The USA Needs to Retire the Penny and Baseball Needs to Retire BA

Landis MarksSenior Analyst IApril 16, 2008

Bill Baer makes this modest proposal in an article on the baseball digest daily blog.

If you look at the formula for batting average and on-base percentage, you’ll find that BA (hits divided by at-bats) is in OBP ([hits plus walks plus hit-by-pitches] divided by [at-bats plus walks plus hit by pitches plus sacrifice flies])!

As a result of these facts, I am officially and formally requesting Major League Baseball to, at once, halt the use of batting average on their websites, on television and radio broadcasts, on the backs of baseball cards, in video games, in fantasy baseball leagues, among the numerous other venues in which batting average is used.

There is nothing to be gained from it; it is one of many vestigial statistics that haven’t yet been phased out by the evolution of statistics, much like your appendix. Let’s speed up that evolution by phasing out batting average from the baseball lexicon.

The entire article can be found here.