Understanding Baseball Statistic Abbreviations

Whether you are a relative newbie to the baseball scene or a long-term fan, wrapping your head around all the many different abbreviations can get a little complicated.

Baseball is a great game and watching matches can be endlessly fun, once you understand the game. And that can be a little confusing at first.

Understanding Baseball Statistic Abbreviations

And one glance at the statistic abbreviations online can be enough to put you off trying to delve any further. But do not let that stop you because most of them are relatively simple once you understand them.

And you don’t need to feel out of place for not knowing them all of by heart because even the best of us can get confused from time to time.

I hear people asking what certain statistics and their abbreviations mean all of the time, so I thought why not write an article that details it all out clearly? And that’s what I’ve done.

So let’s get started!

What Are Baseball Statistics?

Baseball statistics are basically numerical values on many, many different actions that happen throughout a baseball game.

Pretty much every goal, every defensive motion, and every mistake are recorded for each individual player as well as statistics for the entire team.

From the runs that players make, to the balls that they catch, they are all recorded and used to evaluate teams and players successes and failures.

These are often recorded next to a series of letters or numbers that are abbreviated to make them shorter and easier to record.

This is where baseball statistic abbreviations come in. You will need to know exactly what each and every abbreviation means in able to understand the tables that record players progress.

But don’t worry because we’re about to go into that in detail below.

Who Uses Baseball Statistics?

Baseball statistics are used by managers and players alike. Mangers will use player statistics in order to make decisions about which players they want to sign and to access the ability of their current players.

The statistics of opposing teams will also be studied to help players and managers decide on tactics for upcoming games.

For example, who a manager may choose to use for his starting line up or which relief players they’ll bring on will all be decided upon based on the players statistics.

Another example would be how statistics will influence in-game situations, such as a hitters ability to hit left handed pitchers may incline a manger to give a player a chance to face left-handed throwers.

Baseball Stats Abbreviations

There are quite a few different elements to baseball, so we will break down some of these abbreviations into categories.

Batting Abbreviations

  • 1B Single – This is where the batter strikes the ball and successfully makes it to the first base without a defensive error.
  • 2BDouble – This is where the batter strikes the ball and successfully makes it to the second base without a defensive error
  • 3BTriple – This is where the batter strikes the ball and successfully makes it to the third base without a defensive error.
  • 2S+3 – This is where the pitcher has thrown 3+ balls after two strikes.
  • 2S+3% – This is the percentage of PA (plate appearance – each completed turn batting is one plate appearance) where a batter sees 2s+3.
  • 6+ – This is where there are 6+ pitches within a plate appearance
  • 6+% – This is the percentage of plate appearances with 6+ pitches.
  • AB At Bat – This is when a player has an official plate appearance excluding a walk, a pitch hit, obstruction, sacrifice, or interference call.
  • AB/HRAt Bats Per Home Run – This calculates how many ABs a player has every time that they make a home run.
  • aLA Average Launch Angle – An average launch angle refers to the vertical angle that the ball leaves the player’s bat once it strikes the ball. The average launch angle is calculated by dividing the sum of all launch angles by all batted ball events.
  • AVG Seasons’ Batting Average – This is determined by dividing a player’s hits by their total at-bats for the season.
  • BABatting Average – This is determined by dividing a player’s hits by their total at-bats for that game.
  • BA/RSP Batting Average With Runners In Scoring Position – A player’s hits are divided by their at-bats with runners in a scoring position.
  • BABIP Batting Average On Balls In Play – This is the batting average that only takes balls that are in play and fieldable into account. Fair-hit balls that aren’t home runs.
  • Barrel – A barrel is where the batter hits the ball with the perfect combination of both launch angle and exit velocity. These are high-value bats. A barrel must have a minimum Expected Batting Average of at least .500 and an Expected Slugging Percentage of 1.500.
  • BB Base On Balls – This is sometimes also referred to as a ‘walk.’ This is where the batter receives four pitches out of the strike zone during their plate appearance. A walk is usually classified as an unofficial AB. ’
  • BB/K Walks Per Strikeout – This measures a hitter’s plate discipline and knowledge of the strike zone.
  • Cent%Center Percentage – This is the percentage of balls that are hit into the middle of the field.
  • CI Reached On Catcher’s Interference – This is a particular instance where the catcher makes contact with the batter or his bat during a pitch/interacts in a way that may hinder the batter’s ability to hit the ball.
  • CS Caught Stealing – This is when a runner attempts to steal but is tagged out before reaching the second, third, or final plate.
  • EV Exit Velocity – Exit velocity is the measurement of the ball’s speed when it comes off the bat.
  • FCHit Into Fielders Choice – This is where an offensive player reaches a base due to the defense’s attempt to put out another baserunner.
  • FLB% Fly Ball Percentage – This is the percentage of how many a pitcher’s balls are fly balls. This is calculated by the number of fly balls divided by the balls in play.
  • GB% Ground Ball Percentage – This is the percentage of how many of a pitcher’s balls are ground balls. This is calculated by the number of ground balls divided by the balls in play.
  • GB/FB Ground Ball To Fly Ball Ratio – This is the figure of how many ground balls to fly balls the pitcher throws. This is calculated by dividing the number of ground balls by the number of fly balls.
  • GIDP Hit Into Double Plays – This is when a player hits a ground ball that results in multiple outs on the bases.
  • GITP Hit Into Triple Plays – This is when a player is grounded into a triple play.
  • GP/G Games Played – This is the number of games that have been played
  • GO/AO Groundout To Air Out Ratio – This is used to determine whether a player bats high or low hits. The number is obtained by dividing the number of groundouts by airouts.
  • GSHGrand Slam – This is when a batter strikes the ball and then makes a home run while there are men on the first, second, and third bases. All four runners hitting home is known as a grand slam.
  • H Hits – The number of hits per game.
  • Hard%Hard Contact Percentage – This is the percentage of balls that have been hard-hit.
  • HBP Hit By Pitch – This is where a batter is struck by a thrown ball without swinging at it. When this happens the batter is automatically awarded first base.
  • HHB Hard Hit Balls – A hard hit ball is a ball with a exit velocity that is higher than 95 mph. Hard hit balls are the total line drives and hard ground balls.
  • HR Home Run – A home run is when a batter hits the ball and makes it through all three bases and then makes it back to the home plate. If a ball is hit over the outfield fence it is also considered a homerun.
  • HR/FBHome Run To Fly Ball Rate – This is the percentage of how many of the pitcher’s fly balls that become home runs.
  • IFFB% Infield Fly Ball Percentage – This is the percentage of how many of the pitcher’s fly balls were infield fly balls.
  • ISO Isolated Power – This is also known as Isolated Slugging. This is an indicator of a hitter’s raw power. This is calculated by taking the players batting average and subtracting the slugging percentage.
  • IBB Intentional Base On Balls – This is also referred to as an Intentional Walk which may be abbreviated to IW. This is when the pitcher purposefully delivers 4 pitches out of the strike zone.
  • K-L Strikeouts Looking – This is when a batter gets called out on strikes without making an attempt at strike three.
  • LA Launch Angle – This is the vertical angle that the ball leaves a players bat once the ball has been hit.
  • LD%Line Drive Percentage – This is the percentage of the pitchers BIP that are line drives. Line drives are divided by the number of balls in play to get this calculation.
  • LOBLeft On Base – This is the numerical valur of how many runners are still stoof on a base when the inning ends.
  • Med%Medium Contact Percentage – This is the number of medium-hit balls that the batter has hit.
  • OBPOn Base Percentage – This is where a the number of times a player has reached a base safely, walked, or hit by pitch divided by the amount of bats, wales, hits by pitch and sacrifice flies.
  • Oppo%Opposite Field Percentage – This is the percentage of the batters hit balls that have reached the opposite field.
  • OPS On Base Plus Slugging – This a combination of the batters base percentage plus their slugging average.
  • PA Plate Appearances – This is a batters turn to step up to the plate to bat. Each turn counts as one plate appearance.
  • PA/BBPlate Appearances Per Walk – This is how many plate appearances a batter has compared to how many times the pitcher throws four pitches out the strike zone where the batter does not hit the ball.
  • PIKPicked Off – A pickoff is an act by a pitcher or catcher, throwing a live ball to a fielder so the fielder can tag out the baserunner.
  • PSPitches Seen
  • PS/PA Pitches Seen Per Plate Appeatance – This is how many pitches are seen for each plate appearance.
  • Pull% Pull Percentage – This is the percentage of balls hit by the batter that are hit to the pull field.
  • QAB Quality at bats – This can be measured by many factors such as 3 pitches after 2 strikes, 6+ pitch ABs, XBH, HHB, BB, SAC Bunt, and SAC Fly
  • QAB%Percentage Of At Bats That Are Qualty At Bats
  • R Runs Scored – This is how many runs a runner has made.
  • RBI Runs Batted In – A batter is awarded an RBI when another runner scores due to their actions during the at bat. Home runs also count towards an RBI. If a batter causes a grand slam they would be awarded 4 RBI’s.
  • ROEReached On Error – This is when a batter reaches a base due to a defensive error.
  • SAC/SH Sacrifice Hits & Bunts – This is where a player deliberately bunts the ball before ther are two outs that allows another base runner to advance to another base even if it means they are put out.
  • SF Sacrifice Flies – This is where a batter hits a fly-ball out to the outfield or foul territory that allows a runner to score.
  • SLGSlugging Average – This is the total number of bases a player achieves divided by their total number of bats.
  • SO Strikeouts – This is when a batter accumulates three stikes during a time at bat.
  • Soft%Soft Contact Percentage – This is the percentage of soft-hit balls that a batter hits
  • TATotal Average – A batter’s total average is the total bases, steals, hit by pitch, and walks all added together minusing caught stealing. This is then divided by minus hits, plus caught stealing plus grounded into double plays.
  • TBTotal Bases – This is the number of bases that a batter reaches safely. 1 point is awarded for first base, 2 for second, 3 for third, and four points for a home run.
  • WOWalk Off – This is when the home team has the lead in the bottom of the ninth or extra innings. Since the visiting team do not have another turn at bad the game ends.
  • wOBA Weighted On-Base Average – This is a version of on-base percentage that accounts for how a player reached base.
  • wRC+ Weighted Runs Created – This takes the statistic Runs Created and adjusts the number to account for important external factors.
  • XBH Extra base hits – This is when a batter reaches second base or further without a defensive error.
  • xwOBA Weighted On-Base Average, Expected – This an estimated wOBA based off of the batters angle launch and exit velocity.
Understanding Baseball Statistic Abbreviations

Pitching Abbreviations

  • <13 Innings Of 13 Pitches Or Fewer
  • <3 At Bat With 3 Or Less Pitches
  • <3% 3 Or Less Pitch At Bats Per Batter Faced
  • 0BBINNZero-walk innings – This means that there has been no walks within an inning.
  • 123INN1-2-3 Innings – This is when the pitcher has to only face three batters, who had not reached the base yet.
  • 1ST2OUTInnings with 1st Two Batters Out – This is where the fielder strikes out the first two batters straight away.
  • AOAir Outs (Fly Outs) – This is where a batter hits the ball in the air and an opposing defender catches the ball before it hits the ground.
  • APPAppearance – This is when a pitcher throws the baseball in any given game to at least one batter.
  • BAA Opponent Batting Average – This measures a pitchers average ability to prevent the batter from hitting the ball.
  • BABIP Opponent Batting Average On Balls In Play – This measures a pitchers ability to prevent the batter from hitting balls in play.
  • BBBase On Balls – This is when a batter recieves four pitches that the umpire calls balls. The batter is often rewarded first base in this instance.
  • BB/9Strikeouts Per 9 Innings – This is the average number of walks per every 9 innings.
  • BB/INNWalks Per Inning – This is the number of walks per each inning.
  • BB% Walk Percentage – This is the a pitcher’s/hitter’s walks as a percentage of total batters faced divided by total plate appearances.
  • BBSWalk That Scored
  • BFTotal Batters Faced
  • BKBalk – This is when a pitcher makes an illegal move on their mound that the umpire believes is misleading to the runner.
  • BS Blown Saves – This is when a relief pitcher enters a game in a save situation but let’s the trying run score.
  • CBThe Number of Curve Balls
  • CBS The Number Of Curve Balls Thrown For Strikes
  • CBS%Percentage of Curve Balls Thrown For Strikes
  • CG Complete Game – This is when there is only one pitcher for a team throughout a whole game.
  • CHNumber Of Changeups – A changeup is a slow pitched ball
  • CHS% Number Of Changeups Thrown For Strikes
  • CS Runners Caught Stealing – This is when a runner attempts to steal but is tagged out before reaching second, third, or fourth base.
  • CT Number Of Cutters – A cutter is a version of a fastball
  • CTS Number Of Cutters Thrown For Strikes
  • CTS%Percentage Of Cutters Thrown For Strikes
  • ER Earned Run – An earned run is any run scored against the pitcher where there was no defensive error or passed ball.
  • ERA Earned Run Average – The average of earned runs is calculated by taking the total earned runs timesed by 9 and then divided by the total number of innings.
  • FBNumber Of Fast Balls
  • FBS Number Of Fast Balls Thrown For Strikes
  • FBS%Percentage Of Fastballs Thrown For Strikes
  • FIP Fielding-Independent Pitching – These are outcomes that are not affected by fielding such as strikeouts.
  • FLB% Percentage of balls that the batter strikes in the air.
  • FPS Fast Pitch Strikes
  • FPS% Fast Pitch Strike Percentage
  • FPSH% Percentage of FPS At-Bats That Result In A Hit
  • FPSO%Percentage of FPS That Result In An Out
  • G Games – This is the amount of times that a pitcher pitches during a season
  • Game Score – This measure the pitcher’s dominance (good or bad) in any start. The average game score is 50. Anything above 90 is considered very good and anything below 20 is considered disastrous.
  • GB%Percentage Of All The Balls Hit By The Batter That Are Hit On The Ground
  • GFGames Finished – This is credited to the last pitcher of the game providing that they did not start the game.
  • GO Ground Outs – This is a play in which a batter is put out by hitting a ball on the ground to a fielder who throwis it to or touches first base before the runner does.
  • GO/AO Ground out/Fly out ratio – This is where the total number of ground balls converted into outs is divided by the number of balls in the air that are converted into outs.
  • GS Games Started – This is the total number of games where the pitcher was the initial pitcher for their team.
  • H Hits Allowed – This is how many times the pitcher has allowed the batter to hit the ball.
  • HBPHit Batters – This is the number of batters that step up to the plate.
  • HHB% – Percentage Of Balls That Are Hit By The Batter That Are Line Drivers Or Hard Ground Balls.
  • HLD Hold – A hold is where a relief pitcher comes into the game and maintains their teams lead while also outing at least one batter.
  • HR Home Runs Allowed – This is how many times the pitcher allows a batter to make a home run.
  • HR/9Home Runs Per 9 Innings – This is the average number of home runs per 9 innings.
  • IBB Intentional Walks – This is the number of intentional walks that are issued by the pitcher.
  • IRInherited Runner – An inherited runner is a runner who is currently on a base when the relief pitcher comes into the game. Any of these runners who score against the relief pitcher do not contribute to his ERA.
  • IPInning Pitched – This is the number of outs a team gets while a pitcher is pitching. This is then divided by three due to three outs per inning.
  • IP/GS Inning Pitched/Games Started – This is the average number of innings that are pitched per each game started.
  • K Strikeout – Strikeout statistics are recorded for both pitchers and batters.
  • K%Strikeout Percentage – This is the pitchers strikeoutsas a percentage of the total batters faced divided by the total plate appearances.
  • K/9 Strikeouts Per 9 Innings – This is the average amount of strikeouts per 9 innings.
  • K/BB Strikeouts Per Walk – This is the amount of strikeouts divided by the number of walks.
  • K%-BB%Strikeout Percentage Minus Walk Percentage – This is the difference in percentage between the strikeout percentage and the walk percentage.
  • K/BF Strikeouts Per Batter Faced – How many strikeouts the pitcher gets for each batter they face.
  • K/G Strikeouts Per Regulation Game – How many strikeouts a pitcher gets per game
  • LLoss – A pitcher obtains a loss when the opposing team keeps the lead and ends up winning the game.
  • LOBRunners Left On Base – This is when a pitcher stops a baserunner from scoring.
  • LOB% – Runners Left On Base Percentage – This is the percentage of baserunners that a pitcher does not allow to score.
  • LOBBLeadoff Walk – This is when the first batter walks.
  • LOBBS Leadoff Walk That Scored – Lead off walk that results in a score of some kind.
  • LOOLeadoff Out – This is when the first batter of the inning strikes out.
  • MV Mound Visits
  • MVR Mound Visits Remaining – This is how many mound visits are left in the game.
  • NP Number Of Pitches – This is the amount of balls that a pitcher throws throughout a game including strikes, intentional and unintentional balls.
  • OS Number Of Offspeed Pitches
  • OSSNumber Of Offspeed Pitches Thrown For Strikes – This is the amount of pitches thrown off speed that result in a strike.
  • OSS%Percentage Of Offspeed Pitches Thrown For Strikes
  • #P Total Pitches – This is the total number of pitches throughout a game.
  • PC-ST Pitch Count / Strikes – This is any individual pitchers total amount of games and the amount of strikes thrown within that appearance.
  • P/BF Pitchers Per Batter Faced
  • P/IPPitches Per Inning
  • PIK/PK Runners Picked Off – This is a play where a runner is caught off base and is put out by a quick throw from the pitcher or catcher.
  • QSQuality Start – This is where a pitcher starts the game and completes a minimum of at least 6 innings and allows no more than three earned runs.
  • R Runs Allowed – This is how many times a pitcher allows a batter to run to a base.
  • RW Relief Win – This is when a game is won by a pitcher who was not the initial pitcher.
  • S% Strike Percentage – The pitchers percentage of striking out batters
  • SB Stolen Bases Allowed – This is when the pitcher allows a baserunner to advance by taking a base to which he isn’t entitled.
  • SB%Opponent Stolen Base Percentage
  • SHO Shutout – This is the amount of games that a pitcher has allowed no runs.
  • SIERASkill Interactive ERA – This is an earned run average estimation that tries to more accurately capture a pitchers performance based on walks, strikeouts, homeruns, and batted ball data.
  • SL Number Of Sliders
  • SLS Number Of Sliders Thrown For Strikes
  • SLS%Percentage Of Sliders Thrown For Strikes
  • SMOpposing Batter Swings And Misses
  • SM% Percentage Of Total Pitches Thar Are Swings And Misses
  • SOStrikeout – The pitcher is credited a strikeout when the batter receives 3 strikes while they are pitching.
  • SRSpin Rate – This is the rate at which the ball spins once it is released from the pitcher. This is measured in revolutions per minute.
  • SVSave – A save is credited to the pitcher when they enter the game with the lead and is able to maintain the lead. The criteria for a save are as follows: the pitcher is not the winning pitcher, the lead is 3 or less runs when they enter the game, the potential trying run is on base, at bat, or on deck.
  • SV% Save Percentage
  • SVO Save Opportunities
  • TB Total Balls – Total balls is the number of bases a player gains with hits.
  • TBFTotal Batters Faced – This is the amount of batters that a pitcher has faced
  • TS Total Strikes
  • UERUnearned Run – This is a run where the batter scores because of a defensive error or a passed ball.
  • VELO Velocity – This is the maximum speed of a pitchers throw at any point from release to crossing the home plate.
  • W Win – A pitcher is credited a win when they pirch for their team who had a winning lead after 5 completed innings and goes on to win the entire game.
  • W+S Wins In Relief Plus Saves
  • WEAK%Percentage Of Balls Weakly Hit By The Batter (flyballs & groundballs)
  • WHIP Walks And Hits Pers Innings Pitched – This is the average amount of hits and walks that a pitcher allows in an inning.
  • WPCTWinning Percentage – This is calculated by the total number of wins divided by the total number of decisions (both wins and losses)
  • WPWild Pitch – A wild pitch is when the pitcher throws a ball that is far enough away from the strike zone that the catcher has trouble fielding it which then results in base progression from batters or runners. If there is no base progression it will not be counted as a wild pitch.
  • xFIP Expected Fielding Independent Pitching – This is an estimation of a players earned run average taking into consideration strikots, home runs, and walks assuming league average results on balls in play.
Understanding Baseball Statistic Abbreviations

Defense/Fielding Abbreviations

  • AAssist – This is the amount of ours recorded on a play where the player fielded the ball.
  • DERDefensive Efficiency Rating – This is the amount of balls in play that the defensive team can convert into outs.
  • DPDouble Play – This is when two opposing team player are out in a singular play.
  • DRS Defensive Runs Saved – This is when a players defensive performance is measured by how many runs the defender saves. Errors, range, outfield arm, and double play ability are factors that are all taken into account.
  • E Error – This is when a defensive player fails to make a play that is reasonably expected to be successful.
  • FP/FPCTFielding Percentage – This is the total number of plays that have been made minus the number of errors made, and then divided by the number of chances throughout the game.
  • INN Innings – This is the total number of innings that a player stays in one position/role.
  • OFAOutfield Assist – This is where a outfielder throws a ball to an infielder that results in an out.
  • OOut – This is when a runner is caught out and doesn’t make it safely to their base.
  • PBPass Ball – A pass ball is where the catcher can not hold onto a pitch and as a result a minimum of one player reaches or moves up a base.
  • POPutout – This is when a fielder outs a runner/batter. This can be done by forceout, catching a third strike, catching a batted ball, or tagging a runner.
  • TC Total Chances
  • TPTriple Plays – This is where three players of the opposing team are out in a singular play.
  • UZRUltimate Zone Rating – This is where a players entire defensive performance is measured by how many runs the defender can save. It also takes range, errors, outfield arm, and double play ability into account.

Base Running Abbreviations

  • CSCaught Stealing – If a runner tries to steal a base but is tagged out they are describes as caught stealing. It is essentially when a runner doesn’t make it to the first/next base before getting tagged.
  • R Runs – For every base that a runner gets to safely is seen as a run.
  • SB Stolen Base – This is when a runner can progress a minimum of one base while the defensive team has control of the ball.
  • SB% Stolen Base Percentage – This is the amount of successful stolen bases divided by attempted stolen bases.
  • SBA/ATT Stolen Base Attempts – This is how many times a runner has tried to steal a base.

Catching Abbreviations

  • CI Batter Advances On Catchers Interference
  • CS Runners Caught Stealing
  • CS% Runners Caught Stealing Percentage
  • INNInnings Caught
  • PBPassed Balls Allowed
  • PIKRunners Picked Off
  • SBStolen Bases Allowed
  • SB-ATT Stolen Bases Allowed Minus Stealing Attempts

General/Team Abbreviations

  • ARBArbitration Eligible – You may also see Pre-Arb this is before a player is eligible. If you see Pre-Arb followed by a number, the number represents the year that a player is in arbitration.
  • E# Elimination Number – You may also hear this be referred to as a tragic number. The number represents the number of wins by the leading team or losses by the trailing team which will eliminate the trailing team.
  • RS Run Support – This is the amount of runs the pitchers team scored collectively throughout their appearances.
  • RS/9 Run Support Per 9 Innings – This is the RS for every 9 innings.
  • Run Differential – This is the total number of runs scored minus the total number of runs allowed.
  • WARWins Above Replcement – This is measuring/comparing the amount of wins a player has verses a replacement players wins of the same position.
  • WCGBWild Card Games Back – This shows how many games back a team is from the Wild Card spot
  • WPAWin Probablity Added – This is the percent change in a teams chance of winning from each game to the next.

Baseball Postions By Number

  1. Pitcher
  2. Catcher
  3. First Base
  4. Second Base
  5. Third Base
  6. Shortstop
  7. Left Field
  8. Center Field
  9. Right Field
Understanding Baseball Statistic Abbreviations

MLB Historical Statistics – Best Stats Of All Time

Batting Average

  1. Ty Cobb – .366
  2. Rogers Hornsby – .358
  3. Joe Jackson – .356
  4. Ed Delahanty – .346
  5. Tris Speaker – .345

Home Runs

  1. Barry Bonds – 762
  2. Hank Aaron – 755
  3. Babe Ruth – 714
  4. Alex Rodriguez – 696
  5. Albert Pujois – 694

Hits

  1. Pete Rose – 4256
  2. Ty Cobb – 4189
  3. Hank Aaron – 3771
  4. Stan Musial – 3630
  5. Tris Speaker – 3514

Wins

  1. Cy Young – 511
  2. Walter Johnson – 417
  3. Pete Alexander – 373
  4. Chrsty Mathewson – 373
  5. Warren Spahn – 363

Strikeouts

  1. Nolan Ryan – 5714
  2. Randy Johnson – 4875
  3. Roger Clemens – 4672
  4. Steve Carlton – 4136
  5. Bert Blyleven – 3701

Saves

  1. Mariano Rivera – 652
  2. Trevor Hoffman – 601
  3. Lee Smith – 478
  4. Francisco Rodriguez – 437
  5. John Franco – 424

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Most Important Baseball Stat?

While all baseball statistics matter, I would definitely say that batting average has long been the most popular and well respected baseball statistic.

Who Has The Worst Batting Average In Baseball?

The record for the lowest career batting average for a player with more than 2,500 at-bats belongs to Bill Bergan, a catcher who played between 1901-1911 who recorded just a 170 average in a whopping 3,028 at-bats.

What Is The Most Important Offensive Baseball Stat?

For offense, it has to be runs. For the offensive team securing runs is the most vital objective for each and every player. Therefore their average runs is a really important statistic.

Why Are Baseball Statistics Important?

Baseball statistics are important because they are used to measure players capabilities.

When players are being signed for teams these statistics highlight their strengths and weaknesses. When games are televised these statistics are also pretty crucial for the game commentators.

How Many Stats Are There In Baseball?

In total there are 121 different statistics in baseball. Of those 72 are considered standard and 49 are considered advanced.

Who Started Baseball Statistics?

In the mid-19th century a man named Henry Chadwick was credited with developing the box score and his tabulation of hits, home runs and total bases. This led to the formulation of metrics that we use still to this day.

What Year Was The First Collection Of Basebaall Statisitcs Published?

It was 1969 when The Baseball Encyclopedia was first published.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, from reading this article, you now have a much better understanding of what most of the different baseball abbreviations mean.

Don’t worry, we are not expecting you to have learned them all off by heart just yet – there is quite a few of them after all.

But you should now have a much better idea of what baseball stats are, what the abbreviations of the statistics mean, and what the best stats recorded are too.

I tried to get every last little piece of information on baseball statistics that I can offer you into one article. So you can always pop back and reference an abbreviation if you need to refresh yourself.

Thank you for joining me on this ultimate guide to baseball statistics – go forth and share your newly gained knowledge!

Matt Crouch