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An old favorite

Posted by Andy on April 12, 2010

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.

Rk Player PA OBP BA Year Age Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS SLG OPS Pos
1 Orlando Cabrera 25 .200 .208 2010 35 CIN NL 6 24 2 5 1 0 1 4 0 0 4 0 0 1 1 1 0 .375 .575 /*6
2 Rod Barajas 22 .227 .238 2010 34 NYM NL 6 21 3 5 1 0 2 4 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .571 .799 /*2
3 Adrian Beltre 21 .381 .400 2010 31 BOS AL 6 20 1 8 1 0 0 6 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 .450 .831 /*5
4 Adam Kennedy 20 .150 .158 2010 34 WSN NL 6 19 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 .211 .361 /*435
5 Bengie Molina 16 .250 .267 2010 35 SFG NL 4 15 1 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .267 .517 /*2
6 David Murphy 8 .125 .143 2010 28 TEX AL 5 7 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 .286 .411 /7
7 Tony Abreu 7 .429 .500 2010 25 ARI NL 4 6 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .500 .929 /*6
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Generated 4/12/2010.

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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6 Responses to “An old favorite”

  1. i know it was a simple mis-type but sac flies don't count as AB's ... you accidentally wrote PA

  2. Fixed...thanks.

  3. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    Orlando Cabrera ... gunning for his fourth league sacrifice-flies title in five years, which would tie him with Brooks Robinson for the most league titles since the stat was recognized in 1954. Can he outpace two-time defending NL sac-flies champ Bengie Molina?

    Ah, the drama behind the low walk totals!

  4. I forgot that Molina was hitting around .250 just a few days ago. Look at his average now! .478!

  5. Pete Ridges Says:

    "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..."

    Not true! If they had one walk (and they already have one SF), their OBP would be like their BA but with 1 for 2 added. This would make their OBP somewhere between their BA and .500. The OBP and BA would only be equal if (as with Abreu) the BA is .500.

  6. True, Pete. I got lazy and didn't think it through.