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So far like 8 games into one of my seasons, Mark McGwire's stats:

.226 BA/.219 OBP/.258 Slugging

I didn't think you could have a lower OBP than BA since On Base Percentage is based on batting average in part. Or am I missing something?

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Yes, BB, SH, SF, HBP all don't count toward AB totals. But they do count towards PA (plate appearances) totals.

AVG is Hits/At-Bats
OBP is Hits plus Walks plus Hit by Pitch (Times on Base)/ Plate Appearances (AB + BB + HBP + SAC + SF )

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Jay, thank you so much. I forget how much goes into OBP.

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Actually Jay, sac is not part of the formula: The full formula is OBP = (Hits + Walks + Hit by Pitch) / (At Bats + Walks + Hit by Pitch + Sacrifice Flies). Batters are not credited with reaching base on an error or fielder's choice, and they are not charged with an opportunity if they make a sacrifice bunt.

- The Nit-Picking Sheik ;-)

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Ah yes, in my jackhammer of a toothache stupor, I forgot actual sac bunts are included in the denominator. Good catch.

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Big Mac is great if you can put him on slump buster. And even better if you use his 2000 season with the 23 on fire rating