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BIP - Ball in Play Average
by Ray Flowers
July 10, 2004

Much is made of the strikeout today, too much in our opinion. But since there is a great fascination with the K, we thought we would look at the strikeout in a way that you may not have considered before…we’ll take a look at the batters BIP average (Balls In Play).  

BIP measures what a players average would be if you simply subtracted K and then figured out his batting average (AB-K= new at bats total, which is then divided by hits). Let’s take Jim Thome as an example.

Jim Thome is batting .285 this year (372 AB with 106 hits) with 109 K.  

372 AB- 109 K= 263 AB
106 HITS/263 AB= .403

Therefore his BIP average is .403. Simple right? 

Of course the resulting BIP average does not have anything to do with the hitters overall average because we are only counting what the hitters average is in at bats where they actually hit the ball.  

In PART I we will detail the BIP leaders thus far in 2004. In PART II we will discuss all of the seasons in history when a batter had 150 K in a season. 

PART I 
K Leaders as of August 8th, 2004 

Adam Dunn

134

Alfonso Soriano

92

Craig Wilson

115

Lyle Overbay

91

Jim Thome

109

Derrek Lee

88

Jermaine Dye

109

Royce Clayton

88

Hank Blalock

108

Manny Ramírez

86

Jim Edmonds

107

David Ortiz

85

Miguel Cabrera

104

Jeromy Burnitz

84

Jason Varitek

96

Bobby Abreu

84

Álex Rodríguez

95

Eric Byrnes

79

Casey Blake

93

Vinny Castilla

76

This list is mostly populated by some HR hitting sluggers…but a few names jump out as not really fitting that mold: BYRNES, CLAYTON, OVERBAY, BLAKE and VARITEK.  

No matter what the reason, these guys sure strike out a lot. But this is not what we are interested in here, we are interested in BIP. In the table that follows we will list the BIP leaders in 2004 (as of August 8th, 2004). 

AB H AVG K BIP AVG

  AB Hits Avg Ks

BIP Avg

Jim Edmonds

353

106

0.300

107

0.431

Adam Dunn

383

107

0.279

134

0.430

Miguel Cabrera

408

129

0.316

104

0.424

Melvin Mora

339

118

0.348

58

0.420

Lyle Overbay

405

130

0.321

91

0.414

Manny Ramírez

387

124

0.320

86

0.412

Scott Rolen

391

132

0.338

68

0.409

Travis Hafner

363

117

0.322

75

0.406

Iván Rodríguez

382

131

0.343

59

0.406

Jim Thome

372

106

0.285

109

0.403

Jason Varitek

321

89

0.277

96

0.396

Craig Wilson

397

111

0.280

115

0.394

Ichiro Suzuki

487

174

0.357

43

0.392

David Ortiz

406

125

0.308

85

0.389

Jeromy Burnitz

382

116

0.304

84

0.389

J.D. Drew

359

111

0.309

73

0.388

Barry Bonds

255

90

0.353

22

0.386

Carlos Guillén

415

134

0.323

68

0.386

Derrek Lee

407

122

0.300

88

0.382

Erubiel Durazo

343

104

0.303

71

0.382

Phil Nevin

359

109

0.304

73

0.381

Lance Berkman

362

111

0.307

70

0.380

Álex Sánchez

332

107

0.322

50

0.379

Vlad Guerrero

425

139

0.327

57

0.378

Adrián Béltre

401

130

0.324

56

0.377

*** If you wish to view the entire list of all 2004 hitters who currently have enough at bats to qualify for the batting title and their corresponding BIP totals, see:

http://wildpitch.blogspot.com/2004/08/bip-averages-ballsinplay.html 

Now its no surprise to see DUNN at the top of the list since he leads the league in K, but it is a bit surprising to see that he is 2nd behind EDMONDS. In fact there are 10 players who have a BIP over .400, an all of those players would have to be considered fantasy all-stars this season (though MORA OVERBAY and HAFNER were left of the actual team MLB all star teams). These 10 men also have a chance at producing some historically high BIP totals, totals that would place them in the top 25 all-time if they were to reach the 150 K threshold that we will be discussing below.  

PART II 

Here are the All-Time BIP Leaders for those who had over 150 K in a season 

AB H K BIP

    AB Hits Ks BIP

JimThome

2001

526

153

185

0.449

JoseHernandez

2002

525

151

188

0.448

SammySosa

2001

577

189

153

0.446

MoVaughan

1997

527

166

154

0.445

SammySosa

2000

604

193

168

0.443

JimEdmonds

2000

525

155

167

0.433

MoVaughan

1996

635

207

154

0.430

MarkMcGwire

1998

509

152

155

0.429

JimThome

1999

494

137

171

0.424

WillieStargell

1971

511

151

154

0.423

Bobby Bonds

1970

663

200

189

0.422

SammySosa

1998

643

198

171

0.419

PrestonWilson

1999

482

135

156

0.414

JorgePosada

2000

505

145

151

0.410

JoseCanseco

1990

481

132

158

0.409

RayLankford

1998

533

156

151

0.408

AndresGalarraga

1996

626

190

157

0.405

PeteIncavilia

1987

509

138

168

0.405

CecilFielder

1990

573

159

180

0.405

AndresGalarraga

1988

609

184

153

0.404

GregLuzinski

1975

596

179

151

0.402

TroyGlaus

2000

563

160

163

0.400

DickAllen

1965

619

187

150

0.399

SammySosa

1999

625

180

171

0.396

HenryRodriguez

1996

532

147

160

0.395

RobDeer

1987

474

113

186

0.392

ReggieJackson

1982

530

146

156

0.390

BradWilkerson

2002

507

135

161

0.390

DannyTartabull

1986

511

138

157

0.390

*** If you wish to view the entire list of all hitters who ever accumulated 150 K in a season and their BIP scores see: http://wildpitch.blogspot.com/2004/08/bip-averages-ballsinplay.html 

THOME has the highest single season BIP of all-time, being followed closely by JOSE “I think my eyelash is hurt so you had better sit me out so I don’t break the single season strikeout record” HERNANDEZ. Multiple offenders on this list include: SOSA 4, Thome 2, GALARRAGA 2, and VAUGHAN 2.  

For those of you who think that strikeouts are on the rise, the data supports you. Here is a breakdown by decade of 150 K seasons. 

1960-69 = 10
1970-79 = 12
1980-89 = 26 

1990-99 = 33

2000-03 = 29
 

In fact, the oldest season where a batter accumulated 150 K is 1963 (Nicholson 175/ Lock 151 ) , over 60 years after the modern era began!  

A few more tables: 

Highest average for a 150 K season

Sosa

2001

.328

Vaughan

1996

.326

Sosa

2000

.320

Vaughan

1997

.315

Sosa

1998

.308

Galarraga

1996

.304

Galarraga

1988

.302

Bob Bonds

1970

.302

Allen

1965

.302

Soriano

2002

.300

 

Lowest average for a 150 K season

Deer

1991

.179

Kingman

1982

.204

Deer

1989

.210

Deer

1993

.210

Tettleton

1990

.223

Alexander

1978

.225

Hernandez

2003

.225

Burroughs

1975

.226

Nicholson

1963

.229

Palmer

1992

.229

Most hits in a season with 150 K

Soriano (2002)- 209
Vaughan (1996)- 207
BobbyBonds (1970)- 200
Sosa (1998)- 198

Sosa (2000)- 193
 

Fewest hits in a season with 150 K

Deer (1991)- 80
Deer (1989)- 98
Deer (1993)- 98
Tettleton (1990)- 99

Nicholson (1963)- 103
 

So next time your at the park and its 100 degrees and your dying for a Slurpee, take heart. Not only will some free swinger undoubtedly step to the plate to cool you off with some mighty hacks, but remember you also now have a new tool to keep your brain from turning to mush… you’ve got BIP.  

RAYS NOTES: 

Who the heck was Rob Deer for those of you who don’t remember? Deer came up in the Giants farm system as a strapping power hitter…he just never developed anything resembling strikezone discipline or a two-strike swing. In 3881 career at bats, Deer hit .220 with 230 HR, 600 RBI, a .324 OBP, a .766 OPS and 1409 K…or a strikeout in 36.3% of his career at bats! 

Ray Flowers can be reached with comments/questions or suggestions at: ray@drafthelp.com

You can also visit Rays’ blog at www.wildpitch.blogspot.com for a full review of all of his recent articles an other interesting stuff.


 


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