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batting average

n. Baseball
A measure of a batter's performance obtained by dividing the total of base hits by the number of times at bat, not including walks, sacrifices, times hit by a pitch, or times interfered with by the catcher.

bat′ting av`erage


n.
1. a measure of a baseball player's hitting ability, obtained by dividing base hits by number of times at bat.
2. a degree of achievement or accomplishment in any activity.
[1865–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.batting average - (baseball) a measure of a batter's performancebatting average - (baseball) a measure of a batter's performance; the number of base hits divided by the number of official times at bat; "Ted Williams once had a batting average above .400"
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
average - (sports) the ratio of successful performances to opportunities
2.batting average - (an extension of the baseball term) the proportion of times some effort succeedsbatting average - (an extension of the baseball term) the proportion of times some effort succeeds; "the salesman's batting average was 7 out of 12"
baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school"; "there was a baseball game on every empty lot"; "there was a desire for National League ball in the area"; "play ball!"
proportion - the quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole
Translations
moyenne au bâton
References in classic literature ?
Captain Bellingham is best known for his position in the batting averages a year or two ago, and for his subsequent failure to obtai a place in any of the five Test Matches.
On the strength of a batting average of thirty-three point nought seven for Middlesex, he had been engaged by the astute musical-comedy impresario to whom the idea first occurred that, if you have got to have young men to chant 'We are merry and gay, tra-la, for this is Bohemia,' in the Artists' Ball scene, you might just as well have young men whose names are known to the public.
Fillongley opening batsman Aaron Blackmore recorded one of the best batting averages in the history of the league.
If baseball statisticians only tracked hits, without considering at-bats and batting averages, how much less would we understand about the greatness of players like Ty Cobb or Babe Ruth?
A non-parametric independent sample (Kruskal-Wallis) test was used to determine the difference between the median batting averages (runs/dismissal) of the different racial groups for each year.
We understand this intuitively: Think about hitters' batting averages at different points in the season.
By 1996, NCAA Division I-wide records were set for batting averages, home runs and earned run averages, prompting stricter standards in the construction of aluminum bats.
Gould (1996) believes that if hitters have improved, then the variance around annual mean batting averages must be systematically decreasing over time.
Many baseball coaches, sportswriters, and television announcers have commented on the fact that batting averages are low with two strikes or high with less than two strikes.