On-base percentage (OBP) has been utilized more and more over the years in evaluating a baseball player’s skill and value.
Back in the day (and we’re talking as late as the 1980s and 1990s), average, home runs and other basic statistics were the primary go-to numbers used in determining whether a player had the goods or not.
With the rise of Sabermetrics and other advanced stats, OBP, slugging percentage (SLG), on-base + slugging (OBS) and wins against replacement (WAR) have come to the forefront in player scouting.
So, what is on-base percentage?
Where average simply accounts for a player’s hits in getting on base, OBP accounts for his walks and hit-by-pitches, as well – basically any way of getting on base that either improves average or does not reduce it (as in the case of an error or fielder’s choice, for example).
Here is the math, courtesy my source, baseball-reference.com: (H + BB + HBP)/(At Bats + BB + HBP + SF)
It would make sense, then, that when one normally thinks of OBP, they may have in mind contact hitters who work the count.
How far from the truth when you look at the all-time career leaders.
Most of these guys are sluggers – led by Ted Williams himself.
Why the sluggers, though? Walks. Tons of walks. They were often pitched around.Follow @VinGetz
|16.||Shoeless Joe Jackson||.4227||L|
As of this writing, the Lakers, saddled with injuries all season, cling to the eighth spot by just a half game.
Bryant is only 210 minutes away from the all-time leader, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Over the course of his career, Kobe has averaged nearly 40 (39.3) minutes per playoff game. So, it will take six average games for him to catch Kareem.Follow @VinGetz
Thanks to basketball-reference.com.
Borque’s secret was high-level consistency over many years. He actually only makes today’s list once, near the bottom.
They are two of the most prolific shooters the game has ever seen. Esposito makes the rankings five times. Ovechkin makes it four times – including three of the top six marks. Together, they comprise almost 50% of the list below.
No wonder they score(d) so much.
Ovechkin has led the league in shots on goal six of his seven full years in the NHL, and guess what, he’s leading the league in 2012-13 as this is written.Follow @VinGetz
|PLAYER||SHOTS ON GOAL||SEASON||TEAM|
|1.||Phil Esposito||550||1970-71||Boston Bruins|
|2.||Alex Ovechkin||528||2008-09||Washington Capitals|
|3.||Alex Ovechkin||446||2007-08||Washington Capitals|
|4.||Paul Kariya||429||1998-99||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim|
|5.||Phil Esposito||426||1971-72||Boston Bruins|
|6.||Alex Ovechkin||425||2005-06||Washington Capitals|
|7.||Bobby Hull||414||1968-69||Chicago Black Hawks|
|8.||Bobby Orr||413||1969-70||Boston Bruins|
|9.||Phil Esposito||411||1972-73||Boston Bruins|
|10.||Brett Hull||408||1991-92||St. Louis Blues|
|11.||Pavel Bure||407||1992-93||Vancouver Canucks|
|12.||Phil Esposito||405||1969-70||Boston Bruins|
|13.||Jaromir Jagr||403||1995-96||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|14.||Brendan Shanahan||397||1993-94||St. Louis Blues|
|15.||Phil Esposito||393||1973-74||Boston Bruins|
|16.||Brett Hull||392||1993-94||St. Louis Blues|
|16.||Bobby Orr||392||1970-71||Boston Bruins|
|16.||Alex Ovechkin||392||2006-07||Washington Capitals|
|19.||Raymond Bourque||390||1995-96||Boston Bruins|
|19.||Brett Hull||390||1992-93||St. Louis Blues|
Thanks to hockey-reference.com.