How to Calculate a Batting Average
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As the coach in the baseball feature "Bull Durham" put it, baseball is a simple game: "You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball." To keep track of how well their players are doing with the last on that list, managers and fans alike will turn to the batting average, the basic stat of how often a player gets a hit when he's up at bat. Ty Cobb retains the title of player with the all-time highest career batting average, .366.
Make the Calculation
Fortunately for rabid baseball fans everywhere, calculating a player's batting average doesn't take advance math. Just divide the number of base hits the player gets by the number of times he's been at bat. For example, if a player has been at bat 520 times and has gotten 179 hits, his batting average is 179/520, or .344. Walks do not count as an at-bat, and neither do sacrifice flies or bunts or getting hit by a pitch.
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