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Monday, August 2, 2010

Batting Averages Are Very Misleading - Let's Compare a 300 Hitter to a 250 Hitter - Surprise!

Batting Averages Are Very Misleading - Let's Compare a 300 Hitter to a 250 Hitter - Surprise!
By Guest Author Dr. Alfred Santoro

At this point of the season, end of July, most full time players have approximately 400 at bats, not including walks. Usually at the end of the season a typical major league player will have approx 600 abs.

Let's compare the number of hits for a player to see how much of a difference there is between hitters of different averages. You just might be surprised at the results.

400 AB .300 average 120 hits 600 AB.300 average 180 hits

.250 average 100 hits .250 average 150 hits

.200 average 80 hits .200 average 120 hits

Since the baseball season is approx 6 months long that would equate to 26 weeks. The difference between a .300 hitter and a .250 hitter is only 30 hits over the course of the season, which is just a tad over 1 hit per week difference. With players playing 6 or 7 games per week, getting an average of 3+ at bats per game (minus walks), we are talking about approx 20-25 ab's per week. One hit per week difference is not really that big. If you compare this time of the year, (end of July), the difference is even less. If you were to take this to the next level...lets say a .350 hitter, someone who would be considered the best of the best, you are only talking about 2 more hits per week when comparing a .350 hitter vs a .250 hitter So the next time you here someone belittling a .250 hitter, think again.

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