season batting average since the 162-game season was introduced in 2019 is .390, set by Danny Sanchez in 2019.

The highest career batting averages are as follows:

Key
denotes active player
* denotes Hall of Famer
Rank Player Average
1 Danny Sanchez .341
2 Chuck Provost* .339
3 Ben Day .324
4 George Slammer* .323
5 Prennick Argon .318
6 Narushi Ohata .317
7 Mike Lapi* .316
8 Alex Viramontes .315
9 Errol Corfield .314
10 Shane Powers .313

League batting records

The highest league batting average was set in 1995, the first of the "modern era" seasons, when the American Eagle League (now Metropolitan League) average was .274. The lowest was set by the Lake League in 1993, a 28-game season, at just .133. The lowest since 1995 was set by the Lake League in 2017 at .246.

Season batting records

For seasons 1991 & 1993, min. 90 at bats. For 1992 season, min. 40 at bats. For seasons 1995-2011, min. 248 at bats. For seasons 2012-2016, min. 254 at bats. For seasons 2017-2018, min. 310 at bats. For seasons 2019 and later, min. 502 at bats.

Highlighted and bold players are in the Hall of Fame.

Year Lake League Metro League
Player Team Avg. Player Team Avg.
1991[1] Billy Kidd Toronto .428 Cola Classique Seattle .389
1992[2] Billy Kidd (2) Toronto .307 Travis Jameson Seattle .297
1993[3] Stan Johnson Toronto .403 Chuck Provost Richmond .510
1994 No season played
1995 Allen Kennedy Boston .353 Chuck Provost (2) Richmond .444
1996 Chuck Provost (3) Montreal .393 Josh Adams Denver .298
1997 Chris Felix Chicoutimi .419 Dill Falton Chicago .378
1998 Chuck Provost (4) Montreal .360 George Slammer Chicago .390
1999 Dave Norman Chicoutimi .370 Prennick Argon San Diego .401
2000 Chris Felix (2) New York .373 George Slammer (2) California .405
2001 Ben Day Montreal .379 Carl Simms Nevada .389
2002 Barry Bats New York .343 Deadend Myfriend Calgary .333
2003 Mike Lapi Chicoutimi .349 Dave Norman (2) Calgary .362
2004 Narushi Ohata Toronto .388 George Slammer (3) California .338
2005 Errol Corfield Chicoutimi .330 Carl Simms Nevada .354
2006 Eric Tessier Toronto .378 Barry Janmaat Nevada .363
2007 Bryan Tate Toronto .348 Bill Ross Nevada .351
2008 Guido Groeneveld Chicoutimi .392 Zenjiro Suga Nevada .396
2009 Narushi Ohata (2) Ohio .326 Carlos Mendoza California .339
2010 Barry Janmaat (2) Kingston .349 Carlos Mendoza (2) Calgary .339
2011 Francisco Erazo Boston .362 Koji Kondo Calgary .346
2012 Narushi Ohata (3) Ohio .353 Section Attack Seattle .359
2013 Danny Sanchez Montreal .356 Luis Silva California .353
2014 Xavier de Soto Kingston .334 Danny Sanchez (2) Norfolk .358
2015 Xavier de Soto (2) Kingston .354 Alex Viramontes San Diego .389
2016 Bruce Aberto Boston .336 Alex Viramontes (2) San Diego .365
2017 Jose Ramirez Montreal .342 Danny Sanchez (3) Norfolk .369
2018 Les Groves Louisville .371 Miguel Ortega Norfolk .377
2019 Les Groves (2) Milwaukee .362 Danny Sanchez (4) Norfolk .390
2020 John Rambo Chicago .374 Danny Sanchez (5) Norfolk .349

References

  1. 1991 Bull League stats. BNN archives. http://bullleague.org/bull-league/archives/1991stats.pdf. Accessed: 31 Aug 2019.
  2. 1992 Bull League stats. BNN archives. http://bullleague.org/bull-league/archives/1992stats.pdf. Accessed: 31 Aug 2019.
  3. 1993 Bull League stats. BNN archives. http://bullleague.org/bull-league/archives/1993stats.pdf. Accessed: 31 Aug 2019.

External Links

  1. http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/batting_avg_career.shtml?redir
  2. http://www.fangraphs.com/library/stats-to-avoid-batting-average/
  3. http://www.fangraphs.com/library/offense/offensive-statistics-list/