WHAT IS CONTACT RATE?

Contact rate is simply putting the bat on the baseball. Very simple to figure out it is as well.

(AB-K)/AB

Simple. Eloquent. Sometimes those are the best measures.

WHAT IS THE LEAGUE AVERAGE?

The league average has been dwindling the past few years as more and more “sluggers” take the field, and strike out with reckless abandon.


As you can see, the number is slowing coming down, and last season was the worst mark of the last seven years.

A QUICK KEY


It’s not common for a player to consistently hit .300 if they don’t have a mark of at least 0.85.

The two middle columns have a wide dispersal of possible outcomes.

If a player is at 0.69 or worse the odds are low a player will hit even .250 consistently.

WHY DOES IT MATTER?

Doesn’t hitting the ball matter? We poo-poo strikeouts saying things like “everyone does it,” but it’s not a good thing. It ain’t. Nothing positive comes from failing to make contact (other than...

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