American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- 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.
- n. cricket A statistical estimation of the scoring ability of a batsman; equal to the total number of runs scored divided by the number of times out.
- n. baseball A statistical estimation of the hitting ability of a batter; equal to the number of hits divided by the number of official at-bats. Normally expressed as a real number instead of an average despite the name.
- n. (an extension of the baseball term) the proportion of times some effort succeeds
- n. (baseball) a measure of a batter's performance; the number of base hits divided by the number of official times at bat
“And as good as Fisk’s numbers were that season—a batting average of .331 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI’s—Munson hit .318, with 12 home runs and 102 runs batted in, while playing in 78 more games than Fisk’s 79.”
“Ignoring his .103 batting average through the first six games of the series, he singled to left off a 94-miles-an-hour, Kevin Brown heater to open the game.”
“Expressed like a batting average or a win percentage, they hovered between a fine .870 and an excellent .907.”
“Nick Swisher, back in the lineup after a day to think about his postseason slump 4-for-35; .118 batting average ripped a curveball down the left-field line for a double.”
“The same was true for the Mets' offense, which entered Sunday with the third-best batting average in the majors .282 since May 22.”
“It had been some time since the Yankees had had a strong catcher; Munson was competing for a job against Jake Gibbs, who had been with the team since 1962 and in his ten-year career would compile a career batting average of .233, with totals of 25 homers and 146 runs batted in.”
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