Monday, July 23, 2012

Batter Up

This past Friday, the Postal Service released the Baseball All-Stars stamp to great fanfare across the nation. These popular stamps depict the famous poses of Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Willie Stargell, and Larry Doby. We already took a look at the different stamps on the day of the release, so let’s take a closer look at player statistics during their careers.

Each player contributed immensely to the sport and will forever be a part of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Stats explained:

AB = at bat - the number of times a player steps up to the plate.
AVG = batting average – a player’s success rate when at bat, or hits (H) divided by at bats (AB).
G = games - the number of games a player participated in.
H = hits - the number of times a player hits a ball.
HR = home run - the number of times a player touches all four bases in a single hit.
OBP = on base percentage - frequency at which player reaches base.
OPS = on base plus slugging - on base percentage plus slugging average.
R = runs scored - the number of times a player crossed home plate.
RBI = run batted in - a hit that directly results in a run being scored.
SLG = slugging average - total bases (TB) reached from a hit divided by at bat (AB).
TB = total bases - the number of bases a player touches.

Who is your favorite baseball player of all time?

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