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How many official at bats do you need to win the batting title and do walks count?


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2007-09-29 08:36:33
2007-09-29 08:36:33

Generally 400 but the amount has varied as the number of games played changes. For instance George Brett won the batting title with a .390 average in a strike shortened season. Nevertheless walks do not count, since they do not count as at bats. In the early 70s a player lost the batting crown with 399 at bats when 400 were required. This rule has changed however. Now, a player just short of the required at bats could ADD the number of hitless at bats (generally meaning walks) to the number of at bats which will permit the player to still win the batting crown as long as the average does not drop below the player just below him. ---- To win a batting title in MLB, a batter must have a minimum of 502 total plate appearences for the season. Yes, any at bat that results in a non-official at bat (walk, sacrifice, hit by pitch) counts towards the total number of plate appearances.

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Walks count as an official plate appearance and are used in determining whether a player has met the minimum number of plate appearances needed to be eligible to win the batting title but are not used in calculating a player's batting average.

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No, a hit by pitched ball is not an official at bat, just like a base on balls is not an official at bat. Yes. It will not show up underneath the AB statistic for a player but it does count towards the number of at bats needed to win a batting title. Actually, number of at bats is not the term used to determined a batting title. The term is actually "plate appearances" and includes official "at bats", walks, hit by pitched ball, catcher interference, sacrifices, sacrifice flys, which do not count as "at bats". Official "at bats" are recorded for a hitter who gets a base hit, reaches on an error, strikes out, or hits into an out. Batting averages are determined by dividing hits by official at bats, so, a hit by pitched ball does not count toward one's batting average as it is not an "at bat", but is a "plate appearance".

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No. Walks do not count toward batting average. If you get a walk in your first at bat, you will still be 0-0.

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Yes, but they don't affect your batting average.

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No, walks do not count as an at-bat.


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