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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
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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.