Okay, it’s coming back to me. Someone who bats .500 hits the ball and gets on base half the time. Babe Ruth has a lifetime batting average of .355 (I know this, because I saw City Slickers). So he got on base 35.5% of the time. Why don’t they just say he has a batting average of 35.5%? Anyway, when a team finishes below .500, does that mean they lost more than half their games?
And can someone explain how they came up with a pitcher’s ERA? How does that make any sense? And what does ERA mean?
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