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On-base percentage

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New page: '''On-base percentage''' (abbreviated '''OBP''') is a [[baseball]] [[statistic]] designed to track the rate at which a hitter reaches base as a result of his own actions (as opposed to, fo...
'''On-base percentage''' (abbreviated '''OBP''') is a [[baseball]] [[statistic]] designed to track the rate at which a hitter reaches base as a result of his own actions (as opposed to, for example, defensive lapses). Another way to interpret OBP is the percentage of a player's plate appearances that he does not make an out.

The formula for on-base percentage is

<math>OBP = \frac{H+BB+HBP}{AB+BB+HBP+SF}</math>

where

*''H'' is Hits
*''BB'' is Walks
*''HBP'' is times hit by a pitch
*''AB'' is At bats
*''SF'' is Sacrifice Flies

Because there is a high correlation between OBP and runs scored, the use of on-base percentage in player evaluation has gained favor among baseball enthusiasts and front offices in recent years.

==See Also==
*[[Slugging percentage]]
*[[On-base plus slugging]]
*[[Sabermetrics]]

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