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Hit for Average

What is Hit for Average?

A baseball term that refers to the efforts of a batter to record base hits by whatever means possible, often at the expense of hitting for power, in order to increase his batting average.

Sporting Charts explains Hit for Average

While hitting for a high batting average does not exclude hitting for power, the most successful batters with the highest averages are very good at situational hitting. This means that they can identify gaps in defensive coverage or anticipate pitches better, giving them more of an advantage at the plate. A typical player with a high batting average is patient at the plate and can hit the ball effectively to both sides of the field. 

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