One question we get asked quite often is whether any players have ever finished a season with a lower on-base percentage than batting average. The answer is yes and Raphy posted about it last year. So far in 2010 there are a few players showing this rarity although the odds are that they'll all revert back to having OBP > BA over time.
In case it's not clear, the reason why these guys all make the list is because sacrifice flies do not count as at-bats, and hence are not part of the batting average calculation, but they count as an 0-for-1 plate appearance when calculating on-base percentage. If these guys had a walk or a HBP (notice that all them have zero of each) then their BA and OBP would be equal, and if they had 2 or more BB or HBP then we'd see the more customary OBP > BA.
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