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At bat

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In baseball statistics, an at bat (AB) is used to calculate other data such as batting average. A batter has an at bat every time he faces a pitcher except under the following circumstances:

Examples

An at bat is counted when

  • the batter reaches first base on a hit
  • the batter reaches first base on an error
  • the batter is called out for any reason
  • there is a fielder's choice
  • other less common circumstances occur

At bat as a phrase

"At bat," "up," "up at bat," and "at the plate" are phrases in baseball describing someone that is facing the pitcher. Interestingly, just because a player is described as being at bat (facing the pitcher) does not mean he will be given an at bat in his statistics, and in fact just signifies a plate appearance.

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