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Runs Batted In - RBI

What is Runs Batted In - RBI?

A statistic in baseball that measure the total number of runs a hitter generates off of their at-bats with exception to runs scored due to errors by the fielding team. A batter is awarded an RBI when their at bat results in a safe hit, including home runs, sacrifice bunts and flys, infield out or fielder's choice, and leads to runners scoring. Additionally, if the batter is walked (base on balls), hit by a pitch or interfered with and gets on base where the bases are full leading to a run, the batter will receive an RBI.

Also referred to as a "Rib" or "Ribby."

Sporting Charts explains Runs Batted In - RBI

While RBI is generally tracked as an individual statistic and gives an indication as to the ability of a player to generate offense for a team, there are some critics of the metric that suggest that the quality of the team is also a significant input into the number of RBIs a player is able to generate.

RBI Records

  • Career: Hank Aaron - 2,297
  • Season: Hack Wilson (1930) - 191 
  • Game: Jim Bottomley (1924) and Mark Whiten (1993) - 12
  • Inning: Fernando Tatis (1999) - 8


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