Baseball Statistics

Statistics play a very important role in organizing and summarizing the game of baseball. It is also important for evaluating the players in the game. Easy record keeping and statistics are used in this game as the players perform individually rather than together in groups. Professional baseball statistics has been kept since the formation of the American and National Leagues. Both these leagues are important in the creation of Major League Baseball.

Other than the Major League Baseball, statistics are kept by leagues including the Negro Leagues and the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players.

Commonly Used Baseball Statistics

Here are some of the most important statistics used in this game. Many of these terms are also used in softball, another similar game played between two teams.

Baseball Statistics

Batting statistics

1B – Single: When the batter hits the ball and safely reaches the first base, without any assistance from any error on the fielder’s side, the hit will be called a “single”.

2B – Double: The hits on which batters reach the second base safely in time without any fielding error are called “doubles”.

3B – Triple: When the batter safely reaches the third base after hitting the ball, without any mistake committed by the fielding team, the hit will be known as a “triple”

AB – At bat: The plate appearance of a batter is known as “at bat” or “time at bat”. It is sued for calculating some statistics like batting average, slugging percentage and on base percentage.

AB/HR – At Bats per Home Run: The “at bats” are divided by the “home runs” for calculating this statistics.

BA – Batting average: The “hits” are divided by the “at bats” to calculate the batting average. BA is often referred to as AVG.

BB—Base on Balls: A batter gets a BB or base on balls when he or she receives four pitches which are called “balls” by the umpire.

BABIP – Batting Average on Balls in Play: The frequency of reaching the base once the ball has been hit in the play field by the batter.

BB/K – Walk-To-Strikeout Ratio: Number of the “bases on balls” is divided by the total number of strikeouts to determine the BB/K.

Baserunning Statistics

SB – Stolen Base: The baserunner advances to the next base for earning a “stolen base” while the fielding team is in possession of the ball

  • CS – Caught Stealing: The times when the runner is tagged out in his or her attempts of stealing a base.
  • DI – Defensive Indifference: The runner does not get a steal unless the catcher attempts to throw a runner out. DI is scored as the fielder's choice.

R – Runs scored: The total time the player succeeds to reach the home plate safely and legally.

Pitching statistics

BB – Base On Balls: The number of instances the pitcher pitches four balls which allows the batter’s taking the first base. BB can also be called “walk”.

BB/9: The “base on balls” is divided by 9 is represented as BB/9.

BF – Total Batters Faced: The total plate appearances made by the batting team.