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By Eric Umphrey
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Modern Baseball Statistics

(Part Three: Weighted On-Base Average)


February 28, 2019

This is part three of a series of articles I’m writing to introduce some of the newer statistics announcers are using in baseball broadcasts. Last time I covered BsR. This time I’m going to explain wOBA. It’s pronounced (whoa-bah) and it stands for weighted on base average.

Weighted run average might have been a better description since it assigns run values to events based on the number of runs that event produced. An example might make this clearer.

In 2018, the average number of runs that were scored on a home run was 2.031. So, the number of home runs a player hits is multiplied...

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